Waxing lyrical

In the interests of a nice random post to celebrate the completion of another weekly essay cycle, here’s a selection of some of my favourite song lyrics (at the moment, for various reasons) for you to go “ooh, I know that!” or “nah, not a clue” at…

People are just people,
They shouldn’t make you nervous


And if you kiss somebody,
Then both of you’ll get practice

– Regina Spektor, The Ghost of Corporate Future
Why? You won’t find many better philosophies for life than this.

Why would you lie about how much coal you have?
Why would you lie about something dumb like that?

– Vampire Weekend, Oxford Comma
Why? Makes me giggle and think about economics lectures.

I never thought it would happen
With me and the girl from Clapham

– Squeeze, Up The Junction
Why? I shiver as the song begins, knowing how it all ends.

In Birmingham, in London – what we need now is love
Not hate and fear, blood and tears – what we need now is love

– Hard-Fi, We Need Love
Why? Should be obvious

(Hey!) Us kids know
(Hey!) No cars go

– Arcade Fire, No Cars Go
Why? Less a song lyric, more a statement of public transportation policy.

So if you are a racist
Our friendship has got to end
And if your friends are racists don’t pretend to be my friend

– The Specials, Racist Friend
Why? Amusingly direct.

Run along with Captain Jack
Badidado, Badidado, Badidadidadidado
Badadadideidoooo

– Captain Jack, Captain Jack
Why? Because it’s (unintentionally) all about Torchwood (Which btw I’m rather enjoying!)

And do share some of yours too!

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5 Comments on :
Waxing lyrical

  1. Josh says:

    Just a few off the top of my head.

    I threw shoes to the right
    I flung my socks to the left
    My shirt came off
    I fed it to a cow
    (On Sussex downs by Larrikin Love)

    All you Americans nothing better to do
    Why don’t you kick yourself out you’re an immigrant too.
    (Icky Thimp by The White Stripes)

    It hurts so bad that I’m never gonna drink again
    I think I’ll never drink again
    I may not ever drink again
    At least not until next weekend
    (Worst Hangover Ever by The Offspring)

  2. Abbi says:

    Since it’s Valentine’s… a bit of love:

    I love love
    I love being in love
    I don’t care what it does to me
    (Inches And Falling by The Format)

    No good,
    You’re up to no good,
    But damn you look good and I’m drunk.
    Now you got me kinda thinking like maybe I would.
    (Damn You Look Good And I’m Drunk by Cobra Starship)

    I want a girl with lips like Morphine
    That knock me out everytime they touch me
    (Lips Like Morphine by Kill Hannah)

    Here I am, laid bare, at the end of my rope. I’ve lost all hope. So Long!
    Molly Connolly just broke up with me over the revealing nature of the songs.
    You goddamn kids had best be gracious with the merch money you spend
    ’cause for you I won’t ever have rough sex with Molly Connolly again.
    (Every Man Has A Molly by Say Anything)

  3. Jake Stott says:

    Coooooooooooeeeeeeeeeeeee
    abso classic mate
    those lyrical waxings made em chuckle whilst i was listening to my minimal glitch techno
    the perfect team your writing and my music
    love you loads you big cybertron xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx mwah mwah

  4. Katie Self says:

    Ohhh I this game!

    You’re so cool
    Can I be your friend?
    (Alala – Cansei De Ser Sexy(CSS))

    ———–

    He’s fat and he don’t run too fast
    But he’s faster than me
    (Walkie Talkie Man – Steriogram)

    ———–

    Am I a Mouse?
    Am I an elephant?
    (Alcohol – Cansei De Ser Sexy(CSS))

  5. Rob Noble says:

    yes yes show me a lemon!
    Bloody classic lets whack it on Dave Pearce style, love you Tom xxx

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