Songs Inspired by Books, Comics, and Plays

Did you know that there are a number of songs inspired by books? Yep, there are! How cool is that? Josh over at Brews and Books has posted about a few songs that refer to books–modern and classics–as well as plays. Some of the books I didn’t know and wouldn’t have recognized, but others I did. (Now give me children’s and YA books, and I could do a lot better. Speaking of which, the title of “Green Eggs & Hamlet” seems to me to refer to the Dr Seuss book as well as Shakespere’s play Hamlet. What do you think?)

Since I read Josh’s list and saw his mention of Batman, I can think of another comic-related song right away (what can I say–I also love comics!):

Superman (It’s Not Easy) by Five For Fighting
“I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naive
I’m just out to find
The better part of me

I’m more than a bird…I’m more than a plane
More than some pretty face beside a train
It’s not easy to be me”

The whole song is clearly about Superman. I found myself grinning delightedly the first time I heard it. There are also quite a number of other Superman songs, according to Wikipedia.

Do you know a song that’s inspired by a book or play? If you do, head on over and leave a comment.

And hey, if you know of songs inspired by or that include references to children’s or YA books, let me know! I love the idea.

I wonder if anyone’s created a Harry Potter song, or a Twilight inspired song? I bet they have!

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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7 Responses to Songs Inspired by Books, Comics, and Plays

  1. Lisa says:

    Cheryl, have you seen Songs Inspired by Literacy? Your Harry Potter remark jogged my memory, because one of the finalists several years ago was a Harry Potter song that was so catchy it still gets stuck in my head sometimes!

    And then there’s Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys, a pair of bands that has been popular on the library circuit in the U.S.; I think all their music is directly HP-inspired.

  2. Lisa says:

    Me again. Another children’s book-inspired song is “Charlotte Sometimes,” by the Cure, inspired by the book of the same title by Penelope Farmer.

    I may be back again later with more thoughts. 🙂

  3. Cheryl says:

    Lisa, that’s so cool that some bands and songs weer inspired by Harry Potter! Wow! AND Charlotte Sometimes! (grinning) I’m so glad to know that; thank you for sharing it.

  4. Cheryl says:

    And that’s a fantastic site you linked to, the Songs Inspired by Literacy. Thank you!

    I wish it was a bit easier to navigate, and had it by genre, like all the children’s/YA books in one section. I’m just going through it–it’s so neat to see. 300+ songs!

  5. JChristie says:

    Thanks for checking out my list! You’re right – though the lyrics to Green Eggs and Hamlet are Bard-centric, I would agree the title tips it’s hat to Seuss. As for Superman songs, Three Doors Down’s “Kryptonite” and the song “Jimmy Olsen Blues” come to mind as favorites. There are more great superhero songs on io9’s list.

  6. JChristie says:

    Er, I meant Hypeful’s life. The io9 list is here.

  7. Cheryl says:

    I loved your list, Josh. And I’m glad you think the title refers to Green Eggs and Ham, too. I loved seeing it! Ohh, Jimmy Olsen Blues! I never heard that song, but I love the title. Thanks for the link.

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