Will you ever see the way I am?

Will you ever give a damn?

I think we both know you do now.

Will you ever say it out loud?

I don’t know if I’m good enough

that I should one day feel your love.

I think sometimes you send it my way

But I don’t know just how to say:

‘I love you. Do you return

my feelings and does your heart burn

the way mine does when I’m with you?’

I don’t know how to start this hallow truth.

I see your faults.  I see your flaws.

I’m not so blind that they are lost.

I see them in you everyday.

But I still love you anyway.

I wonder if you notice mine.

What imperfections do you find

when your warm eyes seek me out?

What does your mind complain about?

I know I laugh self-consciously.

I never take things seriously.

I talk so much unless I’m sad

I’ve seen the other girls you’ve had.

And I know to them I can’t compare

with my muddy eyes and my frizzy hair.

But I have things they never will

and maybe you have had your fill

of beauty on an empty head.

Have I won you over with things I’ve said?

You know, my friend, we’re growing old.

Perhaps you want a hand to hold

who makes you laugh when you’re bald or gray,

not just a face that fades away.

I can’t see around the curve,

but I hope I can work up the nerve

to say I’ve loved you all this time

and build a life on what I find.

The Lyrics Project: How~Regina Spektor

It’s that time again folks…where I run out of things to write and share song lyrics instead…

I am a huge fan of Regina Spektor’s lyrics.  She has such a different and fantastic way of expressing things…she’s just not your average songwriter.  Her words always seem to have a way of getting to me.  They resonate with me on a super personal level that leaves me breathless.   When I hear her music, I am often left thinking about things in ways I hadn’t before.  She has some songs that just sound so silly, but when you start thinking about the words they are oddly poignant, and it’s something that I appreciate on so many levels.  At any rate, today I’m sharing “How” from her album What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, but I really recommend checking out some of her other songs as well.  She’s totally worth the time it’ll take if you really listen to her words.

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“HOW”

by Regina Spektor

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How can I forget your love?

How can I never see you again?

There is time and place

for one more sweet embrace.

And there’s a time,

when it all ,

went wrong.

I guess you know by now

that we will meet again somehow…

How,

Oh baby how

can I begin again?

How can I try to love someone new,

someone who isn’t you?

How can our love be true

when I’m not, I’m not over you?

I guess you know by now

that we will meet again somehow…

Time can come and take away the pain

But I just want my memories to remain:

to hear your voice, to see your face.

There’s not one moment I’d erase.

You are a guest here now.

So baby, how

can I forget your love?

How can I never see you again?

How can I ever know

why some stay others go?

When I don’t, I don’t want you to go.

I guess I know by now

that we will meet again somehow…

Time can come and wipe away the pain.

But I just want my mind to stay the same:

to hear your voice, to see your face.

There’s not one moment I’d erase.

You are a guest here now.

So baby, how can I forget your love?

How can I never see you again?

(Don’t forget to check the song out for yourself here:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mBfW-CdgLE )

Lyric Project: Kathleen

Here’s my newest Lyric Project post.

Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom for the link to hear the song.

I was introduced to Josh Ritter by a nice lady I met on the good old interwebs.  It took me a while to warm up to him.  I don’t know why, because he has some really good lyrics.  I find that with Josh Ritter, I tend to really like or really dislike his songs…no grey areas for him and me.

I like the song that follows for two reasons: a) because what girl wouldn’t like to have someone say the first lines to/about her, and b) because I can sympathize with the narrator of the song: knowing you’re not the person someone would choose if they had another option.  I can’t decide if this is a sad song or not…for some reason, I want to feel hopeful for the guy.

You’ll have to decide for yourself.

Kathleen

by Josh Ritter

All the other girls here are stars;

you are the northern lights.

They try to shine in through your curtain,

You’re too close and too bright.

They try and they try but everything that they do

is the ghost of a trace of a pale imitation of you.

I’ll be the one to drive you back home Kathleen

This party was made with the night air

and the chance that a smile

Will wind its way from your face to one of the boys in your line.

Well you act like you’re hip to there tricks and you’re strong

but a virgin Wurlitzer heart never once had a song.

I’ll be the one to drive you back home Kathleen.

And I’ll have you back by break of day.

I’m going your way anyway

and if you’d like to come along,

I’ll be yours for a song.

I know you are waiting and I know that it is not for me.

But I’m here and I’m ready and I saved you the passenger seat.

And I won’t be your last dance just your last good night.

Every heart is a package tangled up in knots someone else tied.

I’ll be the one to drive you back home Kathleen

So crawl up your trellis and quietly back into your room.

And I’ll coast down the length of your drive by the light of the moon.

The next time we meet some new kind of hello-

both our hearts have a secret only the both of us know

about the night that I drove you back home Kathleen.

(Listen to the song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm3lWq4s5-U )

All The Best

So, here is post number two in the lyrics project.  Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom so that you can listen to the actual song for yourself.

 This song is from one of my all time absolute favorite song writers, John Prine.  I am just going to tell you, the man is a genius!

 While I recognize his music is not for everybody, his lyrics are so intelligent and witty that he deserves any and all praise I can give.  I can go back to his music over and over and never get tired of it.  I can easily see him popping up again in the lyric project posts.

John Prine has been in the music scene for a long, long time and for some reason not too many people know about him.

In my eyes, he’s probably the most under appreciated song writer out there.

I guess it’s not that hard for me to wish him all the best!

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All The Best

by John Prine

I wish you love and happiness

I guess I wish you all the best

I wish you don’t do like I do

And ever fall in love with someone like you

Cause if you fell just like I did

You’d probably walk around the block like a little kid

But kids don’t know they can only guess

How hard it is to wish you happiness

I guess that love is like a Christmas card

You decorate a tree you throw it in the yard

It decays and dies and the snowmen melt

Well I once knew love I knew how love felt

Yeah I knew love love knew me

And when I walked love walked with me

And I got no hate and I got no pride

Well I got so much love that I cannot hide

Say you drive a Chevy say you drive a Ford

You say you drive around the town till you just get bored

Then you change your mind for something else to do

And your heart gets bored with your mind and it changes you

Well it’s a doggone shame and it’s an awful mess

I wish you love I wish you happiness

I wish you love I wish you happiness

I guess I wish you all the best

 ( You can listen to the song here, performed by My Morning Jacket:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Axcb7DjaPz4

Or here, performed by the man himself, John Prine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eqiYV_DbBU)

100th post and a something new!

Wow, one hundred posts…I feel so accomplished.  You can start mocking me at this point, but I don’t care…I am  excited!  I am super happy and grateful for all the liking of posts and especially the  kind words that have been exchanged in my short little blog life.  It means a lot to me that someone can read what I write and have it make sense to them…and actually like it.  I never thought that would happen!  So thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I thought I would do something a little new for the big 100.  I have been thinking about what I would do for a while, and finally decided to share something that people can really relate to: music.

There is so much that is wonderful and moving about music.  Something that I find really interesting is how people hear music differently.  I have friends who play guitar, bass, and drums.  As a rule, the ones who play guitar, find themselves drawn more to the riffs than anything.  The bassists, to a sweet baseline.  The drummers hear the banging most.

But poor little me, so non-instrument oriented…I don’t always get that.  I mean sure, I can appreciate a Hendrix style guitar solo as much as the next guy…but not if the next guy actually plays guitar.  He can appreciate it on a different level.  And I have always been pretty jealous of that, because it’s something I can’t fully understand.

So then I started thinking about it, and I realized how much I  love music.  So what draws me, the most musically inept person in the world, to the songs that I like?  I didn’t have to mull it over long.  It’s the lyrics!  What a shocker right?  (I see you rolling your eyes at me…)

Lyrics are just poems with melody behind them…and poetry is something I can understand.  So, in an effort to share more words with the world, I am starting a series (ooh, ah, be impressed) of posts that I am calling “The Lyric Project”…put the official stamp on it, because it is in quotation marks…and those things can not be messed with…  If I understand how computers work (ok, so clearly no guarantees here people…), you should be able to find all “The Lyric Project” posts in the future under that category…dear gourd, I hope so… I will feel extra stupid otherwise.   I will always try to put a link in at the very bottom of the post so that you can check out the actual songs for yourself, and I will also try to find out who wrote the lyrics (if I can) as well as the artist/artists performing them.

At any rate, this post will be the first Lyric Project post…so here ya go:

10 Million Miles

by Patty Griffin

“Must have walked ten million miles,

must have walked ten million miles,

wore some shoes that weren’t my style.

Ten million miles.

I’ve been kind.  I’ve told some lies.

Like anyone who’s lived or died

Like anyone who’s ever tried

to walk ten million miles.

I memorize and I forget

I do some things that I regret

Wish for things I never get

walk in the rain and get wet.

Must have walked ten million miles

I must have walked ten million miles,

so think before you criticize:

ten million miles.

Traveled round from place to place

wore some rags around my waist

and other times a dress of lace

and I always search for your sweet face

So you ought to come some time for tea

Maybe we could see the sea

Talk a lot or let things be,

just enjoy the mystery.

I must have walked ten million miles,

must have walked ten million miles.

Wore some shoes that weren’t my style

Fell into the rank and file

So just say I was here a while:

A fool in search of your sweet smile.

Ten million miles.”

(If you want to hear the song for yourself, you’ll find it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA2RF48ixJE)

Cloudy

I am sad today.

I don’t know why.

Maybe the cloudy days got to me.

But I like cloudy days,

so I don’t know why.

I miss my friend.

I am thinking about all the ways

that life won’t be.

Imagination,

my friend and foe,

won’t ever leave me alone.

I have the urge for going.

It’s been a long time since I’ve felt it so strongly.

I wish I could be more than who I am.