Songs of Love and Horror: Collected Lyrics of Will Oldham

Book Review: "Songs of Love and Horror: Collected Lyrics of Will Oldham"

Singer-songwriter Oldham’s aphoristic meditations on death, patience and turning carelessness into a virtue are, like his lyrics, profound, earthy and often funny. They reveal flashes of Oldham’s philosophy, the sources and circumstances that inspired his lyrics, and the literary ambition of his songwriting. Separated from their aural form, Oldham’s lyrics become a new kind of poetry candid, awkward and wise with influences as diverse as Rabindranath Tagore and The Mekons. This book will delight longtime fans and inspire young songwriters.

Songs of Love and Horror: Collected Lyrics of Will Oldham

By Will Oldham

(hardcover) $26.95