By all standards, at age 21, I am too old for some things. Besides being too tall to ride the kiddie rides at amusement parks and getting strange looks if I order off the children’s menu, I should really not post song lyrics as a status or a tweet.
Don’t lie, you know we all used to and have at some point in our lives written lyrics to show the internet how we were/are feeling. However, there has to be a line, right? We can’t be emotional middle-schoolers forever!
I know, I know, it’s not a big deal, but sometimes I just hear a line that’s so perfect and I relate to it and I want to type it out so badly!
Here’s my problem- I’m a music nut and more than anything I have those dramatic days when I just want to tell people how I’m feeling with a well-crafted lyric written by someone else. However, this gesture often seems childish and silly and so in trying to grow up, I resist as often as I can.
However, I have this blog, and this blog is, more often than not, used to get out a few words I can’t say anywhere else.
So, hypothetically, if I HAD posted a lyric-filled status in this great year of 2011, these would be just a few I might have used.
Lion-Haired Girl’s “Song Lyrics I Wanted To Post as Statuses (Stati?) in 2011”
(Also, each song title is a clickable link to a video/audio recording of the song if you want to hear for yourself! Enjoy!)
“‘I wanna do right, but not right now.'” – Look At Miss Ohio, Gillian Welch
This song packs more emotion in these words than I thought possible in a whole conversation. It is the perfect line about being in this weird transition period of adulthood and trying to keep right amidst everything in this crazy world.
“A year from now, we’ll all be gone. All our friends will move away and they’re goin’ to better places, but our friends will be gone away. Nothin’ is as it has been and I miss your face like hell, and I guess it’s just as well, but I miss your face like hell. Rivers and roads, rivers til I reach you.” – Rivers and Roads, The Head And The Heart
Basically a song to encapsulate the end of college. Oh, this song! I get an intense case of goosebumps every time I hear it and the harmonies that go along with the words.
“Lord, have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways.” – Down In The Valley, The Head And The Heart
Let’s just say this year was a big year for The Head And The Heart and this lion. I say this phrase in my head at least 4 times a week.
“And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back, so shake him off! I am done with my graceless heart, so tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart, cause I like to keep my issues strong. It’s always darkest before the dawn.” –Shake It Out, Florence + The Machine
For all those nights when I’ve just wanted to give up, but dance it out instead. Florence, you’re a lifesaver.
“I told myself that you were right for me, but felt so lonely in your company, but that was love and it’s an ache I still remember.” –Somebody That I Used To Know, Gotye feat Kimbra
Gotye and Kimbra will stick in your brain and never leave it. The emotion in these harmonies? Crazy good. I haven’t been in this dramatic of a relationship, but something about this song just grips you.
“So with the angst of a teenage band, here’s another song about a gender I’ll never understand. If this is a rom-com, kill the director, please!” – Kill The Director, The Wombats
YES. I’ve written about the magical powers of this song here, but if you’re ever frustrated with relationships and your life not measuring up to those fake-falling-in-love-movie-scenes that you’ve watched all your life, BLAST THIS SONG AND FIST-PUMP ALONG. Finally a frustrated not-in-love song! Have no shame.
“Somewhere between that setting sun, ‘I’m On Fire’ and ‘Born To Run’, you looked at me and I was done and we’re, we’re just getting started. When I think about you, I think about 17. I think about my old jeep, I think about the stars in the sky. Funny how a melody sounds like a memory, like the soundtrack to a July Saturday night; Springsteen.” – Springsteen, Eric Church
Play this for any Bruce fan and see if they don’t feel something. Also, I got to meet Eric Church in Nashville and have so much respect for him now – he’s an incredible artist. Also, this song is pretty much a great deal of my life story. Good enough for me.
“I don’t wanna be laid down, no I don’t wanna die knowing that I spent so much time when I was young just trying to be the winner! Don’t care ’bout being a winner or being smooth with women or going out on Fridays and being the life of parties; no no no!” – Losers, The Belle Brigade
I would like to dedicate this song to our generation- the one that feels like their lives aren’t worth anything if new Facebook pictures aren’t tagged of their ‘crazy’ Friday night parties every weekend. Be satisfied with your life, stop competing to win! Life is not a popularity competition! Throw your fist in the air to this song!
“Some say life will beat you down, break your heart, steal your crown. So I started out for God-knows-where, I guess I’ll know when I get there. I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings. Coming down is the hardest thing.” – Learning To Fly, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
I have listened to this song on nearly every highway and back road of Texas and Tennessee highways, half-singing the lyrics and half-praying for the future. It’s a song that I’ve had in my back pocket for years and always cheers me up and helps me get a little perspective on life. It’s a song that makes me feel safe and like I’m where I need to be. That, and it sounds so good blasting with the windows rolled down.