A while back I was inspired by this Top 20 List of Legendary Lyrics to come up with a list of my personal favourites. I agree with many of the choices (“Time of Your Life (Good Riddance)” by Green Day would have been our final wedding song, if we’d had a dance. And while I love “Landslide”, I actually prefer the Dixie Chicks cover), but here are some others that deserve mention:
Any line from “Beautiful Boy” by John Lennon, of course.
Just about anything written by Dallas Green. Genius.
“When you say it’s gonna happen now,
Well, when exactly do you mean?
See I’ve already waited too long…” – “How Soon is Now”, The Smiths
“So can you understand?
Why I want a daughter while I’m still young
I wanna hold her hand
And show her some beauty
Before all this damage is done.
But if it’s too much to ask, it’s too much to ask
Then send me a son.” – “The Suburbs”, Arcade Fire (and no, don’t read into this that I want a daughter…)
“For a minute there, I lost myself, I lost myself…” – “Karma Police”, Radiohead
“Life is too short, so love the one you got,
‘cause you might get run over or you might get shot.” – “What I Got”, Sublime (recently overheard 7.5 year old singing this line…)
“All I ever wanted, all I ever needed, is here, in my arms.” – “All I Ever Wanted”, Depeche Mode (I used to dance BB#1 to sleep to this song.)
“Open up your ears and clean out your eyes
If you learn to love, you’re in for a surprise
It could be nice to be alive.” – “Alive”, Beastie Boys (I bought a pregnancy test after this song made me cry. Positive.)
“That’s a fine looking high horse
What you got in the stable.” – “Take Me to Church”, Hozier
“Did I say that I need you?
Did I say that I want you?
If I didn’t I’m a fool you see
No one knows this more than me.” – “Just Breathe”, Pearl Jam (aka my funeral song)
“Some have wine and castle keep
But they can’t watch you drift asleep.”– “I Have You”, Connie Kaldor (mothers, I dare you to listen and not cry.)
“People say I’m crazy, doing what I’m doing,
Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin,
When I say that I’m OK they look at me kind of strange,
Surely you’re not happy now you no longer play the game.” – “Watching the Wheels”, John Lennon
“Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am home again.” – “Love Song”, The Cure (another potential wedding song, except that my husband is not a fan…)
“You can’t write if you can’t relate.” – “Loser”, Beck
“I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it
It’s something that I’m supposed to be
Someday we’ll find it
The rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers, and me.” – “Rainbow Connection”, Kermit the Frog
What are some song lyrics that speak to you?