Tuesday, April 07, 2009
the things I love, they make me real
posted by forrestrose @ 4:13 AM

if I could stay here
for just one moment I could muster up the gall
I don't feel safe here
but if I wander off, I promise not to fall

pack your bags and walk the streets alone
not knowing where to go
when I look back I see so many wrongs
(although I can't stay here)
but if I'd never left my doorstep
(I know I can always sing your song)
would I've ever sung your song

(all this time's been passing me by)
I don't know why I cannot find myself
(don't know why I cannot find myself)
I guess I'm lost in the twilight
don't know why I try to hide behind
the things I love can't make me real
(can they make me real)


so I'm not terribly happy with the last part of this and I'm not sure how well it goes with the rest of the song (lyrically), but it's catchy as fuck and I can appreciate all the random things that sparked it (even though it sounds vapid and clich├ęd). and something barely worth mentioning-- the "make me real" line reminds me of sheryl crow's "solidify," which I haven't heard in years but always creeps its way into my head.

I think it's funny that I've been listening to a (small) number of ska bands for nine years and it only takes a few weeks of listening to the flatliners for me to write a ska song. ok, so jim says it's not really a ska song because it's not "happy" chords, but it's the first song I've ever written with an upstroke guitar part and it's much faster than what I usually write (ska is hard to play and makes me realize how bad I am at guitar). posting this journal entry is probably a death sentence for it though, since every time I post the lyrics it takes me much longer to finish the song. wish me luck so I can post it and say, "look! (listen?) my first fake ska song!"

5/24/09

look! my first fake ska song!
ok, so it's just a crappy video and it's missing a lot of parts that are in the real recording of it, but you can get the jist of it from this video. I showed my mother the video and she told me she didn't understand it, musically. I found that amusing (nothing against her). reminds me of something JR (from ltj) said on his CT Mafia label, "No matter what, if your demo sucks, DON'T SEND IT!! If you don't know if it sucks, ask your parents. If they like it, don't send it."

anyway, here are the rest of the lyrics. I'm a total nerd for writing these odes to my favorite music (and on that note I want to clarify that "sweet dear" is not about a person, it's a reference to Veruca Salt's "Victrola"). this song still isn't finished to me though.


when the coast is clear
(if I could stay here)
I'll finally find a new sweet dear
(for just one moment I could muster up the gall)
and I can't live without these things
but I can't live my life through them

and I'll find you when the coast is clear
(I don't feel safe here)
I'll finally find a new sweet dear
(but if I wander off, I promise not to fall)
and I can't live without them
but I cannot live life through them

and I found you when the coast was clear
(here's to staying out too late)
I finally found my new sweet dear
(and stumbling into every state)
and I can't live without you
(that I can bring myself to)
but I cannot live through you

and I know it's never really clear
(and I'm used to staying up too late)
what'll happen after it leaves my ears
(and sleeping in late every day)
but I can take what silence (stagnance) brings
'cause I can always sing your song
(I know I can always sing your song)

don't know why I cannot find myself
(if I could wait here for one more moment I could wander off alone)
(don't know why I cannot find myself)
I guess I'm lost in the twilight

don't know why I try to hide behind
(don't know my way here, oh I am out of place and out of places to go)
the things I love, they make me real
(won't make me real)



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