Lyrical Origins

What an esoteric-sounding title, huh? Nope, completely literal, as in โ€œI love it when I come across something written centuries ago that was turned into a song lyric.โ€

Example I came across this morning:
Oscar Wilde: We are in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Rush: All of us get lost in the darkness, dreamers learn to steer by the stars.
All of us spend time in the gutter, dreamers turn to look at the cars.
Neil Peart actually made more out of it than the original, but itโ€™s all there.

Other examples:
John Barth: We will pay the price, but we will not count the cost
Rush: We will pay the price, but we will not count the cost (word for word, but used with permission).

W.S. Gilbert:
When every blessing thing you hold
Is made of silver or of gold
You long for simple pewter
When you have nothing else to wear
But cloth of gold and satins rare
For cloth of gold you cease to care
Dire Straits: When you can fall for chains of silver, you can fall for chains of gold.
I think both Gilbert and Knopfler had golddiggers in their past. . .

Any examples you guys can think of?

;o)

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