The eternal question….

“What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?”

(Rob, High Fidelity)

Ah, the double edged sword of pop….a mixed blessing, if you will.

It always occurs to me that my life has a definite soundtrack. I have a pretty eclectic range of musical taste, but time and time again I find myself drawn to certain songwriters, particularly those with lyrics which I connect with. And those lyrics change with time, situation, and mood….this post will be interwoven with twenty lyrics I’m currently feeling, well, just because, really! Hope some of your faves make the cut…it’s more or less a singalong, but here the words are taking centre stage!

For me, each song is like a poem, a set of words that capture an exact moment in time, like a lyrical snapshot. As an erstwhile poet and a wannabe lyricist, this tends to resonate with me. The lyrics that follow…some of them are eternal, some of them recall times past, some of them talk of the here and now, others talk of hopes of what’s yet to come.

But each and every one of them is a killer track!

So grab a cuppa, get comfy, and enjoy.

Love, as always,

I never loved nobody fully
Always one foot on the ground
And by protecting my heart truly
I got lost
In the sounds
I hear in my mind
All of these voices
I hear in my mind all of these words
I hear in my mind
All of this music
And it breaks my heart
And It breaks my heart

(Fidelity – Regina Spektor)

Though you don’t call anymore
I sit and wait in vain
I guess I’ll rap on your door
Tap on your window pane
I wanna tell you, baby
Changes I’ve been going through,
Missing you
Until you come back to me that’s what I’m gonna do

(Until You Come Back To Me – Aretha Franklin)

Anything plain can be lovely, anything loved can be lost
Maybe I lost my direction, what if our love is the cost?
Anyone perfect must be lying, anything easy has its cost
Anyone plain can be lovely, anyone loved can be lost
What if I lost my direction?
What if I lost sense of time?
What if I nursed this infection?
Maybe the worst is behind

(Falling For The First Time – Barenaked Ladies)

So if you want to be with me
With these things there’s no telling
We just have to wait and see
But I’d rather be working for a paycheck
Than waiting to win the lottery
Besides maybe this time is different
I mean I really think you like me

(The First Day Of My Life – Bright Eyes)

Anyone who ever loved
Could look at me and know that I love you
Anyone who ever dreamed
Could look at me and know I dream of you
Knowing I love you, so
Anyone who had a heart
Would take me in his arms and love me too
You couldnt really have a heart
And hurt me like you hurt me
And be so untrue
What am I to do?

(Dionne Warwick– Anyone Who Had a Heart)

I could talk to you for days
You make me laugh one thousand ways
And I realise – you fill me up
Like hot water – in my tea cup
I’m enchanted by your smile
I must admit it took a while
For me to see that – this was something
More than – he’s my friend, it’s nothing
I hope to God you feel the way I feel
Cause this could be amazing
Something so super real

There’s something about you and you don’t even know it
I’m telling you now that you got me good
There’s something about you and I can’t help but show it
Damn right, you got me good

(Jamelia – Something About You)

I roller coaster for you
Time out of mind must be heavenly
It’s all enchanted and wild
Just like my heart said it was gonna be
If this is gonna run ’round in my head
I might as well be dreaming
Run ’round in my head

(Out of the Woods – Nickel Creek)

But why’d you have to break all my heart
Couldn’t you have saved a little bit of it?
Why’d you have to break all my heart
Couldn’t you have saved a minor part?
I could’ve clipped and saved and planted in the garden
Damn you, guess I’ll have to get a new one

(14th Street – Rufus Wainwright)

Never fails to avoid disappointment
Never wind up with a broken heart
Got no target it’s impossible to miss
You can’t lose if you don’t take part

(Aim Low – Mary Lou Lord)

Me and my head high
And my tears dry
Get on without my guy
You went back to what you knew
So far removed from all that we went through
And I tread a troubled track
My odds are stacked
I’ll go back to black
We only said good-bye with words
I died a hundred times
You go back to her
And I go back to…..

(Back To Black – Amy Winehouse)

Staring at the wall, I sink inside
I think about it all, I get caught up in my life
I can’t think straight, because it’s tearing up my mind
I feel like I’m on fire, nothing I can do
I’m troubled with doubt, though I know it is not true
And it’s times like these when I am dying to speak to you
Dying to get through, dying to get through

(Lost In You – Ash)

The clock never stops, never stops, never waits
She’s growing old
It’s getting late
And so he forgot, he forgot
Maybe not
Maybe he’s been seriously hurt
Would that be worse?

(Annie Waits – Ben Folds)

You are so very far away
So when a memory escapes
I roll over, and let it go
I roll over, and let it go
I don’t know what I’m gonna do
Oh, every time I think of you
I roll over, and let it go
I roll over, and let it go

(Rollover (Let It Go) – Charlotte Hatherley)

Can you remember who I was?
Can you still feel it?
Can you find my pain?
Can you heal it?
Then lay your hands upon me now
And cast this darkness from my soul.
You alone can light my way.
You alone can make me whole once again.

We’ve walked both sides of every street
Through all kinds of windy weather.
But that was never our defeat
As long as we could walk together.
So there’s no need for turning back
`cause all roads lead to where we stand.
And I believe we’ll walk them all
No matter what we may have planned.

(Don Mclean – Crossroads)

Well, maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
It’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

(Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley)

I can see,
No matter how near you’ll be,
You’ll never belong to me.
But I can dream Can’t I?
Can’t I pretend
that I’m locked in the bend of your embrace?
For dreams are just like wine,
And I am drunk with mine

I’m aware my heart is a sad affair.
There’s much disillusion there,
But I can dream, Can’t I

Can’t I adore you although we are oceans apart?
I can’t make you open your heart,
But I can dream Can’t I

(I Can Dream Can’t I? – Mama Cass)

You look like a perfect fit
For a girl in need of a tourniquet
But can you save me
Come on and save me
If you could save me
From the ranks of the freaks
Who suspect they could never love anyone

(Save Me – Aimee Mann)

I want to tell you something
That I should’ve, long ago
I wish that you and I had those kids
Maybe bought us that home
I wish that we were stumbling fast
Down on irving and 14th street
I wish that we were still in your room
In your bed and you were holding me

(Somehow, Someday – Ryan Adams)

Just hold me close inside your arms tonight, don’t be too hard on my emotions
Cause I need time. My heart has no feeling.
So while I’m still healing,
Just try and have a little patience.

(Patience – Take That)

The days start to fade out of the frame
Like their blurring into to someone else’s name
You try your hardest to rewind the tapes
But you’re prepared everyday
To make the same mistakes
Step out of that life
It’s nowhere near your time
Just remember you called it all bullshit
Well, it is and if you stop giving into it
You can walk away the freest man

(The Freest Man – Tilly and the Wall)

Man, I love music.



  1. Princess Extraordinaire
    7th April 2007 / 10:30 pm

    I love how you put that together! I, too, have a love of music and lyrics – the lyrics actually make or break the song. They can transform my mood or make me melancholy or do many things that move me. As I love to write poetry I also find I am turning more and more of my things into lyrical peices that could potentially be placed with music. That would be my dream job!

  2. Oh great One
    7th April 2007 / 11:17 pm

    We have all sorts of different music types in my house too. We float from one to another without a thought. Nice list you put together!

  3. bee
    8th April 2007 / 4:24 am me now. you must talk to me about this!!!! (hugs)take care, sweetie. i love ya.

  4. bee
    8th April 2007 / 4:30 am

    p.s. DIVINE haircut!!!! i’m not used to you posting so much, girlie, i’ll be more regular in my visits, soon.

    8th April 2007 / 7:26 am

    Hey you have a great weekend!!!!!!

  6. Los
    8th April 2007 / 8:13 pm

    I gotta say that one of my favorite lines in any song ever written is from Waiting on a Friend by the Stones. It’s a simple line, but says so much:A Smile Relieves a Heart that Grieves.

  7. daisies
    8th April 2007 / 9:54 pm

    i loved that movie ~ such a great quote and so lovely to see some of my favourites here … wow … 🙂

  8. The Dream
    9th April 2007 / 1:45 pm

    In the words of David Crosby, “MUSIC IS LOVE.” This post is so cool – I need to come up with the soundtrack on my life. IO am so all over the place musically, having no less than 500 favorite songs. Aretha Franklin lives in my car … and I LOVE that song. I remember listening to that when I was a kid, riding in the car with my oldest bro Joe – a total music head himself.

  9. Cheryl
    10th April 2007 / 3:30 am

    Awesome! I love music too, it’s good for us.

  10. Brea
    10th April 2007 / 12:28 pm

    I feel the same. Thousands of songs on my ipod and I always go back to the same few.

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