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July 22, 2012 / diannegray

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!



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  1. {PaperKeeper} / Jul 22 2012 3:25 pm

    This one…

    “Look like somebody that I used to know” – Gotye (I’ve got to quickly move on because this always gets stuck in my head!)

    me too 🙂

    Fun post…tried to hear them all in mind!


    • diannegray / Jul 22 2012 4:40 pm

      I work with someone who comes in every morning singing Daydream Believer and it takes me AGES to get it out of my head – oops, shouldn’t have mentioned it

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂


      • {PaperKeeper} / Jul 22 2012 4:44 pm

        …and a homecoming queen…

        thanks! 🙂


    • uniqueweirdness / Jul 24 2012 2:30 am

      Grr…I was ticked when I got Gotye stuck in my head while reading the post….now Daydream Believer!?? What’s the matter with you, woman!? LOL


      • diannegray / Jul 24 2012 7:35 am

        Hahaha. How about thinking of – we’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of oz.
        NOOOOOOOOOO! That ones even harder to get out 🙂 🙂


      • uniqueweirdness / Jul 24 2012 7:36 am

        Stinker. I’m going to UN-follow you!


      • diannegray / Jul 24 2012 5:26 pm

        HAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Okay – I’ll stop now – or maybe ‘You can’t stop the music, nobody can stop the music’ :)))


      • {PaperKeeper} / Jul 24 2012 8:03 am

        Haha – you started it! 🙂 At least it’s a cheery one…sing on…in your head or otherwise!


      • diannegray / Jul 24 2012 5:28 pm

        Oh dear – just got it out and now I’ve read your post!!!


  2. crunchedd / Jul 22 2012 3:39 pm

    The title really rhymes!


  3. Tina / Jul 23 2012 5:28 am

    I’ve noticed Mr. Cave up there. I happen to be a great fan of his work. May I recommend something else for your listening pleasure or you’re familiar enough?
    p.s. It’d be great if you could find some Jacques Brel videos on youtube that feature English subtitles. The man is a poet.


    • diannegray / Jul 23 2012 7:24 am

      OOOO – thanks, Tina! I’ve never listened to Jacques Brel. Please, feel free to make all the suggestions you like 🙂


      • Tina / Jul 23 2012 3:25 pm

        Do listen to that chansonnier, he’s a genius.
        Mr. Cave has a very nice album ‘No More Shall We Part’ – it’s somewhat sad, but there are real gems music and lyrics wise. Also, ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig’ is nice – it’s both spiritual and playful 😉


      • diannegray / Jul 23 2012 5:48 pm

        My hubby is a die-hard Nick Cave fan. He’s probably got the CD so I’ll go through his ridiculously-over-sized iPod. I haven’t heard of ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig’ so I’ll search itunes for that. It’s amazing how much great music is out there!

        Thank you 🙂


      • Tina / Jul 23 2012 6:03 pm

        Its is amazing when you think of it 🙂 Thank you for taking my recommendations into consideration


  4. Jessica / Jul 23 2012 10:47 am

    It’s amazing how profound some music’s lyrics are when you see them in written form. I love to listen to music and write. It’s so calming and helps me keep a good pace!


    • diannegray / Jul 23 2012 1:58 pm

      So true! I find if I’m listening to dark music (I put Donnie Darko in this category) I tend to write scary themes and if I’m listening to light music (like Sade) I tend to write about love and heartbreak. It’s amazing how our moods and writing can be determined by the music we’re listening to at the time!


  5. ARvWD / Jul 24 2012 1:26 am

    Hi Dianne. I also pay a great deal of attention to lyrics. When people say “Poetry!?! Never read it!!” I ask them how many song lyrics they know by heart …

    Different Drum has stuck in my head for years for various reasons. Prompted, I went back (good old Wikipedia) to discover the history. Here’s the original

    You can hear where Linda got her start point for the vocal style, but doesn’t the gender switch change the whole thing? Much more radical.

    Also, did you know that “the song reached a wider audience when Nesmith rushed through a version of it in a comedy bit while pretending to be Billy Roy Hodstetter, in the Monkees television show episode “Too Many Girls”, which aired in December of 1966″??? The things you learn …


    • diannegray / Jul 24 2012 7:33 am

      Wow – you’ve really done your research! I’m impressed. I must admit Different Drum is a long time favourite (I can’taccess the Greenbriar Boys link because I’m on my ‘old’ laptop at the moment, but I’m going to have a look when I get home this arvo). I’m also going to see if I can find the Nesmith clip.
      I remember seeing an old prisoner singing ‘Midnight Special’ recorded in 1934 and that was amazing!
      Many thanks 🙂 🙂


      • ARvWD / Jul 24 2012 8:43 am

        Wikipedia – always a great place to start. The wisdom of crowds.


  6. Natalie / Jul 24 2012 11:15 am

    Great lyrics. Love your choices!


  7. bittercharm / Jul 24 2012 4:51 pm

    I loved the collection of songs listed here, while few are already part of my favourite tunes, rest I will find. Since your taste in music is something I can relate to,may I recommend, “I just called” – Stevie Wonder. It’s amazing, how a man can use such wonders of nature in a song without never having seen any of them. It makes me want to see with more than just my eyes.


    • diannegray / Jul 24 2012 5:48 pm

      Oh – fantastic! Now I’ve got it in my head (and loving it). My daughter met Stevie when she was in the US. When I made a photo montage DVD to watch at her birthday party we synchronised his songs to play when the US part of the trip came on!


      • bittercharm / Jul 24 2012 5:50 pm

        Wow! How cool is that! Has your life ever been Dull!?! I am Fascinated by you.


      • diannegray / Jul 24 2012 6:46 pm

        Hahaha! Thank you! What a great compliment 🙂 Dull? I don’t know the meaning of the word :))) (sometimes I wish I did)


      • bittercharm / Jul 24 2012 6:58 pm

        Oh, I know exactly what that wish means! 😉


  8. grumpytyke / Jul 24 2012 9:32 pm

    This really takes me back. But it also reminds me how much I’ve moved on. I was completely mesmerised by Leonard Cohen’s first album in the late ’60s and really felt he was writing/singing for and about me – I must have listened to it many times every day for a year or more. I still appreciate it now, but isn’t now me.


    • diannegray / Jul 24 2012 10:35 pm

      I played one of his albums to my hubby when we first met and he said it was the most depressing thing he’d ever heard!

      Yes – moving on is good, but I still adore his lyrics 🙂


      • grumpytyke / Jul 24 2012 10:48 pm

        But he still married you 🙂 I loved to wallow in ‘depression’ in the 60s. Now I just appreciate the poetry of the lyrics.


  9. Paul Handover / Jul 25 2012 12:41 am

    “Like visions of Goya, the silent destroyer” – David Gray Any relation? 😉


  10. undercoverheiress / Jul 25 2012 1:46 pm

    Awesome, thought about this all day.


    • diannegray / Jul 25 2012 5:47 pm

      Oh – that’s such a lovely thing to say 🙂 Thank you


  11. bulldogsturf / Jul 28 2012 7:10 pm

    “I may be mad I may be blind I may be viscously unkind – but I can still see what you’re thinking” – Annie Lennox… just love this one, so true of certain people…


  12. foroneplease / Aug 18 2012 12:59 am

    “oh no not I…I will survive”- Gloria Gaynor 😉 Love the post!!


    • diannegray / Aug 18 2012 6:55 am

      Now that’s an inspirational song!!!! Love it 🙂


  13. Lois / Oct 23 2012 12:52 am

    I love Leonard Cohen – he’s been in my head for about a week now! I even wrote a post about him, but he’s still there, I don’t mind!


    • diannegray / Oct 23 2012 2:05 pm

      Me too, Lois! His words are just stunning 😀

      Thanks for dropping by my blog 😉


  14. grumpytyke / Oct 23 2012 4:33 pm

    Not in general my kind of music so I miss a lot of these words, so thanks for pointing them out. The exception is Leonard Cohen; did you see Lois Elden’s recent post and subsequent comments? If not:


    • diannegray / Oct 23 2012 6:28 pm

      Lois recently commented on my post so I did go in and have a look at the blog. Thank you! 😀


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