Here is a selection of songs that have paid tribute to books, novels, anthologies and short stories.
The Beatles – I Am The Walrus
The name of John Lennon’s meaningless composition of 1967 refers to Lewis Carroll’s Walrus and Carpenter poem, which is included in Through the Mirror in 1871. And if that’s not enough, then the end of the song also includes snippets of Shakespeare’s BBC radio King Lear.
Muse – The Small Print
According to the Muse Supermassive Wiki, this track from the 2003 Absolution album is a retelling of the classic Goethe’s Faust story … but from the point of view of Satan, who carries out a diabolical deal with Student, “Be my slave to the grave, I’m a priest whom God will never didn’t pay. ” Continue reading