Songs With “Chapters” In The Title
Some say life’s like a book with many chapters and characters. These chapters signify every point in our lives. It shows our day-to-day activities; whether good or bad. Your life up to this point has so many chapters.
Starting from when you were born, your childhood, and high school memories until now that you’re beyond that. It’s almost as if life presents us with new trials with every passing victory we make over a chapter in our lives.
Some of the chapters remind you of some memorable moments you had some time ago in the past or maybe, some terrible ones that haunt you each time you flip that page open. Absolutely! The human mind is like a gate to too many possibilities. We can liken your remembering the past to opening a particular chapter of your life.
Whatever this may be, or whatever memories it brings, I hope you find peace reading this article. In the subsequent paragraphs, we’ll check out some list of songs with “chapters” in the title. Enjoy!
1. “Chapter Four” by Avenged Sevenfold
Fist on our list of songs with chapters in the title is this song is inspired by the Bible, particularly in Genesis chapter 4 about the story of Cain and Abel (two brothers). Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain worked the land, while Abel tended sheep. Cain murdered Abel because he was angry because God had preferred Abel’s sacrifices to his own.
The consequences of his actions become clear to Cain, and he wants to abandon his family to hide from God. However, God eventually finds him and asks Cain about where his brother Abel was and what he did to him. Abel lied to God and said he didn’t know. The line when God says that Abel’s blood cries out to him from the earth was also mentioned.
Cain’s punishment was that he was banished from his home and cannot reliably harvest crops from his land. Although vengeance was another central theme mentioned in this song, which is perhaps where the band’s name, Avenged Sevenfold, came from. This song is a vivid representation of a biblical story.
2. “Chapter 24” by Pink Floyd
This song was originally released on the band’s debut studio album, which was titled “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” This is a song written by Syd Barrett, and his approach to songwriting is distinctive.
The song “Chapter 24” has lyrics that were inspired by the ‘I Ching,’ also known as the Chinese Book Of Changes, which is a Taoist oracle that dates back 5000 years. By the late 1960s, the novel had gained a significant following.
Allow me to give you a brief knowledge of the Book Of Changes. The Book of Changes, also known as the I Ching in Chinese, is widely regarded as one of the most significant works of ancient literature ever penned. Since the beginning of time, people have looked to the guidance provided by the Book of Changes to help them make decisions and predict the future.
It is believed to be the oldest book ever discovered on Earth. Many people believe that it is one of the most valuable treasures of wisdom that we possess.
One of the most influential figures in the history of Chinese philosophy was Confucius. He asserted that if we adhere to the teachings of the book and continually study it, we can achieve a level of creative awareness that applies to any circumstance.
3. “Chapters” by Brett Young (featuring Gavin DeGraw)
This song is just a mirror of Young’s childhood. As the title implies, these are chapters of his life and there’s no better way to put that across than through music. In the middle of the 2000s, Brett Young made his first acquaintance with Gavin DeGraw, who is a singer-songwriter, and over time the two of them became friends.
When Young finally secured a recording contract for himself, he was hesitant to pursue a collaborative effort with his friend because he was afraid of taking advantage of their friendship for the interest of money. However, as Young was working on his album Ticket to L.A., he decided that it was time to contact DeGraw about the possibility of composing a song with her.
Young and DeGraw recruited Ross Copperman to assist them in finishing the song, which begins with the relationship that Young had with his father when he was a child.
The song then goes on to chronicle Young’s time as a college baseball pitcher until an elbow injury derailed his hopes of playing the sport professionally.
4. R. Kelly’s “Trapped In The Closet, Chapter 1”
Kelly’s “hip hopera” is a full-length screenplay. It reminds me of an R&B version of a soap opera music video. It is broken up into several chapters, perhaps about 20, each of which contains the same fundamental chord sequence and melody and lasts anywhere between three and four minutes. Over a few years, each chapter was serially published online.
The plot is very similar to that of a soap opera. R. Kelly had a sexual encounter with a woman who later reveals that she is the preacher’s wife and that her husband is having an affair with another man.
In the meantime, R. Kelly discovers that his wife is having an affair with a police officer, whose wife is having an affair with a midget. After that, more escapades take place, everybody lays everybody else and the cycle goes on.
5. Kristofferson’s “The Pilgrim: Chapter 33”
Last on our list of songs with chapters in the title is The pilgrim: chapeter 33 by Kristofferson’s. Since the song’s release, there has been much speculation regarding the inspiration behind writing this song. Many people believe that it was derived from a Christian allegory, based on the title, as well as the evident connection between the two.
To be more specific, he was inspired to write this song whilst he was in prison and the inspiration behind it was by John Bunyan’s book; The Pilgrim’s Progress, (you might want to check it out).
All of Kristofferson’s songs are written in a style that is distinctive and refined. It is possible that his inner outlaw influenced him to do something like this. However, this does not change the fact that he and the music he creates is among the very best.