Every now and then, I'll be listening to a song and realize that it has fairy tale themes. Sometimes I'll know that going in, like with The Decemberists "Crane Wife" series of songs, but sometimes I'll already love the song and have learned the lyrics in that not-paying-attention way we do, and then it will hit me - they're playing with a fairy tale. And there are plenty out there that reference fairy tales through the title, even ones you'd never expect (like A Perfect Circle's "Sleeping Beauty" or Nightmare of You's "Thumbelina"...)
Below are some songs that play with fairy tales in a modern way. A few of these are in constant rotation in my iTunes playlists, and some just have pretteh videos
Florence + the Machine "Blinding" - I can't begin to tell you how much I adore Florence. For all the realsies. And loved this song long and hard before I ever stopped to actually listen, and realize that there's all kinds of fairy tale-ness going on in there.
The Decemberists "The Crane Wife 1 & 2" - Ugh, this album - this album! I go through cycles where I just can't stop listening to it over and over and over and... and I'm in one of those cycles right now. (Thank you, The Office, for having a Shrute family "Sons & Daughters" sing-along. Brought this one back into the rotation.) The Decemberists often play with fairy tale and folklore themes, but I think their take on "The Crane Wife" (from the album of the same name) might be one of my favorite things, ever. Perfectly told, feelingly sung, nicely folksy and atmospheric.
The Decemberists "The Crane Wife 3" - See above. =D
Sara Bareilles "Fairytale" - This video is the darling-est.
Paramore "Brick by Boring Brick" - Fairy tales used to explore Paramore-y angst, in a cinematicly gorgeous video.
Keane "The Frog Prince" - Boys singing about fairy tales. =)
Do you have any favorite songs that use fairy tale or folklore themes? Leave me a comment, 'cause you know I want to know about them!
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