Our fourth lyrics episode, this one with a pop/ punk flavour!

 

There’s a Starman waiting in the sky… Today, the world lost a truly great musician and artist. Lyrics are from David Bowie‘s song”Lazarus,” from his new album Blackstar (just released last week).

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“Jesus” by Brand New:

Jesus Christ, that’s a pretty face
The kind you’d find on someone I could save
If they don’t put me away
Well, it’ll be a miracleDo you believe you’re missin’ out
That everything good is happening somewhere else?
But with nobody in your bed
The night’s hard to get throughAnd I will die all alone
And when I arrive I won’t know anyoneWell, Jesus Christ, I’m alone again
So what did you do those three days you were dead?
’cause this problem’s gonna last more than the weekend.

Well, Jesus Christ, I’m not scared to die,
I’m a little bit scared of what comes after
Do I get the gold chariot?
Do I float through the ceiling?

Do I divide and fall apart?
’cause my bright is too slight to hold back all my dark
And the ship went down in sight of land
And at the gates, does Thomas ask to see my hands?

I know you’re coming in the night like a thief
But I’ve had some time alone to hone my lying technique
I know you think that I’m someone you can trust
But I’m scared I’ll get scared and I swear I’ll try to nail you back up (everyone now)

So do you think that we could work out a sign
So I’ll know it’s you and that it’s over so I won’t even try

I know you’re coming for the people like me
We all got wood and nails
And tongue-tied at hate factories
We all got wood and nails
And tongue-tied at hate factories
We all got wood and nails
And we sleep inside of this machine

 

“Here Comes My Man” by The Gaslight Anthem

And how much time do you think that we have?
If I wanted to, I could start over again
Let the good night decide who she wants me to find
And I’ll never let you drop another tear in my eye

Singing oh sha-la-la, oh sha-la-la
Listen honey here comes my man
Singing oh sha-la-la, oh sha-la-la
Listen honey here comes my man

Yeah

And all my life I never had a chance
Don’t you think I knew about all your pretty girlfriends
But I waited for you, gave you time to decide
But you never saw it from anybody else’s side
So I packed up my things and I faced up my doubts
You know I think I will grow my hair back out
Nevermind what you think
Nevermind what you like
I’ll take it out to the streets for somebody else to admire

Singing oh sha-la-la, oh sha-la-la
Listen honey here comes my man
Singing oh sha-la-la, oh sha-la-la
Listen honey here comes my man

Maybe time will tell you
Why I got so much hell to sell you
Please, please understand me
Oh you can’t just dance around me
Maybe your work will love you
When I’m just not there to hold you
Maybe your pride can be your companion
Oh but I just won’t be there to stand for it
Not one more minute will I stand for it

Oh-oh

You found me singing, baby

Oh sha-la-la, oh sha-la-la
Listen honey here comes my man
Singing oh sha-la-la, oh sha-la-la
Listen honey here comes my man
Singing oh sha-la-la, oh sha-la-la
Listen honey here comes my man
Singing oh sha-la-la, oh sha-la-la
Listen honey here comes my man
Here comes my man
Here comes my man
Here comes my man
Here comes my man
Here comes my man

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Thanks for listening!

This episode we’re looking at lyrics! Our title is inspired by Led Zeppelin’s album Coda.

 

Brave brave Sir Robin and his favourite minstrels:

 

 

People’s Parties” by Joni Mitchell

All the people at this party
They’ve got a lot of style
They’ve got stamps of many countries
They’ve got passport smiles
Some are friendly
Some are cutting
Some are watching it from the wings
Some are standing in the centre
Giving to get something

Photo beauty gets attention
Then her eye paint’s running down
She’s got a rose in her teeth
And a lampshade crown
One minute she’s so happy
Then she’s crying on someone’s knee
Saying laughing and crying
You know it’s the same release

I told you when I met you
I was crazy
Cry for us all beauty
Cry for Eddie in the corner
Thinking he’s nobody
And Jack behind his joker
And stone-cold Grace behind her fan
And me in my frightened silence
Thinking I don’t understand

I feel like I’m sleeping
Can you wake me
You seem to have a broader sensibility
I’m just living on nerves and feelings
With a weak and a lazy mind
And coming to peoples parties
Fumbling deaf dumb and blind

I wish I had more sense of humor
Keeping the sadness at bay
Throwing the lightness on these things
Laughing it all away
Laughing it alI away
Laughing it all away

© 1973; Crazy Crow Music

 

Iron Maiden, one of the most literary band out there: from The Rime of Ancient Mariner to Lord of the Flies, their lyrics explore the ethical and cultural resonances of these texts.

 

Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf” by The Killers

Shakin’ like the Devil when she lets me go
Got a new place and how it’s so much better.
Falling over myself, the televisions on,
I turn it off and smile.
Oh, Jennifer, you know I always tried.
Before you say goodbyeLeave the bourbon on the shelf.
And I’ll drink it by myself.
And I love you endlessly,
Darling don’t you see I’m not satisfied
Until I hold you tight.
Give me one more chance tonight
And I swear I’ll make it right.
But you ain’t got time for this
And that wreckin’ bell is ringin’
And I’m not satisfied
Until I hold youJennifer, tell me where I stand
And who’s that other boy holdin’ your hand?
Oh, Jennifer, you know I’ve always tried.
Before you say goodbyeLeave the bourbon on the shelf.
And I’ll drink it by myself.
And I never liked your hair or those people that you lie with
And I’m not satisfied
Until I hold you tight
And I love you endlessly,
Darling don’t you see I can’t be satisfied
Until I hold you tight.Leave the bourbon on the shelf.
And I’ll drink it by myself.
And I love you endlessly,
Darling don’t you see
I’m not satisfied.
lyrics © Universal Music Publishing
Margaret Atwood incorporated printed lyrics for hymns in Year of the Flood. The first book in her post-apocalyptic trilogy, Oryx and Crake, features these delightfully green glow in the dark rabbits.
Weird Al’s grammar-tastic parody, “Word Crimes”: http://www.vevo.com/watch/weird-al-yankovic/Word-Crimes/USRV81400343
Me Against the World” by TuPac
[2Pac:]
It’s just me against the world
[Girl:]
Oooohhh, oooohhh
[2Pac:]
Nuttin to lose…
It’s just me against the world baby
[Girl:]
Oahhhh, oahhhahh
[2Pac:]
I got nuttin to lose
It’s just me against the world
[Girl:]
Oh-hahhh
[2Pac:]
Stuck in the game
Me against the world baby[Verse 1: 2Pac]
Can you picture my prophecy?
Stress in the city, the cops is hot for me
The projects is full of bullets, the bodies is droppin
There ain’t no stoppin me
Constantly movin while makin millions
Witnessin killings, leavin dead bodies in abandoned buildings
Can’t raise the children cause they’re illin
Addicted to killin and the appeal from the cap peelin
Without feelin, but will they last or be blasted?
Hard headed bastard
Maybe he’ll listen in his casket – the aftermath
More bodies being buried – I’m losing my homies in a hurry
They’re relocating to the cemetery
Got me worried, stressin, my vision’s blurried
The question is will I live? No one in the world loves me
I’m headed for danger, don’t trust strangers
Put one in the chamber whenever I’m feelin this anger
Don’t wanna make excuses, cause this is how it is
What’s the use unless we’re shootin no one notices the youth
It’s just me against the world baby[Girl:]
Me against the world
[2Pac:]
It’s just me against the world
[Girl:]
Ooooh yeah, ooo-hooo
[2Pac:]
It’s just me against the world
[Girl:]
Me against the world
[2Pac:]
Cause it’s just me against the world baby
[Girl:]
Hey!
[2Pac:]
Me against the world
[Girl:]
Ooooh yeah
[2Pac:]
I got nuttin to lose
It’s just me against the world baby
[Girl:]
I got nothing to lose[Verse 2: Dramacydal]
Could somebody help me? I’m out here all by myself
See ladies in stores, Baby Capone’s, livin wealthy
Pictures of my birth on this Earth is what I’m dreamin
Seein Daddy’s semen, full of crooked demons, already crazy
And screamin I guess them nightmares as a child
Had me scared, but left me prepared for a while
Is there another route? For a crooked Outlaw
Veteran, a villain, a young thug, who one day shall fallEveryday there’s mo’ death, and plus I’m dough-less
I’m seein mo’ reasons for me to proceed with thievin
Scheme on the scheming and leave they peeps grieving
Cause ain’t no bucks to stack up, my nuts is backed up
I’m bout to act up, go load the Mac up, now watch me klacka
Tried makin fat cuts, but yo it ain’t workin
And Evil’s lurking, I can see him smirking
When I gets to pervin, so what?
Go put some work in, and make my mail, makin sales
Risking 25 with a ‘L’, but oh well[Girl:]
Me against the world
[2Pac:]
With nuttin to lose
It’s just me against the world
[Girl:]
Ooh yeah… oooh-ooooh
[2Pac:]
It’s just me against the world baby
[Girl:]
Me against the world
[2Pac:]
I got nuttin to lose
It’s just me against the world
[Girl:]
Oahhhohh
[2Pac:]
Ha ha
It’s just me against the world baby
[Girl:]
Ha-ahh, HA-AHH!
[2Pac:]
With nuttin to lose
It’s just me against the world baby
[Girl:]
Me against the world, hoahhh
[2Pac:]
Me against the world
I got nuttin to lose
It’s just me against the world baby
[Girl:]
Ha-hahh (hehe) heyy![Verse 3: 2Pac]
With all this extra stressin
The question I wonder is after death, after my last breath
When will I finally get to rest? Through this suppression
They punish the people that’s askin questions
And those that possess, steal from the ones without possessions
The message I stress: to make it stop study your lessons
Don’t settle for less – even a genius asks-es questions
Be grateful for blessings
Don’t ever change, keep your essence
The power is in the people and politics we address
Always do your best, don’t let the pressure make you panic
And when you get stranded
And things don’t go the way you planned it
Dreamin of riches, in a position of makin a difference
Politicians and hypocrites, they don’t wanna listen
If I’m insane, it’s the fame made a brother change
It wasn’t nuttin like the game
It’s just me against the world[Girl:]
Me against the world
[2Pac:]
Nuttin to lose
It’s just me against the world baby
[Girl:]
Me against the world
[2Pac:]
Got me stuck in the game
It’s just me against the world
[Girl:]
Oahahhhh
[2Pac:]
I’d be ashamed to lose
It’s just me against the world baby
[Girl:]
Me against the world[Outro: 2Pac]
Heh, hahahahahahah
That’s right
I know it seem hard sometimes but uhh
Remember one thing
Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that
So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out
Keep your head up, and handle it[Girl:]
Me against the world [x3]
“Heroin” by The Velvet Underground is another example of spoken lyrics accompanied by music.
 A song influenced by film:
The Union Forever” by The White Stripes (with accompanying Citizen Kane footage)
It can’t be love
for there is no true love
It can’t be love
for there is no true loveSure I’m C.F.K. [Charles Foster Kane-Citizen Kane]
but you gotta love me
the cost no man can say
but you gotta love meWell I’m sorry but I’m not
interested in gold mines, oil wells, shipping or real estate
what would I liked to have been?
everything you hatecause It can’t be love
for there is no true love
It can’t be love
for there is no true loveThere is a man
a certain man
and for the poor you may be sure
that he’ll do all he can
who is this one?
who’s favourite son?
just by his action has the traction
magnets on the run
who likes to smoke
enjoys a joke
and wouldn’t get a bit
upset if he were really broke
with wealth and fame
he’s still the same
I’ll bet you five you’re not alive
If you don’t know his nameYou said the union forever
You said the union forever
You cried the union forever
but that was untrue girlcause It can’t be love
for there is no true love
It can’t be love
for there is no true love
Diamond Dogs features tracks Bowie originally wrote for a 1984-based musical. Big Brother is watching you.