We all have one, that song that isn’t a song, that singer who talks along and sounds all the better for it. That singer that can’t really sing so they talk through everything, Lou and Leonard you know who I mean. From the proto-beatnik of Langston Hughes to the beautiful maladies of top dog Tom Waits via the agit prop of artists like Gil Scott Heron and Public Enemy, sometimes you have to talk the talk to walk the walk. Here’s a selection of spoken-word songs from across the musical spectrum. We’re not being that strict and a few have more singing than talking but you get the gist. Enjoy!
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