I am led to post the song in #13 again, "Sail the Seven Seas", also called "Rocking Chair" by "Jack the Lad" from England.
I do like this song. In many ways it is a very traditional English folk song, but below you will hear a 1970s rock kind of style (thus "folk rock").
The song's narrator is an old man, looking back wistfully on his own life. He compares it to his own grandfather's life. The narration of the song weaves in and out between the present day and two sorts of memory: (1) The narrator speaking in the present day (as an old man); (2a) Entering the narrator's memory of his own life (life review); (2b) Entering the narrator's memory of his grandfather's life.
Although recorded forty years ago, its message is relevant to really any time. The category to which I assign it is "Purpose of Life". Why? Listen and read the lyrics, below. You'll see. (According to Google, in 2013-2014, these lyrics can be found nowhere but here. Transcribed by me).
When I was teaching English more regularly, I tried to get my most advanced students to think in this sort of way. I once told one group that every essay is, can be, should be, important, no matter how trivial it may seem.
I told them this: "Every essay you will ever write is really an answer the same question,'Why are humans on this planet?'" I admit this may sound...uh, pretentious, but it helped some of them. Understand, the standard attitude was all essays were "punitive", mini-punishments to endure. Write as boringly as possible; in an inane "cookie cutter" style; "run out the clock". This re-conceptualization was appealing to the bright kids. The "Purpose of Life" is an open question, which is why it is exciting: They (we) have the power in hand to make of it what they (we) want.
By Jack the Lad / 1975
Sitting by the fire
In an old rocking chair
Like my grandaddy taught me to do
To the words he had to tell me
Because in my mind
I knew they were true
He said he'd sailed the seven seas
In ships, with tall masted sails
And he'd ridden, from London to Leeds
In one day-!