I lit a thin green candle to make you jealous of me, but the room just filled up with mosquitoes, they heard that my body was free
I’m just sitting here on a cold Sunday afternoon editing The Eleventh Question and listening to music (lately audiophileparadise has got me all inspired to listen to more music!)
Listening to music gets me thinking about lyrics and how inspiring, interesting and confusing they can be. The title of this post comes from the Leonard Cohan song “One of Us Cannot Be Wrong” and I’ve loved it from the moment I heard it.
So I thought I just pen down some other lyrics that I’ve been listening to today:
“Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees” – Midnight Oil (I believe this is a shortened quote from La Pasionaria)
“I may be mad I may be blind I may be viscously unkind – but I can still see what you’re thinking” – Annie Lennox
“I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now” – Joni Mitchell
“As long as I can see the light” – we all know who sung this!
“Like visions of Goya, the silent destroyer” – David Gray
“We softly say to ourselves – if we could be anybody else” – Mi-Sex (and I’ve got to admit Blue Day is one of my favourite songs of all time. I listen to it on my headphones on the way to work every day!)
“There must be an angel playing with my heart” – Eurythmics
“I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills – ’till the landslide brought me down” – Stevie Nicks
“You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be” – Goo Goo Dolls
“Look like somebody that I used to know” – Gotye (I’ve got to quickly move on because this always gets stuck in my head!)
“Would never let you play that hand with a broken down cowboy like me” – John Fogerty
“And the flame trees will blind the weary driver” – Cold Chisel (I’ve played their music so much it’s burned a hole in my ipod). In fact, I could probably fill this entire page with their lyrics, but I’ve got to get back to editing so I’m moving right along here.
“You and I travel to the beat of a different drum” – Lynda Ronstadt
“If you leave me now can I come too?” Mental as Anything
“I don’t believe in an interventionist God – but I know, darling, that you do” – Nick Cave
“In the outside world I found there’s a mean old devil and a futile god” – Owen Campbell
“I want to break free!!!” – Queen, of course
“I wonder how many times you’ve been had, and I wonder how many plans have gone bad” – Rodriguez – also “don’t bother to buy insurance, ‘cause you’ve already died” (again – I could fill a page with this artist alone)
“Never mind, I’ll find someone like you” – Adele
“With the birds I share this lonely view” – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
“As I shook my head and quietly left the party I heard her laugh and say ‘you’ll be sorry’ – Tony Joe White
“And all the leaves on the trees are falling to the sound of the breezes that blow, and I’m trying to please to the calling of your heart-strings that play soft and low” – Van Morrison
“Send lawyers guns and money” – Warren Zevon
“Hey, there’s not a cloud in sight, it’s as blue as your blue goodbye, and I thought that it would rain
the day you went away” – Wendy Matthews
And last but not least – “How do the angels get to sleep when the devil leaves his porchlight on” – Tom Waits (too many classics from him to mention in this space!)
I know I’ll post this and then remember a hundred more that I should have added!