A Lyrical Life

First off, I’d like to say I know that lyrics are written with relatability in mind. Recently however, there are been a few songs with lyrics that seem to be perfect for this time in my life, for my attitude towards life, and for describing myself. Most of these songs I’ve unknowingly put in the same playlist.

Not all of the lyrics in all of the songs are relevant, but perhaps some will relate to you as well. I just thought I’d share them with you tonight.

Neopolitan Dreams – Lisa Mitchell

You’ll go ‘n I’ll be okay,
I can dream the rest away
Its just a little touch of fate, it will be okay
It sure takes its precious time, but it’s got rights and so have I
I turn my head up to the sky
I focus one thought at a time
I do not let the little thieves under my tightly buttoned sleeves
You couldn’t be alone, the time I feel like I am walking blind


Candles – Daughter

Well I have brittle bones it seems
I bite my tongue and I torch my dreams
Have a little voice to speak with
And a mind of thoughts and secrecy
Things cannot be reversed, we learn from the times we are cursed
That things cannot be reversed, learn from the ones we fear the worst
And learn from the ones we hate the most

Human – Daughter

Waking up like an animal
I’m all ready for healing
My mind’s lost with nightmares streaming
Waking up (kicking screaming)
Take me out of this place I’m in
Break me out of this shale case I’m in
Underneath the skin there’s a human
Buried deep within there’s a human
And despite everything I’m still human
I think that I’m still human


Mouthwash – Kate Nash

This is my face
Covered in freckles
With the occasional spot
And some veins
This is my body
Covered in skin
And not all of it
You can see
And, this, is my mind
It goes over and over
The same old lines
And, this, is my brain
It’s torturous analytical thoughts
Make me go insane

I’m Not Your Hero – Tegan and Sara

Feeling like I am now lighting up the hall
I was used to standing in the shadow of a damaged heart
Learning all I know now, losing all I did
I never used to feel like I’d be standing so far ahead…
Sometimes it feels like the side that I’m on
Plays the toughest hand, holds the longest stand
Sometimes it feels like I’m all that they’ve got
It’s so hard to know I’m not what they want

Troubled – Timmy Curran

And shake me from these weeds of no good reason. For they have tied me up in my mind. And let me know that this is just a season, so I can leave my worries all behind. And show me something more than what you’re showin’. ‘Cause I will take all of you tonight…
Wake me when these hard times and troubles have found their own bitter end, and give me something else than what you’re givin’. ‘Cause all I have to show is who I am

Love and Truth – Mother Mother

Is my life not all that I thought it would be?
Is it simply ordinary?
Oh, is it far from all my fantasies?
I lay awake
I lay awake at night and brood
About the things I never do
And how I’m missing out on love and truth
Love and truth
Why are they so hard to achieve
Love and truth
They’re such hot commodities
But come in such small quantities
Love and truth where are you?

The Book I Write – Spoon

All that we knew, just a clue
All that we was just because I’ve never loved
Now I wanna trigger your heart, hah
There’s something else besides a silvery part
Hey, hey
And that’s the book I write
I let it go so long
And now the book I write, oh
This is it, I’m gone

Reading In Bed – Emily Haines & and the Soft Skeleton

With all the luck you’ve had
Why are your songs so sad?
Sing from a book you’re reading in bed
and took to heart
All of your lives unled, reading in bed

I hope you enjoyed the lyrics, have a lovely night, morning, day.

Cheers my dears.



I’ve been overly stressed out lately. I’m in the midst of the hardest semester that I will ever have to endure and with two jobs and trying to be a social human being it really takes a toll on me. I always forget to take time for myself. Yes, I’ll sit and watch a show or movie to unwind, but it really doesn’t do the trick. I always forget that the best thing for me is to listen to music.

I listen to music whenever I’m driving. I hook up my ipod the old school way with a tape-deck cable and off I go, zoom! But, this doesn’t do it. I listen to music in the car so my mind doesn’t wander. When I let my mind wander I end up in all sorts of places I don’t want to be, mentally and physically.

It’s the calm music I listen to that allows my mind and body to take that very large sigh of relief, if only for a half hour or so. The best scenario for doing this is when I turn off the lights, light candles, lay down on my bed, couch or in the bath and just listen.

I just listen and allow my emotions to overtake everything. I rarely do this. I bottle most of my reactions and feelings up during the day. But with the music it just all spills over like a tranquil stream breaking its banks in a hard rain.

Sometimes I sing along. I like to think I have a relatively decent voice, but it helps with the relief none the less. Sometimes I’m silent; I close my eyes and allow my brain to let go of words and just imagine. Other times I don’t even listen to the lyrics, I just let the music flow over me as I think about how to better understand myself, because let’s face it, I’m only in my twenties and a very large, tangled, mess of a human being. I know I’m not the only one.

Here’s a list of my favourite songs for decompression:

Little Bird – Angus & Julia Stone
Santa Monica Dream – Angus & Julia Stone
I’ll Be Seeing You – Billie Holiday
Time & Space – The Cinematic Orchestra
To Build A Home – The Cinematic Orchestra
Home – Daughter
Medicine – Daughter
Youth – Daughter
Asleep – Emily Browning
Reading in Bed – Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton
Telethon – Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton
Your Hand in Mine – Explosions in the Sky
Still True – Feist
It’s Okay – Land of Talk
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
Calendar Girl – Stars
Comatose – Timmy Curran
Troubled – Timmy Curran
Alice – Tom Waits
When I Come Home – William Fitzsimmons

These are just a few of those that I listen to. I urge you, don’t forget about yourself. Make the time and spend it trying to find your sanity, your reason, your creativity, and your contentment. I don’t do it nearly enough; don’t be like me. 
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All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone –

No, I don’t miss everyone, only a select few. It’s actually the title of an Explosions in the Sky album.

I’ve been listening to All of A Sudden I Miss Everyone, The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place, and Take Care, Take Care, Take Care quite religiously for the past week or so. Their music has blown me away.

Few instrumental bands are able to keep my mind engaged and rouse my emotions at the same time, but Explosions in the Sky have done both simultaneously. I find that without even focusing on the music my sense of passion is evoked and I’m captured in a sense of serenity.

I’ve listened to these three cds on repeat while writing a paper, and although my ideas for this particular paper were not flowing very well, I felt that the music kept me going, even at my worst case of writer’s block. I highly recommend them for a good paper writing or study session.

I can’t pin-point a favourite song for you, but here is a song from each album for you to get your feet wet, as it were:

All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone – Catastrophe and Cure

The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place – Your Hand in Mine

Take Care, Take Care, Take Care – Postcard From 1952

There’s a small taste for you.

These guys are amazing to listen to while writing as well. I find the calmer the music, the more the muses tend to smile down on me, unless I’m writing a fight scene of course. If you’re looking for something to write to, something to calm you, or something to just play lightly in the background while you’re nose deep in an excellent read, give Explosions in the Sky a try. They tend to make everything feel just right.