im late on this but lyrics are my passion, here are just a few
Jimmy Eat World- Invented
"When I first came to L.A I met you the old fashioned way, too drunk and even worse much too lonely"
"Any dick can roll up in a suit, but only I would know what really moves you"
Brand New- Boy That Blocked His Own Shot
Ok Go- Get Over It
"Got a job, got a life, got a life, got a 4-door and a faithless wife, got those nice copper pipes, got an ex got a room for the night"
The Jealous Sound-Change you
"Sometimes the bravest thing is to lay down your arms and sing "I cant do this on my own, I cant do this on my own" The greatest reward has the greatest of risks but you already know this"
Jason Mraz-Details in the Fabric
"If its a broken part replace it, if its a broken arm then brace it, if its a broken heart then face it, and hold your own know your name and go your own way.
The Wonder Years- Local Man Ruins Everything
What I learned was its not about forcing happiness, its about not letting sadness win"
Ben Howard- Black Flies
"No man is an island.. Darling this i know.. Cant you see that maybe you were the ocean when I was just a stone"
Frank Turner- I Still Believe
"Who would have thought, that after all, something as simple as Rock N Roll could save us all"
"Anyone can take the stage and make miracles for minimum wage"
"I never ran away for the sake of scars i tried not to move but she was armed and shots were fired now a hole in the head of this wounded liar, I never had a drink that I didnt like, got a taste of your I threw up all night"
Dear and the Headlights- Sweet Talk
"You got your new boyfriend, I bet he like you more than he likes me cause im the former one, he's the latter one he'd never say it but its right"
The Dangerous Summer- Northern Lights
"You need to know what your into i'll tell you im a god damn piece of work"
The Dangerous Summer-Never Feel Alone
"A feeling's just a feeling till you let it get the best of who you are"
Another recent one...
Bon Iver - "Blood Bank"
"That secret that you know, but you don't know how to tell. It fucks with your honor, and it teases your head."
I was listening to Bon Iver a lot around March of last year, when my mom was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease. I wasn't used to anything like this, and I didn't know how to tell certain people in my life, or who I was supposed to tell. It sure did fuck with my honor, and it sure did tease my head. This particular lyric really just helped with the beginning of dealing with everything. Means a lot to me every time I hear it.
I completely agree with you on this. 23 may very well be my favorite song ever.
A lot of my favorite lyrics have already been posted but I'll throw some of my favorites out there.
Hidden in Plainview- Garden Statement
So let me drown so I can breathe again
I’m through choking and suffocating
On alter egos and alter motives
Which weigh you down and take control of
The way you are and the things that you need
The life you live and the dreams that you dream
Distort and blur all in slow motion
They broke you down and now your broken
And it’s sadder than the saddest movie
I ever saw but without the beauty
So I stopped watching, I stopped caring
I've lost all interest and I stopped wearing
These plastic smiles, I’ve washed my hands clean
Forget that you forgot about me
And I’m living life, the big city feeling
It’s better than suburban dreaming
Living off the friends that hate you
Talk shit on me like I don't know who
My real friends are anymore, no,
I dont know you anymore
And it’s sadder than the saddest movie
I ever saw, but without the beauty
So I stopped watching, I stopped caring
Spill the ink and spill your guts again!
Bright Eyes- Movement of a Hand
Soon all the joy that pours from everything
Makes fountains of your eyes
Because you finally understand the movement of a hand
Waving you goodbye
Kevin Devine- Ballgame
I know the kid with his guitar so drunk and anxious,
it's been done to death but tell me what hasn't, i'll try it.
Because i'm selfish enough to want to get better,
but i'm backwards enough not to take any steps to get there.
And when you realize it's a pattern and not a phase,
it's what you've become and it's what you will stay,
that's the ballgame.
Straylight Run- It's for the Best
And now faith is replaced with a logic so cold
I've disregarded what I was,
Now that I'm older,
And I know much more than I did back then,
But the more I learn,
The more I can't understand,
And I've become content with this life that I lead,
Where I drink to much and don't believe in much of anything,
And I lie to myself,
And say it's for the best
Fall Out Boy- My Heart is the Worst Kind of Weapon
I'm the kind of kid
that can't let anything go
but you wouldn't know a good thing
if it came up and slit your throat
The Dangerous Summer- No One's Gonna Need You More
Cause every lonely heart can use an honest song they can sing along to
Oh and speaking of JEW...I can't listen to Hear You Me without shedding a couple tears. That song is fucking heart wrenching.
Frightened Rabbit - "Poke":
"I may never catch a mouse and present it in my mouth
To make you feel you're with someone who deserves to be with you
But there's one thing we've going and it's the only thing worth knowing
It's got lots to do with magnets and the pull of the moon"
Brand New - "Jesus":
"Or do I divide and pull apart?
Cause my bright is too slight to hold back all my dark"
Manchester Orchestra - "I Can Feel a Hot One":
"So I prayed for what I thought were angels
Ended up being ambulances
And the Lord showed me dreams of my daughter
She was crying inside your stomach
And I felt love... again"
Local Natives - "World News":
"Your phone goes off with a picture of your mother
It's five to six and she can't find your brother
And while normally you'd yell and scream instructing her to go and find him on her own
But calmly you're exiting and telling her that you are headed on your way home
She does not know what to say, just glad you're on your way home
You turn off your phone in a different tone
As you think, 'the bad feeling so bad makes the good so good'"
Battles - "Atlas":
"People wonít be people
When they hear this sound
Thatís been glowing in the dark
At the edge of the town
People wonít be people, no
The people wonít be people
When they hear this sound
Wonít you show me what begins
At the edge of town?"
Lupe Fiasco - "Gold Watch":
"But my most coveted thing is a high self-esteem
And a low tolerance for them telliní me how to lean
See the most important parts are the ones that are unseen
The wings don't make you fly and the crown don't make you king"
Bright Eyes - "No One Would Riot for Less":
"Little soldier, little insect
You know war, it has no heart
It will kill you in the sunshine
Or happily in the dark"
Astronautalis - "Measure the Globe":
"I know what you dream of, I dream of it too
Of roads that are endless and rooms that are huge
Are these visions of heaven, or nightmares Iím living?
All I know is that Iím scared of the truth
And if the world could end very soon
And all weíve accomplished is moot
Iíll coat the carpet in gasoline, strike our last match, and leave
Before the whole house is consumed
So Iíll cover my hand in tattoos
Iíll kiss any woman that moves
Thereís no Lord to forgive me and physics is tricky
So all that Iím left with is you"
Bon Iver - "re: Stacks":
"This is not the sound of a new man or crispy realization
Itís the sound of the unlocking and the lift away
Your love will be
Safe with me"
The Antlers - "Two":
"He brought me out into the hall (I could have sworn it was haunted)
And told me something that I didn't know that I wanted to hear:
That there was nothing that I could do to save you
The choir's going to sing, and this thing is going to kill you
You had a new dream, it was more like a nightmare
You were just a little kid, and they cut your hair
Then they stuck you in machines, you came so close to dying
They should have listened, they thought that you were lying
Daddy was an asshole, he fucked you up
Built the gears in your head, now he greases them up
And no one paid attention when you just stopped eating
"Eighty-seven pounds!" and this all bears repeating
So there's no open doors and there's no way to get through
There's no other witnesses, just us two
There's two people living in one small room
From your two half-families tearing at you
Two ways to tell the story (no one worries)
Two silver rings on our fingers in a hurry
Two people talking inside your brain
Two people believing that I'm the one to blame
Two different voices coming out of your mouth
While I'm too cold to care and too sick to shout"
basically every line of this song^
Beneath the city two hearts beat
soul engines running through a night so tender in a bedroom locked
In whispers of soft refusal and then surrender in the tunnels uptown
The rats own dream guns him down as shots echo down them hallways in the night
No one watches when the ambulance pulls away
Or as the girl shuts out the bedroom light
Outside the streets on fire in a real death waltz, between flesh and what's fantasy
And the poets down here don't write nothing at all, they just stand back and let it all be
And in the quick of the night they reach for their moment,
and try to make an honest stand but they wind up wounded, not even dead
Tonight in jungleland
From first to last reference is perfect! I love that song
Gaslight Anthem - Film Noir
"But nobody never gonna tell you the way.
You gotta figure it out boys.
And suffer the rain, and the fools in the night, and the heat of the day.
When all you ever really wanted was for someone to understand."
I love everything Fallon has written and I've been able to relate to every song in one way or another but, this is always something I try to remind myself of when times are hard. Things are put in our way for us to overcome them.
The Graduate - Choke:
"When the tide came in, we tried to act surprised
What could the ocean want with the things that we left behind
Swimming back to land and I realized
It was the only time that year I felt alive"
This past summer I lived in RI with a friend, 5 miles from the ocean. Hands down best decision I've ever made, living there sorted my life out in ways I'm still understanding.
Brand New - Play Crack The Sky:
"Your tongue is a rudder.
It steers the whole ship.
Sends your words past your lips
Or keeps them safe behind your teeth.
But the wrong words will strand you.
Come off course while you sleep.
Sweep your boat out to sea
Or dashed to bits on the reef."
Every time I hear those lyrics (and this song in general) I always get swept up in the imagery of it. I always hope to one day be able to write something this magnificent and beautiful.
Thrice - Circles:
"But true progress means matching the world to
The vision in our heads,
But we always change the vision instead."
Thrice has been with me since I was 14 years old and on Beggars this line just hit me. Hard. It made so much sense and I was absolutely floored by the poetic beauty that Dustin crafted with such a simple, powerful meaning.
Just my top 4 favorite bands and my favorite lyrics from them.
And storms will surely come
But true love is a choice you must make
And you're the one that I have set my heart to choose
As long as I live I swear I'll see this through
Boy Sets Fire-My Life In The Knife Trade
Don't get up I was only leaving the room
When the door of your judgment swings back around again
Maybe I'll stop to watch your act and I'll go on my way
I've seen quite enough of too many childish games
I'm ashamed of every moment and that I ever gave them the time of day
All the worst of enemies are somehow always friends that used to be
Brand New-Seventy Times Seven
And is that what you call tact?
You're as subtle as a brick in the small of my back
So let's end this call and end this conversation
And is that what you call a getaway?
Well tell me what you got away with
Cause you left the frays from the ties you severed
When you say best friends means friends forever
A gaping hole shot through my heart
A lost connection from your poison dart
My head now spins and my ears bleed gold
I try so fucking hard, but I can't fit your mold
From Autumn To Ashes-Chloroform Perfume
She keeps on asking "do you think it hurts much to die?"
Well it's hurting so much more to stay alive now
It scares me to think
That you could find takers other than me
And better than me
But your head is elsewhere,
And I'm talking enough for both of us
When will you see it's not so easy for me
Mayday Parade-Three Cheers For Five Years
I can't forget you
I know you want me to want you
I want to
But I can't forgive you
James Blunt-Goodbye My Lover
I've seen you cry, I've seen you smile
I've watched you sleeping for a while
I'd be the father of your child
I'd spend a lifetime with you
I know your fears and you know mine
We've had our doubts but now we're fine
And I love you, I swear that's true
I cannot live without you
Spill Canvas-All Hail The Heartbreaker
I'll let you get the best of me
Because there's nothing else that I do well
I'll be the giver and you'll be the taker
I guess that's how this one's gonna go I'll be the giver and you'll be the taker
You've got me down on my knees and I proclaim
All hail the heartbreaker
Mariana's Trench-Lover Dearest
Sometimes I wish you would leave me
Well I'm not sick of you yet, is this as good as it gets
I'll just say it, or i could slip into you
Its so easy to come back into you
i already posted my ten, but just listened to this song again and have to give it an honorable mention:
The Avett Brothers - "Salina":
"Salina, I'm as nowhere as I can be
Could you add some somewhere to me?
Oh Kansas I'm kneeling, oh Kansas please"
Brand New- Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Doesn't
"This is war, every line is about who I don't wanna write about anymore"
I've always loved that line but especially recently it means so much more. I'd been struggling to deal with a bad break up for the best part of a year and was finishing up my first solo e.p. and I was reflecting back on the recordings I had made and realized they were all about a certain person.
Taking Back Sunday- Number Five With A Bullet
It's a long way back south, to where I belong, well you've been there once or twice but you still don't like it. I say you just ever gave it a chance. Well give me a chance, give me a chance. Besides did you ever stop to think that we could keep this up living like thieves. But you can't decide....
I love pretty much every line Adam Lazzara has ever penned but this one seems to stick out the most. This is a very strong contender for my favourite album of all time full of little gems like this.
Panic! At The Disco- Build God, Then We'll Talk
Tonights tenants range from a lawyer and a virgin. Accessorizing with a rosary tucked inside her lingerie. She's getting a job at the firm come monday, the Mrs. will stay with the cheating attorney. Moonlighting aside, she really needs his money, a wonderful caricature of intimacy.
I genuinely think Fever is the Pretzel Logic of our time. Its such a smart, inventive and original piece of work and I don't think it got the credit it deserved as a piece of art as it was brushed off as a tween thing. Normally lyrics that stand out to me are those I find personal resonance with but this album is just littered with a great prose throughout. I think Ryan Ross wrote most of the lyrics if I'm not mistaken and they read like they could've been taken from any Bukowski or Palahniuk book. And they were written by kids at the time.
Frank Turner- I Knew Prufrock....
Life is about love, last minutes and lost evenings, about fire in our bellies and furtive little feelings, and the aching amplitudes that set our needles all a-flickering, and help us with remembering that the only thing that's left to do is live. After all the loving and the losing, the heroes and the pioneers, the only thing that's left to do is get another round in at the bar.
Every FT lyric is amazing and I think they all put forward a great philosophy on life in a poetic yet every man sort of way.
Death Cab For Cutie- Marching Bands of Manhattan
Sorrow drops into your heart through a pin hole, just like a faucet that leaks and there is comfort in the sound. But while you debate half empty or half full, it slowly rises, your love is gonna drown.
Its just such a beautiful passage the whole song plays on great imagery and the lyrics can be looked at in so many ways. One of those rare songs that makes you want to cry a bit.
Cursive- Some Red Handed Sleight of Hand
And now we proudly present songs perverse and songs of lament. A couple of hymns and confessions, and songs that recognise our sick obsession...There's no use to keep a secret everything I hide ends up in lyrics, so read on- accuse me when you're done if it sounds like I did you wrong.
Tim Kasher writes the best break up albums. This is one of those lyrics I would literally kill to write. Would have love to have seen the face of whoever he is writing about after listening to any of his albums.
Honorable Mention: I could pretty place any lyrics from the Upsides by Wonder Years here. That album speaks to me on a ridiculous level.