They probably never intended to write an Easter anthem, but if you asked me, the following tracks by David Guetta, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Fred Astaire, and Lady Gaga could definitely be considered one! Can you detect all Easter-related issues in their lyrics? This is Easter-egg hunting 2.0!
5. Who’s that chick?
I never used to understand how chicks related to Easter (aren’t we supposed to eat those eggs?), but after a little research I discovered that they are often linked to springtime and related to (sun)light and new life.
Whether or not David Guetta and Rihanna meant to talk about fluffy baby birds is up for discussion, but they are nevertheless left in confusion by her appearance.
Too cold for you to keep her
Too hot for you to leave her
Who’s that chick? Who’s that chick?
Who’s That Chick? – David Guetta ft. Rihanna
4. Eager (Easter) bunnies
Bruno Mars is also hot for something Easter-related; the (Easter)bunny! Anyway, she looks a little different than what we are used to, and she doesn’t show up alone..
Well let me think, let me think, ah what should I do?
So many eager young bunnies that I’d like to pursue
The women are not bringing him eggs, but they are making him happy in a different way…
Now even though they’re eating out the palm of my hand
There’s only one carrot and they all gotta share it
Runaway Baby – Bruno Mars
3. Need a light?
Easter bonfires are a part of the holy celebration in large parts of Europe. The ritual is assumed to have existed before Europe reformed to Christianity, and it was believed that the ignition of a large fire would lead to increased fertility.
After the Christening it became associated with the conquering of the dead by Christ’s resurrection, which is why it is considered a symbol for a new start.
Ed Sheeran also detects the flames in I See Fire, though the flames ascend a little higher than a standard Easter bonfire would..
Now I see fire, inside the mountain
I see fire, burning the trees
And I see fire, hollowing souls
I see fire, blood in the breeze
And I hope that you remember me
I See Fire – Ed Sheeran
Not exactly a hymn calling on new life (and happiness), though if you were to listen only to the sound, this track would work particularly well while burning through that pile of firewood.
2. The Egg (of Columbus)
With the Easter bunny hiding his eggs a little too well sometimes, those funky colored punks being found months after they were hidden, the same thing seems to be the case for contemporary hits about eggs. I’ve browsed through Google for hours, but was unable to find any recent track that revolves around eggs.
I did, however, discover this relevant classic made in 1936:
I’m puttin’ all my eggs in one basket
I’m betting everything I’ve got on you
I’m giving all my love to one baby
Heaven help me if my baby don’t come true
I’m Putting All My Eggs In One Basket – Fred Astaire
Do you know of a song made in the 00s or 10s that include eggs? Don’t hesitate to share this Columbus’ Egg in a comment!
1. In love with a Biblical bad boy
Obviously, no listicle about Easter is complete without the starring roles of the stories about the Last Supper, the crucifixion, and the resurrection! Including a song about Jesus would be the most straightforward, but without apostle Judas the Easter celebrations would never even have existed. Hence the inclusion of Lady Gaga’s hit Judas.
Gaga was inspired by the Biblical figure and it would be unlike Gaga not to incorporate an interesting twist. In Judas she not only discusses the worst sides of the most infamous traitor of all times, but she also feels attracted to him. Not even a little bit; she’s in love!
When he calls to me, I am ready
I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs
Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain
Even after three times he betrays me
I’ll bring him down
Bring him down, down
A king with no crown
King with no crown
I’m just a Holy Fool, oh baby
It’s so cruel, but I’m still in love with Judas, baby
Judas – Lady Gaga
In an interview with Google, Lady Gaga elaborates on the moral of the song:
“The song is about honoring your darkness in order to bring yourself into the light. (…) You have to look into what’s haunting you and need to learn to forgive yourself in order to move on.”
How’s that for an Easter thought?
Happy Easter! Do you know of any more songs with Easter Eggs hidden in their lyrics? Let us know in the comments!
Would you like to know more about the (activist) messages that Lady Gaga hid in her lyrics? Read it here!
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– Who’s That Chick? is written by Madonna . / Patrick Leonard / David Guetta / Kinda Vivianne Hamid / Frederic Riesterer / Giorgio Tuinfort © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Ole Media Management Lp, Shapiro Bernstein & Co. Inc., Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., 2010.
– Runaway Baby is written by Ari Levine / Chris Brown / Peter Hernandez / Philip Lawrence © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs, BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., 2010.
– I See Fire is written by Ed Sheeran © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 2013.
– I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket is written by Irving Berlin © Universal Music Publishing Group, 1936
– Judas is written by Nadir Khayat / Stefani Germanotta © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 2011.
📸: Mathew Schwartz