In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb: 10 Songs for the Month of March
10 tunes worth adding to your playlist this month.
1. For Fearless Leaders
This brash, grungy tune comes on with a swagger-all kick-drum and cymbal crash-and keeps up the pace for three exhilarating minutes as singer Karen O hoots, cries and conjures a spirit animal to help her see the light.
2. For Profound Regrets
For all its folksy instrumentation, the first single ever released by the British roots-revivalists is a soaring, monumental wail of a song. “Weep for yourself, my man,” laments Marcus Mumford. “You’ll never be what is in your heart.”
3. For Lonely Hearts
In this creaky, gothic ballad by Swedish duo First Aid Kit, the far-off echo of a lion’s roar is a symbol of both isolation and all-consuming yearning.
4. For Giving in to Baser Instincts
Lions and tigers and bears run roughshod through crooner Case’s catalogue. In this doo-wop-tinged number, however, the primal activities take place between two humans in the hours between dusk and dawn.
5. For Friends with Benefits
Who knew the gaping maw of a jungle cat was such a rich metaphor for songwriters looking to wax poetic on the birds and the bees? This sultry song by indie-folk duo Arthur and Yu could be a flipside companion piece to Neko Case’s “Lion’s Jaws”-framed as a melodic warning from a lothario to his would-be sweetheart.
6. For Righteous Babes
A classic track about not backing down by the feminist icon and grassroots singer-songwriter of the ’90s, this number showcases DiFranco’s lightning-fast, percussive guitar technique.
7. For Truth Tellers
All swirling riffs and in-your-face swagger, this seething rock ‘n’ roller is all about asking for what you want-and getting it.
8. For Primal Screamers
A weird, wonderful caterwaul that taps into the lingering ache that follows profound loss. (It’s not really about a lion.)
9. For People Who Can’t Get Enough of “Don’t Stop Believin'”
While it may not be as popular (i.e. overplayed) as Journey’s iconic tribute to small-town boys and city girls, this AM radio anthem satisfies the same voracious appetite for cheese.
10. For Unspoken Possibilities
The opening couplet of this tentative ballad says it all: “Closer than a girl can get to trouble, if she hasn’t yet got in it.” An implausibly pretty reflection on the murky middle ground between good and bad behaviour.