l: my favorite lyrics. #atozchallenge

My favorite lyrics.
I could have gone through every song in my vast collection and written pages and pages of my favorite lyrics, but I won’t do that. I’ll just choose the first few that came to mind without the need for ‘research‘.

I wear black on the outside cause black is how I feel on the inside.
I believe that is my most quoted song lyric ever. And maybe my most favorite. [Unloveable – The Smiths – 1986]

I could have met you in a sandbox
I could have passed you on the sidewalk
Could I have missed my chance
And watched you walk away
These words speak to my [perhaps naïve] belief in soulmates, and that there’s no guarantee I will ever find him… or haven’t already missed him. I love the thought that I could have played with my soulmate in a sandbox as a toddler and never knew it. I’d love it even more if I found him again as an adult. [Love Song for No One – John Mayer – 2001  / live (best) version on Any Given Thursday 2002]

Then there’s this:

Come on, oh my star is fading
And I swerve out of control
If I, if I’d only waited
I’d not be stuck here in this hole

Come here, oh my star is fading
And I swerve out of control
And I swear I waited and waited
I’ve got to get out of this hole

But time is on your side
It’s on your side now
Not pushing you down and all around
It’s no cause for concern

Come on, oh my star is fading
And I see no chance of release
And I know I’m dead on the surface
But I am screaming underneath

And time is on your side
It’s on your side now
Not pushing you down and all around
It’s no cause for concern

Stuck on the end of this ball and chain
And I’m on my way back down again
Stood on a bridge, tied to a noose
Sick to the stomach
You can say what you mean
But it won’t change a thing
I’m sick of the secrets
Stood on the edge
Tied to a noose
And you came along and you cut me loose
The whole song is desperate and rather hopeless, until the end, when someone comes along and ‘saves‘ him. It hits close to home. Except for the ‘saving‘ part. I’m still waiting.[Amsterdam – Coldplay – 2002]

p.s. — I really was going to listen to some more music and add to this, but that’s probably not necessary. You’ve probably had enough of my music at this point anyway. Besides, I could save something for q… 

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Sandra is a writer, sometimes 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 Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy. 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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16 Responses to l: my favorite lyrics. #atozchallenge

  1. I enjoyed this Sandra. I think you may like this video of John Mayer speaking at the Oxford Union.
    https://youtu.be/IsFha8P3XNY. It lasts for 48 minutes but I found it really interesting.

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    That Coldplay album – I think I wore the disc out listening to that one!


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  3. There have been, in my life, so many life-altering little lines of words, that it would be misleading to mention just a few in preference to others. Instead, I draw attention to the ones from a well known duet that was bouncing around, for whatever reason, in my head this morning. Broken dreams are frequently the source of a good lyric, of course.

    I could have been someone

    Well so could anyone
    You took my dreams from me
    When I first found you

    I kept them with me babe
    I put them with my own
    Can’t make it all alone
    I’ve built my dreams around you

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    • I know that song. I’ve actually seen that performed live.

      It’s not easy just choosing a few lines. I could devote months to remembering, listening, and singing, even, but I’d never come up with a list of all the words that have touched me.


  4. The Smiths quote reminds me of my favourite lyric from Donald Fagen’s song The Night Belongs to Mona. “Things don’t seem as dark/ when you’re already dressed in black”.

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  5. jrvincente says:

    I don’t know that I believe in soul mates, per se, but I will say that when I found this current partner, there was definitely a moment of clarity that I had been missing a lot. We complement each other so much better than literally any partner I’ve ever had before. It definitely pulled me up short, even months down the line. (And we met when we were in our 30s.) So…there’s hope.

    Stopping by from A to Z!
    – Jayden Vincente
    Erotic fiction author

    A to Z 2021

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  6. I knew immediately, before even opening up the post, that The Smiths would be represented. 😃

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