The lyrics capture me.

For some people, it’s the beat, the melody. For others, it’s the lyrics, the story. I’m in the latter category. A well written song always captures my attention and sometimes the lyrics just pop out at me. Right now, these won’t leave me:

You say
Love is a temple
Love a higher law
Love is a temple
Love the higher law
You ask me to enter
But then you make me crawl
And I cant be holding on
To what you got
When all you got is hurt

A talented songwriter can tell the beauty of a story in songs. Songs that don’t use cliches, but instead rely on imagery are my favorite kind. I am not the best at figuring out what a writer means in those kind of songs, but therein lies the magic of a wonderful song. It can be interpreted in several ways. Another favorite song of mine…

Any minute now, my ship is coming in
I’ll keep checking the horizon
I’ll stand on the bow, feel the waves come crashing
Come crashing down down down, on me

And you say, be still my love
Open up your heart
Let the light shine in
But don’t you understand
I already have a plan
I’m waiting for my real life to begin

When I awoke today, suddenly nothing happened
But in my dreams, I slew the dragon
And down this beaten path, and up this cobbled lane
I’m walking in my old footsteps, once again
And you say, just be here now
Forget about the past, your mask is wearing thin
Let me throw one more dice
I know that I can win
I’m waiting for my real life to begin

Any minute now, my ship is coming in
I’ll keep checking the horizon
And I’ll check my machine, there’s sure to be that call
It’s gonna happen soon, soon, soon
It’s just that times are lean

And you say, be still my love
Open up your heart, let the light shine in
Don’t you understand
I already have a plan
I’m waiting for my real life to begin

Sometimes, while the lyrics may be simple, sometimes the meaning is so much deeper.

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66 Responses to “The lyrics capture me.”

  1. The lyrics to “Waiting for my real life to begin” reminds me of the song, “Southern Cross” by Crosby, Stills, Nash …..insofar as the song is sea/sailor inspired. (My brother is a sailor, an Engineer 3rd class on the Great Lakes)
    =======
    Absolutely fricken great song:
    Here’s some lyrics:
    So I’m sailing for tomorrow
    My dreams are a dyin’.
    And my love is an anchor tied to you
    Tied with a silver chain.
    I have my ship
    And all her flags are a flyin’
    She is all that I have left
    And music is her name.
    Chorus
    Think about how many times
    I have fallen
    Spirits are using me
    larger voices callin’.
    What heaven brought you and me
    ======
    and if you have time, take a listen!

  2. Grey, you don’t get enough thanks for introducing us to so much fantastic music!
    I just love this blog for this reason, fan wars be damned, your musical taste is just brilliant. Colin Hay has a new fan in me!
    I have 3 brothers and a son that sing and play guitar, plus my daughter plays flute and dabbles in guitar & mandolin (I know 3 chords LOL) and music has always been the tie that binds.
    Thanks again, Grey!

  3. You may have pointed out to me why I sometimes feel a song TOO much. Seriously, sometimes I have to turn the music off because it’s emotional overload. I respond to the lyrics AND the melody. I’m not trying to sound like I’m all THAT(aiight?).

    Reading the lyrics above made me feel like crying. They’re beautiful: the meaning behind the words plus the way the sound of the words work off one another. Poetry.

    But I’ve felt like crying from music alone, too. (I’ve mentioned this before and Im sorry about that, but it was a profound moment for me, it took me by surprise.) In a college music clss, my professor came in without a word, sat down at thepiano and banged out some Franz Liszt. I made a fool of myself by crying like a baby.

    That must be why I can’t listen to ‘TheFall’ or “Maybe You Should” unless I’m ready to be a basket case.

    Don’t hate me because I’m boring. (ha!)

  4. Caryl, we all seem sappy at times!
    When Dolly Parton sings ” Will Always Love You”(not Whitney, sorry)
    OR
    Paul McCartney sings “My Love”, I completely lose it.
    My daughter thinks it is funny……wait until she’s my age, with retrospect pulling at her…….just wait!

  5. Barb, thanks for that song and thanks for the thanks!! ahahha

    I was going to do another post about the fan wars, but then I figured why bother? I just wanted to take it back to the music. 🙂

  6. Yes, Caryl, I completely get what you mean. That Colin Hay song has a special meaning for me, and yet, unless I’m in a certain mood, I can’t listen to it. Because if I do listen, it will invariably bring me to tears. That’s the mark of a great song.

  7. casualfan Says:

    A talented songwriter can tell the beauty of a story in songs. Songs that don’t use cliches, but instead rely on imagery are my favorite kind. I am not the best at figuring out what a writer means in those kind of songs, but therein lies the magic of a wonderful song. It can be interpreted in several ways.
    ==============================================
    So true IAG-also, the music composition is just as emotional-at least for me.

    Don’t laugh but to me one of the most powerful compositions written is from “The Di Vinci Code”. One of my favorite things has always been to put in an instrumental cd and let the force of the instrumentation take me away from all the stress and bs of the day.

  8. NolaMar Says:

    Wonderful subject IAG! To tell the truth, I was almost afraid to open up this morning, dreading that the subject was going to be exactly what you mentioned. I don’t like contention and negativeness stuff. It’s childish and IMO hurts Taylor. He doesn’t need that crap right now! (I’m not talking about “personally”, but his image and career.)

    Enough of that – just LOVE the lyrics to the Colin song! Wonderful. It reminds me of one I cam across yesterday while Twittering with Caryl. She was looking for good “road trip songs.” While looking for Running on Empty by Jackson Browne on Imeem, I came across one I had not heard in a long time and had totally forgotten about called “The Road.” It really moved me with a longing and sadness. I don’t like to be sad but this is poignant. Just now found a really nice cover of it by someone. I’ll put it in the next post.

    By the way, the lyrics for Running on Empty are also very, very good! Have always loved that song too.

  9. My brother just sent me a wonderful inspiring song by Justin Hines, “Say What You Will”…….I just love this guy, he sings the new Ontario Tourism commercial on TV…he is an inspiration in himself. Living with the rare genetic joint condition, Larsen Syndrome, you will find his optimism contagious!!

  10. NolaMar Says:

    Highways and dancehalls
    A good song takes you far
    Your write about the moon
    And you dream about the stars
    Blues in old motel rooms
    Girls in daddy’s car
    You sing about the nights
    And you laugh about the scars
    Coffee in the morning cocaine afternoons
    You talk about the weather
    And you grin about the rooms
    Phone calls long distance
    To tell how you I’ve been
    Forget about the losses, you exaggerate the wins
    And when you stop to let ’em know
    You’ve got it down
    It’s just another town along the road

    The ladies come to see you
    If your name still rings a bell
    They give you damn near nothin’
    And they’ll say they knew you well
    So you tell ’em you’ll remember
    But they know it’s just a game
    And along the way their faces
    All begin to look the same
    And when you stop to let ’em know
    You got it down
    It’s just another town along the road

    Well it isn’t for the money
    And it’s only for a while
    You stalk about the rooms
    And you roll away the miles
    Gamblers in the neon, clinging to guitars
    You’re right about the moon
    But you’re wrong about the stars
    And when you stop to let ’em know
    You got it down
    It s just another town along the way

  11. I am looking forward to finding “The Road” song, it sounds great!
    As for my post (and I don’t blame you for disabling the link/embed, as I for one can get carried away and probably use way more bandwidth than I should LOL)
    BUT
    Justin Hines’ CD is being released today entitled Chasing Silver.
    I’m definately purchasing this one.

  12. Just one more Justin Hines tune, but not as tear-jerky:
    I Wish You Well:
    No
    Darling I cant take your thirst away but I can show you to the sea
    While you’re walking on your path unknown
    I said, “Will you think of me?”

    Well time will tell and I wish you well

    Too many times I’ve seen those ghosts before
    I’ve watched them dance around your bed
    I would give you all of my sleep filled nights just to see you get some rest

    It’s not my place to try to fill that space but I can wish you well
    Oh
    I wish you well

    In times like this I tend to ponder of things we’ll miss
    We can always reminisce

    When you come back from the great beyond with moonlight in your hair
    I will meet you where that dark road ends
    And it wont be long until we’re there

    And once
    Once again we’ll talk about way back when
    Oh
    But until then I wish you well
    Oh
    I wish you well

  13. NolaMar Says:

    Here you can listen to Jackson Browne singing:

    The Road: http://x.imeem.com/Y7G23gZdKz
    Running On Empty (Lyrics under the song): http://x.imeem.com/CpSGsjXV9p

    Sorry, I have so much to say on this subject… My biggest complaint about Daughtry’s post AI cd is the CLICHE’S. I love his voice and the sound of his band but even the songs I like are one cliche after another. I think a lot of popular music is like that today.

    MAYBE YOU SHOULD: Such wonderful lyrics IMO! This song evokes strong emotions in me, almost as much as IAOK. Can’t wait for that song (MYS) to be heard. It will kill me if it doesn’t not get known far and wide.

    THE DISTANCE: I understand the criticism about the simplicity and lack of depth of the lyrics, but to me you don’t always have to write an epic (like Bruce Springsteen’s songs) to get a good point across. When I said TD sounds “Bruce-like” to me, many of you probably said “SAY WHAT??” I was not talking about the lyrics in the sense of how they are written. THAT is totally opposite. I meant the idea of the song, and YES the MUSIC of the song, especially the opening guitar. I LOVE THE MUSIC in The Distance! And the way he sings’ DAAAAAAAEEEEEYS.”

    The dueling fans should take this to heart:

    When we get beyond all the hurt and blame
    And realize we’re all the same
    The distance between us will fade
    They’ll be no distance between us someday.

    We can rise up toward each other
    We can build a bridge brother to brother
    Take the steps we need to take
    To get us to a better place
    Where the distance between us fades away
    They’ll be no distance between us one of these days.

    Nothing wrong with those lyrics at all IMHO!!

  14. NolaMar Says:

    Oh my Barb, I wish you well! Chills all over. What a great song! The embed for the first JH song is disabled so I will have to go find that one.

    Oh, yes, on Southern Cross too. Saw CSN way back. Favorites from my past! Wooden Ships!! What a song…. I just put the lyrics under the song on Imeem.

    http://www.imeem.com/rockmusic2/music/OYWuS_sf/crosby-stills-nash-wooden-ships-remastered-lp-version/

    Wiki article about the song: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wooden_Ships

  15. Celestial Soul Says:

    I have so much Bono U2 Love.

    Here’s a few songs that the lyrics get me..

    R.E.M. “Nightswimming.”

    Nightswimming deserves a quiet night
    The photograph on the dashboard, taken years ago,
    Turned around backwards so the windshield shows
    Every streetlight reveals the picture in reverse
    Still, it’s so much clearer
    I forgot my shirt at the water’s edge
    The moon is low tonight

    Nightswimming deserves a quiet night
    I’m not sure all these people understand
    It’s not like years ago,
    The fear of getting caught,
    Of recklessness and water
    They cannot see me naked
    These things, they go away,
    Replaced by everyday

    Nightswimming, remembering that night
    September’s coming soon
    I’m pining for the moon
    And what if there were two
    Side by side in orbit
    Around the fairest sun?
    That bright, tight forever drum
    Could not describe nightswimming

    You, I thought I knew you
    You, I cannot judge
    You, I thought you knew me,
    This one laughing quietly underneath my breath
    Nightswimming

    The photograph reflects,
    Every streetlight a reminder
    Nightswimming deserves a quiet night, deserves a quiet night

    The Alternate Routes. “Ordinary”

    I’ve been wasting my days, Good and reckless and true,
    I have danced in the dark at the edge of the water, Swinging my hips at the black and the blue, When you die will you be surrounded by friends? Will they pray for a heaven out loud, a hope that somehow they will see you again? And at the end of the day, knowing not what it means, Will you stand in the ashes, building a glame for the rest of your dreams? Would you love, could you love to be ordinary? I know its hard but I can’t see you trying, Would you love, could you love to be ordinary? ‘Cause I can’t see you trying now

    And I see strangers at war, I see strangers at peace, Still I hang my head in confusion, It’s always been a choice that’s been harder for me, And at the end of the day, knowing not what it means, Will you stand in the ashes, building a flame for the rest of your dreams? Would you love, could you love to be ordinary? I know it’s hard but
    I can’t see you trying, Would you love, could you love to be ordinary? No I can’t see you trying now

    There’s nobody left to hear me, I wish you could hear me now, There’s nobody left to call because you’re not around, Would you love, could you love to be ordinary? I know it’s hard but I can’t see you trying And would you love, could you love to be ordinary? I know it’s hard but I Can’t see you trying, When you die will you be surrounded by friends? Will they pray for a heaven out loud, a hope that somehow they will see you again.

  16. Hey Barb…I didn’t disable the link. That’s on the youtube end…but when I went to YouTube to watch it, it said it was not available in my country.

  17. Oh wow..I love Ordinary. When I took a trip down south a couple of years ago, Clay Connor sang that at the Florabama. It was fantastic.

  18. From his official site, perhaps this can be viewed by all?
    http://www.justinhines.com/video.html
    I cried like a baby watching this………my brother knows how to push my buttons!

  19. Man, you guys are killing me. The Road’s a great song. (Thanks for reminding me of it, btw, raj) Taylor should cover it.

    I’ve got a couple of songs in the files in my brain that always make me feel GOOD. One of them is ‘Shanty’, by Jonathan Edwards. No, I don’t smoke weed, but it’s such a great song about just hanging out.

    Damn, I’m getting lost in some great music this morning while I try to find a version of ‘Shanty’ to share. Does anyone remember Aztec Two Step? I swiped thier album from my big sister and used to play it over and over. They had a fun song called “Baking.” NOT about getting baked. ha.

    So there are two pretty old songs that I think are fun. The added bonus of sharing these two songs is that it gives snow something to make fun of me for. “OMG! You’re so old!! WTF kind of music is THAT?”

    I just wanted to give some examples of the flip side. Fun songs that make you happy to be alive. I really must go now. Picking up Mom at the airport in…good grief…an hour and a half!

  20. jerseyirish Says:

    For me its the music that catches me first, then the lyrics. If I don’t like the sound the lyrics just won’t keep me interested.

    Great vids posted, thanks!

    NolaMar, Couldn’t get into the photo said needed a password. 😦

    JI

  21. Celestial Soul Says:

    I liked that Clay cover of Ordinary! Thanks!

  22. NolaMar Says:

    So much fabulous music here today! Loved Nightswimming, and Ordinary. (Clay Conner is good!)

    Barb, again, thanks for putting up the vid of Southern Cross. That’s a keeper!! Downloading it now. Been so hung up on TH lately have not listened to my CSN&Y music in a while.

  23. CSNY is just so timeless!
    Awesome music today for sure.
    I’m on my way to CD Plus store to buy me some Justin Hines and look for some Colin Hay, too!
    (Gotta dollar in my pocket & it burns! LOL)
    THIS is what brings Hick fans together, MUSIC.

  24. Don’t laugh but to me one of the most powerful compositions written is from “The Di Vinci Code”. One of my favorite things has always been to put in an instrumental cd and let the force of the instrumentation take me away from all the stress and bs of the day.

    Don’t worry, casualfan…some of my favorite compositions are from the Apollo 13 soundtrack. ha.

  25. taylorfan06 Says:

    The first time I heard “The Right Place” from TH, a week before the actual release, I was blown away by the melody and the purity of the song, as well as the lyrics.

    I recall Taylor singing it the first time I saw him live. I was so moved by the emotion he put into the performance (a Taylor trait). I stood there with tears in my eyes for a variety of reasons – his delivery of the song, his stage presence, and just the sheer beauty of that amazing Bryan Adams song.

    The same thing happened 3 days later the SECOND time I saw Taylor. That is truly a classic song for me. I SO wish it would have been a single. Maybe it would have changed the course of Taylor’s career from the start – just speculation.

  26. jerseyirish Says:

    taylorfan06, I agree that song just moves you, his interpertation and presentation just blow you away. So much emotion you can see it on his face as he sings it.

    JI

  27. blueberry Says:

    These are all so great. As I sit here listening and in some cases reminiscing, I’m trying to justify how to make all this time billable! Great post today! I zone in on the lyrics first, and I am always amazed at the ability songwriters have to create that perfect marriage of lyrics and melody. In the first video, U2, the words are great by themselves, but with the music they become, to me anyway, timeless. That is something that can’t be taught – you either have it or you don’t.

  28. NolaMar Says:

    Meant to say that there is a version of Wooden Ships from Woodstock, and to me it’s the best, but I can’t find a video. Did find a nice one on YT from a 1977 Houston concert but didn’t want to embed yet another vid.

    Speaking of Woodstock, there is a 40th Anniversary Directors Cut coming out in about a week. I’ve had it pre-ordered on Amazon for a few months. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001V9LRV0/ref=ox_ya_oh_product

    Haha! Forgot about this! “This is the second time we’ve ever played in front of people, man, we’re scared shitless” (Woodstock, in front of 400,000 people!)

  29. casualfan Says:

    2 of Taylor’s songs really move me to the point of one I’m not able to listen too-“The Fall” (Won’t listen to that one) and “Somehow” (I do listen to that one). I love TF but too much emotion pouring out of him that it actually hurts my soul to listen to it-make sense?

  30. jerseyirish Says:

    cf, I agree “The Fall” is a tough one to listen to especially live because of the emotion he shows while singing it. Somehow is a very touching song also, I get goose bumps when I hear that one. He voice whether it be singing his music or the Anthem before a game just touches me, it reaches deep within.

    JI

  31. NolaMar Says:

    I’ve never not been able to listen to music but I have to really be in the mood for some things. And some does get me so emotional that I don’t want to hear anything else for a while after listening to it. (IAOK) I too love The Fall.

  32. mamaforpeace Says:

    Sometimes it’s the lyrics, sometimes it’s the melody, sometimes it’s the memeories that come with a particular song or piece of music. When my mom died a couple of years ago, I had less than 24 hours before I had to get on a plane to fly to Paris, but I took the time to make a cd. Some of what I put on the cd was music I knew she loved, some that seemed to express my deep feelings. My mom’s taste in music was very eclectic… it ranged from a real love of classical and opera to soft rock, many singers song writers… Her collection of records and cd’s was impressive! When I got to Paris, my brothers and my siter and I came up with a final version of the cd, which incorporated our memories and our feelings. It was a very healing process. She had given us a love of music (and the arts, and litterature), and this was a way of honoring her, as well as comforting ourselves. Music is really a background to our lives. And I think it is one of the reasons it can evoke such strong feelings.

  33. Thirteen years ago when my dad died i played a George Strait song at his funeral. The song was ” A Fathers Love”. The first year after he died I couldn’t listen to that song without bursting into tears. It took awhile to be able to listen to it without crying, but every now and then when I hear that song, I burst out crying. it just happened the other day when it came on my ipod. It gave me good feelings because I associate that song with my dad. The bad feelings because he’s gone.

    I’m a sucker for the lyrics. A good beat can catch your attention, but the lyrics keep you hooked.

  34. spinshack Says:

    Great tunes, love that U2 song in the initial post Grey, one of my favorites.
    Heard this recently, James Morrison, like his voice. Lyrics hitting a vibe with me.

    So much craziness surroundin? me
    So much goin? on, it gets hard to breathe
    When all my faith has gone, you bring it back to me
    You make it real for me

    When I’m not sure about my priorities
    When I’ve lost site of where I’m meant to be
    Like holy water washin? over me
    You make it real for me

    And I’m runnin? to you, baby
    You are the only one who saved me
    That’s why I’ve been missin? you lately
    ?Cause you make it real for me

    When my head is strong but my heart is weak
    I’m full of arrogance and uncertainty
    When I can?t find the words
    You teach my heart to speak
    You make it real for me, yeah

    And I’m runnin? to you, baby
    You are the only one who saved me
    That’s why I’ve been missin? you lately
    ?Cause you make it real for me

    Everybody?s talkin? in words I don’t understand
    You got to be the only one who knows just who I am
    You?re shinin? in the distance, I hope I can make it through
    ?Cause the only place that I want to be
    Is right back home with you

    I guess there’s so much more I have to learn
    But if you’re here with me, I know which way to turn
    You always give me somewhere, somewhere I can learn
    You make it real for me

    And I’m runnin? to you, baby
    You are the only one who saved me
    That’s why I’ve been missin? you lately
    ?Cause you make it real for me
    Yes, you do, you make it real for me

  35. jerseyirish Says:

    mamaforpeace, Trixi, The same for me with my Dad. When he passed my one girlfriends played guitar and sang, Didn’t know she was going to sing at his mass. She got up and sang Kansas “Dust in the Wind”, a very touching song. When someone put up Adam Lambert singing it during Idol I was in tears also. The music and lyrics just get to my heart.

    JI

  36. spinshack Says:

    ^^ no idea about all “?” ‘s in that, I copy pasted ‘coz I’m lazy. lol

  37. spinshack Says:

    <i."I’ve never not been able to listen to music but I have to really be in the mood for some things. And some does get me so emotional that I don’t want to hear anything else for a while after listening to it. (IAOK) I too love The Fall." NolaMar, I’m the same way, it’s like I get stuck and have to just run it out of my system. ha.

  38. spinshack Says:

    Man, I botched that one up ^^ too. Take my keyboard, too spaztic today. lol

  39. spinshack Says:

    “Broken Strings”
    Gawd I’m girly today. This hits a nerve too. agh.

  40. jerseyirish Says:

    Spin, that was beatufiul, thanks for posting!

    JI

  41. taylorfan06 Says:

    OT – HDNet is airing Whomp At The Warfield this Sunday, June 7th. Check with your satellite service for availability and show times. It airs at 12:30PM here in California. You can bet I already have my recorder set.

    This concert was SOOO great! It’s too bad that the DVD was never released, but here’s your chance to see what so many others have been talking up, (myself included) for close to 2 years now.

    I hope many of you have this channel in your area. This version of “The Fall”, is his BEST rendition, in my opinion. Look into it.

  42. Barb….Thanks for the backround on Justin Hines. I have seen the Ontario Tourism commeral and I love his voice. I wondered who he was. Love I wish you Well….thanks again.

  43. spinshack Says:

    Love this tune:

  44. NolaMar Says:

    Just turned my sister in Texas on to Justin Hines. She likes him A LOT! Wish I could get her that excited about Taylor!

  45. Wow, lots of good stuff here! I haven’t gotten to it all, but I wanted to comment first…I’ll go back in a bit.

    Anywhoo…

    I have two different tastes in music. The lyrical side, and the beat side. I love a song with a good beat as much as I love the lyrics to a song. I listen to everything from KISS to Akon to Celine Dion to Beethoven, and anything in between. I think that’s the difference between a music lover and a music snob. The music lover in me falls for the talent, and passion put into a song. Whether it be by lyric or melody. I love Nine Inch Nails for both. Bob Dylan, lyric genius. Akon? Mostly the beats. HAHAHA…I can’t always relate to his lyrics, ya know? But I can’t ignore his talent.

    Anyway, what I was trying to say, is that there are so many aspects to music to fall in love with. A simple piano melody can enchant me just as much as a song with such powerful lyrics I want to cry.

    Know what I mean, Vern? 😀

  46. Have to agree on it being the lyrics that will drag me to that place where I listen to the same song over and over again. Case in point, John Ondrasik, aka Five for Fighting:

    The Riddle:
    Songwriters: John Ondrasik

    There was a man back in ’95
    Whose heart ran out of summers
    But before he died, I asked him
    ?Wait, what’s the sense in life?
    Come over me, Come over me?

    He said, “Son why you got to sing that tune?
    Catch a Dylan song or some eclipse of the moon?
    Let an angel swing and make you swoon
    Then you will see, you will see”

    Then he said, “Here’s a riddle for you
    Find the answer: There’s a reason for the world
    You and I”

    Picked up my kid from school today
    “Did you learn anything? Cause in the world today
    You can’t live in a castle far away
    Now talk to me, come talk to me”

    He said, “Dad I’m big, but we’re smaller than small
    In the scheme of things, well we’re nothing at all
    Still every mother’s child sings a lonely song
    So play with me, come play with me”

    “And hey Dad, here’s a riddle for you
    Find the answer: There’s a reason for the world
    You and I?”

    I said, “Son for all I’ve told you
    When you get right down to the
    Reason for the world, who am I?”

    There are secrets that we still have left to find
    There have been mysteries from the beginning of time
    There are answers we’re not wise enough to see
    He said, “You looking for a clue? I love you free?”

    The batter swings and the summer flies
    As I look into my angel’s eyes
    A song plays on while the moon is hiding over me
    Something comes over me

    I guess we’re big and I guess we’re small
    If you think about it man you know we got it all
    ‘Cause we’re all we got on this bouncing ball
    And I love you free, I love you freely

    Here’s a riddle for you
    Find the answer: There’s a reason for the world
    You and I

  47. Oh, how I love me some James Morrison. Love Five for Fighting, too. Their song, 100 Years is amazing. That’s another song where the lyrics just hit me.

    The older I get, the faster time goes by.

  48. mamaforpeace Says:

    Sometimes the music, the lyrics, the performers, and the circumstances come together to create an incredibly moving moment. I can never see this without tears in my eyes:

  49. TV ad for Ontario featuring Justin Hines:

    It’s been done by Molly Johnson, Keshia Chante, Alex J. Robinson, Brian Byrne from I Mother Earth and lots more..
    These ads are really special, well, because this is where I live, am from, and I will stay.

  50. Celestial Soul Says:

    Damien Rice is another favorite of mine.

  51. Barb…I live in Ontario too. Love this new tourism venture with the different artists..but Justin IMO gives you the feeling that he LOVES Ontario , he has a lot of passion in his voice.

  52. Damien Rice has a beautiful, clear voice! Pulls the stress right out of your shoulders 🙂 …….he’s got an accent, Scots maybe? British?

    Do you find that Five For Fighting sounds a bit like Coldplay? I get the 2 mixed up sometimes………but like them both regardless.

    I loved the Willie Nelson, Ray Charles video, too……….miss Ray so much!
    At least we have all these recordings to remember him by. Who was the other older fellow with them? I was thinking maybe Levon Helm?

    I heard that song, “Song for You” last night in the premiere for the series Cupid. We’ll see how long that show lasts…..kinda cute tho.

  53. Got through a little of this great thread last night (thank you Grey) before a short notice house guest arrived. Wanted to drop some things off before today gets too nuts . . seems like the best stuff always happens when I’m crazy busy *sigh*

    jerseyirish Says:
    June 2, 2009 at 11:52 am

    For me its the music that catches me first, then the lyrics. If I don’t like the sound the lyrics just won’t keep me interested.

    This is how I usually react as well . . I may read some lyrics the way I would poetry – but I want to enjoy hearing a song. Bob Dylan for example . . think he is a brilliant lyricist but often prefer a good cover to his voice.

    One of the songs in my short list of all time favorites is his _ ” I Shall Be Released ” _ I’m not even sure why it is a favorite but when it is done “right” it leaves me gutted.
    Taylor did it with the entire group at Warren Hayne’s Christmas Jam 06 and had a too short solo bit. Have wished he would do the entire song ever since . .
    Last week my favorite female singer – Grace Potter – covered ISBR . . just Grace and her B3 —> http://tinyurl.com/p3hq6v

    I Shall Be Released – Bob Dylan

    They say ev’rything can be replaced,
    Yet ev’ry distance is not near.
    So I remember ev’ry face
    Of ev’ry man who put me here.
    I see my light come shining
    From the west unto the east.
    Any day now, any day now,
    I shall be released.

    They say ev’ry man needs protection,
    They say ev’ry man must fall.
    Yet I swear I see my reflection
    Some place so high above this wall.
    I see my light come shining
    From the west unto the east.
    Any day now, any day now,
    I shall be released.

    Standing next to me in this lonely crowd,
    Is a man who swears he’s not to blame.
    All day long I hear him shout so loud,
    Crying out that he was framed.
    I see my light come shining
    From the west unto the east.
    Any day now, any day now,
    I shall be released.

  54. mamaforpeace Says:

    “I loved the Willie Nelson, Ray Charles video, too……….miss Ray so much!
    At least we have all these recordings to remember him by. Who was the other older fellow with them? I was thinking maybe Levon Helm?”
    Actually, it was Leon Russell, who wrote the song. This was an especially touching moment because Willie knew that Ray was dying. That’s why he is holding back tears. And Ray gives such an amazing rendition of that beautiful song. I miss him too!

  55. Thought I’d put up a couple of Grace’s own songs too since imo she is already a very good songwriter at 25 . . . can only imagine what’s to come

    Hard to choose but these each have a favorite line in them

    Apologies

    Yesterday he said my eyes
    Were fading fast away
    I said well what do you expect
    You asked me not to stay and if it had all been for the best
    I wouldn’t feel this way
    And he said

    Oh he said it’s crazy
    How love stays with me
    You know it hurts me
    Cause I don’t wanna fight this war
    It’s amazing to see me reading through this scene
    Of love and fear and apologies

    My love is like a blanket
    That gets a little bit too warm sometimes
    I wanna wrap somebody in it
    Who can hold me in his arms
    Cause when it got a little too hot in there
    He was always stepping out for air and he froze
    Oh he froze

    He said it’s crazy
    How love stays with me
    You know it hurts me
    Cause I don’t wanna fight this war
    It’s amazing to see me reading through this scene
    Of love and fear and apologies

    Yesterday he looked at me
    With a tear in his eye and said
    I’ll always tell you you’re my friend
    I hope i don’t have to lie
    Cause it’s clear you love another man
    I said you’re damn right

    And he said
    He said it’s crazy
    How love stays with me
    You know it hurts me
    Cause I don’t wanna fight this war
    It’s amazing to see me reading through this scene
    Of love and fear and apologies
    He said it’s crazy
    How love stays with me
    You know it hurts me
    That i didn’t figure it out before
    And now it’s too late for a soliloquy
    It’s way too late for dignity
    It’s time for apologies

    Falling or Flying

    We got lost again
    Drove to the end of a road
    And a red aced man
    Taught us to do what we’re told
    And on the 23rd night
    Things ain’t bad but things ain’t right

    Are we falling or flying
    Are we falling or flying
    Are we living or dying
    I guess we’ll never know

    The air’s so heavy
    It could drown a butterfly
    If it flew too high
    And i get the feeling
    That the truck driver ain’t shy
    Cause he’s looking at me but nowhere near my eyes
    And on the 35th morning
    Things ain’t good but things ain’t boring

    Are we falling or flying
    Are we falling or flying
    Are we living or dying
    I guess we’ll never know

    Sometimes it’s hard tot ell
    If there’s a life behind a song
    But i know tomorrow
    Today won’t feel so long
    Cause on the 42nd night
    The room was dark but the stage was bright

    Are we falling or flying
    Are we falling or flying
    Are we living or dying
    Cause my friend this too shall pass
    So play every show like it’s your last

  56. For those of you feeling nostalgic about Ray Charles here is one of the best tribute albums ever done imho.

    http://www.imeem.com/people/BDrDX-z/playlist/qok8v_0H/ray-charles-genius-loves-company-music-playlist/

    Genius Loves Company . . was mostly recorded in the months before RC passed . . think I remember one or two may be earlier but were used for the album.
    The opening song with Norah Jones is particularly sad for me because is also features the great Billy Preston on organ.
    “It Was A Very Good Year” with Willie Nelson is heartbreaking.

    Hate to leave this great thread . . hope it’s still going later

  57. NolaMar Says:

    Thanks for the Grace Potter Lyrics. I’m seeing her tonight at the House of Blues New Orleans with my best friend.

    No time now but want to watch the Ray Charles video and check out AH’s imeem link. Wow, so many new vids up here this morning too. Gotta get to them all later today. Wish I didn’t have anything else to do! LOL

    Get well Taylor! I hope he made it to Appleton and is well enough to perform tonight.

  58. taylorfan06 Says:

    Just a reminder:

    OT – HDNet is airing Whomp At The Warfield this Sunday, June 7th. Check with your satellite service for availability and show times. It airs at 12:30PM here in California. You can bet I already have my recorder set.

    This concert was SOOO great! It’s too bad that the DVD was never released, but here’s your chance to see what so many others have been talking up, (myself included) for close to 2 years now.

    I hope many of you have this channel in your area. This version of “The Fall”, is his BEST rendition, in my opinion. Look into it.

  59. casualfan Says:

    It’s no secret that Taylor has severe allergies so it wouldn’t surprise me if that is what’s wrong with him. I know from personal experience that when my allergies get really bad it’s not advisable to fly due to the air pressure. It’s the time of year for it.

  60. jerseyirish Says:

    cf, My son suffers this time of year with allergies also, and has been advised not to fly when they are active because of the pressure inside a plane. He was in a National Competion when he was in HS and had to go from NJ to Kansas City the week before his allergies were real bad, thought he might have to take a train, but they calmed down and he was able to fly.

    JI

  61. In a tweet he said he has the flu. Damn!

    “TaylorRHicksSold Out Grease Show +Flu Equals Cone Ranger.”

  62. I just commented on your blog…he is always sick. Geez.

  63. mamaforpeace Says:

    IAG, thank you so much for putting up this topic, and thanks to all for a very interesting thread. It’s made music run through my head all day, some that I hadn’t thought about in a long time.

  64. NolaMar Says:

    “For some people, it’s the beat, the melody. For others, it’s the lyrics, the story.”

    Spent a lot of time thinking about this yesterday. It really explains our differences in tastes that have been expressed on this blog. While I love good lyrics, it’s the music that really grabs me and the lyrics are extra. I can enjoy a song with mediocre (not stupid) lyrics if the music is good. While I love reading some of the more poetic lyrics, and many slower song move me, it’s the music that I really get lost in at times. I like beat and lots of energy in a song. OTOH, some of the acoustic music posted here just does nothing for me as “music.” The words are nice, but I just can’t get into the songs. (There HAVE been some that I liked a lot.)

    We are all wired differently. I’m not poetic at all. I can write a good paper mechanically but not creatively. Some poetry and imagery I just don’t get. I grew up on rock and roll, and spent my teen years listening to and going to concerts of Classic Rock artists like Led Zeppellin and southern rock like Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band. I guess that type of music will always be my favorite, but I enjoy many styles. I’m not discounting slower, poetic or acoustic music! There is a lot of it that I love. But just a guy on a stool with a guitar FOR A WHOLE CONCERT does not appeal to me.

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