8 Songs to Feed the Poet in You

Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley

Noteworthy lyrics by Leonard Cohen:

  • “Now maybe there’s a God above,

    but all I ever learned from love

    is how to shoot at someone who outdrew you.”

My Skin – Natalie Merchant

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “Your face saving promises, whispered like prayers, I don’t need them.”

All I Could Do – Kimya Dawson

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “I thought back to when I was 15, how I was squeaky clean and I wanted to die. I was feeding the homeless while combating loneliness. All I could do was keep living a lie.”

Delicate – Damien Rice

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “Why do you sing Hallelujah if it means nothing to you? Why do you sing with me at all?”

Whether you Fall – Tracy Bonham

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “Whether you fall means nothing at all, it’s whether you get up.”

Sway – The Perishers

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “I’ve always been a dreamer, I’ve had my head amongst the clouds, but now that I’m coming down, won’t you be my solid ground?”

Boy with a Coin – Iron and Wine

  • *The best you can do for the poet in you concerning this song is watch the video. It’s mesmerising.

Love Love Love – Of Monsters and Men

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “You love, love, love, when you know I can’t love.”

Contributing Editor /

Donna-Marie Riley currently resides in the South West of England. She is author of the poetry collection Love and Other Small Wars, published by Words Dance, and also featured in Between Sentiment and Sensation: Vol I, published by Red Paint Hill. She romanticizes cold coffee and bitten nails and she likes her poetry shaken, not stirred.