As we've had gig review after gig review lately (and there are more yet to come), I thought that I would break things up a little with a bit of Random Rules. As it was the 14th of the month when I decided to do this, below are 14 consecutive songs courtesy of my iTunes shuffle. Instead of the whole 'what this song means to me' business, I thought I would, instead, share with you my favourite lyrics from each. A couple of these tracks have already featured on my blog previously, but as this was, indeed, random that was unavoidable...just Sod's Law that, out of over 8000 songs, they should come up again here!
Oh, and this post has absolutely nothing to do with Stereolab (as per the picture above)...I just thought the title was fitting!
1. Photograph - Weezer
"If you want it, you can have it / But you've got to learn to reach out there and grab it"
2. Redwinelips - Jomi Massage
"I will stay awake until daylight breaks my face"
This one previously featured in this music review.
3. Backstairs Down - Po'Girl
"If there's one thing that I need / It's to find a place where I can breathe / And a little time just to think" (hear hear!)
4. You Don't - Tricky
Hmmm...not really one I would praise for its lyrics...good song though.
5. Excuse Me Mr. - Ben Harper
"So, excuse me Mr. / But I'm a mister too / And you're givin' Mr. a bad name / Mr. like you"
6. Take - Throwing Muses
"If you don't think I'm pretty / I understand"
(my favourite ever Kristin Hersh lyrics come from her song Teeth: "This hair-do's truly evil / I'm not sure it's mine"!)
7. Hallelujah - KD Lang
Obviously not as great as Leonard Cohen's original, or indeed, in my opinion, Rufus Wainwright's version...but a good cover (of a wonderful song) nonetheless.
"Love is not a victory march / It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah" or
"Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you"
8. March of the Pigs - Nine Inch Nails
"Take the skin and peel it back / Now doesn't that make you feel better?"
9. Willy - Joni Mitchell
"But you're bound to lose / If you let the blues get you scared to feel"
10. Avalanche - Heather Nova
"And you, you look like freedom" or
"Security's the whore in me that never lets me fly"
11. You Win Again - Hank Williams
"I love you still / You win again" (well, the lyrics to this one are pretty simple!)
12. Sylvia Plath - Ryan Adams
"She'd ash on the carpets / And slip me a pill / Then she'd get pretty loaded on gin / And maybe she'd give me a bath / How I wish I had a Sylvia Plath"
13. Back When I Was 4 - Jeffrey Lewis
Where to start when it comes to Jeff Lewis lyrics?? Probably best you just read the lot here.
This one was previously featured in this music review.
14. Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley and The Wailers
"From the very first time I rest my eyes on you, girl / My heart says follow through / But I know now that I'm way down on your line"