Thursday, September 1, 2011

Poetry In Lyrics.

I love music. I spend way too much money on it. When I get a new cd, I enjoy reading the lyrics from the booklet as I listen to the songs (which is why I still insist on buying a hard copy cd of all my music). I strongly believe that music (and the lyrics contained within the song) can be viewed as a high form of poetry. If I decide that I really like a song, its usually because there is a verse or some lines of poetry in there that strike a chord with me. Sometimes listening to an old song and remembering lyrics once forgotten feels like seeing an old friend that I haven't seen for a while. So I decided to make a quick list of lines/phrases/verses of poetry found in my music library that for one reason or another stood out to me. That "quick list" soon grew to contain almost 40 entries after just one scan of my library. So here is an abbreviated version of that list that I narrowed down to 10.

All because of you,
I believe in angels,
Not the kind with wings, no not the kind with halos,
The kind that bring you home,
When home becomes a strange place,
I'll follow your voice,
All you have to do is shout it out.

If I was a simple man, would we still walk hand in hand?
If I suddenly went blind, would you still look in my eyes?
And what happens when I grow old?
And all my stories have been told?
Will your heart still race for me?
Or will it march to a new beat?

Who do you want to forget?
Who forgot you long ago?
...You make breaking hearts look so easy,
seems like you've done this before.

 If you're an ocean then,
I want to jump right in,
If you're a hand grenade then,
I'll pull the pin.

It kills me not to know this but I've all but just forgotten,
What the color of her eyes were,
Or her scars and how she got them,
As the telling signs of age rain down a single tear is dropping,
Thru the valleys of an aging face that this world has forgotten.

The wind died, The whole world ceased to move,
Now so quiet, Her beating heart became a boom,
We locked eyes,
For just a moment or two,
She asked why,
I said I don't know why, I just know.

Wake up, everyone,
It's not too late,
To save the remnants of,
our hearts, so stop giving up,
our last shot at love,
our only chance to find the meaning of,
the beat beneath the blood.

Come what may,
I won't abandon you or leave you behind,
Because love,
 Is a loyalty sworn, not a burning for a moment,
Come what may,
I will be standing right here by your side,
I won't run away, 
Though the storms getting worse,
and there's no end in sight.

Let me light up the sky,
Light it up for you,
Let me tell you why,
I would die for you,
Let me light up the sky,
Light it up for you,
Let me make this mine,
I'll ignite for you.

All you big shots that swagger and stride with conceit,
Did you devise how your frame would be formed?
If you'd be raised in a palace, or live out in the streets,
Did you choose the place or the hour you'd be born?
Tell me what can you claim?
Not a thing, not your name!
Tell me if you can recall just one thing,
That's not a gift in this life?
If there's one thing I know in this life:
We are beggars all.

I know that there's a difference between sleight of hand,
And giving everything you have,
There's a line drawn in the sand,
I'm working up the will to cross it and,
I hope that I will never let you down.

I speak in many tongues with many men,
Argue with angels and I always win,
But I don't know the first thing about love.

Ok so maybe 12 entries. I really wish I had the talent to make poetry like this, much less any music to accompany it.  For now though I guess listening to my favorite songs on repeat will have to do. And maybe thats why I like finding new music so much. I never know when I'll find another song that 'clicks' and I can add it to my list.


  1. This is how I know that we are siblings.
    97% of these are on my list also.

  2. Fact: 97% of those lyrics come from either Thrice or Rise Against. I showed you Thrice, and you showed me Rise Against. Thats how I know we're siblings.