Saturday, August 2, 2008

Quotes and Lyrics

No, this is not the name of the sequel to the movie, "Music and Lyrics" with Hugh 'I am researching to be Richard Gere's backup in Pretty Woman' Grant & Drew 'I flippin hate MAC' Barrymore.

Most of you know of my affinity for deeper than usual lyrics and/or quotes. I love when I can hear or read something that gets my mind going on a roller coaster of thoughts about life, love, death, etc. The ones that add the missing link which brings all those thoughts together in almost perfect harmony are the best. It almost brings to light something that always seemed, in my head, as being under a fog, not unlike the Bay-Area. I think Jules Winnfield described it best, "I was just sitting here drinking my coffee, eating my muffin, playin' the incident in my head, when I had what alcoholics refer to as a 'moment of clarity'."

As I have aged, my life has become increasingly like a philosophical conversation, usually with a guest list of one. And with that, I have come to appreciate, on a much higher level, meaningful lyrics and short, life-summarizing quotes. So, I thought I would quote some lyrics from different songs that have great meaning behind them. At least to me, they do, but I can bet there are some songs out there that can affect you in the same manner. I decided not to include the song title or the artist name. Mainly because I hope you feel the meaning of these words without knowing the song it comes from. Especially for the readers that would probably never listen to some of this music.

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A dying man in a living room
The cold comfort of the in-between
A little less than a human being
A little less than a happy high
A little less than a suicide

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Still I send all the time
My request for relief
Down the dead power lines
Though I'm beyond belief
In the help I require
Just to exist at all
Took a long time to stand
Took an hour to fall

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Thinking about your friends
How you maintain all them in a constant state of suspense
For your own protection over their affection
Nobody broke your heart
You broke your own because you can't finish what you start

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Come with me
Stop making it so hard
You can be
Laughing not crying
Nothing’s changed
Just got to recognize
That it’s a game
Of living and dying

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Don't feel bad for me
I want you to know
Deep in the cell of my heart
I will feel so glad to go

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Drink up, baby, stay up all night
The things you could do, you won't but you might
The potential you'll be that you'll never see
The promises you'll only make
Drink up with me now and forget all about
The pressure of days, do what I say
And I'll make you okay and drive them away
The images stuck in your head
People you've been before that you don't want around anymore

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You say you mean well, you don't know what you mean
Fucking oughta stay the hell away from things you know nothing about

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Ransom notes keep falling out your mouth
Mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut outs

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Seems like I never get your kick quite right
I was walking slow to a dirty dive
I'm so sick and tired of trying to change your mind
When it's so easy to disconnect mine

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I'm through trying now, it's a big relief
I'll be staying down
Where no one else gonna give me grief

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Well I don't know where I'll go now
And I don't really care who follows me there
But I'll burn every bridge that I cross
And find some beautiful place to get lost

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Isolation pushes past self-hatred, guilt, and shame
To a place where suffering is just a game
But everybody's scared of this place, they're staying away
Your little house on
Memory Lane

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Why am I always on a plane or a fast train
Oh what a world my parents gave me
Always travelin' but not in love
Still I think I'm doin' fine
Wouldn't it be a lovely headline
Life is Beautiful on a New York Times

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Think about the lonely people
And think about the day she found you
Or lie to yourself
And see it all dissolve around you

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You don't deserve to be lonely
But those drugs you got won't make you feel better
Pretty soon you'll find it's the only
Little part of your life you're keeping together

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Because your candle burns too bright
Well, I almost forgot it was twilight
Even if I think that you are right
Well, I'm tired of being down, I got no fight

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She appears composed, so she is, I suppose
Who can really tell?
She shows no emotion at all
Stares into space like a dead china doll
I'm never going to know you now
But I'm going to love you anyhow

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We both go together if one falls down
I talk out loud like you're still around

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You know I've seen a lot of what the world can do
And it's breakin' my heart in two
Because I never wanna see you a sad girl
Don't be a bad girl
But if you wanna leave, take good care
I hope you make a lot of nice friends out there
But just remember there's a lot of bad and beware

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey now Jig-You simply MUST check out some Grateful Dead and Jackie Greene lyrics....not to mention Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident and various other Jam band artists...
Love your Hippie Era

Busy Mama said...

well first off I love the pulp fiction quote! so I think you are very "in tune" (ha ha) with your music sometimes I forget to even listen to the words cuz there is always so much noise around me... thanks to you I see I need to stop and listen ♥