I’m a lyrics person – perhaps not as much as some I know, but I do love a good turn of phrase. I thought I would start to collect some of my favourites here in our blog instead of jotting them down in my notebook. It’s a nice way to save them and some of the memories that surround them – hopefully you won’t be too bored!
From the song “Summertime” by George Gershwin (one of my favourite covers of this song is done by Tom Jones & Stereophonics – see the previous post for the video).
One of these mornings
You’re going to rise up singing
Then you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to the sky
The next one is from “Crooked Teeth” by Death Cab For Cutie. The first line always reminds me of David – on one of our first dates, we sat talking and laughing while polishing off some very good wine long into the night…so long in fact that the restaurant closed down around us. They left us sitting at a table outside in the Distillery District with all of our cutlery, table linens and wine glasses. David ended up tracking down the importer (it wasn’t available at liquor stores) and buying me a case of the wine we drank that night.
You’re so cute when you’re slurring your speech,
But they’re closing the bar and they want us to leave.
And from the same song:
I’m a war of head versus heart
And it’s always this way
My head is weak, my heart always speaks
Before I know what it will say
This next one is from James Blunt’s “Wisemen”. This one has more to do with the cadence and how the words flow than the actual words themselves.
She said to me, “Go steady on me.
Won’t you tell me what the Wise Men said?
When they came down from Heaven,
Smoked nine ’til seven,
All the shit that they could find,
But they couldn’t escape from you,
Couldn’t be free of you,
And now they know there’s no way out,
And they’re really sorry now for what they’ve done,
They were three Wise Men just trying to have some fun.”
This one is from “Rosy and Grey” by The Lowest Of The Low. No surprise to those that know me as this is my all time favourite song.
You’ve been under my skin for more than eight years
It’s been eight years of laughter and eight years of tears
And I don’t know what the future can hold, or will do, for me and you
But I’m a much better man for having known you
Yeah, you know that’s true, because…
Everything is coming up rosy and grey
Ah, the wind is cold but the smell of snow warms me today
And your smile is fine and it’s just like mine and it won’t go away, ’cause
Everything is rosy and grey
This one is “Tear Stained Eye” by Son Volt. I like Son Volt – their lyrics are great and their music can not be categorized.
Walking down Main Street
getting to know the concrete
Looking for a purpose
from a neon sign
I would meet you anywhere
the western sun meets the air
We’ll hit the road
never looking behind
Here’s one that David and I both share a love for. This is “Uncertain Smile” by The The. I travelled a lot for work at one time and I had this song playing in my hotel room in Los Angeles after finishing dinner on Santa Monica Pier.
Peeling the skin back from my eyes
I felt surprised
that the time on the clock was the time
I usually retired
to the place where I cleaned my head of you
but just for today
I think I lie here and dream of you
I’ve got you under my skin where the rain can’t get in
But if the sweat pours out, just shout
I’ll try to swim and pull you out
A howling wind that blows the litter as the rain flows
as street bups pour orange coloured shapes
turn your windows
A broken soul stares from a pair of watering eyes
uncertain emotions force an uncertain smile
Well I think that’s it for tonight. I have many more “favourite lyrics” and I will add them to the blog on an ongoing basis.