Posts Tagged ‘ lyrics ’

Quote: Homeward Bound Soldier

“Today I’m dead but tomorrow you’ll see
I will be back to the cornfields and the paths I used to walk”
~September 29th – When I was (a person like you)

Lyrics ??? – Lyrics !!!

The lyrics of a song can sometimes drive me to despair. Usually, it is like this: If I love a song’s melody and intrumentation, I take a closer look at the lyrics….otherwise, I wouldn’t even care about them.

Now, here are 2 songs I instantly fell in love with but I haven’t been able to find out their meaning, no matter how hard I tried. Infact, the harder I try, the more confused I become. Okay, there is nothing to say against imagery, pictorial language and English is not my mother tongue as you certainly have noticed but…but I am really desperate. You know, I love the songs and I don’t even know what they are about! (perhaps I wouldn’t like them anymore if I knew?)

I’m outing myself: I am more a scientist than an artist, so from my point of view, I prefer songs that get the message across clearly, like SOKO – “I’ll kill her”  This is quite a statement, isn’t it! 😛

Anyway, please check out the following lyrics and let me know if you have any ideas about their meaning. I’d be glad about any enlightment.

 

Andrew Bird – Cataracts

when our mouths are filled with uninvited tongues of others
and the strays are pining for their unrequited mothers
milk that sours is promptly spat
light will fill our eyes like cats

and they shall enter from the back
with spears and scepters and squirming sacks
scribes and tangles between their ears
faceless scrumbled charcoal smears

through the coppice and the chaparral
the thickets thick with mold
the bracken and the brier
catchweed into the fold

when our mouths are filled with uninvited tongues of others
and the strays are pining for their unrequited mothers
milk that sours is promptly spat
the light will fill our eyes like cats
cataracts
(from lyricsmania.com)

 

Iron & Wine – Flightless Bird, American Mouth

I was a quick wet boy
Diving too deep for coins
All of your street light eyes
Wide on my plastic toys
Then when the cops closed the fair
I cut my long baby hair
Stole me a dog-eared map
And called for you everywhere

Have I found you?
Flightless bird, jealous, weeping
Or lost you?
American mouth
Big pill looming

Now I’m a fat house cat
Nursing my sore blunt tongue
Watching the warm poison rats
Curl through the wide fence cracks
Pissing on magazine photos
Those fishing lures thrown in the cold and clean
Blood of Christ mountain stream

Have I found you?
Flightless bird, grounded bleeding
Or lost you?
American mouth
Big pill, stuck going down
(from sing365.com)

Best Song 2008 (in German language)- Ich + Ich: Stark

If I could choose the Best Song 2008 (in German language), this would be the one:
Ich + Ich: Stark.
It was the lyrics that caught my attention first but the tune is pretty nice, too.
I searched for the translation on the web as I am not really good at translating into English and above all I am too lazy….  The version I copied from manuela roigk and pasted below is as close as it gets.

Please check out the band’s website, their myspace page,  and buy the EP on iTunes or amazon.com if you like it. I am going to remove the mp3 link in 3 days.

 

 

 Ich + Ich: Stark.           

[edit: mp3 link removed, listen to the track on last.fm]

Strong

I’ve been on the run for weeks
and I drink too much beer and wine
my flat is abandoned
I shatter my mirror in small pieces
I’m not the one I’d like to be
and I don’t want to be who I am
my life is a chaos
look at it more carefully

I’m extremely jealous and unfair with women
and when things get serious I just bugger off
I’m asking you now, does this make any sense?
my life is a chaos
look at it more carefully

And you think I’m strong and I know the way
you just want to imagine I know how things work
you think I’ve got everything under control
and can control what happens
but I just stand up here and sing my song

I’m always searching
and I don’t know anymore what I’m searching for
I spend entire nights in bars, I’m always the one
who laughs loudest
noone ever notices how confused I really am
it’s all a cover-up, look more carefully

And you think I’m strong and I know the way
you just want to imagine I know how things work
you think I’ve got everything under control
and can control what happens
but I just stand up here and sing my song
I just stand up here and sing my song

Come and stand with me in the sunlight
or walk with me for a bit
I’ll show you my reality for an instant
I wonder, just like you do, what’s the point of all this?
my life is a chaos
look at it more carefully

And you think I’m strong and I know the way
you just want to imagine I know how things work
you think I’ve got everything under control
and can control what happens
but I just stand up here and sing my song
I just stand up here and sing my song

Time Piece

I went to one of the King’s Singers live shows earlier this year. The King’s Singers are a British a-capella vocal ensemble who have a wide range repertoire from classical to popular music. I loved the concert and I highly recommend it. One of their originals is especially fun to listen to. It’s “Time Piece” by Paul Patterson. I could not hold myself back and laughed out loud during the song, not just because of the lyrics but because of their fabulous interpretation. Fortunately, I was not the only one to laugh, so it was just half as embarassing….

Time Piece
In six days God created the world
and saw that it was good
and rested on the seventh day
from all the work that he had made.
Life was good. All was well.
Paradise was looking c00L.
One day Eve said:
“Hey Adam! What’s that you’re wearing on your wrist?”
“It’s a watch”.
It’s the tick and the tock of a man-made clock.
It’s a watch. It’s a clock
tick, tock, shock,
shockproof, waterproof,
digital, luminous.
Paradise is O.K. with a watch to measure the day…..

…to be continued 😛