Lyrics and Lit

There has been a bit of Facebook study group discussion on the nuttiness of Kate Bush. It got me wondering if there had been any other novels turned into wacky pop songs. I will share the first lines of the lyrics to Wuthering Heights here:

Out on the wiley, windy moors
We’d roll and fall in green
You had a temper, like my jealousy
Too hot, too greedy
How could you leave me?
When I needed to possess you?
I hated you, I loved you too.

It’s such an iconic song (can a song actually be an icon? I am not sure if I have over-colloqualised that word.) Steve Coogan and Rob Bryden have slightly ‘mondegreen’ed the first line, but here it is on The Trip, surely affirming the song’s iconic status.

While I can’t think of a single other novel which has been canonised in pop, I did recall a book belonging to my kids called One More Sheep. Definitely a cute Po-Mo take on Bronte with:

“Out on the moor
the wind whistled and wuthered,
while the sheep safe indoors
snuggled under the covers,
drifting through dreams
until a loud…
woke them all up.

“Who’s there?”
“What was that?”

Don’t worry, a waif doesn’t lay her icy hands on the sheep. It was just a wolf. Kids find wolves more terrifying somehow than waifs.

Bronte, Emily. 2009. Wuthering Heights. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kelly, Mij and Russell Ayto. 2005. One More Sheep. London: Hodder Children’s Books.


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