The usual people will probably freak out at me for only selecting Brand New lyrics, but you can all suck it.
Those lyrics (and way more) have been a part of my life for longer than any other band I listen to. And no group lyrically, musically, and in every way really has effected me like they have. People call me a fanboy, but I'm really not. I turn 18 in a few weeks, and I have been listening to that band since the third grade. Do the math. Their music has been with me in literally everything I do since I can remember.
I can't argue that. I listen to the "Live at Birmingham Academy" version just as much as the CD version. Sounds like Jim is about to cry Chris Carrabba style at a few points and it's just overwhelming.
It's Never Sunny in South Philadelphia - The Wonder Years
"I don't think I love anything the way that some people love Morrissey. It's just that nothing speaks to me that way. And I, I can tell you that the world looks bleak from where I'm sitting at the bottom of the city, but, no matter where you sit, the skyline looks the same."
Elvis Said Ambition is a Dream With a V8 Engine - From First to Last
"I'm not the same kid that I used to be, but I still got the same philosophy. If growing up is giving in then count on me to count myself out."
Cleanse Me - O'Brother
"Lay me in the dirt and I will grow."
Melody, Save Me - Worthwhile
"Never could I tell you what music means to my life. It's like trying to describe a sunrise. As words bleed to skin, it shows it makes a difference. I feel alive in the sound of the melody."
Everything Must Go - Taking Back Sunday
"You quote the good book, when it's convenient. But you don't have the sense; no, you don't have the sense to tie your tangled tongue. Instead, you slash it through the mud."
Small Skeletal - Crime in Stereo
"Free cigarettes for all the kids to make small skeletons... I used to think it was sleep."
Uppers/Downers - Touche Amore
"To look up to me is to look down on everything."
Jesus - Brand New
"Jesus Christ, I'm alone again, so what did you do those three days you were dead? Because this problem is going to last more than the weekend."
Transparent Seas - Make Do and Mend
"I would fold my hands and buckle to my knees, and I would pray the sky would fall down on me. And I would stumble to the shore to be baptized in the waves, if it meant that everything we know doesn't go away, someday."
Patience - Balance & Composure
"Patience, all this patience. Tapping toes and always looking at the time. Strung out, always strung out, this time I think that I've really lost my mind."
We're Still Pioneers - Fireworks
"When I walk with my head down, I still manage to trip."
It may be a lot of quotes/songs, but I'm inspired by a lot.
Being a writer I feel like I should easily be able to single out some of my favorite lyrics, but it's tough. In general Brand New, Thrice, JEW, The National, The Airborne Toxic Event, and Anberlin all have some great lyrics.
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.