I love playing Guitar Hero, it’s one of my favorite ways to relax. And one of the things I love about it is singing along to the lyrics in songs. Some songs are so memorable that even if you didn’t know them before, you never forget them after a few playthroughs. So let’s take a look at some of the best lyrics from Guitar Hero games and some of my favorite moments involving those lyrics:
“I have not strown you any roses
But, I have not strown you any roses
You don’t care, do you?
But no one ever said, I’m going away
But no one ever said, I’m going away
I’ll be back again someday.
And it’s hard to say goodbye, when I know that you’ll be there waiting for me in my dreams.
I have not thrown you any roses
This song is about a man who is not giving his lover roses. He explains that he doesn’t want to give her flowers because he knows that nothing will change and it’s not going to make her love him any more than she already does.
But you don’t care, do you?, do you?
- You’ve probably heard the song “Boys Don’t Cry” before, but did you know that it was released by The Cure in 1979?
- In case you didn’t know, boys don’t cry because they have to be strong and tough.
You don’t care, do you?, do you?” – “Boys Don’t Cry,” The Cure (Harmonix; Guitar Hero World Tour)
It’s hard to separate this song from the video, which has become an iconic image of adolescence and young love. The protagonist is a boy who is in love with another boy and wants to be with him but cannot because of society’s expectations. It’s almost too romantic for words, really—the kind of thing you’d expect on a Hallmark card (and maybe it will be someday).
The 3-note melody line plays through most of the song, with only one exception: an interlude where you have to strum open chords to keep time with the drums. This adds some variety to what would otherwise be an overly repetitive part of your performance, and keeps things interesting as long as you can keep up!
“I hear that train-a-comin’, it’s rollin’ ’round the bend
The train is a metaphor for life. The train is a metaphor for death. The train is a metaphor for time. All of these are true, yet none of them are true enough to describe the depth of emotion that this song can conjure up in its listeners. It’s been over 50 years since this song was written, but you wouldn’t know it if you heard someone play it on their acoustic guitar today – because “I hear that train-a-comin'”, it’s rollin’ ’round the bend.”
And I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when, I’m stuck in Folsom prison, and time keeps draggin’ on
When Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” first came out in 1955, it was a huge hit and immediately became one of his most popular songs. This is due to the fact that it was written as a reflection on Cash’s own life. The lyrics describe how he felt upon being sent to Folsom Prison for armed robbery; “I hear that train a comin’, It’s rollin’ ’round the bend / And I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when / I’m stuck in Folsom Prison and time keeps draggin’ on.”
This song has been covered by countless artists over time and continues to be one of Johnny Cash’s most famous songs today.
But that train keeps a-rollin’ on down to San Antone.” – “Folsom Prison Blues,” Johnny Cash (Neversoft; Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock)
- “But that train keeps a-rollin’ on down to San Antone.”
- Johnny Cash, “Folsom Prison Blues,” Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Johnny Cash is the quintessential American singer/songwriter. The man behind iconic tracks like “Ring of Fire” and “Folsom Prison Blues” has been an inspiration for numerous musicians over the years, including Kurt Cobain’s band Nirvana. In Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Neversoft), you can live out your dream as Johnny Cash himself on a stage in front of thousands of fans. Hit any note successfully on your guitar and watch as everyone goes wild!
“There is a house in New Orleans
A house in New Orleans
Ain’t no place for no man to be.
There is a house in New Orleans,
They call the Rising Sun.
It’s been the ruin of many poor boy,
And God I know I’m one.
They call the rising sun
The song “The House of the Rising Sun” was written by an unknown British folk singer in the late 1800s. The music itself wasn’t released until the 1960s when it was recorded by The Animals. They were an English rock band, but their hit single had its roots in traditional folk music. It has since been covered more than 200 times, including by artists like U2 and Bob Dylan.
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy,
making their hearts ache and their lives go wrong.
And God I know I’m one” – “The House of the Rising Sun,” The Animals (Harmonix; Guitar Hero World Tour)
“The House of the Rising Sun” is a traditional folk song about a woman who worked as a prostitute and died in her old age. The Animals’ version is also about death, but it’s not sad like the original; instead, it tells us how sorry we should be for ourselves because we’re all going to die and there’s nothing we can do about it. The Beatles covered this song too (check out their version here). We’ll start with that one since it was released first:
Their cover starts off pretty slow, but then turns into an upbeat rocker with some great guitar work! This song is so much fun to play on Guitar Hero World Tour–it seems like every note has been carefully chosen for maximum effect when you press them down at just the right time. If you don’t already know how great “Harmonix” can be from playing Rock Band 2 or Rock Band 3 (and if not yet then check out our review), this track will definitely convince you otherwise!
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Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable moments in music history that involve the original song. Let me take your f
So there you have it! 10 memorable moments in music games that happen to feature lyrics. It’s not every day you get to talk about a genre of game that doesn’t feature dialogue, let alone what happens when they do! What are some of your favorite moments in music games involving lyrics? Let us know in the comments below and thanks for reading!