The Most Romantic Song In The World? Let’s Discuss…

A couple months ago, I was going through some artists and bands on ITunes and came across this track from the band, The Script. I imagine it was right around the time “If You Ever Come Back” dropped and I went to see what else the band had to offer. Anyway, I listened to this song, which is the first track on their album “Science & Faith” and I’ve been listening to the words and I’ve decided…this might be the most romantic song I’ve ever heard. Oh I know there are other “love” songs such as Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” and just about every song Lionel Ritchie ever sang but THIS song is what true love is really about. Check it out and tell me that if you’ve ever heard something MORE romantic than this and if you have then you are obviously a woman. Because, as a man, THIS is what it’s all about…

I’ve been kicked right down
I’ve been spat in the face
I’ve been pulled, weighed down
To the lowest place
I’ve been lied to, shamed
I have been disgraced
Been ex-communicated from every holy place
I’ve been beat up and robbed
I’ve been left for dead
For the way I look
For the things I said
When trouble thinks it’s found us
The world falls down around us
I promise baby you won’t ever
You won’t ever feel a thing

Cause I will take it on the chin
for you
So lay your cuts and bruises over my skin
I promise you won’t feel a thing
Cause everything the world could throw
I’ll stand in front. I’ll take the blow for you.
For you.

I’ve been cleared on the street
I’ve been left in the cold
Had my dreams held up
Had them shot full of holes
I’ve been laughed at, burnt, been the butt of the joke
I’ve been lit up in flames
I have gone down in smoke
I’ve been stabbed in the back
While they promised the earth
Tried to keep my head high
For all I am worth
Outside our double glazing, 
I know a war is raging
I promise baby you won’t ever
You won’t ever feel a thing

Yeah.
And if I fall here
At least you know my dear that I would die for you
Promise you won’t ever feel a thing
And if I fall here
At least you know my dear that I would die for you
Promise you won’t ever feel a thing

Yeah everything the world could throw
I’ll take the sticks, I’ll take the stones for you
For you

Dumb Songs Cage Match: Lady Gaga vs Adele vs Rihanna!!!

So there are 3 songs on the radio right now that perplex me. I am, unfortunately, a prisoner to my kids and their taste in music and I have find myself listening mindlessly to plenty of pop music lately but the other day I actually listened to the lyrics of a few songs that were being played and…seriously? Who is writing these lyrics? I want THAT gig. That’s a job that ranks up there with TSA agents and weathermen as far as I’m concerned because these lyrics make NO sense. So which ones are dumber? Let’s take a look…shall we?

Lady Gaga – “Marry The Night”

I’m gonna marry the night,
I won’t give up on my life.
I’m a warrior queen.
I’m gonna make love to the stars.
I’m a soldier to my own emptiness.
I’m a winner.

Um…DUMB!

Adele – “Set Fire To The Rain”

I set fire to the rain,
Watch it pour as I touch your face,
Let it burn when I cry,
Cause I heard it screaming your name, your name
I set fire to the rain,
And I feel lost into the…
Cause I knew that was the last time
The last time, oh, oh!

In all fairness, my wife pointed this one out to me. But she has a point. As deep as this TRIES to be…it’s still pretty stupid.

Rihanna – “We Found Love”

Yellow diamonds in the light
And we’re standing side by side
As your shadow crosses mine
What it takes to come alive

It’s the way I’m feeling I just can’t deny
But I’ve gotta let it go

We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place

(Continue to repeat endlessly and add a terrible techno beat)

So there you have it…3 popular songs on the radio and 3 stupid lyrics that you have probably been singing along to and didn’t even realize it. Which one is the dumbest of them all? YOU DECIDE!!!

(But my money is on Gagag…)

Lyrics You Should Know: “Why Worry” by Dire Straits

In 1985, Dire Straits released their classic album, “Brothers In Arms.” I must have listened to it the entire year, riding my bike along the Muskingum River in the summer moonlight and the track “Why Worry” features not only poignant lyrics but a soft steel guitar ending that always relaxes me in stressful times. “Money For Nothing” might have been the monster hit, but this song is my favorite on the album and in today’s times, it is a lullaby for the ages…

“Why Worry”
by Dire Straits

Baby I see this world has made you sad
Some people can be bad
The things they do, the things they say
But baby I’ll wipe away those bitter tears
I’ll chase away those restless fears
That turn your blue skies into grey

Why worry, there should be laughter after the pain
There should be sunshine after rain
These things have always been the same
So why worry now

Baby when I get down I turn to you
And you make sense of what I do
I know it isn’t hard to say
But baby just when this world seems mean and cold
Our love comes shining red and gold
And all the rest is by the way

Why worry, there should be laughter after pain
There should be sunshine after rain
These things have always been the same
So why worry now

Active Child…Terrible Name, Awesome Song

Last week the album “You Are All I See” by Active Child dropped and ITunes featured one of the songs as a freebie. Having never heard of the band, I did some research and discovered that Active Child isn’t really a “band” but artist Pat Grossi, who is one of a slew of new artists who are using their laptops to create their music. For this album though, Grossi hit the studio and made some alt-pop ambiance music that, according to his website, “sounds cosmically huge and yet intimate all the same.” I haven’t listened to the rest of the album but, in the case of this first single, that is definitely a good description. I’ll have to check out more of Grossi’s work a little later on but for now…here is “Hanging On” by Active Child. I’m 99% sure this one is gonna be one of my favorites of 2011…

You know we can get away
Because I’m calling your name
Every day I feel this pain
But you just turn and walk away

I just can’t keep hanging on
To you and me
I just don’t know what is wrong
With you and me

Touch me and then turn away
Put your hands into the flame
Tell me if you feel this pain
‘Cause I don’t want to be a ball and chain

I just can’t keep hanging on
To you and me
I just don’t what is wrong
With you and me
With you and me

I just can’t keep hanging on
To you and me
I just don’t know what is wrong
I just can’t keep hanging on
To you and me
I just don’t know what is wrong

Lyrics You Should Know: U2’s “City Of Blinding Lights”

The more you see the less you know
The less you find out as you grow
I knew much more then than I do now

Neon heart, day-glow eyes
The city lit by fireflies
They’re advertising in the skies
And people like us

And I miss you when you’re not around
I’m getting ready to leave the ground

Oh you look so beautiful tonight…

Don’t think before you laugh
Look ugly in a photograph
Flash bulbs, purple irises the camera can’t see

I’ve seen you walk unafraid
I’ve seen you in the clothes you’ve made
Can you see the beauty inside of me?
What happened to the beauty I had inside of me?

And I miss you when you’re not around
I’m getting ready to leave the ground

Oh you look so beautiful tonight…tonight
In the city of blinding lights

Time…time….time…won’t leave me as I am
But time won’t take the boy out of this man

Oh you look so beautiful tonight
Oh you look so beautiful tonight
Oh you look so beautiful tonight
In the city of blinding lights

The more you know, the less you feel
Some pray and others steal
Blessings aren’t just for the ones who kneel
Luckily

What The F*** Is Going On In Pop Music?!?

Apparently she LIKES it rough. Who knew?

Taking a look at this week’s chart-toppers on pop radio, it’s a veritable smorgasbord of  sexed up, foul-mouthed, overproduced crap that is obviously in tune to what sells records. And what would that would be? Sex and potty language apparently. No more need for quality lyrics or a decent hook….just go right for the jugular and give the kiddies what they came for. Here’s the list…

#1. Katy Perry – “ET”
With the lyrics…“Kiss me, kiss me/Infect me with your love/and Fill me with your poison/Take me, take me/Wanna be a victim/Ready for abduction”…it seems this song has nothing to do with the Steven Spielberg classic kiddie movie. Or extraterrestrials.

#2. Rihanna – “S&M”
Seeing as how Rihanna was a recent victim of abuse, it surprises me that she chose to release this title track from her latest album but apparently it doesn’t bother anyone else…including kids who are hearing THIS refrain on the radio…

“‘Cause I may be bad, but I’m perfectly good at it/Sex in the air, I don’t care, I love the smell of it/Sticks and stones may break my bones/But chains and whips excite me

Really? I realize that as a parent it’s my responsibility to watch what my kids listen to but when this song comes on the radio and my teenage neighbor is singing the lyrics it’s embarrassing. Why would anyone think it’s okay for anyone under the age of 18 to hear this song? Does this make me an old fuddy-duddy? Maybe. But seriously music industry? What kind of message is this sending? 

#3. Kesha – “Blow”
Even though the double entendre  is in full effect with this song, it’s actually just a dance track. The lyrics are tame compared to Rihanna’s sex-drenched song but Kesha still asks to “see them Hanes.” That I don’t mind so much but still…

#4. Black Eyed Peas – “Just Can’t Get Enough”
Can’t get enough what? Whatever. The BEP are so ridiculous and the lyrics are almost incoherent so anything sexual is kind of lost in the insanity of it all.

#5. Cee Lo Green – “F*** You”
This song was up for a Grammy and although I get the lyrics and what they’re all about, you have to wonder what is going through an 8-year olds’ mind when he hears…

“I guess the change in my pocket wasn’t enough I’m like,’F*** YOU!/And f*** her too.’/I said, ‘If I was richer, I’d still be with ya’ /Ha, now ain’t that some sh*t/And although there’s pain in my chest I still wish you the best/With a…’F*** YOU!'”

Now let me say, I’ve been heartbroken before so I get what the man is sayin’ but still…NOT for a 9-year old once again.

#6. Britney Spears – “Til The World Ends”
This song just sucks. So why anyone would WANT to listen to it is beyond me.

#7. Pink – F***ing Perfect”
Ya know…this song works perfectly well without the F-word and it’s a great song that speaks about inner strength and beauty. Don’t know why Pink chose to use the vulgarity in it but pop radio has done a good job editing it out and no one knows the difference.

#8. Jennifer Lopez – “On The Floor”
Eh. Whatever.

#9. Jeremih – “Put It On Me”
Well…here ya go…*sigh*

“She shaped just like an hour glass/she see how fast an hour passed/time flies when I’m on that ass/but I won’t put our sh*t on blast/work it like a pro pro pro/sit and watch it go go go/do her thing all on the floor/she bounce it fast and shake it slow/so sexual incredible/she beautiful she edible”

These lyrics aren’t exactly catering to the younger crowd either…

#10. Tinie Tempah – “Written In The Stars”
Uh…who?

And some other instant classics in the Top 25…Avril Lavigne’s “What The Hell,” Pitbull’s “Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)” and Mike Posner’s “Bow Chicka Wow Wow” (which is obviously a sex song but it’s at least done creatively).

So there’s some of the Top 25 for the week of April 25th. Sex has always been a selling point for the music industry and I get that, but where artists used to have to be creative about sex and chasing tail, now it’s all in my face. And my kids’ faces. I don’t care much for it. Isn’t there anyone (except for apparently Mark Posner) who is writing creatively about gettin’ busy? And what’s with all the cussing in music these days?

I remember when Nazareth sang about “messin’ with a son of a bitch” and thinking “Oooooohh…someone is gonna get their mouth washed out with soap!” But now? The word “bitch” is the least of my problems. Right Jay Z? I really, really WANT to like pop music but it’s really hard these days when it’s filled with this stuff. I can’t appreciate it. And I think it’s ridiculous that the music industry has let it get to this.

Clean it up…or I won’t be buying any more of your sh*t! Got it, motherf***ers????

Lyrics You Should Know: Coldplay’s “Lost!”

Love this song….

“Lost!”
by Coldplay 

Just because I’m losing
Doesn’t mean I’m lost
Doesn’t mean I’ll stop
Doesn’t mean I’m across

Just because I’m hurting
Doesn’t mean I’m hurt
Doesn’t mean I didn’t get what I deserved
No better and no worse

I just got lost!
Every river that I tried to cross
Every door I ever tried was locked
Oh and I’m just waiting til the shine wears off

You might be a big fish
In a little pond
Doesn’t mean you’ve won
‘Cause along may come
A bigger one

And you’ll be lost!
Every river that you tried to cross
Every gun you ever held went off
Oh and I’m just waiting til the firing’s stopped
Oh and I’m just waiting til the shine wears off

Lyrics You Should Know: Sick Puppies’ “Maybe”

Maybe I’m a dreamer
Maybe I’m misunderstood
Maybe you’re not seeing the side of me you should
Maybe I’m crazy
Maybe I’m the only one
Maybe I’m just out of touch
Maybe I’ve just had enough

Maybe it’s time to change
And leave it all behind
I’ve never been one to walk alone
I’ve always been scared to try
So why does it feel so wrong
To reach for something more
To wanna live a better life
What am I waiting for?
‘Cause nothing stays the same
Maybe it’s time to change

Maybe it’s hopeless
Maybe I should just give up
What if I can’t trust myself?
What if I just need some help?

Maybe it’s time to change
And leave it all behind
I’ve never been one to walk alone
I’ve always been scared to try
So why does it feel so wrong
To reach for something more
To wanna live a better life
What am I waiting for?
‘Cause nothing stays the same
Maybe it’s time to change


Lyrics You Should Know: Good Old War’s “That’s Some Dream”

There’s a time in our lives
we start again on writing our part
as the story goes on it’s the rule that we remember our lines

I know everyone would want me to say
that I’m not afraid to be alone

I’m gonna live I’m alright
I’m gonna die it’s alright I’m okay
Lai dai dai
I’m gonna live I’m alright
I’m gonna die it’s alright I’m okay
Lai dai dai

There’s a place in my head
it must be called the super motel
I can stay the whole night
and think about the girl in her shell

I know everyone would want me to say
that I’m not afraid to be alone

I’m gonna live I’m alright
I’m gonna die it’s alright I’m okay
Lai dai dai
I’m gonna live I’m alright
I’m gonna die it’s alright I’m okay
Lai dai dai

*guitar solo*

I know everyone would want me to say
that I’m not afraid to be alone

I’m gonna live I’m alright
I’m gonna die it’s alright I’m okay
Lai dai dai
I’m gonna live I’m alright
I’m gonna die it’s alright I’m okay
Lai dai dai

I’m gonna live I’m alright
I’m gonna die it’s alright I’m okay

That’s some dream.

Lyrics You Should Know: Stereoside’s “Life Goes On”

For a variety of reasons, this song is in heavy rotation on my IPhone right now. Love the 80’s rock sound, the heavy guitar and the lyrics are perfect for me right now. Check it out and I promise it will be high on my Favorites of 2010 later in December…

“Life Goes On”
by Stereoside

I’m gonna take today
I’m gonna use it like a stone
Just like yesterday and the day before

I’m gonna end this pain
And the draggin’ on
I’ll try anything at least once or more

Oh I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t
Rake my own self up against the wall
Damned if I will and damned if I won’t
Life goes on…yeah…life goes on.

Lyrics You Should Know: “I Believe In Symmetry” by Bright Eyes

No one can tell a story the way Conor Oberst can (well…except for maybe Bob Dylan) and this track is one of my favorites by the wonderboy of alternative anguish. From the album “Digital Ash In A Digital Urn,” here’s “I Believe In Symmetry.” And no truer words have ever been spoken or sung…

Some plans were made and rice was thrown
A house was built, a baby born
How time can move both fast and slow
Amazes me

And so I raise my glass to symmetry
To the second hand and its accuracy
To the actual size of everything
The desert is the sand
You can’t hold it in your hand
It won’t bow to your demands
There’s no difference you can make

And if it seems like an accident
A collage of senselessness
You aren’t looking hard enough
I wasn’t looking hard enough

An argument for consciousness
The instinct of the blind insect
Who makes love to the flower bed
And dies in the first freeze
Oh I want to learn such simple things
No politics, no history
Till what I want and what I need
Can finally be the same

I just got myself to blame
Leave everything up to fate
When there’s choices I could make
Yeah, my heart needs a polygraph
Always so eager to pack my bags
When I really wanna stay
When I really wanna stay

The arc of time, the stench of sex
The innocence you can’t protect
Each quarter note, each marble step
Walk up and down that lonely treble clef
Each wanting the next one
Each wanting the next one to arrive
Each wanting the next one
Each wanting the next one to arrive

An argument for consciousness
The instinct of the blind insect
Who never thinks not to accept its fate
That’s faith, there’s happiness in death
You give to the next one
You give to the next on down the line
You give to the next one
You give to the next on down the line

The levity of longing that
Distills each dream inside my head
By morning watered down forget
On silver stars I wish and wish and wish

From one to the next one
From one to the next right down the line
From one to the next one
From one to the next right down the line

You give to the next one
You give to the next on down the line
You give to the next one
You give to the next on down the line

Lyrics You Should Know: “When The Man Comes Around” by Johnny Cash


You want BADASS? I’ll GIVE you BADASS…

I’m not an overly religious man, but this song can put the fear of God into you. As one of three of the last songs Cash wrote before he died, this might be the one of the greatest songs ever written (in my opinion). Kind of puts things into perspective…don’t it?

“When The Man Comes Around”
by Johnny Cash

“And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder. One of the four beasts saying, ‘Come and see.’ and I saw, and behold a white horse”

There’s a man goin’ ’round takin’ names,
And he decides who to free and who to blame.
Everybody won’t be treated all the same,
There’ll be a golden ladder reachin’ down.
When the man comes around.

The hairs on your arm will stand up,
At the terror in each sip and in each sup.
Will you partake of that last offered cup,
Or disappear into the potter’s ground?
When the man comes around.

Hear the trumpets hear the pipers.
One hundred million angels singin’.
Multitudes are marchin’ to the big kettledrum.
Voices callin’, voices cryin’.
Some are born and some are dyin’.
It’s alpha and omega’s kingdom come,
And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree.
The virgins are all trimming their wicks,
The whirlwind is in the thorn tree.
It’s hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Till Armageddon no shalam, no shalom.
Then the father hen will call his chickens home,
The wise man will bow down before the throne.
And at his feet they’ll cast their golden crowns,
When the man comes around.

Whoever is unjust let him be unjust still.
Whoever is righteous let him be righteous still.
Whoever is filthy let him be filthy still.
Listen to the words long written down,
When the man comes around.

Hear the trumpets hear the pipers.
One hundred million angels singin’.
Multitudes are marchin’ to the big kettledrum.
Voices callin’, voices cryin’.
Some are born and some are dyin’.
It’s alpha and omega’s kingdom come,
And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree.
The virgins are all trimming their wicks,
The whirlwind is in the thorn trees.
It’s hard for thee to kick against the prick,
In measured hundredweight and penny pound,
When the man comes around.

“And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts. And I looked, and behold a pale horse, and his name that sat on him was Death, and hell followed with him.”

Lyrics You Should Know: “Just Breathe” By Pearl Jam

Tonight a friend and I are going to see Pearl Jam (and Band Of Horses) in Columbus, OH. Since their appearance in 1990 as one of the premier grunge bands, Pearl Jam has gone on to be THE standard by which most rock bands wish to aspire, with the exception of only a few (such as U2 and Green Day). I can’t believe it has taken me this long to finally see them live but the last 2 times I bought tickets I had to give them away due to work conflicts. So tonight…nothing is gonna stop me! Here is one of my favorite tracks from their last album. It’s not a rocker by any means, but I love the subtleness of the song and I certainly appreciate the lyrics.

“Just Breathe”
by Pearl Jam

Yes I understand that every life must end, aw huh,..
As we sit alone, I know someday we must go, aw huh,..
I’m a lucky man to count on both hands
The ones I love.

Some folks just have one,
Others they got none, uh huh…

Stay with me…
Let’s just breathe.

Practiced are my sins,
Never gonna let me win, uh huh,..
Under everything, just another human being, uh huh,..
Yeh, I don’t wanna hurt, there’s so much in this world
To make me bleed.

Stay with me…
You’re all I see.

Did I say that I need you?
Did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn’t now I’m a fool you see…
No one knows this more than me.
As I come clean.

I wonder everyday
as I look upon your face, uh huh…
Everything you gave
And nothing you would take, uh huh…
Nothing you would take…
Everything you gave.

Did I say that I need you?
Oh, Did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn’t now I’m a fool you see…
No one know this more than me.
As I come clean.

Nothing you would take…
everything you gave.
Hold me till I die…
Meet you on the other side.

Lyrics You Should Know: “Just Say Yes”

There may be more romantic songs out there but right now I can’t think of anything better than this one. The yearning for love is perhaps the one thing that drives music. Whether the writer needs a touch of a hand or a little sexual healing, there is usually some form of need there and this hot new track from Snow Patrol is one of the best that I’ve heard in a while. Check out the lyrics and tell me they don’t make you want to hold your lover and tell her how much you need her/him. I think this track is awesome…and I hope you do as well!

“Just Say Yes”
by Snow Patrol

I’m running out of ways to make you see
I want you to stay here beside me
I won’t be ok and I won’t pretend I am
So just tell me today and take my hand
Please take my hand
Please take my hand

Just say yes, just say there’s nothing holding you back
It’s not a test, nor a trick of the mind
Only love

It’s so simple and you know it is
You know it is, yeah
We can’t be to and fro like this
All our lives
You’re the only way to me
The path is clear
What do I have to say to you
For Gods sake, dear
For Gods sake, dear
For Gods sake, dear
For Gods sake, dear
For Gods sake, dear

Just say yes, just say there’s nothing holding you back
It’s not a test, nor a trick of the mind
Only love

Just say yes, coz Im aching and I know you are too
For the touch of your warm skin
As I breathe you in

I can feel your heart beat through my shirt
This was all I wanted, all I want
Its all I want
Its all I want
Its all I want
Its all I want

Just say yes, just say there’s nothing holding you back
It’s not a test, nor a trick of the mind
Only love

Just say yes, coz Im aching and I know you are too
For the touch of your warm skin
As I breathe you in

Lyrics You Should Know: “Is It Any Wonder”


by Keane
from the 2006 album “Under The Iron Sea”

I always thought that I knew
I’d always have the right to
Be living in the kingdom of the good and true
and so on

But now I think how I was wrong
And you were laughing along
And now I look a fool for thinking you were on my side

Is it any wonder I’m tired
Is it any wonder that I feel uptight
Is it any wonder I don’t know what’s right

Sometimes
It’s hard to know where I stand
It’s hard to know where I am
Well maybe it’s a puzzle I don’t understand

But sometimes
I get the feeling that I’m
Stranded in the wrong time
Where love is just a lyric in a children’s rhyme, a soundbite

Is it any wonder that I’m tired
Is it any wonder that I feel uptight
Is it any wonder I don’t know what’s right
oh, these days

After all the misery you made
Is it any wonder that I feel afraid
Is it any wonder that I feel betrayed

Nothing left inside this old cathedral
Just the sad lonely spires
How do you make it right

Oh, but you try
Is it any wonder I’m tired
Is it any wonder that I feel uptight
Is it any wonder I don’t know what’s right
oh, these days
After all the misery you made
Is it any wonder that I feel afraid
Is it any wonder that I feel betrayed


Lyrics You Should Know: “Howl”

by Florence + The Machine

If you could only see the beast you’ve made of me
I held it in but now it seems you’ve set it running free
Screaming in the dark, I howl when we’re apart
Drag my teeth across your chest to taste your beating heart

My fingers claw your skin, try to tear my way in
You are the moon that breaks the night for which I have to howl
My fingers claw your skin, try to tear my way in
You are the moon that breaks the night for which I have to…

Howl, howl
Howl, howl

Now there’s no holding back, I’m making to attack
My blood is singing with your voice, I want to pour it out
The saints can’t help me now, the ropes have been unbound
I hunt for you with bloodied feet across the hallow’ed ground

Like some child possessed, the beast howls in my veins
I want to find you, tear out all of your tenderness

And howl, howl
Howl, howl

Be careful of the curse that falls on young lovers
Starts so soft and sweet and turns them to hunters
Hunters, hunters, hunters
Hunters, hunters, hunters

The fabric of your flesh, pure as a wedding dress
Until I wrap myself inside your arms I cannot rest
The saints can’t help me now, the ropes have been unbound
I hunt for you with bloodied feet across the hallow’ed ground

And howl

Be careful of the curse that falls on young lovers
Starts so soft and sweet and turns them to hunters

A man who’s pure of heart and says his prayers by night
May still become a wolf when the autumn moon is bright

If you could only see the beast you’ve made of me
I held it in but now it seems you’ve set it running free
The saints can’t help me now, the ropes have been unbound
I hunt for you with bloodied feet across the hallow’ed ground