song of the day. #61 | song lyric sunday. #music

song of the day | what sandra thinks

These week’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday is smile.

I don’t feature this band often but they are one of my favorites. For a while a few years ago, they were all I listened to. Everyone else in my house was annoyed with me. They probably never want to hear this band again. But I do.

Part of what makes them so great is that they have a violinist in the band. She is amazing (and she’s from MA… not that that really matters). I love the violin sound in their songs.

I think the line with ‘smile‘ in this song is perfect. Well, to me it is… because sometimes, I think people are surprised when I smile. Sometimes, I’m surprised.

That’s why a smile is always such a surprise

The last verse is my favorite, though. It contains a few of the best lines ever, in my opinion…

All these songs are love songs
Just love at times can make you feel like shit
So you write a string of words down
It’s better if there’s some truth in it
[…]
I’ve never known love… this is just my best guess.

I hope you like the song… I think it’s beautiful…

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Elizabeth | The Airborne Toxic Event

There’s a distance in your eyes
That’s why a smile is always such a surprise
When you call and you talk to me
I wonder which person you’re gonna be
She said, “All your songs are sad songs
Why do you always have to see the worst of it?
Could you write me just one love song?
Put my name somewhere in the middle of it
It’s not hard to rhyme Elizabeth
Just close your eyes boy and take your best guess
Cause the truth is hard, isn’t it?”
She said, “I’ll be listening in my favorite white dress.”

All these quiet afternoons
She said, “I wonder if I’ve given up my love too soon.”
As her hair fell from her curls
I said, “You’re pretty uptight for a Mexican girl.”
She said, “All your songs are sad songs
Why do you always have to make me feel like shit?
Could you write me just one love song?
And put my name somewhere in the middle of it
And if you called the song Elizabeth
All my friends will know that it’s about me
Cause the truth is hard, isn’t it?
But don’t take too long… I just know you’ll come back to me.”

I said, “All these songs are love songs
Just love at times can make you feel like shit
So you write a string of words down
It’s better if there’s some truth in it
It’s true I love you Elizabeth
I love the way you move in that silly white dress
Cause the truth is hard to admit
I’ve never known love… this is just my best guess.”

[Written by Mikel Jollett]

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Obviously I am not the owner of any rights to this song, video, or lyrics… just everything else… ©2018 what sandra thinks

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About what sandra thinks

Sandra is a writer, blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Hawaii where she could learn to surf. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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17 Responses to song of the day. #61 | song lyric sunday. #music

  1. Cheynoea says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I have never heard of this band. Now I am a fan for sure.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Great pick. They’re a terrific band. 😊

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  3. One of my favourite bands. It really is the violin that grabs u (:

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  4. Yet another I’ve never heard of!

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  5. The V Pub says:

    I love ATE. Oh oh, that’s not a got acronym, is it. Ok, I love Airborne Toxic Event. 😀

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  6. New-to-me but you’re right…it’s beautiful. Thanks for the introduction. 👍💯

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  7. I’ve fallen in love with a few songs by this band. I find their lyrics to be so honest and on point. I hadn’t heard this one, but I am in love. Thank you for the introduction!

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