Waiting for My Real Life to Begin

The life and times of a girl named Swishy.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

I'm in love with the ordinary

(The World You Love, Jimmy Eat World)

OK, I love, love, love music. I was just going to throw together a fast little playlist yesterday, and instead I ended up sitting at the computer for like an hour listening to snippets of different songs.

(And it was only PARTLY because I wanted to procrastinate so badly that I would have rather licked the fungus from a homeless man's toenail than started working. Only PARTLY!)

My big thing is that I love parts--little lines, a couple of seconds of music. I adore the song Une Annee Sans Lumiere by Arcade Fire--even though most of it's in FRENCH! which I don't know!--on the simple basis that I love the line "My eyes are shooting sparks." (Because it's a boy, who's looking at a girl, and it's dark outside, but when he looks at her she lights up, and ... SEE WHY I LOVE THAT LINE?)
And I love the opening of Beautiful Girl by INXS because of the piano at the beginning. Do you know what I'm talking about?

Anyway, here are a few of my favorite lines from songs (chosen randomly--VERY randomly--because otherwise, we'd be here all day):

I look to these times with you
To keep me awake and alive
-In Your Eyes, Peter Gabriel

I'm almost drowning in her sea
She's nearly crawling on her knees
It's almost everything I need
-Sullivan Street, Counting Crows

I'd rather live in his world
Than live without him in mine
-Midnight Train to Georgia, Glady Knight and the Pips

There's still a little bit of your song in my ear
Still a little bit of your words I long to hear
You step a little closer to me
So close that I can't see what's going on
-Cannonball, Damien Rice

And the feeling that it's all a lot of oysters and no pearls
Then all at once, you look across a crowded room
And see the way that light attaches to a girl
-A Long December, Counting Crows

You touch my lips and grab the back of my hand ...
-All I Need, Mat Kearney

Come up to meet you
Tell you I'm sorry
You don't know how lovely you are
-The Scientist, Coldplay

I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say
I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be
But if you wait around awhile, I'll make you fall for me
I promise you, I promise you I will
-The Promise, When in Rome

This could be the very minute I'm aware I'm alive ...
-Chocolate, Snow Patrol

And if I die before I learn to speak
Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?
-Standing by a Broken Phonebooth ..., Primitive Radio Gods

You should have asked me for it
I would have been brave
You should have asked me for it
How could I say no? ...
I'd have loved you if you asked me
-I Still Remember, Bloc Party

I won't always love what I'll never have
I won't always live in my regrets
You'll sit alone forever
If you wait for the right time
What are you hoping for?
I'm here and now I'm ready
Holding on tight
Don't give away the end
The one thing that stays mine
-23, Jimmy Eat World

But Fonda ain't got a motor in the back of her Honda
My anaconda don't want none unless you got buns, hun!
-Baby Got Back, Sir Mix-a-Lot

OK, that was more than a few. But there are SO MANY! And I didn't even say WHY I liked them! What are some of your favorite lyrics?

31 Comments:

At 3:21 AM, Blogger Chrissy said...

I guess I was wrong
I just don't belong
But then, I've been there before
And everything is alright
I'll just say goodnight
And I'll show myself to the door
I didn't mean to cause a big scene
Just wait 'til I finish this glass
Then sweet little lady
I'll head back to the bar
And you can kiss my ass
-"Friends in Low Places", Garth Brooks

Life is not tried, it is merely survived
If you're standing outside the fire
-"Standing Outside the Fire", Garth Brooks

I am on a Garth Brooks kick latley...for some reason I have a lot of favorite lyrics and cannot think of them at the moment, hate when that happens.

 
At 7:13 AM, Blogger Beth said...

I love Snow Patrol..

I close my eyes
then I won't see
the love that you don't feel
when you're holdin me
-"I can't make you love me"
Bonnie Raitt

I have alot more...I gotta think of 'em!!

 
At 9:00 AM, Blogger Monnik said...

Oh man. Great post topic. Here are only a few. I could do this all day, but I do have to work at some point...

"Now they're going to bed
And my stomach is sick
And it's all in my head
But she's touching his - chest"
-The Killers Mr. Brightside

"Fingers trace your every outline
Paint a picture with my hands
Back and forth we sway like branches in a storm
Change the weather still together when it ends"
-Maroon Five ~ Sunday Morning

"I'd sure hate to break down here
Nothing up ahead or in the rearview mirror
Out in the middle of nowhere knowing
I'm in trouble if these wheels stop rolling
So God help me keep me movin somehow
Don't let me start wishing I was with him now
I made it this far without crying a single tear
And I'd sure hate to break down here"
Julie Roberts - Break Down Here

 
At 9:20 AM, Blogger Mel said...

mess up my bed with me
kick off the covers and wade in
every word you say i think i should write down
dont want to forget come daylight.
--Paperweight, Joshua Radin & Schuyler Fisk


And all the gold dust
in her eyes
wont reform into rain
you had and lost
the one thing
you kept in a safe place
remember the face
the girl would had made you her own
and how you left her alone
--Star Mile, Joshua Radin

pretty much any song from 'the last kiss' soundtrack.

 
At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Kristabella said...

I LOVE that you threw in the Baby Got Back lyrics. I love that song. It may or may not be my ringtone.

I agree with Monnik on The Maroon 5 lyrics from Sunday Morning. That gets me every time.

Most of my favorites are raunchy lyrics from rap songs.

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger Tanya said...

Swishy, I love how you quote all these romantic songs, then at the bottom of the list you quote Sir Mix A lot.

 
At 10:16 AM, Blogger kay said...

share a smoke
make a joke
grasp and reach for a leg of hope
"add it up" - violent femmes

She puts her hat on
Looks in the mirror
Says to herself
You've nothing to fear
"jan's song" - inxs

i could do this all day long!!!

 
At 10:21 AM, Blogger kim said...

I love this game!

The way that you look yanks my neck on the chain, and I would do anything to see you again. --Star Witness, Neko Case

Some will fall in love with life and drink it from a fountain that is pouring like an avalanche, coming down the mountain. --Pepper, Butthole surfers

Catch me and let me dive under for I want to swim in the pools of your eyes. -- Cold, Annie Lennox

Couldn't love you more you got a beautiful taste. -- Glycerine,Bush

No one else can feel it for you, only you can let it in, no one else, no one else can speak the words from you lips. -- Unwritten, Natasha Bedingfield

All I thought I wanted was a front door, all I thought I wanted was a place in the country -- now I realize I wanted so much more, some I love but you I adore. -- Place in the country, Adam Ant

 
At 11:01 AM, Blogger secretmom said...

Okay, no idea who sings this and not sure if it's verbatim, but it's in some country song and so true for my life lately:

"If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plan."

 
At 11:23 AM, Blogger Tuesday Girl said...

I loved that song by When in Rome when I was a teenager. it is my fav!

 
At 11:47 AM, Blogger Trish Ryan said...

I believe in the rest of the story
I believe there's still ink in the pen
I have wasted my very last day
Trying to change what happened
Way back when...

-"Someday" by Nicole Nordeman

I had to take this quote out of my book because the record company would have charged hundreds and hundreds to use it...but it broke my heart a little bit!

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger Swishy said...

I love reading these!!!

My part from Mr. Brightside is the one right after: "Now he takes off her dress" ... that, and "It was only a kiss!"

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger Sherry Smyth said...

Great topic!! I could be here all day listing lyrics...I totally get what you are talking about. I listen to music for so many different reasons..instrumentation, lyrics, harmony...each one has something different that just speaks to me in a particular way. Easy to think we'll be "a minute" doing something that ends up taking hours!!

 
At 4:00 PM, Blogger Chrissy said...

secretmom the song is "Help Somebody" by Van Zant:

and if you wanna hear God laugh,
tell Him your plans

 
At 4:03 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

The Mr. Brightside song still makes my stomach flip from past hurts.

Here are the lyrics going through my head today:

This life is more than ordinary
Can I get 2 maybe even 3 of these
Coming from the space
To teach you of the pliedes
Can't stop the spirits when they need you
This life is more than just a read thru
- "Can't Stop", Red Hot Chili Peppers

 
At 4:50 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I’m stuck inside this rut that I fell into by mistake
I gotta get outta here
And I’m begging You, I’m begging You, I’m begging You to be my escape.

Relient K - Be My Escape

My hopes are so high,
that your kiss might kill me.
So won't you kill me,
so I die happy.

Dashboard Confessional - Hands Down

Great topic! I now want to think of a milion more but I will settle for two. Okay maybe three...

It starts in my soul
And I lose all control
When you kiss my nose
The feelin shows
Cause you make me smile

Bubbly - Cobie Caillat

 
At 5:03 PM, Blogger Swishy said...

I was totally gonna put that Relient K song on there! I love that song.

 
At 7:26 PM, Blogger Manic Mom said...

OH GOD, you had to do this to me!!!

Breathe Anna Nalick--

I HATE YOU BECAUSE NOW I HAVE TO GO LOOK THROUGH MY ITUNES FOR ALL THE WORDS I LOVE. YOU SUCK! I HAVE TO MAKE MY FAMILY DINNER!!

*YOu know I love you! xoxox

 
At 7:48 PM, Blogger kim said...

I misquoted one of my favorite lines!

it's "THE LOOK ON YOUR FACE yanks my neck on the chain." NOT, "the way that you look"

Considering I'd like to start a club, specifically to discuss Neko Case lyrics -- well, that was just dumb.

 
At 8:11 PM, Blogger Cecily R said...

There's only one thing that I know how to do well
And I've often been told that you only can do
What you know how to do well
And that's be you,
Be what you're like,
Be like yourself,
And so I'm having a wonderful time
But I'd rather be whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark...
-"Whistling in the Dark", They Might Be Giants

Just let me hold you while you're falling apart
Just let me hold you and we'll both fall down

Fall on me
Tell me everything you want me to be
Forever with you forever in me
Ever the same
-"Ever The Same", Rob Thomas

I could play that game for hours but I'd better stop. Work and being responsible is calling...

 
At 8:21 PM, Blogger TTQ said...

One Two Three Four
Tell me that you love me more
Sleepless, long nights
That was what my youth was for

One, two, three, four, five, six, nine, and ten
Money can't buy you back the love that you had then
One, two, three, four, five, six, nine, and ten
Money can't buy you back the love that you had then

(I like that last chorus because she skips the numbers)

The Fesit 1,2,3,4

baker baker baking a cake
make me a day
make me whole again
and i wonder what's in a day
what's in your cake this time

Baker Baker- Tori Amos

 
At 1:20 PM, Blogger Senor Beavis said...

Ha! I said a couple months ago that this only works when you do it. :)

All-time best lyric of all time?

So you wanted to take a break
Slow it down some and have some space
Well, fuck you too!
- "Song For the Dumped", Ben Folds Five

Also:

"Digging for treasure, covered in poo
They give you a shovel, now you're Conservative too"
- "Rome Again", Wisher

"I don't know what I want but I know I don't want this."
- "Nothin'", Reel Big Fish

"How will you know if you found me at last?
'Cause I'll be the one, be the one, be the one
With my heart in my lap"
- "I Wish I Was the Moon", Neko Case

"Thou shalt not use music and poetry to get into girls' pants.
Use it to get into their heads"
- "Thou Shalt Always Kill", Dan LeSac and Scroobius Pip

"The wisest advice to me that I didn't teach
Was to lock up your heart but keep the key within reach"
- "Raise the Roof", Carbon Leaf

"In my mouth there is a hurricane
Just let it out!"
- "Hum", The Sheila Divine

I could do this all day. :)

 
At 2:26 PM, Blogger Jenster said...

I'm not paralyzed
but I seem to be struck by you
I want to make you move
because you're standing still
if your body matches what your eyes can do
you'll probably move right through me on my way to you

"Paralyzer" by Finger Eleven

So I'm gonna try, try
I'm gonna try
Gonna try to be myself
Although myself will wonder why
I'm gonna try, try
I'm gonna try
Gonna try to be myself this time

"Try" by John Mayer Trio

Just a couple I've got on my mind (and my favorites playlist) right now.

 
At 3:18 PM, Blogger Monnik said...

Manic, that Anna Nalick song is amazing. I love it.

In May he turned 21 on the base at Fort Bliss
Just a day he said down to the flask in his fist,
Ain't been sober, since maybe October of last year.
Here in town you can tell he's been down for a while,
But, my God, it's so beautiful when the boy smiles,
Wanna hold him. Maybe I'll just sing about it.

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Well I won't post any since I essentially do that every week. ;) That Counting Crows lyric from Sullivan Street is among the most awesome! I always get choked up listening to that song. And Baby Got Back? I love that song so much it's my text message alert tone. :)

Oh wait, I have to do one.

So take it off like you're home alone. You know dance in front your mirror while you're on the phone. Checkin your reflection and tellin' your best friend, like "Girl. I think my butt gettin' big!"
-"Hot in Herre" (sic), Nelly

It's just silly fun.

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger Patti said...

i am one of those people that can remember only a few words of lyrics at a time. if i get three words together it's a good day. most of my lyrics start like this:

"Fathers be good to your daughters, somethin somethin somethin somethin...."

ohhhh ^ i got six words there...

 
At 11:59 AM, Blogger KATE said...

Swishy! I love this game, I could play forever....
I'm so sad I have to get kindergarteners ready for a field trip! I'll visit again when I have time!
I LOVE LOVE the baby got back!! Right on!
- Kate

 
At 12:53 PM, Blogger stewbie2 said...

See the west wind move like a lover so
Upon the fields of barley
Feel her body rise when you kiss her mouth
Among the fields of gold

--Sting, "Fields of Gold"

 
At 10:10 PM, Blogger KATE said...

I recall one summer night at a party,
We were sophomores hangin' out by the lake,
I got off on some wine with a waitress,
Sonny had a girlfriend that just couldn't wait,
JB hooked up around midnight,
with an ugly from up in the city,
He downed every can of beer in the cooler just tryin' to drink that poor thing pretty.
Nights I can't Remember, Friends I'll Never Forget - Toby Keith

...And every time I hear 21 guns
I know they brought another hero home to us
We can rest in peace, 'cause we are the chosen ones
We made it to Arlington...
Arlington, Trace Adkins

...And you can trust me not to think
And not to sleep around
If you don't expect too much from me,
You might not be let down...
Hey Jealousy, Gin Blossoms

I bought a toothbrush, some toothpaste, a flannel for my face,
Pajamas, a hairbrush, new shoes & a case,
I said to my reflection let's get out of this place...
Tempted, Squeeze

Hey little girl looking for a sale
Test drive this American male
It's gonna take cash to fill my tank,
So let's crack open your piggy bank
Hey little girl going window shopping
I got something traffic stopping..
Ladies Choice, Link in Hairspray
(Zac Efron)

...In my ivory tower
Life was just a hostess snack
But now I've tasted chocolate
And I'm never going back...
Without Love, Penny in Hairspray
(Amanda Bynes)

Every line & every song on the "She's the One" Soundtrack by Tom Petty

I'm a music whore, sorry! I LOVE this game...

 
At 8:16 PM, Blogger CruiserMel said...

God bless Gladys Knight and those Pips of her's. I just heard this song the other day on the radio and for the first time in my life, I listened to the words, instead of just singing mindlessly. What a great lyric!

Well done, Swishy.

 
At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Justin said...

A few more you probably haven't heard of before:

Some days her shape in the doorway
Will speak to me
A bird’s wing on the window
Sometimes I’ll hear her when she’s sleeping
Her fever dream
A language on her face
I want your flowers like babies want God’s love
Or maybe as sure as tomorrow will come
~ Iron & Wine - Fever Dream

Someday i'll toss all your presents
and bury the letters left unsent
cause it's bad to do what's easy
just cause it's easy
and i wanna do what pleases me but i can't
the road, she'd roll round the side of the mountain
with nowhere to go
but the heart, we know,
when it's needin it's careenin toward bein alone
the oats we sow,
they could seed on forever with nowhere to grow
but the heart, we know,
when it's askin its exact twin it will not be alone
~ Gregory & The Hawk - Oats We Sow

 

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