Monday, May 14, 2012

Top 5 Song Lyrics That Stick With Me

There are certain lyrics I've encountered at different times that have, in some way, impacted me (or my approach to life).  To add a bit of fun, let's make this a quiz.  Name the song and singer or band.  First person to get all five correctly may win a prize!  (No pics or videos, since I don't want to give the answers away!)

5: "Goodbye Norma Jean from the young man in the twenty-second row who sees you as something more than sexual, more than just our Marilyn Monroe."  After Princess Di died, this song was rewritten to commemorate her, which let me rediscover the original.  This line--invoking the idea of fans really connecting with music, even though they remain nameless to the artist--hit me at a time when I was discovering and rediscovering music in various forms and styles, much of which shaped the person I was to become.

4: "When I come home late at night, and you're in bed asleep, I wrap my arms around you so I can feel you breath."  Makes me think of high school generally.  Specifically, it makes me think of my wife, but a few years before we had kids, when it was just us--I'd often work late and come home miserable.  Simply crawling into bed and being close to her made me feel better.

3: "When I see you smile, I see a ray of light; I see you shining right through the rain."  When I was in 8th Grade, there was a girl in Seventh Grade whose smile could light up a room.  This song came out at the same time.  I was crushing pretty hard.  I learned that whatever else she brought to the table, any girl I would eventually marry would have to have that kind of smile.

2: "Never seen so many people want to be there by your side, and when you turned to me and smiled, it took my breath away."  This prom classic makes my number two simply because it makes me think of all the moments where I've been nervous and someone else has given me strength just by their presence.

1: "And all at once you look across a crowded room to see the way that light attaches to a girl."  This song makes me think of a girl I met a long time ago in a crowded bar.  I married this girl.

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  1. Candle in the Wind - Elton John

    Heaven - Warrant

    When I see you Smile - Bad English

    Lady in Red - Chris DeBurgh

    Long December - Counting Crows


    Had some trouble with the name of the CC song, and took me a while to
    remember who sang Lady in Red - but yeah, all these picked right up for me.  

    Side note - was the first Counting Crows CD as underrated as it seems now?  Two reasonably big hits (Mr. Jones, Round Here), at least one really good one that didn't get much radio time that I remember (Anna Begins), and the rest are all consistently solid.

  2. All correct!  And yeah, HUGELY underrated!  When I was on the road a lot (in the days before iPods), I had that album on tape and listened to it all the time.  Some amazing music on there.

    Anyway, you win!  Which Kevin is this?

  3. I never stood a chance since I've never heard of #5.  Need to go look it up on Spotify.  
    Not for any sentimental or emotional reasons, but a lyric on "Black Gold" by Soul Asylum always springs to mind as dead on: "Nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd."

    So that.  

  4. I meant #1, and it turns out I know it after all.  Good one.  

  5. Don't know how I missed this one.  Great lyrics.  I find that certain songs can transport me instantly to a specific time in my life.  Suddenly everything around me disappears and I'm in a time-warp.  Amazing how that happens.