So I'll just go ahead and assume that no one mentioned Nick Torres because his lyrical bad ass-ity is a given. Close your eyes and pick a track. Cassino, Northstar, whatever, Nick Torres is hard to beat.
One of my favorites that always gets me:
"Raccoon eyed and skin whiter than heaven's best fighter..."
"Well a teacher of mine once told me
That life was just a list of disappoints and defeats
And you could only do your best,
And I said "That's a fucking cop-out, you're just washed up and your tired, and when I get to your age I won't be such a coward"
But these day I sit at home, known to shout at my TV
And Punk Rock didn't live up to what I hoped that it could be
And all the things that I believed with all my heart when I was young
Are just coasters for beers and clean surfaces for drugs
And I packed all my panflets with my bibles at the back of the shelf
Well it was bad enough the feeling, and the first time it hit
When you realised your parents had let the world all go to shit
And that the values and ideals for which many had fought and died
Had been killed off in the committees and left to die by the wayside
But it was worse when we turned to the kids on the left
And got let down again by some poor excuse for protest
Yeah by idiot fucking hippies in 50 different factions
Who are locked inside some kind of 60's battle re-enactment
And I hung-up my banner in disgust and I head for the door
Oh but once we were young, and we were crass enough to care
But I guess you live and learn, we won't make that mistake again, no
Oh but surely just for one day, we could fight and we could win
And if only for a little while, we could insist on the impossible
Well we've been a good few hours drinking
So I'm going to say what everyone's thinking
If we're stuck on this ship and it's sinking
Then we might as well have a parade
Cos if it's still going to hurt in the morning
And a better plan's set to get forming
Then where's the harm spending an evening
In manning the old barricades, so come on old friends to the streets
Let's be 1905 but not 1917, let's be heroes, let's be martyrs, let's be radical thinkers
Who never have to test drive the least of their dreams
Let's divide up the world into the damned and safe
And then ride to the valleys like the old life brigade
And straighten our backs and we won't be afraid
And they'll celebrate our deaths with a national parade
So come on let's be young, let's be crass enough to care
Let's refuse to live and learn, let's make all our mistakes again yes
And then darling, just for one day, we can fight and we can win
And if only for a little while, we could insist on the impossible
Leave the mourning the to the morning
Yeah pain can be killed
With aspirin tablets and vitamin pills
But memories of hope, and glorious defeat
Are a little bit harder to beat"
-Frank Turner, 'Love, Ire & Song'
...Ok, so, sorry about that, but you couldn't realistically expect me to pick just a part of that, could you? I wish I had the talent to have written these lyrics. They define me.
Brand New - Untitled 01 "Well, I wrote your name and burned it, to see the color of the flame, and it burned out the whole spectrum as if you were everything."
Copeland - Eat, Sleep, Repeat "Is it any surprise that you feel so over-run? When all this time you had no one to tell you how to love."
Fireworks - I Am The Challenger "I'll make mistakes over and over again. You taught me not to be afraid. It's okay to make them again."
The Format - Dog Problems "Can you hear me? Are you listening? This is the sound of my heart breaking. And I hope it's entertaining, cause for me it's a bitch."
La Dispute - All Our Bruised Bodies And The Whole Heart Shrinks "Tell me what your worst fears are. I bet they look a lot like mine. Tell me what you think about when you can’t fall asleep at night. Tell me that you’re struggling. Tell me that you’re scared. No, tell me that you’re terrified of life. Tell me that it’s difficult to not think of death sometimes. Tell me how you lost, tell me how he left, tell me how she left. Tell me how you lost everything that you had. Tell me that it ain’t ever coming back. Tell me about God, tell me about love. Tell me that it’s all of the above. Say you think of everything in fear. I bet you’re not the only one does."
Sufjan Stevens - Impossible Soul "And you said something like, 'All you want is all the world for yourself,' but all I want is the perfect love. Though I know it's small, I want love for us all"
The Wonder Years - Don't Let Me Cave In "I circled the airport a hundred times and tried to hide the fact that I was crying. 'I came in on the red eye, that’s why I look like this.'"
just a quick run through... I'd need a lot more time for an all-time.
I am completely obsessed with song lyrics, so this topic is awesome but difficult for me to answer. Here are some of my all time favorites. (I've been writing this post for about 3 hours, in between looking up lyrics, and watching videos on youtube.)
The Ataris, In This Diary: The only thing that matters is just following your heart, and eventually you'll finally get it right.
I think this song came out when I was in my last few years of high school or early college. That was a time of uncertainty about many things for me, so this lyric definitely resonated.
The Gaslight Anthem, Blue Jeans and White T Shirts: Someday I'll buy you that house on Cookman, we could sleep on the beach all night.
I love so many of their lyrics, so it is hard to choose just one. I'm local to the area that Gaslight is from, and I've spend many nights on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park. Their lyrics always paint a vivid picture for me, especially when I know the places they are talking about. Brian Fallon is such a lyrical genius, I could write an entire post about just Gaslight songs.
Saves the Day, Sell My Old Clothes, I'm Off To Heaven: If I could only see you now, for about an hour, maybe just a minute just to ask, what he's got that I don't have. Is it his brown eyes? I heard this song for the first time while I was in college, and of course applied it to every crush/relationship/whatever I had. It is still one of my favorite STD songs.
Dashboard Confessional, The Sharp Hint of New Tears: The hint of these new tears are sharp, I try to choke them back. But it's useless, I'm useless against them. They're beating me with ease. This was one of the first few Dashboard songs I ever heard, and just the wording of this lyric always stuck out to me.
Valencia, Safe to Say: Cause since the day you left, you know I've had a hard time and I want you to know, if you hear these words, won't you please just come back?
I've been a Valencia fan for a while, but this song stood out to me at the first Promise of Redemption show I saw last year. That show was right around the anniversary of Dana's death, so it was extra emotional. I have never been so emotionally affected by a show until then. That line is so honest and heartbreaking, it just always sticks with me.
The Wonder Years, All My Friends Are In Bar Bands: I'm not sad anymore, I'm just tired of this place. If this year would just end, I think we'd all be okay.
This one pretty much sums up my exact situation for the past year or so. I had to move to another state for my job, away from all the people, places and things I know. My lease is up in December, so once this year ends, I won't necessarily have to be stuck here anymore.
The Starting Line, Leaving: Few scenes from my life or moments mean more to me than our fine nights, I remember like yesterday, the time of my life.
This one reminds me of graduating college. It definitely appeared in my AIM profile for a good part of my senior year.
Brand New, Soco Amaretto Lime: Just jealous cause we're young and in love.
It's hard to choose just one of their songs, but for now I'll go with this one. The song reminds me of being young and not having a care in the world. I chose this lyric because of the awesome version Jesse did on NYE, where he just repeated that line over and over again for a couple of minutes until midnight. It was one of the best nights of my entire life, and I am so glad and lucky to have been there. The just jealous part starts at about 4:40.
"after years with a crown on my head I've grown
overfed, unconcerned, and comfortably numb kept busy indulging
in pleasures of the wealthy (someone make me afraid of what I've become!)
At the first sign of possible trouble I turned my heels and ran (Oh, I'll never learn)
my life is a cup of sugar I borrowed before time began and forgot to return,
it was a matter of time - I always said I could see now I'm going blind,
it was a matter of miserable time - but I heard somewhere there was a cure for useless eyes?"
Although unlike most of these lyrics speak to you personally, I'd like to mention how great and deeply some of Keith buckley's lyrics are on the new etid album. Theyre him being brutally honest with himself like in revival mode: "I should've learned a more noble craft/out of the library into the lab." idk lines like that really stuck out to me.
I suck absolute ass at writing lyrics. But thanks to the following bands I don't have to. I don't know how the following songwriters were insightful enough to put these ideas to paper, nor how they could then spin them into a catchy melody for idiot 23 year old's like myself to devour. But I'm so grateful they did -
Astronautalis - "River and the Woods" "Where ever we go, we'll never be lost,
Some follow the compass, some follow the cross
Me, I follow roads compulsively, till sirens call me off.
Then I wander, eyes closed, following songs"
Whenever I've had a crisis in life, I buy a plane ticket to Europe and walk around a city where I don't know anyone or speak the language, and walk around listening to my Ipod. It's an incredible feeling, one that I always flash back to when I hear this lyric
Frank Turner "Father's Day" We all have our own devices For handling mid-life crises –
Usually involves a motorbike and
Suspicious fashion decisions.
But you choose to stave off grey hairs by
Lamely hacking at the sides
With lies and flimsy alibis
For your suspicious expeditions.
Found out my Dad had an affair last year, and this quote more than any other, makes me determined to never have a mid-life crisis of my own and turn out like him
Jay Z "Young Forever" So we live a life like a video
When the sun is always out and you never get old
And the champagne’s always cold
And the music is always good
No song puts me in a better mood than this one. I associate it with this memory I have of stepping onto the beaches of Corsica for the first time - a time when everything seemed perfect and I felt like the luckiest person in the world.
Jimmy Eat World "Coffee and Cigarettes" Of all the things I think I'll miss,
There's staying up with you
Coffee and Cigarettes
Coffee and Cigarettes
This song somehow encapsulates that feeling when you're lying in bed naked with a girl, completely naked and comfortable, as you just laugh and play for hours, not a care in the world.
The Menzingers "Obituaries" But I will fuck this up,
I fucking know it.
I will fuck this up,
I fucking know it.
Simple lyrics I know, but I think everyone's had that crushing sense of guilt where these 2 lines kind of repeat over and over in your head, exactly like they do in the song.
Neon Trees "Sins of My Life" I found life out on the week days
When we would drive to some new city
Call me crazy I was born to make a mess
Would you love me still if I were to confess
I had a little too much fun
Back when I was young
I got into some pretty wild misadventures when I was younger, and I always wonder how my mom, sister, and future wife would react if they knew
Wonder Years "Came Out Swinging" Well, I spent this whole year in airports
And the floor feels like home
Oh, at least we're never alone
I lost track of the time zones and I'd call but you know
I'm running on empty
The late nights and the long drives start to get to me
I'm just so tired
Between losing the family home in the divorce, and my job that requires me to pretty much constantly be moving, I think Soupy captures kind of my sense of homelessness.
“and i can show you just how beautiful complications can be
from the roof top i can
lean in close and whisper in your ear
can you see, its not the same
the stars are spelling out your name
and the moon can only frown
because it will never be as beautiful as you”
- say anything, dreaming of manhattan
“Well I wish I had a parachute
Cos I'm falling back for you.
I can see the ground approaching now
But I'm not sure what to do.
Guess I feel like a pinata
Won't you take a swing at me?
If you could just crack the shell open
I think inside you would find
-bright eyes, theme from pinata
" I will fight, you live the life you're given with the storms outside,
some days all I do is watch the sky”
-something corporate, watch the sky
Completely agree. This song made my eyes water when I first heard it because it completely describes my feelings about music. Shawn wrote some of my favorite lyrics as a member of The Matches.
Damn can Jesse write some intense lyrics. Also, I've seen this as so many people's facebook status but it has yet to annoy me.
I think people will say there favorite BN lyrics are the deeper ones from later albums but i think that part in 70x7 has so much emotion and is so angsty that it does more for me and i can relate to it way more than say something off the devil and god
There's no way I would be able to make a real list for this, it'd never end. Here are a few classics that came off the top of my head (the first one being a new song, that the lyrics have really stood out to me).
Not my favourite but definitely up there and one that always comes to mind.
"You're the echoes of my everything,
You're the emptiness the whole world sings at night.
You're the laziness of afternoon,
You're the reason why I burst and why I bloom.
You're the leaky sink of sentiment,
You're the failed attempts I never could forget.
You're the metaphors I can't create to comprehend this curse that I call love.."
I'd put something by Nate Ruess but I can't think of which lyric to single out.
holy quotes, i think we're music soulmates. also:
Sometimes, when sailors are sailing
They think twice, about where they’re anchoring
And I think, I could make better use of my time on land
I'll drink less
cause lord knows I could use a warm kiss
Instead of a cold goodbye
I’m writing the folks back home to tell them
"Hey I’m doing alright"
To breathe in the air will be the only thing that you have
and your love will be warm nights with pockets of moonlight
spotlighting you as you drift, the actor in this play.
And you walk across the stage, take a bow, hear the applause,
and as the curtain falls, just know you did it all
the best that you knew how and you can hear them cheering now.
So let a smile out and show your teeth cause you know you lived it well.
I tried to pinpoint my favorite MCS lyric and was completely unable to do so. Hold Me Down, Indoor Living, Invisible Monsters...no way I could pick just one. Same goes for most of my favorite artists.
However, I will contribute one that stands out for me:
The Matches - Salty Eyes
Do please believe, however naive
Let it drag you along by the tongue at the top of your lungs
and belong, salty eyes
When you belong to a song, salty eyes....you belong.
Shawn's always been one of my favorite lyricists and this song...well, I still choke up a little bit when I listen to it, if I'm in the right mood. Couldn't sum up my lifelong love affair with music any better.
The Matches will always be my favorite.
and on spot with The Gaslight song Jason, my favorite in '59 as well.