Leonard Cohen once said, “Music is the emotional life of most people.” Music often tells a story, expresses emotion, or shares ideas with a society, and many musical greats use the humble citrus fruit to convey these factors. Here we’ve gathered some songs that use citrus fruit to suggest larger ideas related to them, whether it be a simple colour association, or a way to evoke an emotion that listeners can relate to.
How well do you recognise the use of citrus fruit in these songs?
A REPRESENTATION OF A DREAMY WORLD
- City of Dreams. Ben Harper & Ellen Harper, 2014: citrus groves, and orange blossoms paint a nostalgic picture of a city that is no longer, due to industrialisation.
- Over the Rainbow. Judy Garland, 1939: the song from the film The Wizard of Oz wistfully sings of a place where lemon drops take on an almost angelic quality with the ability to melt away the world’s troubles.
- Easy Plateau. Ryan Adams, 2005: the song draws an image of an idyllic place where one would rather be where there are orange blossoms and orange groves.
- Southern Accents. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, 1985, also Johnny Cash, 1996: orange groves create the image of a warm city in the song, perhaps suggesting also a longing for emotional warmth and tenderness.
- Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds. The Beatles, 1967: the wonderfully colourful imaginary world conveyed by the song is aided by the use of tangerine trees and marmalade skies.