Month: September 2016

Say it in Song

I’m still here…or am I? Life gets busy, dances must be danced, classes must be taught, yoga must be yoga’d, and work must be completed. In between dreams, naps, and pas de chat’s, a muse will appear. Lately I have been graced by the presence of quite a few muses which has caused me to pick up a pen *uhhh, keyboard* and open up the images of my heart….

The other day on the wonderful Book of Face (a fun name my hubby and I call Facebook) one of my friends posted the following question: What is your favorite song lyric(s)? I wanted to respond but soon realized I couldn’t pick just one. As an individual whose life is just as much about music as it is about dance, this question was like Lay’s potato chips, betcha can’t pick just one. In response to this question I  made my own list. As I sit here and make my list I have to give myself some rules or else this post would be one million words and an epic of lyrical proportions. 1) 1 Beatles song/1post break up-The Beatles are my all time favorite artists and I believe they have produced some of the best lyrics EVER, even as solo artists they continued to create work that is timeless, honest, emotional. 2) Include a handful of songs post 1990. Music from the 60s-70s is my jam and I could easily make my list of just songs from this era, but great music has been produced since then. 3) Include more genres than classic rock . 4) Pick what I think is the best/most moving part of the whole song, or what made me fall in love with the song the first time I heard it.

I’ve come to the conclusion that most of these songs are of the depressing and love gone wrong nature. Which while I’m a very happy and love all kinda person, most of the music/art/dance I enjoy isn’t very bubbly, it tends to be very angsty and sad. These kinds of lyrics and art seem to say what I can’t or speak to this inner part of me that I don’t showcase to many folks…I do have a darkside-we all do. It also tends to be more authentic and visceral, which nothing moves me more than when an artist is raw and unbridled. Many of these lyrics resonate with me because they came across my earbuds when I was in some really dark places or effortlessly described my situation(s) at the time. Each song has a link to a recorded version and I highly suggest listening to the music, some of these lyrics are highlighted by riffs and sounds from the guitars, pianos, or voice of the musician.

Are you ready for some lyrical genius? I am. Here we go!

In no particular order….

***Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright by Bob Dylan

Favorite lyrics:  So long honey, baby, where I’m bound I can’t tell. Goodbye’s too good a word babe, so I’ll just say fare thee well. I ain’t a-saying you treated me unkind. You could’ve done better but I don’t mind, you just kinda wasted my precious time. But don’t think twice, it’s all right.

***Just Breathe by Pearl Jam

Favorite lyric: Did I say that I need you? Did I say that I want you? Oh if I didn’t, I’m a fool you see. No one knows this more than me. As I come clean…Nothing you would take, everything you gave hold me till I die, meet you on the other side.

***Give Me Love by George Harrison

Favorite lyric: Give me love, give me love, give me peace on earth. Give me light, give me life, keep me free from birth. Give me hope, help me cope, with this heavy load. Trying to touch and reach you with, heart and soul.

***Ain’t Got No- I Got Life by Nina Simone

  ~everyone should listen to this whole song, a snippet isn’t enough to do it justice~

Favorite lyric: I’ve got life, I’ve got my freedom, I’ve got the life. I’ve got the life, and I’m gonna keep it, I’ve got the life, and nobody’s gonna take it away. I’ve got the life.

***All Apologies by Nirvana (this is the MTV Unplugged version, just beautiful)

Favorite lyric: I wish I was like you, easily amused. Find my nest of salt, everything’s my fault. I’ll take all the blame, aqua seafoam shame. Sun burn with freezerburn chocking on the ashes of her enemies.

***Stop This Train by John Mayer

Favorite lyric: So scared of getting older, I’m only good at being young. So I play the numbers game to find a way to say that life has just begun.

***Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Favorite lyric: We’re gonna get to that place, where we really wanna go. And we’ll walk in the sun, but till then tramps like us, baby we were born to run.

***Junk by Paul McCartney

Favorite lyric: Candlesticks, building bricks, something old and new. Memories for you and me. Buy, buy says the sign in the shop window. Why, why says the junk in the yard.

***For No One by The Beatles

Favorite lyric: She wakes up, she makes up, she takes her time and doesn’t feel she has to hurry. She no longer needs you. And in her eyes you see nothing, no sign of love behind the tears. Cried for no one, a love that should have lasted years.

***If It’s the Beaches by The Avett Brothers

Favorite lyric: If it’s the beaches, if it’s the beaches sands you want then you will have them. If it’s the mountains bending rivers then you will have them. If it’s the wish to run away I will grant it. Take whatever you think of and I’ll go gas up the truck, pack the old love letters up. We will read them when we forget why we left here.

***Old Enough by The Raconteurs, Ricky Skaggs, and Ashley Monroe

Favorite lyric: When I was I thought I knew, you probably think you know too, do you? Well do you? I was naive just like you, I thought I knew exactly what I was going to do…and how have you gotten so far without a visible scar? No one knows who you really are.

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What are your favorite lyrics? Why? How does music and lyrics influence your life, art work, day to day interactions? Share below!

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