The White Stripes, featuring Robert Frost

I made an interesting observation lately.

I came across Robert Frost’s poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay". As I read the text, I was struck by how familiar the words seemed. Then it struck me, and I fired up my music player.

Sure enough, my suspicions were confirmed. The cadence of Frost’s poem was identical to that of a song by the White Stripes called "Offend In Every Way". The titles alone sound similar. The poem and the song lyrics have the same syllables and the same cadence, the same natural rhythym. In fact, any verse of the song can be substituted with the poem, and still fit the melody. This certainly raises my opinion of the White Stripes, for now I realize they are a more literate band than I had expected.

Just thought I’d pass the nugget of wisdom along to you!


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