Sunday, July 24, 2005

Not Mere Words

I’ve been meaning to list down some of the most creative lines from a few of my favorite songs. McVie’s nice post about his favorites beat me to it. Here’s mine. Great imagery and stories in these brilliant lyrics, too:

“When I was all messed up and I had opera in my head, your love was a light bulb hanging over my bed.”
--U2, “Ultraviolet”

“For a man aged ninety years, no words to waste on sermons, he'd be pleased to answer short and sincere: ‘Girl there's nonsense in all these heaven measures. It's a heathen creed, so your grandma says. The better to live by... drink it all before it's dry!’”
--10,000 Maniacs, “Everyone a Puzzle Lover”

“Dreams of sights, of sleigh rides in seasons, where feelings not reasons, can make you decide. As leaves pour down, splash autumn on gardens, as colder nights harden their moonlit delights. And I love you.”
--Lightning Seeds, “Pure”

“But now old friends are acting strange. They shake their heads, they say I've changed. Well , something's lost but something's gained in living every day. ‘
--Joni Mitchell, “Both Sides Now”

“Orion's arms are wide enough to hold us both together. Although we're worlds apart, I'd cross the stars for you.”
--Prince and Sheena Easton, “The Arms of Orion”

“I've got money in my pockets. I like the color of my hair. I've got a friend who loves me. Got a house; I've got a car. I've got a good mother, and her voice is what keeps me here.”
--Jann Arden, “Good Mother”

“And I’ve never found a way to say ‘I love you’, but if the chance came by, I would. But way back where I come from, we never mean to bother, we don’t like to make our passions other people’s concern.”
--Dar Williams, “Iowa”

“Give me hope for the children. Give me a worldwide religion. Give me peace in a restless world.”
--Midge Ure, “Dear God”

“Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star? One without a permanent scar? And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there?”
--Train, “Drops of Jupiter”

“He wants me, but only part of the time. He wants me, if he can keep me in line.”
--Til Tuesday, “Voices Carry”

“I fall into the water and once more I turn to you. And the crowds were standing, staring, faceless, cutting off my view to you. They start to limply flail their bodies in a twisted mime. And I'm lost inside this tangled web in which I'm lain entwined.”
--Sarah McLachlan, “Vox”

"Come a rumbling, humbling feeling, like things will never, ever be the same. But what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. Today I'm strong enough, and anyway, I love the rain."
--Asia, "Days Like These"

“I am not the one who laughs at people's jokes; I just pacify their egos. I am not my house, my car, my songs. They are only stops along my way.”
--Paula Cole, “Me”

10 comments:

gumby said...

Eep! You know GOOD MOTHER and THE ARMS OF ORION! Ikaw lang ang kilala ko na alam yung mga songs na yun! :D

I also know VOX but haven't listened to my Sarah McLachlan cds in a long time, puro MP3s na lang nya ako (and VOX isn't one of them). I like her HOLD ON the most! :)

McVie said...

Oh my GAWSH! Suddenly I feel like my list is oh so pedestrian in a Casey-Kasem-Top-40-ish manner, hahahaha!

I looove "Vox", that was the first Sarah song I heard and fell in love with. I actually have her album where that song comes from for the longest time, but for some reason I've not listened to the rest of it. Mapakinggan nga....

oliver said...

Gumby- Ay ang galing ng Good Mother. I really liked Jann Arden after that. Was surprised because I really wasn't into her Insensitive.

And Arms of Orion, Siyempre, Batman. :) Sarah's Hold On, I like that too, especially the live version. "Oh God, if you're out there won't you hear me... I know we've never talked before..."

McVie! Thanks for visiting. I visit your blog as often as I can. :)

I love Casey Kasem's radio show... and to a lesser extent, Shadow Steven's and Rick Dees' top 40 countdowns, hehehe... memories...

Vox is my fave Sarah song. I think that album, Touch, is still her best. :)

gumby said...

I like Jann Arden's INSENSITIVE so was pleasantly surprised sa kanya pala yung GOOD MOTHER.

When I first heard HOLD ON, it was the live version and as I listened to the lyrics, I found myself teary-eyed! I heard the non-live version and it was soooo slow, paled in comparison to the one in MIRRORBALL.

I only have two albums pala ni Sarah McLachlan - I forgot their titles but one had POSSESSION and ICE CREAM, and the other had BUILDING A MYSTERY and ADIA.

I used to listen to Casey Kasem's top 40 religiously in the late 80s, used to list all the songs down in a little notebook back then! Basta Sunday afternoon, walang pwedeng um-istorbo sa akin hehehehe. Loved the year-end countdowns the most though! :)

Punks said...

Daan lang. Nice blog dude. :)

slim whale said...

Oh shit, I feel I’m so out of touch with good, contemporary music already. I should chuck Brahms and Liszt and listen to songs from my time. Great list, dude.

rmacapobre said...

and I'm bluer than blue
sadder than sad
you're the only life this empty room has ever had
life without you is going to be
bluer than blue

oliver said...

Gumby- Yeah, ang ganda nung live versions sa Mirrorball, actually.

Those year-end countdowns, yes, I enjoyed them too. Grabe, we all listened to/watched the same things before cable and the internet. :)

Hello Trippy! Thanks for dropping by. Nice list you got there. :)

Slim, me, I gotta listen to more classical music. But yeah, contemporary music has its share of lyrical and musical gems, too.

Max- Yep, nice song, that.

guile said...

i'm confused as to which i like better: hold on mirrorball version or hold on fumbling towards ecstasy (still my favorite mclachlan album) version.. in the live version, sarah is more sure how she wants the song to sound like.. but i also like the old version because sarah is more sonically adventurous in the song's approach..

oliver said...

Hey Guile- Thanks for visiting. Sarah does great live renditions. Actually, I liked the live version of Hold On before I did the original, and I've had Fumbling for the longest time. But she's great, either way. :)