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Five Songs You Can Nearly Taste

By Leighton Gambles
Music Journalist

Have you ever listened to music and thought, “Hmm… I sure wish I could taste this song?” Well, luckily for you, I’ve compiled a list of five songs that very nearly accomplish that goal. The variety of foods covered within these songs will cause your ears to be satisfied, but I can’t say the same for your stomach. Warning: this article may leave you more hungry than you were before you began reading.

The first song of the list is “Peaches” by The Presidents of the United States of America. This entire track has one core message, and that message is that they are “moving to the country and gonna eat a lot of peaches.” Right from the beginning of the song, the band creates a calming, cool atmosphere, as if to represent the peaches they’re about to eat. They then begin to describe peaches, from when they’re canned to how they’re going to be eaten. “Peaches” is the type of song where you can listen to it and be transported to a simpler time; a time when you could sit out on the porch in the summertime and eat lots and lots of peaches.

“Cheeseburger in Paradise” by Jimmy Buffett is the late ’70s American food hit. This entire song will leave you craving a big, juicy burger straight off the grill at that neighborhood party during the summertime (you know the one). The musical style of this song is one that is distinct, yet simple, and makes me want to dance out on the beach. It begins with a short melody on the keyboard and then leads straight into the catchy vocal line with a nice and clean drum beat behind it all. The simple and clean structure in the mix of the song and the easily sung lyrics make it clear to see why this song is such a hit.

Now it’s time to bring it back all the way to 1958. The King himself, Elvis Presley, recorded the song “Crawfish” with jazz singer, Jean “Kitty” Bilbrew. The name of the song certainly remains true throughout the entirety of the track. It tells the story of the narrator going down to the bayou late at night to fish for some crawfish. The song, being only three verses, is short and sweet. But then again, so is a good crawfish.

Taking us back to 2018 with a bit more of a sad, yet silly turn, “Sad Supermarket Song” by Mozes and the Firstborn is an upbeat song with lyrics that are a tad less so. However, even with these sad tones, Mozes and the Firstborn still manages to make listeners hungry with lyrics like, “I cannot help but feel a tremor when I buy oatmeal at the store. Because the radio is jammin’, I feel the pain and buy some corn.” This grunge band from The Netherlands perfectly captures what it’s like to be caught in the supermarket, listening to a sad supermarket song.

And last but certainly not least, “Too Much Food” by Jason Mraz goes absolutely all out with the metaphors and wordplay. While this track is not strictly about food, Jason Mraz’s lyrics almost exclusively contain food metaphors for what he really means. As for the music itself, this song is something that makes me snap my fingers and tap my feet. Its bluesy feel runs throughout its entirety and has a particular type of energy that makes you feel like you can do anything while listening to it. The title of the song may be “Too Much Food,” but I can’t get enough of the food in this catchy hit.

I’m sure that these tracks will be more than enough to delight your ears and whet your appetite. Now, it’s time to go to the supermarket and buy some peaches. Or maybe to go down the bayou to fish some crawfish. Or even just buy a cheeseburger. But whatever you decide to do, just don’t eat too much food.

Featured image by Leighton Gambles.

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