My Favorites Pt. II
by Noise Pollution
Hello and welcome to another installment of… Oh god, no. There’s no way I can keep that garbage writing up, even ironically. Anyways, this is the second part of a series where I talk about my favorite lines from songs.
Daylight licked me into shape
I must have been asleep for days
and moving lips to breathe her name
I opened up my eyes
and found myself alone, alone
alone above a raging sea
that stole the only girl I loved
and drowned her deep inside of me.
-Just Like Heaven, The Cure
Yeah, I know this one is a little on the nose, I mean, there’s nobody who doesn’t love this song unless they hate it because it is (was?) overplayed. It’s still a beautiful fucking song. Also, to make it even more beautiful, it’s about the girl he married and stayed married to. Musicians don’t usually do that. We’re all either conceited assholes or at least a little bit touched in the head. And this particular verse is the most beautiful one in the song.
She sees these visions
she feels emotions
She says that
I cannot go,
she sees my plane in the ocean
“And what about your friends?
Don’t you love them enough to stay?”
and I say,
“If I don’t leave now
then I will never get away.”
Let me be a blue raft
on a blue sea, I’ll blend right in.
But you are an artist,
and your mind don’t work the way you want it to.
-Maps, The Front Bottoms
Fuck. This song is about me, I fucking know it. How could it not be? It sums up an event that happened to me so completely perfectly that there’s no way it couldn’t be about me.
Well, obviously it isn’t actually about me, but whatever. The Front Bottoms write songs that hit me so close to home that my inner old man tells them to get the hell off his lawn.
If I woke up
with all these things
Would it even change your feelings
None of that is even me
But for now I’ll have to
wait another week
to see your face and all I want to say is
that I really miss you
-If Only, Goldfinger
Most of this song is relatively jokey and barely serious, but when the song finally slows down, and he says what he really feels, it’s so pretty. I love this part of the song, but it totally needs that earlier jokey attitude and weird key-changing bridge for it to work. It’s such an interesting song to me.
I’ve never thought about death
the way I thought about you
never considered the
celestial lines they drew
I never did what you asked
I never turned down the volume.
I’ve got some friends back home
that would strongly agree
you don’t need no maps
to draw conclusions like these
These gates are locked up tight
and no one here’s got a key
but someone must have a cell phone
or else some kind of machine
that can connect us to satellites
in the outer, outer sky.
Tides, Harrison Watters
Okay, so I found this song while browsing Youtube, and this guy is a fucking genius. Just listen to it. It’s brilliant.
Okay, that’s it for today. Expect more!