She’s undoubtedly talented, and has a great singing voice, and can write some memorable melodies…but she also is responsible for some unintentionally hilarious lyrics. Her song “These words” is incredibly catchy, tune-wise, but it has perhaps the stupidest lyrics I’ve ever heard:
Natasha Bedingfield – These Words, with Lyrics
Why? Because it’s a song about the very topic of trying to write a hit song with catchy lyrics — and failing to do so:
“Threw some chords together,
the combination D-E-F is who I am, is what I do…
But I feel so ADD, I need some help, some inspiration
But it’s not coming easily.
Trying to find the magic,
trying to write a classic…
Waste bin full of paper,
clever rhymes, see you later
Read some Byron, Shelly and Keats
Recited it over a hip-hop beat
I’m having trouble saying what I mean
With dead poets and drum machines.
I know I had some studio time booked
But I couldn’t find a killer hook
Now you’ve gone & raised the bar right up
Nothing I write is ever good enough.”
What??? Could you even get any more self-conscious?
You’re sitting around, totally out of ideas, unable to write some decent lyrics..and so the solution is to write lyrics about how you can’t write decent lyrics.
All is redeemed, however, by the fact that the song is so hummable.
Natasha Bedingfield = mixed bag.
I It struck me, seriously, as purposefully humorous self-consciousness: she’s singing about getting hung up in self-consciousness.
Okay, I’ll have to run the risk of being a hater or, what I prefer, someone with a discrimination filter cuz I could write a better song while dozing off to sleep.
Go for it.
Apologies: however your sister-in-law/payola buddy is very attractive.
Seriously: how is this any different from the canned auto-tunes, tuna being forked out by Blieber straight from a cloning stereotype factory?
I dunno, Jane, how?
Nice legs, but the song is bland.
You’re kidding, right?
I love the song.
It’s not my preference, but it’s a very nice song. I had never heard of the young lady before, so I’m pleased to know of her. Thanks.
I don’t understand why some people need to pointlessly denigrate what is a perfectly reasonable assertion. Or make assertions of their own superior talent without any proof or promise of such.
It is not pointless to have one’s own opinion and saying that stating it is considered as denigrating is done only by idiots who subscribe to political correctness. I’m okay, you’re okay, everything’s okay.
What kind of world is that? My opinion may be wrong about the song but it certainly is not ‘bad form’ to express it.
The only way I can state my opinion is with ‘proof’ or ‘promise’ of such proof? How does your opinion qualify in this regard and who is the ultimate arbiter? Contrary to the ideology of political correctness, the world is not a cocktail party where I can’t say Mrs. So-And-So is dragging toilet paper out of the bathroom out the bottom of her dress just to keep up some fake politeness. Call 911 or a medic if you feel put out.
… still waiting for that “better song”.
Rear guard action devoid of rebuttal as he retreats… cue ‘advance to the rear’ bugle.
Guess it’s just not my favored style. Then again, I was a long-haired head-banger back in the Seventies, which is hardly a stellar recommendation.
Charlie, s’okay; after all “tout le gouts sont gouts”. Me, I like opera and blue grass, just not together. I did like the video. (Did you know that Yo Yo Ma is releasing a blue grass album?)
Well, I like pretty much *all* music (yes, including hip hop and Chinese opera).
It’s better to say that this woman can perform a song- the lyrics are Bedingfield’s usual hippy-dippy Oprah-friendly blather. This song could be the anthem of all of those trustafarians at Occupy Wherever. Take me away, Lord Byron!
Yes Charlie, the song is beautiful. Right from the first vocal chord, I knew it was going to be beautiful.
One of the things wrong with A Pocketful of Sunshine, of course, is that Natasha Bedingfield is a Christian and she is not ashamed to say so.
The lotus blossom, which appears in the final scene, represents spiritual growth in seeking Nirvana in the Buddist religion.
The “pocketful of sunshine” could be the gospel, of course, and the sun/son form suggested by fahagen (comment #8) works too.
Um, in part. The Lotus has a lot of symbolism, but that’s a big one — it emerges from the mud and murky water that it likes best, but the lotus flower opens and is immediately immaculate. (I happen to be the local Buddhist at PJM.)
Art has two aspects: (1) the underlying idea and/or sense of life and (2) the execution of the idea. The underlying idea is a little too focused on the sun as the change agent for me, but the excution is good: a catchy song, etc., and who hasn’t wished that they could rise above the brokeness of this world. I know a Saviour that has won a victory over the brokeness of this world for each of us. So when I think about the Son–instead of the sun–as the change agent, I kinda like it.
When I get writer’s block I
I see what you did there.
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