From sweet and smooth classics, to new names, to old names with new music...the focus here, is to shine a little light on some damn fine music.

I'll find it. You can listen, review, or tell me I wouldn't know good music if it kicked me in the ass. I personally don't give a shit.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Twisted MixTape: It's Only Words

In what has become a recurring theme in my life, I am behind on everything I need to do, but have allowed myself to be distracted once again. It is what it is.

I've neglected all my online friends prompts of fun and games for the past few weeks, and I was expecting to do so for the foreseeable future. Then Jen reminded me of the theme for this week's Twisted MixTape and here I am.  How can I not join in when the theme is: These Lyrics Are Genius. Seriously, how many posts have I devoted to great lyrics, how many times have I said the lyrics are what I first focus on in a song, how many times have I cried over lyrics. Yeah, too damn many. So here I am. Now I've already used a lot of my favorite songs in other posts, so I'll try to use other genius lyrics by some of my favorite composers.

While Simon & Garfunkel, were probably my true and first lyrical influence, I can remember clear as day, hearing the opening verse to this song and thinking 'how does someone write something so beautiful and with so much imagery in so few words.'

Sung by The Eagles but written by a friend of Glenn Frey by the name of Jack Tempchin. Click on his name to learn a little more about him.

"I like the way your sparkling earrings lay,
Against your skin so brown.
And I want to sleep with you in the desert tonight
With a billion stars all around"

We all know that Bruce had to be in the mix, but I've already discussed the lyrics of "Tunnel Of Love," "The River," and I think "Brilliant Disguise." All deserving to be included in this list. So are "Thunder Road," "Drive All Night," "If I Should Fall Behind," and oh I could go on. Hard as it is for me to choose one verse to highlight, let's go with this.

"So you've been broken and you've been hurt
Show me somebody who ain't
Yeah, I know I ain't nobody's bargain
But, hey, a little touch up and a little paint.

You might need something to hold on to
When all the answers, they don't amount to much
Somebody that you could just to talk to
And a little of that human touch"

Simon & Garfunkel. To choose one song? I've already written about "The Boxer," "America," and a few more. Paul Simon is a genius, so anything he writes carries weight in my world. One song, or actually two, but they run together on the album and I've always looked at them as a whole, makes me cry... every time. I cannot pull out one verse, it is in the whole where you feel the message, so here are the entire lyrics.

"Old Friends"

"Old friends, Old friends
Sat on their park bench like bookends
A newspaper blown through the grass
Falls on the round toes
On the high shoes
Of the old friends

Old friends
Winter companions
The old men
Lost in their overcoats
Waiting for the sunset

The sounds of the city
Sifting through trees
Settle like dust
On the shoulders
Of the old friends

Can you imagine us
Years from today
Sharing a park bench quietly?
How terribly strange
To be seventy

Old friends
Memory brushes the same years
Silently sharing the same fear"

Chillingly descriptive, especially paired with "Bookends"

"Time it was,
And what a time it was
It was . . .
A time of innocence
A time of confidences
Long ago . . . it must be . . .
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They’re all that’s left you"

So how do you not include Dylan in this list, and again, which song? One of the first songs I remember as Dylan having written, but with another band having the hit was "My Back Pages." It took a while to figure out the lyrics (there was no internet with lyrics sites in those days) and even longer to try and figure out what he was trying to say. Even if the interpretation I had was not quite his vision, it is still powerful today.

"In a soldier's stance, I aimed my hand
At the mongrel dogs who teach
Fearing not that I'd become my enemy
In the instant that I preach
My existence led by confusion boats
Mutiny from stern to bow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now"

How do you describe your country in a way that encompasses its beauty and its assets, while still acknowledging her faults. If you're Pete Seeger, you did it as a matter of course.

 "As I went walking I saw a sign there 
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing." 
But on the other side it didn't say nothing, 
That side was made for you and me"

It seems I have no Beatles song in the list. Unacceptable. And while not a group song, will anyone complain about this being included. I know I've used it before in the MixTape, many of us have. Not only are the lyrics brilliant, but so is the thought of it. John.

"You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one"

It seems so sad to stop here... I could go on all day, but you know I never stray too far from the words. As always all rights of these songs belong to the artists mentioned. So don't go suing my ass for telling the world how beautiful they are.

My Skewed View


  1. I agree that you can pick any Simon & Garfunkel song and you'll find genius lyrics.

  2. Each and every tune touches the soul...... great mix kat. :)

  3. I love this! Here's some of my favorites.....“In Good Faith” by Survivor
    “There's a place within my heart
    Tucked away from all the pain
    And deep within this secret side of me
    Just the simple truth remains
    Words don't come easy
    Feelings I hide even from myself
    I'm ready to share without hesitation
    I've been saving this moment
    For someone who's saving this moment too
    Tell me it's you”

    “Love Remains” by Collin Raye
    “Kingdoms come and go but they don't last
    Before you know the future is the past
    In spite of what's been lost
    Or what's been gained
    We are living proof that love remains”

    “Love's the Only House” by Martina McBride
    “You drive three miles from all this prosperity.
    Down across the river and you see a ghetto there
    And we got children walking around with guns
    And they've got knives and drugs and pain to spare.
    And here I am in my clean white shirt
    With a little money in my pocket and a nice warm home.
    And we've got teenagers walking around in a culture of darkness
    Livin' together alone
    And all I can say is……
    Love's the only house big enough for all the pain in the world.
    Love's the only house big enough for all the pain.”

    "Time Of Our Lives" by Tyrone Wells
    “We have had the time of our lives
    Now the page is turned
    The stories we will write
    We have had the time of our lives
    And I will not forget
    The faces left behind
    It's hard to walk away
    From the best of days
    But if it has to end
    I'm glad you have been my friend
    In the time of our lives
    I'm glad you have been my friend
    In the time of our lives”

    “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel
    “It’s funny how some distance
    Makes everything seem small
    And the fear that once controlled me
    Can’t get to me at all”
    “Word Are Your Wheels” by Phil Vassar
    “Words are your wheels
    To take you anywhere you feel
    Where you can laugh or you can cry
    Let your imagination fly
    Let it lead you where it will
    Your mind is an automobile
    And words are your wheels”

    “Brave” by Josh Groban
    “You wanna run away, run away
    And you say that it can't be so
    You wanna look away, look away
    But you stay cause its all so close
    When you stand up and hold out your hand
    In the face of what I don't understand
    My reason to be brave!”

    We Are America by Sixwire

    1. "Words don't come easy
      Feelings I hide even from myself
      I'm ready to share without hesitation" yeah, always loved that too. Thanks for your choices Cathy, I'm gonna go listen to a couple I'm not familiar with.

  4. Pretty cool mix you got going on over here. I feel like I'm a rookie when it comes to profound lyrics!

    1. We all start somewhere. Fortunately or unfortunately lol, I have a lot of years to look back on. Thanks for stopping by, gonna go check out your list.

  5. Wow Kath,even know I'm not much of a Bruce fan,you tugged the old "heart strings.Very nice and choices as always. Especially "My back pages"--my old days in the army.Great job.

  6. So I read this on my phone when you first posted but I couldn't comment! Every choice of yours is perfect. I have mentioned before that I have tried to love Bruce, I can't explain why I don't BUT I have always loved his lyrics.
    Thunder Road - All the redemption I can offer is under this dirty hood.
    Come on!
    Love this all, you really know how to share someone else's way with words ;-)

    1. thanks Jen, it's always about the words.

  7. "Ah, but I was so much older then
    I'm younger than that now"

    I love reading your playlist and your feelings/reasoning behind your choices. So full of passion I want to listen to every song you mentioned, not just the included! Really glad I got to read this one.

    1. Stephanie, your comment just made my day. Thank you so much. And please do listen to the others, they are equally if not better.