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!