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Sewing References in Music

Photo: Illustration by Michelle Penney

I'm always surprised when songwriters choose to include sewing references in their lyrics. The other day, for instance, I was listening to Broadway music when an Annie song came on the radio. Would you ever have guessed that Annie thinks about sewing in her spare time? Well, in the song "Maybe," she says the following while daydreaming about her parents:

"Betcha he reads

Betcha she sews

Maybe she's made me a closet of clothes!"

This got me to thinking about a number of other songs I've heard over the years that also feature lines with sewing-related terms. While it might not happen often, it's quite exciting when it does--especially when you're not expecting it! Below are a few songs I've come across recently that incorporate sewing references in the lyrics. Feel free to use these songs to create an inspirational sewing playlist, and be sure to add in some of your own favorite examples:

1. In the song "Turn! Turn! Turn!," The Byrds discuss how there is a time for everything, even a time for sewing in the following verse:

"A time to gain, a time to lose

A time to rend, a time to sew"

2. Maroon 5 mentions some very important sewing notions in the first line of their song "Must Get Out":

"I've been the needle and the thread

Weaving figure eights and circles round your head"

3. In "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals, sewing is mentioned as a profession:

"My mother was a tailor

She sewed my new blue jeans"

4. The title of the song "Details in the Fabric" by Jason Mraz (featuring James Morrison) is considered a metaphor for "the little things in life" and is repeated multiple times throughout the song:

"Are the details in the fabric

Are the things that make you panic

Is it Mother Nature's sewing machine?"

Have you come across any songs with sewing references in the lyrics? If so, we'd love to hear them. Please share them in the comments section below!


Comments (7)

Lusky7 Lusky7 writes: Maroon 5 great band with a nice music, lyrics , Harder to Breathe one of their best, for sure.
Posted: 1:50 am on July 21st

cindysews cindysews writes: Blue Jean baby, L A Lady, seamstress for the band.......(Elton John)

Posted: 9:10 pm on July 16th

Missahope Missahope writes: Sound of Music!
Sew... a needle pulling thread!
Posted: 12:37 pm on July 16th

Ellabella100 Ellabella100 writes: Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow sew
Tea, I drink with jam and bread
That will bring us back to doe...
Posted: 1:09 pm on July 10th

SamanthaTharler SamanthaTharler writes: A bit on the light side, but this song is surprisingly to the point
Posted: 12:17 am on July 10th

PatHersl PatHersl writes: Dolly Parton sang about "The Coat of Many Colors." And you must Google Cathy Miller, The Singing Quilter. she has a wealth of music and it's wonderfully fun.
Posted: 9:14 pm on July 9th

Barbara_J Barbara_J writes: Simon And Garfunkel – Scarborough Fair

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
Without no seams nor needlework
Then she'll be a true love of mine

What? No seams? No needlework? :)

Posted: 8:43 pm on July 9th

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