.

Song Stories

“World Without Love”

Peter and Gordon | 1964

Contrary to its lyrics of utter despondency wishing to block out the world, "World Without Love" featured the melodic, upbeat harmony pop-rock typical of the British Invasion, though an organ took the solo instead of a guitar. This was the most popular song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney not to have been recorded by the Beatles, topping the U.S. singles chart in 1964. "The funny first line always used to please John," joked McCartney. "'Please lock me away ...' 'Yes, okay.' End of song."

prev
Song Stories Main Next

Song Stories

“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

More Song Stories entries »
www.expandtheroom.com