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Column: The Book Department: The Book Department: Nature’s Lyrics

Spirit of the water

Give us all the courage and the grace

To make genius of this tragedy unfolding

The genius to save this place.

--Joni Mitchell

“This Place” From Shine, 2007

[NB: the songs and lyrics mentioned in this article can be heard and read online by Googling the titles and/or songwriters.]


Many moons ago during my quasi-hippie English teacher days in the 1970s, I designed and taught a course called “Lyrics as Literature.” In it, we looked at song lyrics –...

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