Lyrics I’m Loving

“The worst things in life come free to us…

‘cus we’re just under the upper hand…

She don’t wanna go outside tonight…

It’s too cold outside for angels to fly…”

(Ed Sheeran “A-Team”)

“…I drink myself of newfound pity
Sitting alone in New York City
And I don’t know why.

So I walk up on high,and I step to the edge, to see my world below. And I laugh at myself while the tears roll down, because it’s the world I know,”

(Collective Soul “The World I Know”)

“It’s not a cry that you hear at night. It’s not someone who has seen the light. It’s a cold and broken Hallelujah,” (K.D. Lang’s version of “Hallelujah”)

“Bless the Lord, oh my soul. Oh my soul. Worship His holy name. Sing like never before, oh my soul. I worship your holy name,” (Matt Redman “10,000 Reasons”)

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older
Then we wouldn’t have to wait so long
And wouldn’t it be nice to live together
In the kind of world where we belong

You know its gonna make it that much better
When we can say goodnight and stay together

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could wake up
In the morning when the day is new
And after having spent the day together
Hold each other close the whole night through

Happy times together we’ve been spending
I wish that every kiss was never ending
Wouldn’t it be nice

Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray it might come true
Baby then there wouldn’t be a single thing we couldnt do
We could be married
And then wed be happy

Wouldn’t it be nice

You know it seems the more we talk about it
It only makes it worse to live without it
But lets talk about it
Wouldn’t it be nice

(Who knew the Beach Boys were being all fuzzy romantic in that one?)


Song Lyrics that Don’t Make Sense

Don’t you hate song lyrics that seem like they say something, but they don’t really? As an English teacher, I find it incredibly difficult to convince teenagers that writing well matters. One of the horrible habits I’ve made it my mission to combat is intentional wordiness. Kids will add all sorts of crap to their essays just to make them longer. They don’t care about making sense; they just know they need to fill space on the page, so they fill it… just as their favorite song writers do. They come up with lyrics that don’t make sense or don’t convey the intended meaning.

Example: “I need you like a heart needs a beat.”
I don’t have any clue who does the song with those lyrics or what the song is called. Let’s google.Okay, so the song is called “Apologize” and the artist is One Republic.

I don’t think a heart technically needs a beat. Maybe I don’t get the analogy, but I’m not sure I want a guy needing me like a heart needs a beat. I don’t think that’s flattering, and I’m not sure it means anything.

Example 2: “You were Romeo; I was a scarlet letter.”

This one is from one of those Taylor Swift songs, and I think this particular one is called “Love Song”. And it makes sense that she was like 15 when she wrote this. Most of us understand that the scarlet letter was a big ‘A’ sewn into the clothes of someone caught in adultery. Again, I may be just missing the analogy here, but it doesn’t seem romantic that a man would be Romeo (kills himself) and I would be a big ‘A’ sewn into someone’s clothes, and that somehow equals love.

Example 3: “Is it really him or the loss of my innocence, I’ve been missing so much?”

This one is from a song called “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter, and it’s the one that bothers me the most. I think the intent was to write something more like “Do I miss him, or do I actually miss my innocence?” But that’s not what it says. Who misses the loss of their innocence? Nobody. It’s not something people miss.

There are a ton of lyrics out there that make me cranky, but these are the ones I most often encounter. Which lyrics vex you?

Wasn’t it More Fun When We Didn’t Know the Lyrics

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Image by Jonas de los Reyes via Flickr

I was driving to work last week, and the song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” came on.

And I started singing…

I said, “What about Breakfast at Tiffany’s?”

She said, “I think I remember the bell man. As I recall, I think we both kinda liked him.”

I said, “Well, that’s one thing we’ve got.”

And something felt a little bit off about those lyrics.

For awhile, I couldn’t figure out what it was, but then I remembered a conversation I’d had with my roommates when Eucalyptus Biscuit told me she thought the words were, “… I think I remember the film and as I recall, I think, we both kinda liked it…”

And let’s be honest here – my version of the lyrics sounds less correct. I’ve only seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s one time, and there might be a bell man, but it still makes more sense with E.B.’s lyrics.

And then I thought, I should just look the lyrics up online. That’s the only way to know for sure.

Question: why do I need to know for sure? and how can we deprive future generations of the personal growth that can only come by unabashedly singing the wrong lyrics in front of people who know the right ones? And isn’t it just more fun to be wrong sometimes?

In protest to always having the answers, I’m going to sing those same wrong lyrics for the rest of my life!

I said, “I think I remember the bell man…”

Lyrics I’m Loving

“I was a flight risk with a fear of fallin’… a careless man’s careful daughter.”

Taylor Swift – “Mine”

“Dear God won’t you please send someone here who will love me for me? Who will love me for me – not for what I have done or what I will become. Who will love me for me? ‘Cus nobody has shown me what love – what love really means.”

JJ Heller – “What Love Really Means”

“Safety pin me to your chest, so I can stay close. Please don’t leave me in this mess, because I am this close to unravelling. Unravelling. Don’t give up on me now. This can all be mended. We can iron this out. It can all be mended. I’m tearing at the seams. It can all be mended. It can all be mended now.”

The Autumn Film – “Mended”

“All I can taste is this moment… sooner or later, it’s over… and you can’t fight the tears that ain’t comin’… And I don’t want the world to see me, ‘cus I don’t think that they’d understand…”

Goo Goo Dolls – “Iris”

“If you were a boat, my darlin’, a boat, my darlin’, I’d be the wind at your back. If you were afraid my darlin’, afraid my darlin’, I’d be the courage you lack.”

JJ Heller – “The Boat Song”

“Felt like a pearl when I was holdin’ your hand.”

The Band Perry – “Lasso”

“Scenes of you come rushing through; you are breaking me down. So break me into pieces that will grow in the ground. I know that I deserve to die for the murder in my heart, so be gentle with me, Jesus, as you tear me apart… I begin to see reality for the first time in my life. I know that I’m a shadow, but I’m dancing in Your light. Teach me to be humble. Call me from the grave. Show me how to walk with You upon the waves and breathe into my spirit. Breathe into my veins until only love remains.”

JJ Heller – “Only Love Remains”

“If I die young, bury me in satin. Lay me down on a bed of roses. Sink me in the river at dawn. Send me away with the words of a love song.”

The Band Perry – “If I Die Young”