Sunday, March 25, 2007

Seven Songs

I've been tagged by the Spark (gracias!) and the Claw.*

First, a preface: I'm sure I'm not the only one who's ever noticed that music is very definitely not just poetry put to music. You can't always read lyrics and get a feeling for the song. Sometimes the lyrics aren't anything special at all and yet hearing them sung is incredibly moving. (For example, a lot of Radiohead lyrics sound like something an angsty teenage boy might have written and yet put into the context of the music, they can sound extremely heart-wrenching/edgy/elegant/you-decide.)

That said, you sometimes start to realize this when you try to share a song with another person by just giving them the lyrics to read. Its usually just not good enough. Its one of those (rare?) cases where the words don't convey all that's being said.

Anyhow, whether or not the following are exceptions to this rule, you may decide.

Running Up That Hill
by Kate Bush
"And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
and get him to swap our places."

Where Do We Go From Here?
from Once More With Feeling (BTVS)
"Understand we'll go hand and hand,
but we'll walk alone in fear."

Thinking About You
by Radiohead
"Been thinking about you, and there's no rest,
should I still love you, still see you in bed."

The Bleeding Heart Show
by The New Pornographers
"We hunched together in one chair out on the deck
In snow that froze and fell down on the modern set
It looked as if I picked your name out of a hat
Next thing you know you are asleep in someone’s lap "

Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
by Stars
"There's one thing I want to say, so I'll be brave:
You were what I wanted,
I gave what I gave,
I'm not sorry I met you,
I'm not sorry it's over,
I'm not sorry there's nothing to say"

No Man's Woman
by Sinead O'Connor
"I don't wanna be no man's woman,
I've other work I want to get done."

Sometimes Always
by The Jesus & Mary Chain
"I won't get on my knees,
don't make me do that please."

I tag:
Sarah (because she really needs to start a blog!)

* It almost sounds like a pub name, doesn't it? The Spark & Claw. Or a bookstore...


Anonymous said...

If you want meaningful out of mine, you won't. I've been listening to pure listless crap lately.

Sarah said...

I feel like you pressuring me like that is a sign of the violent nature you hide behind your outward exterior of soft voices and hugs.

But you can get away with it just this once because you referenced a song from my all time favorite buffy episode ... but don't think that means I'm starting a blog! I have much more important things to do :P

Anactoria said...

Yes, yes - like finishing your Masters and saving the world. We know! :P

Anactoria said...

Jared, you might have been listening to "crap" - as you so eloquently put it - *today* but normally you have an interesting eclectic mix happening over there, so I think you should still respond! ;)

Elliot said...

Hmmm... I'm unfamiliar with some of these songs. Perhaps a mix CD is in order?

this single spark said...

I know all these songs (except II) and I think a mix CD might be in order. Great list! Feel like thumbing through my collection and listening to some old friends.

Anactoria said...

I put a bunch of these on the last CD I made for you, Elliot! :)

But sure, I can make you another. (But I'll have to wait til I have enough that go well together.)

Anactoria said...

Spark - I don't know ANY of the songs on your list! Well, except for some Police songs of course. I've heard some Arcade Fire stuff before and liked it, but I didn't know which songs were being played for me at the time.

So I think I'll be making a mix of your Seven for myself. :)

(As soon as bloody LimeWire starts downloading in a more timely manner...)