A World of Lyrics, Undiscovered


Today I was overcome by a particularly hectic, stressful day at work, and found myself, after everyone had gone home, blasting music in my cubicle. After a year of bringing home my stress and wrath, and allowing it to turn me into someone I am not, I, in my 32nd year have discovered music to speak for me. Never a music buff, I have recently discovered, through my new kindred spirit at work, that lyrics and music can express who you are and what you’re feeling, in any moment…in every moment.

This afternoon, in my stress, I turned up the volume on several of my usual suspects…from The National,  to  Arcade Fire, from  Mumford and Sons, to the  Weepies…I played all recent acquisitions learned from my new friend. But rarely, for any song, do I hear the words. Today I closed my eyes and listened…

Everyday, happy or sad, there is a song. Someone  is singing…and using words much more artistically than what can be expressed on paper…and especially in Microsoft Word.  Now, on this snowy New York City night, underneath a foot of snow and with the patter of ice hitting the window, I’m going to leave it to the pros.  Listen to  the lyrics that tell a story that I do not have the energy to express. Take a moment to  listen to what I blasted through my embarrassingly minute speakers tonight…in a cubicle, alone, on 50th and Broadway. Because no matter where you are, in the calm climate of San Francisco, in the snow-covered chaos of Boston, in a silent neighborhood in Maine, in a quaint apartment in Denver in the company of your dog, in a large, but empty-nested home in Houston…you have felt, or are feeling, the same:

Mumford and Sons: The Cave:

It’s empty in the valley of your heart

The sun, it rises slowly as you walk

Away from all the fears

And all the faults you’ve left behind

The harvest left no food for you to eat

You cannibal, you meat-eater, you see

But I have seen the same

I know the shame in your defeat

But I will hold on hope

And I won’t let you choke

On the noose around your neck

And I’ll find strength in pain

And I will change my ways

I’ll know my name as it’s called again

Lyrics. To hear them for the first time.   Today, even though my eyesight is going (need to change my eyeglass prescription and get a new pair of fun tortoise specs), my ears are picking up the slack,  picking up on cues…words of love, expressions of pain, notes of anger, vibrations of kindness.

The Weepies, The World Spins Madly On, with the most darling video:

I let the day go by

I always say goodbye

I watch the stars from my window sill

The whole world is moving and I’m standing still

But finally…with a little anger and frustration from my work day that can only be exemplified by Eminem and Rihanna, (“I love the way you lie, I love you lie”)

…and I admit, a little Katy Perry (don’t judge me), I listened to the most beautiful voice I had heard in a long time. An album yet to be released… and, from the written words of the biggest anglophile you will meet, a British voice that follows me everywhere. In her most emotional and heart-bursting anthem yet,” Someone Like You”…Watch her video above, and revel in the beauty of a gift…that you honestly cannot come away hearing and believing that some higher power had not interceded in creating. The lyrics below:

I heard that you’re settled down.

That you found a girl and your married now.

I heard that your dreams came true.

Guess she gave you things I didn’t give to you.

Old friend why are you so shy?

It ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the lie.

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited.

But I couldn’t stay away I couldn’t fight it.

I’d hoped you’d see my face & that you’d be reminded

That for me it isn’t over.

Nevermind I’ll find someone like you.

I wish nothing but the best for you too. Don’t forget me I beg I remember you said:-

“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead”

You’d know how the time flies.

Only yesterday was the time of our lives.

We were born and raised in a summery haze.

Bound by the surprise of our glory days.

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited

But I couldn’t stay away I couldn’t fight it.

I’d hoped you’d see my face & that you’d be reminded

That for me it isn’t over yet.

Nevermind I’ll find someone like you.

I wish nothing but the best for you too.

Don’t forget me I beg I remember you said:-

“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead”

Nothing compares no worries or cares.

Regret’s and mistakes they’re memories made.

Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste?

Nevermind I’ll find someone like you.

I wish nothing but the best for you too.

Don’t forget me I beg I remembered you said:- “Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead”

Nevermind I’ll find someone like you.

I wish nothing but the best for you too.

Don’t forget me I beg I remembered you said:-

“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead”

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2 thoughts on “A World of Lyrics, Undiscovered

  1. What a great post. Was watching Oprah the other day, from Australia and during an interview with Jay-Z, he discussed his book Decoded (my next read). He breaks down the lyrics of his music, because people tend to miss the story and focus on the rhythm and beats. What a brilliant idea for a book, no? This post reminded me of exactly that. I love getting lost in lyrics and escaping into other peoples words.

  2. Someone Like You is a good song, but wait till you hear the rest of Adele’s new album, 21, which is bound to be on many Top 10 lists at the end of the year. Her recent set at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios was breathtaking, and her concert this Friday is going to be AMAZING! The lady with the voice is very deserving of her Brit/Grammy awards and there are many more to come based on the reception she has received thus far for 21.

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