Some of my favorite clever song lyrics

I remember a few years ago when I first heard REO Speedwagon’s “Roll With the Changes,” I thought to myself, “Are they still coming out with new songs? I love this one.” I was completely wrong. It’s not that they aren’t touring together, because they are, but the song is from 1978! I couldn’t believe it’s as old as me, since I’m from 1978, too. In fact, the album featuring the song was released 9 months before I was born… wait a second… ew gross, never mind.

I recently had Spotify on and this song played. You think people in 1978 ever thought in about 30 years you’d be able to listen to music in your car, through your phone, on your way to…say, vote for a woman President? They would’ve said you’re crazy! Oh, what, then you got in your time machine and hoverboarded over to the drive-in? Delusional is how they’d classify you.

I totally went down a rabbit hole there, sorry. This is about clever song lyrics! I didn’t catch this line till the other day…

If you’re tired of the same old story, turn some pages.
–REO Speedwagon, “Roll With the Changes”

I love the sentiment of taking action. The line is simple and yet, so clever. Here are a few other favorites of mine.

You’re gonna catch a cold from the ice inside your soul. So don’t come back for me. Who do you think you are?
–Christina Perri, “Jar of Hearts”

All of these people I meet, it seems like they’re fine. Yeah, in some ways I hope that they’re not and their hearts are like mine.
–NeedtoBreathe, “Wasteland”

The bride walks down just to start the wedding, and there’s one more girl you won’t be getting.
–Young MC, “Bust A Move”

Ain’t it funny how some people pop into your head so easily. I haven’t seen you in there for so long.
–Dawes, “All Your Favorite Bands”

Or tell your Aunt Louise, tell anything you please. Myself already knows I’m not okay. Or you can tell my eyes to watch out for my mind, it might be walking out on me today.
–Billy Ray Cyrus, “Achy Breaky Heart”

If you have some favorite clever lyrics, feel free to share them in the comments!

-Out of the Wilderness

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Follow My Head or My Heart

Saturday was one of those open the windows turn on the record kind of days, so that’s exactly what I did. My roommate, who will always remain nameless (especially when discussing The Bachelor or The Bachelorette), and I listened to a few albums, including Hi Infidelity from REO Speedwagon. The record has great songs on it like “Don’t Let Him Go” and “Take It On the Run.” There’s another song on there that sparked some converstation between Unnamed Guy #1 (my roommate). You can listen to the song here:

The lyrics ask, “Should I follow my head or follow my heart?” My roommate and I decided the best option is to balance the two because if you only follow your head, you could end up exhausted, bored and alone. But if you follow your heart only, you could end up poor, homeless and jaded. By tempering your decisions with thought and emotion, you could end up wealthy, comfortable, happy and satisfied (but of course, there are exceptions to every rule). What about in dating or marriage relationships; should we follow our hearts or our heads? Is there a happy medium? Does this question yield different answers in a business scenario? Comment below, and as always… thanks for reading!

My Shower Playlist

Between the bathrobe and the fanny pack is the all important shower. The few minutes I spend there are often accompanied by music. A soundtrack to my shower, if you will. Here’s the current playlist:

“All 4 Love” Color Me Badd
A classic song from the early 90’s. For a entertaining performance of this song on the Arsenio Hall Show, watch the video below. Color Me Badd… a boy band before boy bands were boy bands. Consider them a cross between Boyz II Men and line dancing.

“All Across the Western World” Caedmon’s Call
One of my favorite bands I listened to during college. The band has a heart for people around the world, not just the United States. Some of my favorite songs are about the country and people of India. But they also have gritty, honest lyrics about living a life on the narrow path.

“All These Things That I’ve Done” The Killers
I consider this one of the best songs ever made. I’ve discovered multiple levels of meaning in it, and at times have thought the lyrics were about me. The song has nothing to do with wakeboarding. However in this video, it has everything to do with wakeboarding.

“I’m Scared” Duffy
Of all the songs I have on my computer/iPod/phone this is the only one I will never skip past. I don’t know if it’s her voice or the lyrics, but I must listen to it every time it plays.

“Uprising” Muse
A new favorite of mine. The band performed this song at the 2011 Grammy Awards and since then I’ve heard it on television, at hockey games, and in any situation that requires an adrenaline rush. Great song for the underdog and those fighting against oppression.

“Guiding Light” Muse
My first thought after hearing this song, “Wow.” I won’t lie, I often will listen to the song on repeat while I’m in the car. Four times? Five times? Ten times in a row? It’s not enough to catch the fascinating, compelling details and depth in this song.

“Kiss Your Feet” Delirious?
A fantastic reminder of what’s important. An even more fantastic reminder of WHO’S important. When it comes down to it, we were born for a simple and fulfilling purpose.

“Time for Me to Fly” REO Speedwagon
I’ve been a fan of REO Speedwagon for many years (since the first time I heard “Take It on the Run”). This is a well-written song about a sort of awakening someone has, realizing they’re in an unhealthy relationship and making the choice to move on. Great, great song. It can also be associated with pelicans.

“To Be With You” Mr. Big
Not sure why this is in my playlist other than it’s a song I liked a lot a long time ago. I still don’t know all the lyrics. Let’s be honest, can anyone really go wrong by including a song by Mr. Big? No.

Music Roulette: 50 Songs in 1 Paragraph

How many songs can you identify? The first hint is that there are fifty songs listed, and each song lyric connects to the next through one or more overlapping words. Good luck! (you can look at the key words listed on this post for some help!)

I miss those blue eyes. How you kiss me at night, I miss the way we sleeps tonight. Aweemba wop, aweemba wop, a weemba wopbobaloobop a wop bam boom shake, shake, shake the room. She was struck down, it was her doom. Annie, are you ok? So, Annie are you still mine? I need your love. Godspeed your love to me, wanna talk about I, wanna talk about number one, oh my me my, what I think, what I like, what I know, what I want, what I see, by the dawn’s early light? What so proudly we hailed at the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light, and the burden of my heart breaks, no, it don’t break even if he promised me the world. Just remember I’m forever your girl you know it’s true. Ooo ooo oooo, I love you every step of the way and I will always love you so, promise I’ll never let you go, in the still of the night. In the still of the Britney song was on, and the Britney song was on, and the Britney song was on a white, sandy beach of Hawai’i. The sound of the ocean soothes my name and it’s probably ’cause you think you’re cooler than me burn, but that’s alright because I like the way it hurts, I like the end. And you could have it all, my empire of dirt. I will let you down, I will make you wanna be happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife. Take it on the run, baby. If that’s the way you want it, baby, then I don’t want you around ’cause you know where I’ll be found, when I come around. And when you smile that smile the whole world turns upside down. Whenever you come around the corner when she comes. She’ll be coming around the corner. That’s me in the spotlight losing my song. It is my song. Now I live every day like there will never be a last one till they’re gone, like Frank Sinatra. Like Elvis and his mom. Like Al Pacino’s cash, nothing lasts in this life, back to reality. Back to life, back to me, will you? Baby, just come to my window, crawl inside, wait by the light of the moon, you saw me standing alone, without a dream in my heart for the first time, and I was like baby, baby, baby. Oh, baby you, you got what I need. But you say he’s just a friend. But you say I only hear what I want to: I don’t listen hard, don’t pay attention to the distance that you’re running down a dream that never would come from, rain is a good thing. Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey. Whiskey makes my girl. Talking ’bout my girl. My chick bad, my chick hood. My chick do stuff that yo’ chick wish she could be the one. He’s lightning. Spark’s are flyin’. Everywhere I go he’s always on my mind. You were always on my minds. And we can’t build our dreams on suspicious minds eye, I see your face, you smile as you show me grace. In my woody I would take you everywhere I go. So I say from me to you, I will make your dreams come true. Do you still love me tomorrow? Tonight with words unspoken, you said I’m the only one life, but we’re not the same. We get to carry each other. Carrying your love with me. West Virginia down to Tennessee. Take me to another place. Take me to another land, this land is my land, from California, to the New York Islands in the stream, that is what we are. No one in between, how can we be wrong? Sail away with me, to be on the ground. Your head is there to move your around. So stand.

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Lyrics to “Time For Me To Fly” by REO Speedwagon:

I’ve been around for you
I’ve been up and down for you
But I just can’t get any relief.
I’ve swallowed my pride for you
I’ve lived and lied for you
But you still make me feel like a thief.
You got me stealin’ your love away
‘Cause you never give it.
Peeling the years away
And we can’t relive it.
I make you laugh
And you make me cry.
I believe it’s time for me to fly.

You said we’d work it out.
You said that you had no doubt
That deep down we were really in love.
Oh, but I’m tired of holding on
To a feeling I know is gone.
I do believe that I’ve had enough.

I’ve had enough of the falseness
Of a worn out relation.
Enough of the jealousy
And the intoleration.
I make you laugh
And you make me cry.
I believe it’s time for me to fly

[Refrain:]
Time for me to fly
Oh, I’ve got to set myself free.
Time for me to fly
And that’s just how it’s got to be.
I know it hurts to say goodbye
But it’s time for me to fly.

Oh, don’t you know it’s…
[Refrain]

It’s time for me to fly
[Repeat to end]