The Lyrics to Life

I love music. I listen while driving, while hanging out at home. I especially listen while running and working out. I can’t escape song lyrics, not when I’m wearing headphones. The meaning of a song is in full clarity, and it helps that I’m one of those obnoxious people who has to know the words to every song and what the song means in general. The message it’s trying to relay. Since it’s Thursday…

Hello Thursday! Meet my blog group, comprised of a fantastic group of ladies  who will dazzle you with insight on various topics.  After reading my post, check out their blogs as well. Just click on:

Froggie (Tracey): One frog’s distinct voice on the world around her.

Merry Land Girl (Melissa): Tales of a suburban mom who likes to talk about pop culture, books, Judaism, family, friendship and anything else that comes to mind.

Darwin Shrugged (Denise): Civilized Observations in an Uncivilized World

I decided to ask my blog group: What are some of your favorite song lyrics? And why?

I’m going to use what I’ve got on my MP3 player right now for inspiration:

Best Break Up Lyrics:

Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule: Ain’t It Funny (Remix)

“Ain’t that funny.. baby that you want me, when you had me love is crazy… Now I can smile and say, ain’t that funny…”

I listened to this song a lot when dealing with a severed relationship. It was exactly what I had experienced… the person I had been with wanted nothing to do with me, until I was no longer available to them. The lyrics really empowered me while dealing with a difficult time in my life.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Breakin’ The Girl

“Twistin’ and turnin’ your feelings are burnin’, you’re breaking the girl… she meant you no harm… Think you’re so clever, but now you must sever, you’re breaking the girl… he loves no one else..”

This reminds me of a painful relationship in my past, man- where I was wronged pretty badly. The theme song for that time in my life.

Foo Fighters: The Pretender

“I’m the voice inside your head, You refuse to hear, I’m the face that you have to face, Mirrored in your stare, I’m what’s left, I’m what’s right, I’m the enemy, I’m the hand that will take you down, Bring you to your knees.. So who are you?”

Tugs on my heartstrings, in a bad way. Yeah, this always reminds me of someone in particular.

Alanis Morissette: Wake Up

“There’s an apprehensive naked little trembling boy, With his head in his hands, There’s an underestimated and impatient little girl
Raising her hand…”

Another one….

Best Nostalgia:

Veruca Salt: Benjamin

“It never dawned on me, you were home free… it never dawned on me…”

I knew I wanted to name my first-born son Benjamin; a relative of mine was named Benjamin, and the name stuck. This song also influenced me. The lyrics are simple and easy to follow, telling the story of a relationship gone sour, at least that’s how I perceive it.

Aerosmith: Dream On

“Every time that I look in the mirror, all these lines in my face gettin’ clearer…”

Dang. Seriously. Enough said, Aerosmith.

Fleetwood Mac: Gold Dust Woman

“Rock on, gold dust woman.. Take your silver spoon and dig your grave”

Fleetwood Mac always has the best lyrics in their songs.

“Well, did she make you cry, Make you break down, Shatter your illusions of love? And is it over now? Do you know how to pick up the pieces and go home”

Cracker: Low

“Blue blue is the sun… Brown brown is the sky… Green green were her eyes… A million miles, a million miles..”

This song always makes me think of high school. And teenage angst. And being with someone who makes you feel low, and it feels like you’re stoned.

Beatles: Ob La Di, Ob La Da

“In a couple of years they have built a home sweet home, With a couple of kids running in the yard, Of Desmond and Molly Jones
(Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha)”

Totally the theme song of my life.

Billy Joel: Pressure

“Now here you are with your faith, and your Peter Pan advice, You have no scars on your face, and you cannot handle pressure…”

I love this song. I get chills whenever I hear it.

Crosby, Stills, Nash: Southern Cross

“So we cheated and we lied and we tested, And we never failed to fail it was the easiest thing to do, You will survive being bested, Somebody fine will come along make me forget about loving you, At the southern cross”

I really got into this song when my bestie played it at a local bar we’d been hanging out in one afternoon. It’s a pure, sweet sound.

Best Tug on my Heartstrings:

Sia: Breathe Me

“Help, I have done it again, I have been here many times before, Hurt myself again today, And the worst part is there’s no one else to blame”

One of my absolute favorites. An incredibly beautiful song. I will always remember Six Feet Under; it’s the series finale episode. I also think of unrequited love.

Rachael Yamogata: I Wish You Love

My breaking heart and I agree, That you and I could never be, So with my best, my very best I set you free…”

Another song about unrequited love, and how two people were never meant to be. The memories though… who can forget the memories?

Dave Matthews Band: Let You Down

“I let you down, oh, forgive me, You give me love, Let me walk with you, maybe I could say, Maybe talk with you, open up and let me through… Don’t walk away”

Someone is in the dog house, big-time. But hey, Dave Matthews is attempting to apologize and tell you he loves you all in one fell swoop? Very nice.

Paramore: The Only Exception

“And I’ve always lived like this, Keeping a comfortable distance. , and up until now I have sworn to myself
That I’m content with loneliness.  Because none of it was ever worth the risk. Well you are the only exception…”

This song reminds me of my husband every time I hear it. It’s a beautiful song, and I can tell you that I’m on my way to believin’…

Best Work Out Lyrics:

Britney Spears:  Work B****

“You wanna hot body, You wanna Bugatti, You wanna Maserati, You better work bitch… You wanna Lamborghini, Sip Martinis
Look hot in a bikini, You better work bitch…”

I’m not a big fan of Britney. However, when this song starts up, I’m running faster and really tackling the hills while out for a run.

Beyonce: Run The World (Girls)

“How we’re smart enough to make these millions, Strong enough to bear the children, Then get back to business…”

Who runs the world? Girls.

Berlin: The Metro

I remember the letter wrinkled in my hand, “I’ll love you always” filled my eyes… I remember hating you for loving me…”

It’s got me going with it’s techno beat.

Best Time of my Life Lyrics:

Janet Jackson: Miss You Much

“Not to say that I’m in love with you, But who’s to say that I’m not, I just know that it feels wrong, When I’m away too long…”

Now this takes me back. You know, she might be in love with you, or maybe she’s not, but it’s all good either way.

Beastie Boys: Sabotage

“I can’t stand it I know you planned it, I’m gonna set it straight, this watergate…”

This reminds me of my high school years, propelling myself forward amidst a sea of sabotage.

Duran Duran: The Chauffer

“The sun slips down bedding heavy behind, The front of your dress all shadowy lined, And the droning engine throbs in time, With your beating heart…”

A very odd and bizarre song, but very cool. An interesting, sexual love song.


“And the sky was made of amethyst… and all the stars look just like little fish, you should learn how to go.. you should learn how to say no…”

Another song from high school. I’d scream right along to this song with a friend of mine. We were huge Hole fans.

Moby: We Are All Made of Stars

“People they come together, People they fall apart, No one can stop us now, 
‘Cause we are all made of stars…”

At least, that’s what Carl Sagan and now Neil DeGrasse say. (Cosmos)







5 thoughts on “The Lyrics to Life”

  1. I love almost all the songs on Alanis’ Jagged Little Pill CD. “Wake Up” does have great lyrics. “Not the Doctor” is great too.
    I love “Ob la di Ob la da….”
    I’m all about Billy Joel and “Pressure” is great. I like telling the kids that he sings about Sesame Street in it. 🙂
    Fun topic. Thanks for choosing it.

    1. Me too! I love JLP. Alanis has such great lyrics, very deep and meaningful. I am glad you enjoyed the topic- it seems I’m always picking the song-related topics LOL!

  2. Now I will have to listen to these (exception: Foo Fighters). I love the way you did this and wish I’d thought of it!

    1. Not a Foo fan? I think I’m not a big fan of early Foo but I dig the later stuff. I hope you like the songs! Maybe you can listen to some while on your journey to TN. 🙂

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