It’s all about the words.

I’m all about lyrics. They move me and soothe me, make me smile and sometimes make me cry. And when I’m overwhelmed by emotions or feelings, I find that there are songs that I cannot prevent from streaking through my head.

There was that first serious boyfriend in high school; we had a fight & I couldn’t stop REO Speedwagon from assaulting my brain (… I can’t fight this feeling anymore; I’ve forgotten what I started fighting for …).

There was the awful breakup with the awful man-boy who broke my heart, when Ozzy kept me company (… I hear the questions surface in my mind / of my mistakes that I have made / times and places I have left behind / and am I ever going to make the grade …).

When my sisters were involved in a car accident, one of them comatose in the ICU for 3 weeks, it was an incongruously bouncy remake, my comatose sister’s favorite song, that stuck (Sometimes in our life / we all have pain; we all have sorrow … ). And it was that song that made me dance when she finally came home.

When my grandfather died and shook my foundation, it was the soothing tones of the hair band Slaughter (… and now you’ve got to fly, fly  to the angels …) that kept me company as I drove around for hours in the dark.

When I fell in love (unrequitedly) with a boy nicknamed Peanut, there was Donovan (… ahh, but I may as well try and catch the wind …) and when I met the real man of my dreams, it was Metallica (… never opened myself this way / life is ours, we live it our way …).

Often, it’s songs that I cannot stand that run to my aid when I least expect it; after a long night out where there were many crazy interactions among many in our then group of friends, it was the much-loathed Oasis who assaulted my brain as I tried to sleep (… a champagne supernova in the sky…).

Throughout my dad’s fight with cancer, it’s been a line from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones that returns to me repeatedly (… I’m not a coward I’ve just never been tested / I like to think that if I was, I would pass / look at the tested & think ‘there but for the grace go I’ / might be a coward, I’m afraid of what I might find out …).

During deployments, there are several songs that pop up, including the Cure (… I’ve been looking so long at these pictures of you, that I almost believe that they’re real …)and sometimes 3 Doors Down (… hold me when I’m scared and love me when I’m gone …) or the Dixie Chicks (… I cried, never gonna hold the hand of another guy / too young for him they told her / waiting for the love of a travelin’ soldier …).

While setting off on an adventure and a huge roadblock delayed my plans, it was Metallica (… rise, fall down, rise again / what doesn’t kill ya, makes ya more strong …) and when I’m pushing myself to run there are many who move me, but lately it’s been Linkin Park (… I bleed it out, dig in deeper, just to throw it away …).

When I’m especially happy, it’s Bob Marley that comes to mind (… Oh please, don’t you rock my boat / ‘cause I don’t want my boat to be rockin’ …); when I’m particularly sad, it’s Maria McKee (… I see a shadow in the mirror / and she’s laughing through her tears / one more smile’s all I can fake …). And when I don’t understand you, it’s a little bit of Gnarls Barkley that runs through my head (… anyone that needs what they want / but doesn’t want what they need / I want nothing to do with …)

Be assured; some days they soothe me or incite me, but the words are always there.

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4 Responses to It’s all about the words.
  1. Christy
    September 13, 2010 | 8:01 am

    Love Slaughter! Fly to the Angels was a song that my high school boyfriend and I used to make out to at lunch hour! LOL!
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  2. Melisa
    September 13, 2010 | 8:55 am

    Great post, Mari! I also love lyrics, once I “hear” them. (You’ll see in my post tomorrow what I mean. haha)

    That’s one of the great things about music, how it can grab onto a life situation and carry you through.

  3. Kim @ Not Your Typical Southern Belle
    September 13, 2010 | 11:55 pm

    Ooooh, “Tonight”. One of my absolute favorite Ozzy songs. I just LURVE early 80s Ozzy! And I love that Oasis song you hate…hehe.

    I don’t know many people IRL who like Linkin Park, but I think their lyrics, if nothing else, are just so spot on they’re simply ingenious.

    I may have to do a counter-post to this, because I am more about ‘sounds’ than lyrics. I don’t hear well at all, so a lot of times, I don’t even KNOW most song lyrics till I look them up. And I have found that some of the songs that make me happy are actually deplorable and depressing lyrically.
    Kim @ Not Your Typical Southern Belle´s last [type] ..One of these days I’ll get around to it!

  4. LISA
    September 20, 2010 | 4:26 pm

    I’m so this way. I can’t imagine a life without music and may have to sit down and create the soundtrack of my life as well as there as been a song to accompany most of the major events in my life as well. THANKS for sharing yours!!!
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