Music and Lyrics

I used to always say I felt bad for people who listened to music for the music and not the lyrics. I couldn't stand music that sounded good but said things like:

"You can stand under my umbrella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh."

Come on Rihanna. Seriously who wrote that down and thought, "man, that's good stuff right there. Lyrics of champions." Not.
Sorry if you love that song, but really? I could go on and on about those songs. Fergie is the worst about it ("like a little school mate in a school yard, we'll play jacks and uno cards, I'll be your best friend and you'll be my Valentine" I can't take it.). ..but I am not here to talk about artists and their music. That's what makes them artists, they all have their own style. Besides, I have grown to rather like music with bad lyrics. Some of it is worth the music, and sometimes the lyrics are hilarious. I just learned not to take them seriously.


"I sing just like Aretha, so respect me like I’m Caesar
I kick it like Adidas, flowin’ sticky like adhesive
Be cautious, ’cause what I be on’ll leave you with amnesia
I break all the rules like Evel Knievel
It’s a spectacular show, ’cause my heart pumps diesel
So whatever you saying, it don’t entertain my ego
I do this everyday, Hocus Pocus is my steelo"

Ridiculous, but I love it.

Anyway, what I want to talk about is having mad respect for lyrical genius. Some people are lyrical prodigies I swear. Some people can just say things that make me wonder "how in the free world did they ever come up with that?" They say exactly what I am thinking or feeling in ways that describe it so perfectly. Maybe my vocabularly is simply lacking and therefore I can't be so creative myself; either way, it's impressive.

I am a song repeater to the core. I listen to the same song over and over (and over and over and over) again. Just part of my obsessive personality I guess (working on overcoming that). Anyway, lately I have had the same six songs on repeat. They are on a playlist on my computer and the playlist just repeats and repeats and repeats (Pete and Repete were sitting on a wall, Pete falls off and who is left? Think about it.). I have noticed all the songs are either horribly depressing or rather romantic. What can I say, I am a girl. Anyway, I hate to be terribly boring and post all the lyrics that I love, but where else can I share them? At least here you have the option of the red X in the top right corner to help you escape if you are terribly bored, rather than in conversation when you would just be listening to me ramble.

"Would it be ok if I took your breath away?"
"I've never seen a smile that can light the room like yours, it's simply radiant."
"I just feel complete when you're by my side."
- A Day to Remember

"...with these few words you'll erase me, two years of our lives meant nothing to you, but this fool that you've made of me has a lesson learned: you can't trust a lover who was never a friend."  

"I would have offered my life, taken you home, made you my wife, but hearing you now filling your mouth with all cowace lies, you're just a disguise of the girl of my dreams, but I know she is waiting for me, so I'll open my eyes to the day that's before me and leave here to find that next something new."

"I've been trying way too long to try and be the perfect song when our hearts are heavy burdens we shouldn't have to bear alone"
(Are you kidding? That's so incredibly true, so profound. Our hearts ARE heavy burdens. They are so much, so intense with so many different feelings, and we shouldn't have to carry that burden alone. We need another, a heart's counterpart, to help us carry the burden of our heavy hearts. Amazing.)

"How'd I ever breathe without a goodnight kiss from goodnight you, the kind of hope they all talk about, the kind of feeling we sing about, sit in our bedrooms and read about like a passage from goodnight moon."

"There you were as I saw my Juliet come graceful down the stairs, it's hard to miss the way her eyes light up the room and still the air"
 -Go Radio

"She woke me up daily, don't need no Starbucks."
(Haha just teasing, that was sarcasm)

"Inside I hope you know I'm dying with my heart beside me in shattered pieces that may never be replaced"
(I said some were depressing :/)

"I thought with a month of apart, together would find us an opening, moonlight would provide the spark and that I would stumble across your key, or break down the door to your heart. Forever could see us, you and me, and you'd help me out of the dark. I gave my heart as an offering."

"I know that you want me to want you, I want to."

-Mayday Parade

I'll stop there, you get the point. I would start with some Taking Back Sunday, but I'd be here all day. Those kids are amazing, I don't know how they do it. Anyway, all these lyrics probably seem a little strange out of context, but listen to the songs, you'll get where I'm going with all of this. I probably seem a little emo after seeing more of the songs I listen to.. I just picked the ones with the kind of lyrics that mean a little something, you know? Anywho, just wanted to point out that sometimes music can be about more than just the sounds. The lyrics can say so much. Not to get all corny, but it really is poetic (I guess I am gangster in my mind and emo in my heart).

If you have stuck with this post all the way until now, thanks for listening to my rantings. Here is a little treat to break up the monotony, some comic relief...


chawkins said...

today when i was blogging... i was totally going to start it off with a few lyrics i can't stop thinking about, but half way thru i erased every line and wrote why the songs were on repeat. its so true.. i am that person that loves tacky music including lady gaga and kesha.. but i also need music that speaks to me to reassure that how i'm feeling is justified. i think id be a zombie without it.

Kiley Stephens said...

ok i wont lie i watched like a whole bunch of those ali g videos. the best one is with steve nash! hahah.