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Sunday, 22 January 2017

36 of my favourite lyrics of all time

I find people's approach the music one of the most fascinating things in life. I have always found that the songs that mean the most to me are either the memories they bring or the lyrics they have. For others, it is how great the guitar sounds in a particular bit. But for all of us, it is how the song makes us feel and the affect it has on us. Since I first started getting into music, when I was around 12 or 13, lyrics have always been the thing that stands out for me the most and what stay with me for long after the song has finished.

It all started when I went into Woolworths and I brought an album with my pocket money that still means the world to me years later: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys. I suddenly swapped listening to Ciara and Ashanti and became obsessed with these nitty gritty lyrics that just spoke to me, because they were so real. Since then, I have found myself having to write down lyrics I hear in shops and bars to Google later on, I have stopped in the street when I have had to rewind a song on my Spotify to make sure that I heard a lyric correctly and I have laughed and cried to a lyric even when I know I'm about to hear it. I will listen to a song and wonder what inspired the artist to write that particular lyric. So I have decided to share with you just some of my absolute favourites - its a miracle I've got this list down to 36 - the original was 87.

Upon reflection, I've realised that I am a bit of a dreamer when it comes to lyrics. A lot of them seem to be about love and the mystery of falling for someone. Others are about friendship, life in general and even death. If I was to explain what made me choose these lyrics, it would take me around a year to write this post. Many of them are self-explanatory, others have a personal meaning to me and some remind me so much of those I care about. I hope you enjoy my list and check out my Spotify playlist of all the songs included...

Wall of Arms - The Maccabees

Through these eyes there's no God above me
No devil below me, no purgatory, no pearly gates
The worms are what await me
It's only me that can forgive me
And I have faith, oh I have faith
I have faith, oh I have faith in those who put up with me

We Share The Same Skies - The Cribs

I have decided it's best that you know
I'm still thinking about old ties as north-west skies grow cold
No point in denying
Anxiety was my favourite feeling after jealousy

Into My Arms - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

And I don't believe in the existence of angels
But looking at you I wonder if that's true
But if I did I would summon them together
And ask them to watch over you

Life on Mars? - David Bowie

But the film is a saddening bore
For she's lived it ten times or more
She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on...

The Prophet - Jamie T

I think she lost her looks to the beauty and terror
She says her friends are fucked and in the fairest of weather
She asked me is it painless am I humouring the brainless
Being young and drunk and all fucked up and being in entertainment

God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me

If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys
Hand me the world on a silver platter
And what good would it be
With no one to share
With no one who truly cares for me

Sticks 'n' Stones - Jamie T

I was hanging out with Louie in the shooting gallery, when the news got through to me about you and Jeremy.
Pat on my back, and a swig on my brew, you're still my friend, it's impossible to hate you.

On Days Like These - Quincy Jones in The Italian Job

And its on days like these that I remember
Singing songs and drinking wine
While your eyes play games with mine 

Half The World Away - Oasis

So here I go, I'm still scratching around in the same old hole
My body feels young but my mind is very old
So what do you say?
You can't give me the dreams that are mine anyway

Sweet Dreams, TN - The Last Shadow Puppets

And I just don’t recognize this fool
That you have made me
Whoa I ain’t seen him for a while
And as your shrinking figure blows a kiss
I catch and smash it on my lips
Darling I can’t seem to quit
Completely falling to bits

Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles

Waits at the window, wearing the face 
That she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for?

Vagabond - Wolfmother

I go out walking all day long,
Take away this lonely man soon he will be gone,
Cause I'll tell you everything about living free,
Yes I can see you girl can you see me

The Masterplan - Oasis

'Cause everything that's been has passed
The answer's in the looking glass
There's four and twenty million doors
On life's endless corridor

Simple As This - Jake Bugg

Tried institutions of the mind and soul
It only taught me what I should not know
Oh and the answer well who would have guessed
Could be something as simple as this

You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse

Cause you're my fella, my guy,
Hand me your Stella and fly,
By the time I'm out the door,
You tear me down like Roger Moore

These Streets - Paolo Nutini

Walking by a high-rise to a landmark square
You see millions of people with millions of cares
And I struggle to the train to make my way home
I look at the people as they sit there alone

Pure Imagination - Gene Wilder in Willy Wonker & The Chocolate Factory

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world?
There's nothing to it

Tears Dry On Their Own - Amy Winehouse

I shouldn't play myself again,
I should just be my own best friend,
Not fuck myself in the head with stupid men

Arctic Monkeys - Cornerstone

I elongated my lift home
Yeah I let him go the long way round
I smelt your scent on the seat belt and kept my short cuts to myself

Second Hand News - Fleetwood Mac

One thing I think you should know
I ain't gonna miss you when you go
Been down so long
I've been tossed around enough
Couldn't you just
Let me go down and do my stuff

Simple Things - Paolo Nutini

Oh, my father is a wealthy, self made man
But his wealth does not consist of riches or acres of land
And instead he has a family who are his biggest fans
That's something that I one day hope to have

Walk On the Wild Side - Lou Reed

Candy came from out on the island,
In the backroom she was everybody's darling,
But she never lost her head
Even when she was giving head

Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley

Well, since my baby left me
Well, I found a new place to dwell
Well, it's down at the end of Lonely Street
At Heartbreak Hotel

Common People - Pulp

I said pretend you've got no money, she just laughed and said oh you're so funny. 
I said yeah? Well I can't see anyone else smiling in here. 
Are you sure you want to live like common people

April Come She Will - Simon & Garfunkel

August, die she must.
The autumn winds blow chilly and cold.
September, I'll remember.
A love once new has now grown old

Do Me a Favour - Arctic Monkeys

And do me a favour, and ask if you need some help
She said, do me a favour and stop flattering yourself!
How to tear apart the ties that bind, perhaps 'fuck off' might be too kind,
Perhaps 'fuck off' might be too kind

Colors Of The Wind - Judy Kuhn from Pocahontas

You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You'll learn things you never knew you never knew

Lucky Man - The Verve

But how many corners do I have to turn?
How many times do I have to learn
All the love I have is in my mind?

The Whole Of The Moon - The Waterboys

With a torch in your pocket
And the wind at your heels
You climbed on the ladder
And you know how it feels
To get too high
Too far
Too soon

Leave Before The Lights Come On - Arctic Monkeys

And how can you wake up, 
With someone you don't love? 
And not feel slightly fazed by it

I Am The Resurrection - The Stone Roses

Your tongue is far too long
I don't like the way it sucks and
Slurs upon my every word

Fit But You Know It - The Streets

And when that bloke in the white behind us lot queuing
Was clocking onto you too yeah I had to admit
That yeah yeah you are fit,
And yeah I do want it,
But I stop sharking for a minute to get chips and drinks

Help - The Beatles

But now these days are gone and I'm not so self assured
Now I find I've changed my mind, I've opened up the doors

Let There Be Love - Nat King Cole

Let there be wind, 
An occasional rain. 
Chile con carne, 
Sparkling champagne 

The Power Of Love - Frankie Goes To Hollywood

This time we go sublime
Lovers entwine-divine divine
Love is danger, love is pleasure
Love is pure, the only treasure



  1. There's a couple in there that I hope remind you of me or dad 😂

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