Five songs about books and writing

If you’ve been watching me over on YouTube you may have noticed that I’m on a sort of book-related t-shirt craze. I’ve mostly been searching for shirts with popular bookish phrases and have found some good ones.

Then I went on a tangent and started thinking about songs that referred to books and writing. I realized I already knew of some from my own music collection. I decided not to do a big internet search and just keep it to book- and writing-related songs I knew well. And of course, I’ve been looking for t-shirts with these artists and songs on them, so keep tuning in over on YouTube!

Here are five songs, all favorites of mine, that talk about books and writing. I hope you enjoy them!

Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten
Elvis Costello – Everyday I Write the Book
Dire Straits – Lady Writer
Jimmy Eat World – Book of Love
Talking Heads – The Book I Read

Do you have any favorite songs that talk about books and writing? Leave a comment and share the titles!

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44 thoughts on “Five songs about books and writing

  1. The first video is the sexiest invitation to writing (and reading) I’ve ever seen. I’ll listen to the others later. Barbara, you never cease to surprise me with inspiring posts. Thank you, and Brava, m’lady!

    1. Oh of course – those are great ones! I used to listen to Nick Lowe back in the 70s (eek, so long ago!). I’m not sure I know that one, but I’m going to look it up. Thanks for adding to the list, Jennifer. Hope you are doing well 🙂

    1. When my kids were in grade school, they started liking her and so I put a couple of her songs in my iTunes library. That was years ago! I still listen to Unwritten and These Words all the time. Thanks for stopping by, Donna!

  2. Literature and music have always shared a connection. Couple others to add: “Guitar and Pen” by The Who and “Tales of Brave Ulysses” by Cream.

  3. Not in the title, but Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind, Love” has that verse that includes, “just like a paperback novel/the kind the drugstore sells.” Always stuck with me 🙂

  4. I enjoy reading about your love of books and how it influences what you wear or songs that you list to. Now that’s dedication!! “Oxford Comma” by the Vampire Weekend comes to mind when thinking about songs and writing.

    1. Hi Robbie – I have a playlist for walking and “Everyday I Write the Book” is on it. That’s what got me thinking about bookish songs. I thought of a couple more then I had to go through my iTunes library to find the rest. Thank you for reading 🙂

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