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Life lessons we've learnt from lyrics of songs

June 23rd, 2017

Written by Katy Winship

In our marketing department here at ACS we like music. No, scrap that - we LOVE music. We listen to music. We talk and reminisce about music. In fact sometimes we even dance to music (strictly at lunch time or a chair groove whilst we work you understand...)

Listening to music has a huge effect on not just the way we work, but how we interact with one another. It effect’s our creativity-flow and helps our team to stay motivated. I think my colleagues would agree that the atmosphere music creates is a huge factor in why we enjoy coming to work. Even the most laborious task is improved when we are listening to music.

But it's not all fun; we've also learnt a few things:

Love and relationships

This must be the most written about subject going. We all know that there are thousands of songs written about being in love, how super-fantastic love is and "all you need is love" (The Beatles). It's the topic that we are most passionate about, I mean there's only ONE thing Meatloaf famously wouldn't do for love!

Yet, there are also plenty of songs which discuss the pain love can cause. Much money has been made money from the misfortune and unrequited love that musicians have experienced.

What we have learnt from these unfortunate souls is that people fall in love all the time regardless of how little sense it makes. Love is blind and it makes people do crazy things.

These little nuggets of wisdom are hard to ignore:

Pulp- "It doesn't make no sense no. It's not convenient".

Dr Hook- "When you're in love with a beautiful woman, it's hard.... When you're in love with a beautiful woman, you look for lies".

Bob Marley- "No woman, no cry".

Percy Sledge's reasoning would suggest if you want to keep hold of your cash stay single! "When a man loves a woman he'll spend his very last dime".

And finally my personal favourite line about love is by The Temptations "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day with my girl (My girl)". It's how it should be.

How to keep going

Motivational music is a big thing. Just think about all those songs that you go jogging to, or those songs that you want to go jogging to! Music has motivated us when we've felt like giving up so many times- from the office to a night out- a song can change everything!

Here are some of our favourite profound lyrics on not giving up:

New Radicals- "Don't give up you've got a reason to live. Can't forget we only get what we give".

Daft Punk -"Work it. Make it. Do it. Make us. Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger".

D:Ream "Things can only get better" although we're not sure things did get any better after helping Labour win the general election in 1997.

R.E.M - "When you're sure you've had enough of this life well hang on. Don't let yourself go".

Rolling stones- "You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes well you might find you get what you need".

R Kelly- "If I can see it, then I can do it. If I just believe it, there's nothing to it".

Money

Money is a popular topic in music, especially in rap and hip hop, in fact I think it's fair to say many rap artists aren't shy of a good boast or two about their wealth.

There many musicians that love money and lavish themselves in jewels and gold but also there are plenty of haters. For example:Run DMC keep it real with the line "money is the key to end all your woes" and if you've ever coppered up before pay day you can probably relate but as The Notorious B.I.G testifies there are some pitfalls of having too much cash "the more money we come across the more problems we see" (or so they say).

I guess it's six and two threes- you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. One thing we can all agree on though, regrettably, are these philosophical standpoints on money provided curtesy of Liza Minnelli and Joel Gray in Cabaret with the line "money makes the world go around" and from an even more cynical standpoint with Pink Floyd "money, so they say is the root of all evil today".

Work

What we've learnt about work is that musicians really don't like working and use their lyrics about work to connect with and relate to us mere mortals. Dolly Parton thinks that working 9-5 is "enough to drive you crazy if you let it", the Bangles hate Mondays and "wish it was Sunday" and similarly Hard-Fi are "living for the weekend".

For the record we're not living for the weekend and always wishing it was Sunday- perhaps we ARE crazy!

Lessons to live your life by

To end this blog on philosophical earworms here's some of the best thought-provoking lyrics our marketing department have come across:

Savage Garden- "I believe forgiveness is the key to your own happiness".

M People- "Search for the hero inside yourself until you find the key to your life".

Michael Jackson - "If you want to make the world a better place take a look at yourself, and then make a change".

Natasha Bedingfield - "Live your life with arms wide open. Today is where your book begins".

And finally from Baz Luhrmann, who, let's face it, with his CV is a man worth listening to:

"Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and in the end, it's only with yourself".

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