As Stephen Macaulay’s article below (“Beginnings and Leavings,” 7/21) makes clear, we all have a personal relationship with rock and roll lyrics. It doesn’t matter if you’re an elitist music snob, Nicolas Cage, or the mayor of Santiago, Chile – words and music have the power to make you think and feel.
It’s no different around the Glorious Noise office compound, as Stephen’s article attests to. We’ve compiled just a few of the rock and roll phrases that make our world go around in a new feature article. Glorious Noise encourages you to read it, and then submit your own contribution to the words that made rock great.
Writing to Reach You
The first Glorious Noise memorable lyrics compendium.
Rock and roll can change your life. Angus Young + power chord = heaven. These are hard truths, as much fact as therealization that Diamond Dave has transformed himself into a bald methusala with a judo chop complex. But what was Angus’guitar work in “Shook Me All Night Long” without the lyrics around it? “Taking more than her share/she had me fighting forair/she told me to come, but I was already there.” It’s the shit-eating grin through which these lines are spoken thatfuels the machismo in Angus’ guitar. It’s lyrics like these that change our lives every day. It’s lyrics like these thatmake rock and roll what it is.
Song lyrics are traded around the Glorious Noise offices each day. They’re scrawled on trees in the courtyard. They’reused in arguments for defense, and used by the lovelorn as crutches. Rock lyrics are woven into our collective psyche. Whatfollows then isn’t comprehensive. Nor is it fully researched. It’s not even particularly wide-ranging in regards to genre.But it’s from the gut. Just like the best rock and roll lyrics.
Music is my savior / I was maimed by rock and roll / I was maimed by rock and roll / I was tamed by rock and roll / Igot my name from rock and roll.
—Wilco, “Sunken Treasure”
I’ve been through many times in which I thought I might lose it / The only thing that saved me has always been music/ Life ain’t nothing but a good groove / A good mix tape to put you in the right mood.
—Beastie Boys, “Professor Booty”
What’s your name? / Who’s your daddy? / Is he rich like me?
—The Zombies, “Time of the Season”
Meet the new boss / Same as the old boss.
—The Who, “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
I love myself / better than you / I know it’s wrong so what should I do?
—Nirvana, “On a Plain”
I went away to see an old friend of mine / His sister came over she was out of her mind / She said Jesus had a twinwho knew nothing about sin / She was laughing like crazy at the trouble I’m in.
—Sonic Youth, “Schizophrenia”
There was a band playing in my head and I felt like getting high / I was thinking about what a friend had said / Iwas hoping it was a lie.
—Neil Young, “After the Goldrush”
When my earthly race is over / And I’m ready for the clover / And they ask me how my life has been/ I guess I’ll have to say / I got stoned and I missed it / I got stoned and I missed it / I got stoned and it rolledright by.
—Shel Silverstein, “I Got Stoned And I Missed It”
Wake up late / Honey put on your clothes / And take your credit card to the liquor store / Well that’s one for youand two for me / by tonight I’ll be loaded like a freight train.
—Guns n’ Roses, “Nightrain”
Looking down the barrel of a gun / Son of a gun / Son of a bitch / Getting paid / getting rich.
(This lyric from PAUL’S BOUTIQUE is followed immediately by one of the most memorable samples in history – a snippet ofthe double snare kick and lead guitar intro to Mountain’s 1970 classic “Mississippi Queen.” But samples are a wholedifferent article.)
—Beastie Boys, “Looking Down The Barrel Of a Gun”
You are like a hurricane / There’s calm in your eye / And I’m getting blown away.
—Neil Young, “Like a Hurricane”
Then I got Mary pregnant and man, that was all she wrote. / And for my nineteenth birthday, I got a union card and awedding coat.
—Bruce Springsteen, “The River”
I don’t believe in The Beatles / I just believe in me.
—John Lennon, “God”
Oh I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes / You’d know what a drag it is to see you.
—Bob Dylan, “Positively 4th Street”
My life’s the same / I’m moving in stereo / My life’s the same / except for my shoes.
—The Cars, “Moving In Stereo”
And if the people stare, then the people stare / I really don’t know and I really don’t care.
—The Smiths, “Hand In Glove”
My brother knows where the best bars are / Let’s see how these blues’ll do in the town where the good times stay /Tu le ton temps that’s all we say.
—Lucinda Williams, “Crescent City”
Switching it over to AM / Searching for a truer sound / Can’t recall the call letters / Steel guitar and settle down/ Catching an all-night station somewhere in Louisiana / It sounds like 1963, but for now it sounds like heaven…
—Son Volt, “Windfall”
Well, I hear that Laurel Canyon is full of famous stars / But I hate them worse than lepers / and I’ll kill them intheir cars.
—Neil Young, “Revolution Blues”
Elvis was a hero to most be he never meant shit to me / Straight up racist that sucker was simple and plain /Motherfuck him and John Wayne.
—Public Enemy, “Fight the Power”
Sometimes I can’t wait to come down with cancer / At least then I’ll get to watch tv all day / And on my deathbedI’ll get all the answers / even if all my questions are taken away.
—Handsome Family, “Drunk By Noon”
Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. That’s all anyone’s ever really written about since rock music oozed out of the electricmud. The lines compiled here are only a small representation of all those moments – out there, in cars, on drugs, overcontinents, or under lovers – where a song’s lyrics have suddenly seemed so clear and true.
We all have these lines bouncing around in our heads. Glorious Noise encourages you to contribute to our list with thechoice phrases from the rock’s lyric book that you can’t live without.
142 thoughts on “Lyrics Born: Writing to Reach You”
Well you were the dull sound of sharp math when you were alive / No one’s gonna play the harp when you die.
–Modest Mouse, “Lives”
Now I’m a little bit older/
but i’m not a hell of a lot wiser
–Husker Du, “All This I’ve Done For You”
The world is over but I don’t care/’Cause I am with you/Now I’ve got to explain/Things, they have changed/In such a permanent way/Life seems unreal/Can we go back to your place?/”You drink too much”/Makes me drink just the same
contemplating suicide or a graduate degree
Pernice Brothers, “Working Girls”
Loneliness finds her own way
And the bridges are out
Under construction forever
The change in her form, she fits like my clothes
And trying to kiss her, I bloodied my nose
–Clem Snide, “Loneliness Finds Her Own Way”
they say that god makes problems
just to see what you can stand
before you do as the devil pleases
and give up the thing you love
but no one deserves it
the first time i saw you i knew it would never last
i’m not half what i wish i was
I learned the reason why man must work and how to dream big dreams,
To conquer time and space and fight the rivers and the seas
I stand here filled with my emptiness now and look at city and land
And I know why farms and cities are built by hot, warm, nervous hands.
I crossed many states just to stand here now, my face all hot with tears,
I crossed city, and valley, desert, and stream, to bring my body here:
My history and future blaze bright in me and all my joy and pain
Go through my head on our mountain bed where I smell your hair again.
let’s all have another Orange Julius
Thick syrup standing in lines
The malls are the soon to be ghost towns
so long, farewell, good-bye
My best friend is a junkie, sad but true / My best friend is a junkie, what’s your best friend do?
— Dead Milkmen, “Junkie”
Oh I do believeYou are what you perceive
What comes is better than what came before
Lifehouse – Everything
find me here
speak to mei want to feel you
i need to hear youyou are the light
that is leading me
to the place where
i find peace again
you are the strength
that keeps me walking
you are the hopethat keeps me trusting
you are the life to my soul
you are my purpose
you are everything
and how can i
stand here with you
and not be moved by you
would you tell mehow could it be
any better than this
you calm the storms
you give me rest
you hold me in your hands
you won’t let me fall
you still my heart
and you take my breath away
would you take me in
would you take me deeper now
’cause you’re all i want
you are all i need
you are everything
Bon Jovi – It’s Hard Letting You Go
It Ain’t No Fun Lying Down To Sleep
And There Ain’t No Secrets Left For Me To Keep
I Wish The Stars Up In The Sky Would All Just Call In Sick
And The Clouds Would Take The Moon Out On Some One Way Trip
I Drove All Night Down Streets That Wouldn’t Bend
But Somehow They Drove Me Back Here Once Again
To The Place I Lost At Love And The Place I Lost My Soul
I Wish I’d Just Burn Down This Place That We Called Home
It Would All Have Been So Easy
If You’d Only Made Me CryAnd Told Me How You’re Leaving Me
To Some Organ Grinder’s Lullaby
It’s Hard So Hard It’s Tearing Out My Heart…
It’s Hard Letting You Go
Now The Sky It Shines A Different Kind Of Blue
And The Neighbor’s Dog Don’t Bark Like He Used To
Well Me These Days
I Just Miss You It’s The Nights That I Go Insane
Unless You’re Coming Back
For Me That’s One Thing I Know That Won’t Change
Now Sone Tarot Card Shark Said I’ll Draw You A Heart
And We’ll Find You Somebody Else New
But I’ve Made My Last Trip To Those Carnival Lips
When I Bet All That I Had On You
You see you should take me seriously./Very seriously indeed./Cause I’ve been sleeping with your wife for the past sixteen weeks/Smoking your cigarettes, drinking your brandy,/messing up the bed you chose together./And in all that time I just wanted you to come home/unexpectedly one afternoon/And catch us at it in the front room./You see I spy for a living and I specialise in revenge/On taking the things I know will cause you pain./I can’t help it, I was dragged up./My favourite park’s a car park,/grass is something you smoke,/birds is something you shag./Take your year in Provence and shove it right up your arse.
Pulp, “I Spy”
It ain’t little green monkeys/It’s little white honkeys
Ras Kass, “Ordo Abchao (Order Out Of Chaos)”
“I rest my head on 115/but miracles only happen on 34th/so I guess life is mean/and death is the median/and purgatory is the mode that we settle in…”
– Cannibal Ox, “Iron Galaxy”
“The trees are fake, the air is dead/The birds are stuffed with poisoned lead/And the ground is much too clean/And if it’s only me who’s scared/Strap into electric chairs/Ring the moon like a broken bell…”
– Beck, “Steal My Body Home”
“That girl thinks she’s the queen of the neighborhood/I’ve got news for you/SHE IS!”
– Bikini Kill, “Rebel Girl”
“Every gimmick hungry yob digging gold from rock ‘n’ roll/Grabs the mike to tell us he’ll die before he’s sold/But I believe in this and it’s been tested by research/He who fucks nuns will later join the church”
– The Clash, “Death Or Glory”
“I hear that mother nature’s now on birth control/The coldest pimp be looking for somebody to hold/The highway up to Heaven got a crook on the toll/Youth full of fire ain’t got nowhere to go, nowhere to go…”
– Outkast, “Gasoline Dreams”
“Triangles were fallin at the window as the doctor cursed/He was a cartoon long forsaken by the public eye/The nurse adjusted her garters as I breathed my first/The doctor grabbed my throat and yelled, ‘God’s consolation prize!'”
– Richard Hell and the Voidoids, “Blank Generation”
Takes more than combat gear to make a man, Takes more than a license for a gun. Confront your enemies, avoid them when you can. A gentleman will walk but never run.
– Sting “Englishman In New York”
Love, love is a verb / love is a doing word
— Massive Attack, “Teardrop”
Brother runnin’ powder money
Daddy somewhere on a drunk
In the hours after washing
I do my dreaming with a gun
Gonna swing my scythe, got a hand upon the handle
Gonna shade my children ways I understand
Milk the trigger, kill the hunder
Staring down this broken land
–Chris Whitley, “Living With The Law”
And I keep hoping you are the same as me
And I’ll send you letters and come to your house for tea.
We are who we are, what do the others know?
But poetry is not for me, so show me the way to go home.
–The Sundays, “My Finest Hour”
“I wanna tell that I love her a lot, but I’ve gotta get a belly full of wine”
Beatle – Her Majesty
Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes ’round
They sing “I’m in love. What’s that song?
I’m in love with that song.”
– The Replacements, “Alex Chilton”
Every year is the same / and I feel it again / I’m a loser – no chance to winLeaves start fallin’ / comedown is callin’ / Loneliness starts sinkin’ inBut I’m one – I am oneAnd I can see / that this is me / and I will beYou’ll all see I’m the one.
–The Who, “I’m One”
“The sunshine bores the daylights out of me.”
— Rolling Stones, “Rocks Off”
“I was shakin’ like Little Richard,
I was sweatin’ like old James Brown”
– The artist fomerly known as Marah
little boy lost, he takes himself so seriously / he brags of his misery, he likes to live dangerously / and in bringing her name up he speaks of her farewell kiss to me /he’s sure got a lot of gall / to be so useless and all
-bob dylan, “visions of johanna”
looking out for number one is like drilling for a rainbow
-robyn hitchcock, “the man who invented himself”
every jumbled pile of person has a thinking part that wonders what the part that isn’t thinking isn’t thinking ofshould you worry when the skullhead is in front of you or is worse because it’s always waiting where your eyes don’t go?
-they might be giants, “where your eyes don’t go”
I put a bullet in his sugar head
He thanked me kindly and he lay down dead
Phony roses blossomed where he bled
And all the cheering angels shook my hand and said…
–“I’m The Man Who Murdered Love,” XTC
like a rhythm unbroken
like drums in the night
like sweet soul music
i need your love..
-U2, “Hawkmoon 269”
I feel like a quote out of context, with holding the rest, so I can be for you what you want to see.
Ben Folds Five – The Best Imitation of Myself
I don’t rape
and I don’t pillage
other people’s lives.
I don’t practice
what you preachand I won’t see through your eyes.
–Husker Du, “Deadly Skies”
Oh Mary Lou
Won’t you tell me what to do
I’ve got a dollar and a quarter
and a laser in my shoe.
If I don’t get an answer
gonna split myself in two.
–Meat Puppets, “Split Myself in Two”
I live sweat, but I dream light years.
–The Minutemen, “The Rise and The Fall” (I think)
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
–The Who, “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
If I were the man that you wanted, I would not be the man that I am.
–Lyle Lovett, “The Man That You Wanted”
“Play it FASTER!”
— Minor Threat, “(We’re Just A) Minor Threat”
“I’m sorry. And I miss you.”
— Slint (it ain’t what he sings, it’s how he sings it. There’s a world of regret and aching loss in those whispered six words.)
i stood unwound beneath the skies
and clouds unbound by laws.
Old friend/Listen/I’m tired of you pissing your whole life away…We miss you/We mean it…
And we just can’t have that, girl
’cause it’s a sad, lonesome, cold world
and a man needs a woman just to stand by his side
and whisper sweet words in his ears about
daydreams and roses and playthings
and the sweetness of springtime,
and the sound of the rain
– Townes Van Zandt, “Don’t You Take it Too Bad”
I don’t feel tardy
– Van Halen, “Hot for Teacher”
As I was motivating over the hill, saw Maybelline in a Coupe De Ville, Cadillac rolling on the open road, nothin outruns my V-8 Ford, Cadillac doin bout 95, was bumper to bumper going side by side…Cadillac rolled up ahead of the Ford, Ford got hot wouldn’t do no more, soon got cloudy and it started to rain, I tooted my horn for the passing lane, water was pourin under my hood, I knew that was doin my motor good…The motor cooled down, the heat went down, that’s when I heard that highway sound, Cadillac sittin like a ton of lead, One hundred ten half a mile ahead, Cadillac looked like it was sittin still, and I caught Maybelline at the top of the hill
-Chuck Berry, “Maybelline”
You may be sweet and nice, but that won’t keep you warm at night, cause I’m the one who showed you how, to do the things you’re doing now, He may feel all your charms, he may hold you in his arms, but I’m the one who let you in, I was right beside you then, I’m your toy, I’m your ol’ boy, but I don’t want no one but you to love me, no I wouldn’t like, you know I’m not that kind of guy
-Gram Parsons “Hot Burrito #2”
“When those walls close in around you
When all about you doubt you
When the world can live without you
Get a grip and keep it”
Rollins Band – “Grip” from End of Silence.
Comment: Not to get all jock on you guys, but this is the greatest weight lifting song ever.
Dream a dream that lies right at your door.
Sleeping with a full moon blanket
Sand and feathers for my head
Dreams have never been the answer
And dreams have never made my bed
Dreams have never made my bed
And I’m lost, behind
The words I’ll never find
And I’m left behind
As seasons roll on by chris cornell
In the early evening then you crack each other up, laughing till your practically bent double on the floor, Amidst a sea of empty bottles, crockery, and coffee cups, using anything for ashtrays, drinking drinks you can’t afford..and you’re still bored.
THE LUCKSMITHS–Smokers in Love
You’re short on long term goals, there’s a party there that we ought to, but you still love Rock and Roll, your still love Rock and Roll
It’s never over, a kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder/ It’s never over, she’s a tear that hangs inside my soul forever
JEFF BUCKLEY–Lover, You Should’ve Come Over
Chewin’ out a rhythm on my bubblegum, the sun is out and I want some.
Try and free a slave of ignoranceTry and teach a whore about romance
-The Replacements “Answering Machine”
Look me in the eye/ Then tell me that I’m satisfied/ Hey! Was you satisfied?
-The Replacements “Unsatisfied”
And like a joke that’s told without its final line/ Where’s it go-ing?
-The Walkmen “Walk On”
Holy crap, I meant “Wake Up”, not “Walk On”! Damn you U2, damn you to hell!! :D
“How much can a bus cost?”
“I’m the same as I was when I was six years old”
– Modest Mouse”
The music is boring me to death”
– Cat Power
“It don’t matter now / like Purina Cat Chow / the first beat I ever did / was Meow Meow Meow Meow”
– Biz Markie
“this is the first of the last calls”
– Husker Du
“Is she weird?”
“Remember this / when they kiss / women and men exchange spit that is venomous”
– Sage Francis
“from the lives I tried to lead / to the one that I received / each painted sign along the road / will disappear in source tags & code”
– Trail of Dead
“I’m out picking Garbonzo beans to add to my Hummus collection”
“you are forgiven”
– The Who
“try to catch a falling star / crush it into dust / and stuff it down a jar”
– Mission of Burma
“take out your fuckin’ retainer and put it in your purse”
– Dead Kennedys
“I’m a writer / a poet / a genius / i know it / i don’t buy cheeba / i grow it (i’m a farmer)”
– Beastie Boys
“I’m a city slicker / yeah, I ain’t no townie / and right now I wish I had another hash brownie”
– Beastie Boys
“Like Vaughn Bode / I’m a Cheech Wizard”
– Beastie Boys
“you took my hand / and we fell into it / like a daydream / or a fever”
– Godspeed you black emperor!
I’m not here This isn’t happening
–Radiohead, “How to Disappear Completely”
I’d tell all my friends but they’d never believe me, They’d think that I’d finally lost it completely. I’d show them the stars and the meaning of life. They’d shut me away.But I’d be alright
–Radiohead, “Subterranean Homesick Alien”
Hey man, slow down
–Radiohead, “The Tourist”
300 people living out in west virginia
have no idea of all these thoughts that lie within ya
–the White Stripes, “This Protector”
You said the union forever
You said the union forever
You cried the union forever
but that was untrue girl
cause it can’t be love
for there is no true love
–the White Stripes, “The Union Forever”
He knows it’s justified to kill to survive
He then in dollars makes more dead than alive
Let’s suck more blood, let’s run three hours a day
The world is over but I don’t care
‘Cause I am with you
Now I’ve got to explain
Things, they have changed
In such a permanent way
Life seems unreal
Can we go back to your place?
“You drink too much”
Makes me drink just the same
–The Strokes, “Alone, Together”
Pleased to meet you. Hope you guessed my name.
–The Rolling Stones, “Sympathy For the Devil”
im all alone so far up here
and my oxygen’s all gone
-at the drive in
Come pick me up
Take me out
Fuck me up
Steal my records
Screw all my friends
They’re all full of shit
With a smile on your face
And then do it again
-ryan adams, come pick me up
“Maria don’t go. What are you doing after the show?”/ These are the words that I’ll never get to say./ Maria, I know I’d be someone you’d like to know,/ but I am in no condition to make a first impression today.
-Phil Pritchett: “Maria”
I don’t think you know that I think you don’t know
– John Prine: “Humidity Built The Snowman”
Another late night has become a day that I never hoped to see, I don’t know what she’s thinking of, but it is surely not of me.
-The Starroom Boys: “Gastonia”
In the darkness something binds you,
To me so that I can find you,
When you want me I will be there,
Just hold on I’m somewhere out there.
-Steve Earle, “Somewhere Out There”
I want you so bad it’s driving me mad.
She’s so heavy.
Girl of my dreams
Things are as bad as they seem
She is only 16
That’s why she’s only a dream
Woman of my dreams
lives right down my street
Has a daughter who’s 16
That’s why she’s only a dream
What do I do this for?
Got to get out some more
Go down to the grocery store,
Meet someone I adore
Someone who makes me laugh
Someone to be my better half
Keep me warm under the sack
Share with me, my midnight snack
House of my dreams
Things are as bad as they seem
My parents house I’ll stay for free
Until I’m at least 43
when you come like an iceberg, float in darkness
smashing my hull send me to the bottom of the sea
i should know you better now
when you come your majesty to entrap me
prince of light receding
the sooner the better now
and when you come to cover me
with you kisses hard like armour
the sooner the better nowi
‘ll know you by the thunderclap
pouring like a rain of blood to my emotion
One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain.
So hit me with music, brutalize me with music.
–Bob Marley, “Trenchtown Rock”
“pop rocks in her nostrils ’cause she loves her PCP”
– Jucifer “amplifier”
“mothers taught us patience / the values of restraint / fathers taught us boundries / beyond which we must go”
– Mission of Burma “that’s when I reach for my revolver”
“i got a letter from the government the other day / i opened / and read it / it said they were suckers”
– Public Enemy “black steel in the hour of chaos”
“we’re not scare mongering / this is really happening”
– Radiohead “idioteque”
“so get up off your knees / because one of us sucks / and the other one’s me”
– Molemen “not impressed”
“when it’s time to party we will party hard”
– Andrew WK “party hard”
“captain, there are doubts / regarding your abliity”
– firehose “brave captain”
“all? no, all!”
– Descendents “no,all”
“karma police arrest this man / he talks in maths / he buzzes like a fridge / he’s like a detuned radio / karma police arrest this girl / her hitler hairdo is making me feel ill / and we have crashed her party / this is what you get / when you mess with us”
-Radiohead “karma police”
“Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking when I said I’d like to smash every tooth in your head Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking when I said by rights you should be bludgeoned in your bed And now I know how Joan of Arc felt now I know how Joan of Arc felt as the flames rose to her Roman nose and her Walkman started to melt Bigmouth, bigmouth bigmouth strikes again and I’ve got no right to take my place with the human race”
-The Smiths “bigmouth strikes again”
“this A Plus grades the quiz / so there it is”
– Del & Heiroglyphics “burnt”
I bought you mail order/My plain wrapper babyYour skin is like vinyl, the perfect companionYou float in my new pool/You look so delightful/Inflatable baby, my roll is to serve youDisposable darling, can’t throw you away, nowImmortal and life-size/My breath is inside you.–Roxy Music, “In Every Dream Home a Heartache
She’s a tangerineMade in CaliforniaShe’s a soul filletJust a little haikuTo say how much I like youAnd sap your sex away-Buffalo Tom
“My brain’s the cliff and my heart’s the bitter buffalo”- Isaac Brock ” Heart Cooks Brain”
“Hold my life…because I just might lose it.” Replacements
“Hold my life…until I’m ready to use it.”
I am an architect, they call me a butcherI am a pioneer, they call me primitiveI am purity, they call me pervertedholding you but I only miss these things when they leave–Manic Street Preachers, “Faster”
And the itchTo get rich quickHas never been so hard to reachWith my hands tied behind my backShin deep in cement and sandJust like the anchor-man, I broke looseAnd crashed to the sea-bedClutching the shortest strawAnd if you threw me a lineThat’s as smart as you thinkIt wouldn’t stop me from sinking down to cryOn what flashed before my eyes.”Only Tongue Can Tell” by the TRASH CAN SINATRAS (album: “Cake”, 1990). This band have written some of the most creative lyrics in modern music.
You called me after midnight, must’ve been three years since we last spoke. I slowly tried to bring back the image of your face from the memory so old.I tried so hard to follow but didn’t catch the half of what had gone wrong. Said “I don’t know what I can save you from…”I don’t know what I can save you from.I asked you to come over, within half an hour you were at my door.I’d never really known you but I realize that the one you were before had changed into somebody for whom I wouldn’t mind to put the kettle on. Still I don’t know what I can save you from…I don’t know what I can save you from. -Kings of Convenience
“If I had me a shotgun, I’d blow you straight to Hell.”- Candyman, Robert Hunter / Grateful Dead
The alcoholic bastard waved his finger at meand his voice was filled with evangelical gleesipping down his gin and tonicswhile preaching about the evils of narcoticsand the evils of sexand the wages of sinwhile he mentally fondles his next of kin’cause my mind has wandered from the flock, you seeand the flock has wandered away from mehe waved his hypnotizing finger at me-Boingo, “Insanity”
On a ferris wheel looking out on Coney IslandUnder more stars than there are prostitutes in ThailandOur hair in the airOur lips blue from cotton candyWhen we kiss it feels like a flying saucer landingAnd I can’t sleep, cause you’ve got strange powers–Magnetic FieldsI could kill you sureBut I can only make you cry with these words– Belle & SebastianI couldn’t be good for you to be good for– Kleenex Girl WonderI’ve got no sense of direction, I guess I’ve got no sense at all– Magnetic FieldsWhy are we still here in this repulsive town when all our friends are in New York– Magnetic FieldsI saw your face and I thought it was a dream– the ClienteleWho’s that boy with the ocean green eyes at Rough Trade every Saturday?Don’t he look cute in his 80s track suitI wish I hadn’t thrown mine away…Does your heart go boom when he walks in the room?…Do the stars explode when he walks you home On a cool and clear evening?Do you wanna put him on like your favorite songOr never wanna hear him?…If you don’t, he’s not a real punk boy…– Helen Love
let’s turn our prayersinto outrageous daresand mark our pagein a future age–wilco, “in a future age”
Mary Lou she found out how to copeShe rides to heaven in a gyroscopeThe daily news asks her for the dopeShe says, “Man the dope’s that there’s still hope.”- Bruce, 1973.
Your heart felt good it was drippin’pitch and made of woodAnd your hands and kneesfelt cold and wet on the grass to me–Modest Mouse
I am the world’s forgotten boythe one who searches and destroyshoney gotta help me pleasesomebody gotta save my soulbaby detonate for me–The Stooges “Search And Destroy”She said, “I’ve got tickets to Iron Maiden, baby”Come with me Friday, don’t say maybeI’m just a teenage dirtbag babylike you–Wheatus “Teenage Dirtbag”The problem of leisurewhat to do for pleasure–Gang of Four “Natural’s Not In It”I’ve got a foggy notionDo it againOver in the cornerdo it againGot my calomine lotiondo it againVelvet Underground “Foggy Notion”Well all’s not wellbut i’m told that it’ll all be quite niceyou’ll be drowned in boots like Mafiabut your feet will still float like Christ’sand i’ll be damnedthey were righti’m drowning upside downmy feet afloat like Christ’si’m in heaventrying to figure out which stackthey’re going to stuff us atheists intowhen Peter and his monkey laughand i laugh with themi’m not sure what atthey point and saywe’ll keep you in the backpolishing halos, baking manna and gaswell some guy comes in looking a bit like everyone i ever seenhe moves just like crisco discobreath 100% listerinehe says looking at something elsebut directing everything to meever time anyone gets on their knees to praywell it makes my telephone ringand i’ll be damnedhe said you were rightno one’s running this whole thinghe had a theory toohe said that god takes care of himselfand you of youit’s all nice on ice alright–Modest Mouse “STYROFOAM BOOTS” Makes no sense at allmakes no diff-erence at all–Husker Du
I’m a joker, I’m a smoker, I’m a midnight toker, get my lovin’ on the run…. Really love your peaches wanna shake your tree…Joker, Steve MillerYou’ve been messin where you should be a’messin and you keep think that you’ll never get burned..I’ve just got me a brand new box of matches and what he knows you’ve ain’t had time to learn.These boots are made for walkin’ Nancy SinatraSlowly, I have the feeling that we are going nowhere unless we are prepared to accept the journey and forget the destination.Pepe Deluxe
The river to the ocean goes,a fortune for the undertow.None of this is going my way.There is nothing left to throwof Ginger, lemon, indigo,coriander stem and rose of hay.Strength and courage overridesthe privileged and weary eyesof river poet search naivete.Pick up here and chase the ride.The river empties to the tide.All of this is coming your way.–R.E.M. “Find The River”You have to learn how to dieif you wanna wanna be alive– Wilco, “War on War”The grass ain’t greenerthe wine ain’t sweetereither side of the hill–Grateful Dead, “Ramblin’ Rose”
and i find it kind of funnyi find it kind of sadthe dreams in which i’m dyingare the best i’ve ever hadmad world (i think its originally by tears for fears but i heard it in donnie darko)
Paralyzed by conscienceLooking for an openingApathyAs your vocal cords cut out–Uncle Tupelo (Jay Farrar) “Steal the Crumbs”I got you.–Wilco “I Got you.”In my dreams, you’re alive and you’re crying.–Neutral Milk Hotel (?? from In the Aeroplane over the Sea.)He had a black eye, he was proud of, like some of his friends.Made him feel somewhere outside of everything and everywhere he’d been.–Uncle Tupelo (Jeff Tweedy) “Black Eye”
nothing’s changedI still love you, oh I still love you…only slightly, only slightly less than I used to, my lovethe smiths
on and on and on and onit’s sad to move on-replacements
In a green dressed she dancedLike a net in the waterSwaying off the coast of South CarolinaLike a pickled princess dancingLike some lost queen of IrelandLike a story told againLike a new best friend . . . No mingling of limbsFor she moved to En-gl-andNQ ArbuckleForget your perfect offering There’s a crack, a crack in everythingThat’s how the light gets inLeonard CohenThe piano has been drinking,not meTom Waits
Ummm that should be green “dress”
“i can’t tell one from another/did i find you or you find me?””and you’ll love me till my heart stops/love me till i’m dead”talking headsthis must be the place (naive melody)speaking in tongues
Everybody goesLeaving those who fall behindEverybody goesAs far as they canThey don’t just careYou’re a wasted faceYou’re a sad-eyed lieYou’re a holocaust.–Big Star, “Holocaust”
‘and everyone wants to be special here’replacements
that’s pretty funny considering alex chilton is/was paul westerberg’s hero
“You gotta pay your dues Before you pay the rent.”Pavement “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain”
Here he comes, He’s all dressed in black- Velvet Underground “I’m Waiting For The Man”One fine morning she turned on a new York station, She couldn’t believe what she heard at all, She started dancing to that fine fine music, You know her life was changed by rock & roll.- Velvet Underground, “Rock & Roll”I can’t believe how strange it is to be anything at all- Neutral Milk Hotel “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”
I am a lost soul/ I shoot myself with rock and roll/ The hole I dig is bottomless but nothing else can set me free….Guided By Voices “I am a scientist”
“I’m going nowhere but I’m guaranteed to be late.” – Modest Mouse”Would you hear my voice come through the music? Would you hold it near, as it were your own?” – Robert Hunter/Grateful Dead
I am a lost soul/ I shoot myself with rock and roll/ The hole I dig is bottomless but nothing else can set me free….Guided By Voices “I am a scientist”
And I’m amazed at the way you count my failings like some clerkLike you’re the saint in this relationhip and me I’m just some jerk’Cause it’s love we got between us, and relationships take work so why don’t you try?’Cause I’m a lazy guyYeah I’m amazed at the way the days just slip on by so fastLike ten thousand go-carts racing down the mountain of the pastIf I had a bead on what I need to make the moment last I just might tryI just might try-Slobberbone, Lazy GuySaturday, the twelfth of May, the policeman turns the valveAnd the first drunk of the weekend dribbles outCollect all your effects and take a cab straight to the barYou’re wondering what the whisperings all aboutWell I’ll tell you:It’s about the easy sheen of alcohol, of better-not-do’s doneOf blinking lights and the curse of roomates’ tonguesAn entire bar’s worth holding theirs, but it only takes just oneAnd then it’s pass that can around, it’s your turn, son-Slobberbone, Pinball SongI am Emperor Ronald Regan,Born again, with facist cravings.-Dead Kennedys, We’ve Got a Bigger Problem NowHe wants a shoehorn, the kind with teeth.People should get beat up for statin’ their beliefs.He wants a shoehorn, the kind with teeth.Because he knows there’s no such thing.-They Might be Giants, Shoehorn With Teeth
I want to be cool, tall, vulnerable and luscious–I would have it all if I’d only had this muchLiz Phair, “Perfect World”
We’re a mess of eyeliner and spraypaintDIY destruction of Chanel chic-Manics, Stay BeautifulAnd they made sure the obituaries showed pictures of smoke stacks-At the drive-in, invalid litter deptSo what does it mean, a mistake or twoIf its the kind of mistake no-one can trace to you?-Pavement, Zurich is stained
the rich are gettin richer/ the poor are gettin drunk….replacementsyou were invited to a ball/ went to heavy on the sauce/ can you stand up straight while i illuminate/ i feel every flaw…silkworm
“I’ll tell you this – No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn” – Jim Morrison (The WASP)”I’m thinking of drinking the entire sea, where fishes make wishes and swim into me. There is no place other that I’d rather be.” – Elf Power (O What a Beautiful Dream)”Charged with insults and flattery -Her body moves with malice -Do you have to be so cruel to be callous?” – Elvis Costello (Beyond Belief)”She’s been switched on inside my headAn imaginary friend sitting by my bedTaking pictures of my soulAll the angles no-one could know” – The Beta Band (It’s Over)”Somewhere through a thousand years a dragonfly descends with just a whisper I’m lonelier than god, and all my wishes spin the fishes in the air and everyone a different shade of you and to the left where up is down Now stands a zebra made of shapes of me and silver and the sun So bring no guilt with you up above the flatline Let’s just hit the sky exploding into one” – HUM (Suicide Machine)
a lot of things have changedsince you said good-byethere were reasonsfor you to love mebut I gave you noneso I’ll tap my glassand nod my chinand wonder who you’ve beenin rhythm with–Wilco, “Cars Can’t Escape”
my feelings never change a biti always feel like shiti don’t know whyi guess that i….just do
let’s get ready to rumble pj and duncan 4 fuckin life
Heaven’s just a rumor she’ll dispel.as she walks me through the nicest parts of hell.i still dream of lips i never should have never kissed.( “Sanctified” by Nine Inch Nails)well she knows exactly what i can’t resist
I’m a rainbow too – Bob Marley
Day divides a night Night divides a daytry to run, try to hideBreak on through to the other side”Break On Through”-The DoorsTonight I’ll dream while in my bed when silly thoughts go through my head about the bugs and alphabet and when I wake tommorow I’ll bet that you and I will walk together again cause I can tell that we’re going to be friends”We’re going to be friends”-The White StripesI know someday you’ll have a beautiful life, I know you’ll be a star In somebody else’s sky, but why Why, why can’t it be, why can’t it be mine…”Black”-Pearl JamSome folks are born to wave the flag Ooh they’re red white and blue. And when the band plays “Hail to the chief” Ooh they point the cannon at you Lord It ain’t me, It ain’t meI ain’t no senator’s sonIt ain’t me, It ain’t meI ain’t no fortunate one”Fortunate Son” -CCRBuried deep as you can dig inside yourself and hidden in the public eye such a stellar monument to loneliness. Laced with brilliant smiles and shining eyes and perfect makeup, but you’re barely scraping by, but you’re barely scraping by”The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most”-Dashboard Confessional
I drink juice by the gallon. I’m like a combination Joe Stalin-Woody Allen.–Chilly Gonzales, “This One Jam”
i see my light come shiningfrom the west unto the eastany day nowany day nowi shall be released–dylan/the band
“And every gimmick hungry yob diggin gold from rock n roll grabs the mike to tell us he’ll die before he’s sold,But I believe in this and it’s been tested by research, he who fucks nuns will later join the church.”-the Clash”We drove that car as far as we could,abandoned it out west,Splitting up on a dark sad nightBoth agreeing t was best.””Ain’t it just like the nightto play drinks when you’re trying to be so quiet,We’ll sit here stranded though we’re all doing our best to deny it.””He woke up, the room was bare, he didnt see her anywhere…Felt that emptyness inside to whichhe just could not relate,Brought on by a simple twist of fate.”Bob Dylan
Please hold on to the steel rail.– Syd Barrett
But how strange the changeFrom Major to MinorEv’ry Time You Say Goodbye– Cole Porter
“We drove that car as far as we could,Abandoned it out west,Splitting up on a dark sad night,Both agreeing it was best.”-Bob Dylan “Tangled Up In Blue””I shouted out, ‘who killed the Kennedys?’, when after all it was you and me.”-Stones “Sympathy for the Devil””There ain’t no asylum hereKing Solomon never lived round here”-Clash “Straight to Hell”
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English wayThe time has gone, the song is over, thought i’d something more to say.–Pink FloydI don’t care about pollutionI’m an air conditioned gypsy.That’s my solution.Watch the police and the taxman miss meI’m mobile!– The WhoI want to be your blow job queen.– Liz PhairTry hardGet boughtGet back Ride railGet jailedJump bailJoin the army if you fail
That last one below is Bobby Dylan
“sprinkle all my kisses on your head…stars full of wishes fill our bed.”- smashing pumpkins
“I wasn’t born so much as I fell out.Nobody seemed to notice me” – lost in the supermarket, the clash”because the earth is round, it turns me on…” – beatles, abbey road”I hit the big one-oI’m ten years oldcandy just doesn’t taste as good anymore”–sad and dreamy, alejandro escovedo”We’re all living proof that nothing lasts” – Jay Farrar, Son Volt”Honey put down that flyswatter, and pour me some icewater…” – lyle lovett”Connections I’ve made never follow through, and sooner or later they disappoint you” – Sebadoh”Heavenly wine and roses, seem to whisper to me…when you smile…” – Lou Reed”Republicans, Democrats, can’t give you the facts,Your parents won’t tell you till your grown,And every star that shines in the back of your mind is just waitin’For its cover to be blown” – we’ve been had, uncle tupelo
“He seems as though he’s someone who is never stuck for answers, you said his paint seemed to leap right off the canvas”-Knieval, “Need to Know””It’s raining, it’s raining there’s nothing you can do. It doesn’t only rain on you, but you’re acting all upset like you’re the only one who’s wet.”-Quasi “It’s Raining”
you know i lose/ you know i win./ you know i call for/ the shape i’m in./ it’s just a game/ you see me play/ only real in the way/ that i feel from day to day.
neil young/world on a string
Destroyed in the wake the jealous ingrates will tear this world down to spite god above with his own love -the smashing pumpkins “wound”We all want to hold in the everlasting gaze enchanted in the rapture of his sentimental sway but underneath the wheels lie the skulls of every cog the fickle fascination of an everlasting god You know i’m not dead The Smashing Pumpkins “everlasting Gaze”you say i’m beautifulwell i can’t help ityou say i’m emptywe all know i’m full of shitthe smashing pumpkins “dross”Well I never said I wouldn’tThrow my jacket in the mud for youbut my father gave it to me somaybe I should carry youthen you said”You almost dropped me”so then I didand I got mud on my shoesThe White Stripes “I’m finding it harder to be a gentlemen”And if a Double-Decker bus Crashes into usto die by your sideis such a heavenly way to diethe smiths “Light that never…”A dreaded Sunny day so i’ll meet you at the cemetary gatesThe Smiths “Cemetary gates”
So drunk, in the August sunAnd you’re the kind of girl I likeBecause you’re empty, and I’m emptyAnd you can never quarantine the past. – Pavement, “Gold Soundz”
“you were a still born baby / mother didn’t want you, but you were still born / boy meets world, of course his pops is gone / what you figga? / that chalky outline on the ground is a father figure”.
time provides the ropebut love will tie the slipknotand i will be the chair you kick away–the magnetic fields “the desperate things you made me do””you wake up in the middle of the nightfrom a dream you won’t remember flashing on like a cop’s light”–elliott smith “the white lady loves you more””you walk down alameda looking at the cracks in the sidewalkthinking about your friendshow you maintain all them in a constant state of suspensefor your own protection over their affectionnobody broke your heartyou broke your own because you can’t finish what you start”–elliott smith “alameda””love is suicide”–the smashing pumpkins “bodies””i fear that i am ordinary just like everyone”–the smashing pumpkins “muzzle””All the umbrellas in London couldn’t stop this rain And all the dope in New York couldn’t kill this pain And all the money in Tokyo couldn’t make me stay All the umbrellas in London couldn’t stop this rain.”–the magnetic fields “all the umbrellas in london”
i haven’t seen you in agesbut it’s not as bleak as it seemswe still dance on whirling stagesin my busby berkeley dreams–magnetic fields
“A cry for help, a hint of anaesthesia,The sound from broken homes, we used to always meet here,As he lays asleep, she takes him in her arms,Some things I have to do, but I don’t mean you harm…”-Joy Division, “Colony””Our only defence is together as an army, I’ll hold you like a gun!”-The Pop Group, “She is Beyond Good and Evil””The air no longer in my throat,Another perfect lie is choked,But it always feels the same…”-The Cure, “Primary””My mouthing at you, my tongue at the stake,I should welt should I hold you, I should gash should I kiss you…”-Cocteau Twins, “Blind Dumb Deaf””The dreams are all melting; I went here before,Outside the heavens, the thoughts are reborn…”-Mission of Burma, “Trem Two””You said I tend to spend my life chasing rainbows,Well, I said that’s a cliched phrase, and anyway I like it when the rain goes…”-The Teardrop Explodes, “Books””Behind the twenty-foot gates of splendour and isolation,Yeah, we’ll beat you to death if you give us the chance!”-Julian Cope, “Leperskin””Looks like I’m falling to the floor again as a direct result of trying to grasp something that could never have been achieved by me or anybody else. It’s just a question of time now before I realise…”-Crispy Ambulance, “A Sense of Reason””Keeping up my best in my place in this world…”-Liquid Liquid, “Cavern””High ideals will prevail because we refuse to beThe stepping stones that pave the way for the small minority…”-The New Age Steppers, “Crazy Dreams and High Ideals”
…I’d rather stay here in my room,Nothin’ out there but sad and gloom,I don’t wanna live in a big old tombon grand street…(I Don’t Wanna Grow Up, Tom Waits)There’s a singer singing,Proud and strong,To nobody at all.Even though she’s clear and true,She’s very talented too,She isn’t wearing the right boots.(My Sweet Relief, Martin Tielli)”So why’d they have to clearcut anyway,” she cried,”You don’t wanna pick on no one twice your size.”(Ain’t Got Nothing But Plenty of Time, Jeremy Fisher)
I seen a man stand over a dead dogby the highway in a ditchHe’s lookin’ down kinda puzzledpokin’ that dog with a stick.Got his car door flung openout on highway 31Like if he stood there long enoughthat dog’d get up and run.(Bruce Springsteen, Reason to Believe)
she said, she said “you don’t know shit, because you’ve never been there” -Ned’s Atomic Dustbin “Kill Your Television”I got static in my head-Eliott Smith “Tomorrow Tommorrow”unable to forgive your scarlet lettermen-Tool “The Grudge”Jesus and his lawyer are coming back-Eels “Novacaine For the Soul”coax me, cajole me-Sloan “Coax Me”his cigarrette is burning, but he never seems to ashCake – “Comfort Eagle”
There’s a club if you’d like to goyou could meet somebody who really loves youso you go, and you stand on your ownand you leave on your ownand you go home, and you cryand you want to dieThe Smith, “How soon is now”
This was never my world you took the angel awayI’d kill myself to make everybody payMarilyn Manson, “Coma Black”
And I’ll hold you close in the back of my mindFeels so good but damn it makes me hurt- Ryan Adams, “La Cienega Just Smiled”Come on, come on down, sweet VirginiaCome on, come on down, I’m beggin’ youCome on, come on down, you got it in ya, yeahGot to scrape the shit right off your shoes- Rolling Stones, “Sweet Virginia”I got 350 heads on a 305 engineI get ten miles to the gallonI ain’t got no good intentions- Drive-By Truckers, “Zip City”Give me back my broken night, my mirrored room, my secret lifeIt’s lonely here, there’s no one left to tortureGive me absolute control over every living soulAnd lie beside me baby, that’s an orderGive me crack, anal sex, take the only tree that’s leftStuff it up the hole in your cultureGive me back the Berlin Wall, give me Stalin and St. PaulI’ve seen the future, brother, it is murder- Leonard Cohen, “The Future”Ghost electricity howls in the bones of her faceWhere these visions of Joanna have now taken my place- Bob Dylan, “Visions of Joanna”Up here in the city, feels like things are closin’ inThe sunset’s just my lightbulb burning outI miss Kentucky, and I miss my familyOh the sweetest winds they blow across the south- Ryan Adams, “Oh My Sweet Carolina”
Time takes it’s crazy toll-Thurston Moore The Diamond Sea by Sonic Youthnow on the busnearly touching this dirty retreatfalling out 6th and powell a dead sweat in my teethgonna walk walk walkfour more blocks plus one in my breakdown downstairs to the manhe’s gonna make it all oki can’t beat myselfi can’t beat myselfand i don’t want to talki’m taking the cure so i can be quietwhenever i wantso leave me aloneyou ought to be proud that i’m getting good marks-Elliott Smith from Needle In The HayLets get together before we get much olderDon’t cryDon’t raise yr eyesIts only teenage wastlandPete Townshend from Baba O’Reillywish you gave me your numberwish i could call you todayjust to hear a voicei got a long way to goi’m getting further away-Elliott Smith from I Better Be Quiet NowCinderella she seems so easyIt takes one to know one she smiledThen she put her hands into her back pocketsBetty Davis style-Bob Dylan from Desolation RowDiving for dear lifeWhen we could be diving for pearls- Elvis Costello from ShipbuildingGod only knows what I’d be with out you…-Beach Boysand too many more
the moon ain’t romantic,it’s intimidating as hell- Tom Waitsit took these months to make me seestill I barely understandlove will always, always belarger and different than our plans- Peter Mulveyin this world of shitbaby, you are it- the EelsI’m sick of all the facesstaring back as if to sayI know that you’re half crazybut I wish you would go all the way- Golden Smog
what time is it said the judgeto joey when they met”five to ten” said joeyjudge says thats exactly what you get
“Your breath smells like hairgelI love you but you don’t know how to spell”
that last one was Beck “Cold Ass Fashion”I also like”you turned my body into a crutch and now I’m limpin all over when I feel your touch”Beck “Fuckin’ with my Head””If I die before I learn to speak,will money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep”Primitive Radio Gods
What am I still to you Some thief who stole from you Or some fool drama queen whose chances were few?Love brings us to who we need A place where we can save A heart that beats as both siphon and reservoir You’re a woman, I’m a calf You’re a window, I’m a knife We come together making chance into starlightMeet me tomorrow night Or any day you wantI have no right to wonder just how, or when You know the meaning fits There’s no relief in this I miss my beautiful friend I have to send it away to bring her back again. –Jeff Buckley, Morning Theft
Once upon a time I was falling in love
Now I’m only falling apart
–Bonnie Tyler, “Total Eclipse of the Heart”
Don’t it bring you down
It’s only castles burnin’
Find someone who’s turnin’
And you will come around – Neil Young, “Dont Let It Bring You Down”
First, nothing’s worse than a mother’s pain
Of a son slain in Bensonhurst
Can’t wait for the state to decide the fate
So this jam I dedicate
– Chuck D. “Welcome to the Terrordome” (Public Enemy)
I learn my name
I write with a number two pencil
I work up to my potential
I earn my meat
I come when called
I jump when you circle the cherry
I sing like a good canary
I come when called
– Liz Phair, “Canary”
“Hey, Ho! Let’s go!”
– Joey Ramone, “Blitzkreig Bop” (The Ramones)
‘you look like a perfect fit, for a girl in need of a tourniquet’ -“save me” aimee mann
‘7 am, the garbage truck beeps as it backs up and i start my day thinking about what ive thrown away’ -“11 am” incubus
‘i wanna taste the salt of your skin, the soft dive of oblivion’ -“hows it gonna be” third eye blind
The new groups are not concerned
With what there is to be learned
They got Burton suits, ha you think it’s funny
Turning rebellion into money
All over people changing their votes
Along with their overcoats
If Adolf Hitler flew in today
They’d send a limousine anyway
I’m the all night drug-prowling wolf
Who looks so sick in the sun
I’m the white man in the Palais
Just lookin’ for fun
Looking for fun
CLASH – White Man in Hammersmith Palais (Strummer/Jones)…rest peacefully Joe
We can talk of riots and petrol bombs and revolutions all day long.
But if we fail to organise we’ll waste our lives on protest songs!
THE REDSKINS – Unionise.
I cry to the alleyway,
confess all to the rain,
but I lie, lie strait to the mirror,
the one I’ve broken to match my face.
The trash fire is warm,
but no where safe from the storm.
So as I write to you,
Of what is done & to do
Maybe you’ll understand
& wont cry for this man,
’cause low man is due.
Metallica – Low Man’s Lyric
I wrote her a letter/ With the stinger still inside/ I shoulda skipped that bluff/ I knew I’d had too much
“you and your cocaine parties”
-Star Room Boys
“I need a girl who knows how to wear a black jacket, wear it with grace and style”
where her necklaces close
where her garments come together
where I used to lay my face
That’s where you oughta kill her
in that particular place
–Shellac, “Prayer to God”
I was in Heaven
I was in Hell
believe in neither
but fear ’em as well
–Modest Mouse, “Doin’ the Cockroach”
I’m a rabbit in your headlights
Scared of the spotlight
You don’t come to visit
I’m stuck in this bed
–Thom Yorke/U.N.K.L.E., “Rabbit in Your Headlights”
Watch the sun rise,
Say your good-byes,
Off we go.
Hit the road.
–Maroon 5, “Secret”
What else can I be?
Those 2 lines revealed more about Kurt than anything.
can’t take this away from me
music is the air i breathe)
take take the noise in my head
take take the noise in my head
c’mon and turn turn it up
i wanna turn turn you on
Sleater Kinney- Words and Guitar
we may get caught
but we’ll never be found
not until we’re on our knees
we may get caught
but we’ll never be found
not until we’re on our knees
lovely isnt love until it bleeds
Verbena- Lovely Isn’t Love
Rows of houses, all bearing down on me
I can feel their blue hands touching me
All these things into position
All these things we’ll one day swallow whole
And fade out again and fade out
This machine will, will not communicate
These thoughts and the strain I am under
Be a world child, form a circle
Before we all go under
And fade out again and fade out again
Cracked eggs, dead birds
Scream as they fight for life
I can feel death, can see its beady eyes
All these things into position
All these things we’ll one day swallow whole
And fade out again and fade out again
Immerse your soul in love
IMMERSE YOUR SOUL IN LOVE
“Everything that keeps me together is falling apart, I’ve got
this thing that I consider my only art of fucking people over
My boss just quit the job says he’s goin’ out to find blind
spots and he’ll do it
The 3rd Planet is sure that they’re being watched by an
eye in the sky that can’t be stopped
When you get to the promise land your gonna shake that
Your heart felt good it was drippin’ pitch and made of wood
And your hands and knees felt cold and wet on the grass to me
Outside naked, shiverin’ looking blue, from the cold
sunlight that’s reflected off the moon
Baby cum angels fly around you reminding you we used
to be three and not just two
And that’s how the world began
And that’s how the world will end
A 3rd had just been made and we were swimming in the
water, didn’t know then was it a son was it a daughter
When it occurred to me that the animals are swimming
around in the water in the oceans in our bodies and
another had been found another ocean on the planet
given that our blood is just like the Atlantic
The universe is shaped exactly like the earth if you go
straight long enough you’ll end up where you were
Modest Mouse_Third Planet
Its night but I can’t stay asleep like you do, straight through till morning when you pour my coffee and say baby all that caffeine causes bad dreams where all your anxieties are unleashed. Well lately my days are much better I can’t concentrate while I’m at work I just think and think until my head hurts of the payment plans I’m making. I just wanted to provide for you. But if you want to make a run for it my love I’d cover you and if you need money for bills my lover I could cover you cause I sold some shit I’m saving up we can get that house next to the park I’ll get more hours at my dads shop yeah we’ll plan or everything and well enroll in that middle class get a compact car full of discount tags if you’re feeling trapped or too attached remember we wanted that and if you need money for bills this month my love I’d cover you and if you have to lie to everyone well I’d cover up for you cause we’re growing older growing up just like our parents before us with your new job at he coffee shop we are ready for everything and we’ll graduate that middle class get a nicer car full of shopping bags so if you’re feeling sad kind of detached remember we wanted that just remember we wanted it yeah I sold some shit I’m saving up we can get that house next ot he park with the extra hours I picked up we will pay for everything.
Desaparecidos_Man and Wife, The Former
Lately I’ve been wishing I had one desire
Something that would make me never want another
Something that would make it so that nothing matters
All would be clear then
But I guess I’ll have to settle for a for a few brief moments
And watch it all dissolve into a single second
And try to write it down into a perfect sonnet
Or one foolish line
Cause that’s all that you’ll get
So you’ll have to accept
You are here and then you’re gone
But I believe that lovers should be tied together
Thrown into the ocean in the worst of weather
Left there to drown
Left there to drown in their innocence
But as for me I’m coming to the final chapter
I read all of the pages and there’s still no answer
Only all that was before I know must soon come after
That’s the only way it can be
So I stand in the sun
And I breathe with my lungs
Trying to spare me the weight of the truth
Saying everything you’ve ever seen was just a mirror
You’ve spent your whole life sweating in an endless fever
And laying in a bathtub full of freezing water
Wishing you were a ghost
But once you knew a girl and you named her “Lover”
Danced with her in kitchens through the greenest summer
But autumn came, she disappeared, you can’t remember
Where she said she was going to
But you know that she’s gone
Cause she left you a song
That you don’t want to sing
Singing, I believe that lovers should be chained together
Thrown into a fire with their songs and letters
Left there to burn
Left there to burn in their arrogance
But as for me I’m coming to my final failure
I’ve killed myself with changes trying to make things better
And ended up becoming something other
than what I had planned to be
I believe that lovers should be draped in flowers
And laid entwined together on a bed of clovers
Left there to sleep
Left there to dream of their happiness
Bright Eyes_A Perfect Sonnot…check out http://www.saddle-creek.com/
All your dreams are made – when you’re chained to the mirror and the razor blade.
Morning Glory – Oasis
it doesn’t matter where you been as long as it was deep.
the cars – “just what i needed”
I saw it written and I saw it say
Pink moon is on its way
And none of you stand so tall
Pink moon gonna get you all
It’s a pink moon
It’s a pink, pink, pink, pink, pink moon
pink moon Nick Drake
And I was green, greener than the hill
Where the flowers grew and the sun shone still
Now I’m darker than the deepest sea
Just hand me down, give me a place to be.
place to be Nick Drake