Category Archives: Poetry

Lyrics for "All That You Can’t Leave Behind" by U2

Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of,” by U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind, 31 October 2000, http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/u2/stuckinamoment.html [buy the cd].

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Cover Art for “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” by U2

I’m not afraid
Of anything in this world
There’s nothing you can throw at me
That I haven’t already heard

I’m just trying to find
A decent melody
A song that I can sing
In my own company

I never thought you were a fool
But darling look at you
You gotta stand up straight
Carry your own weight
These tears are going nowhere baby

Refrain: { You’ve got to get yourself together
You’ve got stuck in a moment
And now you can’t get out of it }

Don’t say that later will be better
Now you’re stuck in a moment
And you can’t get out of it

I will not forsake
The colors that you bring
The nights you filled with fireworks
They left you with nothing

I am still enchanted
By the light you brought to me
I listen through your ears
Through your eyes I can see

And you are such a fool
To worry like you do
I know it’s tough
And you can never get enough
Of what you don’t really need now
My, oh my

{Refrain}

Oh love, look at you now
You’ve got yourself stuck in a moment
And you can’t get out of it

I was unconscious, half asleep
The water is warm ’til you discover how deep

I wasn’t jumping, for me it was a fall
It’s a long way down to nothing at all

{Refrain}

Don’t say that later will be better
Now you’re stuck in a moment
And you can’t get out of it

And if the night runs over
And if the day won’t last
And if our way should falter
Along the stony pass

And if the night runs over
And if the day won’t last
And if your way should falter
Along this stony pass

It’s just a moment
This time will pass

Lyrics for "Run" by Snow Patrol from the Album "Final Straw"

Run,” by Snow Patrol, Final Straw, 30 March 2004, http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Run-lyrics-Snow-Patrol/18A9C9D60E3120C548256E3A000AC03E [buy the cd].

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Snow Patrol’s “Final Straw” Cover Art

I’ll sing it one last time for you
Then we really have to go
You’ve been the only thing that’s right
In a lifetime

And I can barely look at you
But every single time I do
I know we’ll make it anywhere
Away from here

chorus: { Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my voice
I’ll be right beside you dear }

second chorus: { Louder louder
And we’ll run for our lives
I can hardly speak I understand
Why you can’t raise your voice to say }

To think I might not see those eyes
Makes it so hard not to cry
And as we say our long goodbye
I nearly do

{chorus}

{second chorus}

Slower slower
We don’t have time for that
All I want’s to find an easier way
To get out of our little heads

Have heart my dear
We’re bound to be afraid
Even if it’s just for a few days
Making up for all this mess

(Instrumental)

{chorus}

Lyrics for "You Wanted More" by Tonic from the American Pie Soundtrack

You Wanted More,” by Tonic, American Pie: Music from the Motion Picture, 29 June 1999, http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/americanpie/youwantedmore.htm [buy the cd].

Love is tragic
Love is bold
You will always do what you are told

Love is hard
Love is strong
You will never say that you were wrong

[chorus]: { I dont know when I got bitter
Love is sure better when it’s gone
Because you wanted more
More than I could give
More than I could handle
And a life that I can’t live

You wanted more
More than I could bare
More than I could offer
And a love that isn’t there }

Love is color
Love is love
Love is never saying you’re too proud

Love is trusting
Love is honest
Love is not a hand that holds you down

{chorus}

I gotta pick me up when I am down
I gotta get my feet back on the ground
I gotta pick me up when I am down

[Solo]

{chorus}

You wanted more
More than I could bare
More than I could offer

Because you wanted more
More than I could give
More than I could handle
And a life that I can’t live

Lyrics for "Two Points for Honesty" by Guster from "Lost and Gone Forever."

Buy the record.

Read. Watch, listen. Surf.

refrain: If that’s all you will be,
you’ll be a waste of time.
You’ve dreamed a thousand dreams,
none seem to stick in your mind.
Two points for honesty:
It must make you sad to know that
nobody cares at all.

I want to be where
I’ve never been before
I want to be there
and then I’d understand
Know I’m right
and do it right,
could I get
to be like that
I’ll know
what I don’t know
with nothing more to gain

Will I get better
or stay the same?
I find I always
move to slowly
Can’t lift a finger,
can’t change my mind…
I never knew till someone told me that.

{refrain}

And all the people
who’ve seen it all before
And all the people
who already understand
Know they’re right,
and have done it right,
could I get to be like that?

I’ll know what I don’t know,
it’s harder everyday:
“Can’t lift a finger,
can’t hurt a fly.”
I’ve found I always
move too slowly
One things for certain,
I’m insecure
I never knew till
someone told me that….

{refrain}

Nobody cares at all
They never care at all

Lyrics for "One Great City!" (I Hate Winnipeg) by The Weakerthans

One Great City!,” by The Weakerthans, Reconstruction Site, 26 August 2003, http://www.theweakerthans.org/lyrics/reconstructionsite/11onegreatcity.html [buy the cd].

Mad props to M for burning this on a mix CD.

Late afternoon, another day is nearly done
A darker grey is breaking through a lighter one
A thousand sharpened elbows in the underground
That hollow hurried sound of feet on polished floor
And in the dollar store, the clerk is closing up
And counting loonies trying not to say

I hate Winnipeg

The driver checks the mirror seven minutes late
The crowded riders’ restlessness enunciates
The Guess Who sucked, the Jets were lousy anyway
The same route everyday
And in the turning lane
Someone’s stalled again
He’s talking to himself
And hears the price of gas repeat his phrase

I hate Winnipeg

And up above us all
Leaning into sky
Our golden business boy
Will watch the North End die
And sing, “I love this town”
Then let his arcing wrecking ball proclaim

I
Hate
Winnipeg

Update: Because of spam, I have ended trackbacks for this post :-(.

Pedro the Lion’s Rapure, Lyrics & Exegesis

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First, the lyrics

This is how we multiply
Pity that it’s not my wife
The friction and skin
The trembling sigh
This is how bodies move
With everything we could lose
Pushing us deeper still
The sheets and the sweat
The seed and the spill
The bitter pill yet undiscovered

Gideon is in the drawer
Clothes scattered on the floor
She’s arching her back
She screams for more

Oh, my sweet rapture
I hear Jesus
Calling me home

Finally a chance to breathe
Reaching for the the fallen sheets
Collapsing in a glowing heap
We’ve gone too far
We’ve done too much
We have to quit it
Just one more kiss
Just one more touch
Please ten more minutes

This feels so good
Just barely moving
The tension building
Our bodies working
To reach the goal

Oh, my sweet rapture
I hear Jesus and the angels singing
Hallelujah
Calling me to enter the promised land

Then, an explanation

To me, “Rapture” has always been a stylish critique of Christianity. I don’t think it is too much to assume that all forms of Protestant Christianity contain the following element: Belief in Christ and Repentance of sin assure us of eternal life. As I see it, this element is all Bazan needs to express a powerful critique of Christianity that develops from frustrated Christians rather than non-believers.

The Scene: Dave is having great adulterous sex in a hotel room. Then, Hark! He hears the Angels Sing, and in the twinkling of an eye, Dave goes to heaven.

Beautiful contrast! As he is sinning, God saves him.

The critique, as I see it is this: The guarantee of eternal life frees the believer from any punishment for sin. This gives Christians the license to sin without fear of eternal consequence. The net result is that Christians who are trying to live moral lives become frustrated because they see other Christians who do whatever they please, and still experience the grace and forgiveness of Christ Jesus, which earns them eternal union with the Divine. The promise of eternal security steals motivation to do good. What’s the point of behaving when you can “feel so good” and still hear “Jesus and the angels singing Hallelujah?”

Bazan’s way of expressing the issue is so powerful because sex before or outside of marriage is so frequently and redundantly condemned by Christian culture. Taking the listener out of this context into eternal union with Holy God shocks the listener and reminds me that I too could be having sex and it wouldn’t threaten my eternal security. There is no sin too great for God to forgive us for it; naturally, God’s love is perfect, and God will still love me despite all my sins. The tension is also heightened by the fact that Dave realizes he is doing wrong, “gone too far… done too much” and then decides to keep going after his conviction. Which would, in many Christian’s eyes, make the sin worse since it might prove any repentance disingenuous.

Of course there is the alternative interpretation: The “rapture” is not literal, it is a metaphor for an orgasm (which clearly fits the context) and simultaneously serves as an illustration that union with God is the best thing a created being can ever experience. But in this case, there is no explanation why he describes it as an immoral deed, “not my wife” “gone too far, done too much” “we have to quit it.” Plus if the rapture, Jesus, and angels are metaphorical, then certainly the “Calling me to enter the promise land” refers to Dave being called by Jesus and the Angels to penetrate vaginas.

That’s certainly not my interpretation.

Last, a discussion thread

The Beloved Warrior’s Theme (Lyrics for "All The Way Up to Heaven" by Guster)

All The Way Up to Heaven,” by Guster, Lost and Gone Forever, 28 September 1999, http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00001SIEW/002-8053330-8680837?v=glance (lyrics).

Why is monotheism positively correlated with violence?

Because when God loves you this much, you can do anything for Him.

He said to only look up
He said to never look down
Down is where he came from
He said to hope for the best and take a load off my chest
Soon I could be happy
And go all the way up to heaven
And go all the way back home
(whistles)
He thought I might need his help
No one gets high on themselves
I just seem so lonely
He’s just trying to be nice
And spread around his advice
I could be that happy
And go all the way up to heaven
And go all the way back home
Stay the way I am today and serve to more disaster
He could tell a fairy tale that’s happy ever after
Just relax and green of grass will grow here for a change
Maybe then we’ll last a million years or more..or more..or more
And go all the way up to heaven
And go all the way back home
Yes, I do believe what he says
I want to be happy
I could show you this hell
No one gets by on themselves
He can make me happy
(It’s a long silent peace)
And I will only love him
(It’s a weakness in your knees)
And I will never look down
Down is where we came from
(It’s a perfect place to go for everlasting love)
Because it’s all in the past
(Nothing to fear, nothing to hide)
He took a load off my chest
(You just say what’s on your mind)
(Needn’t think before you speak)
Ooh cause it’s not happy
(This is how it’s meant to be)
Cause I had needed his help
(Never high, never fall)
No matter how by myself
(You can do no wrong at all)
I am going nowhere
(In this heaven up above filled with everlasting love)
And now I’m changing my plans
Because we only live once
Ooh could be this happy
Once, I could live by his side

It might be the theme of Saint Paul and Heavan.
It might be the theme of Mohammad Atta and Paradise.

It’s the theme of any super-empowered monotheist faith-warrior.

No wonder the polytheist Romans were spooked.

No wonder the faithful can embrace struggle and pain.

One Girl SecretWar

One Girl Revolution,” by Superchick, Karaoke Superstars, 8 January 2002, http://www.getlyrics.com/lyrics.php/Superchic%28k%29/SHOW+LYRICS/One+Girl+Revolution (remix available on Regeneration).

 

Lyrics for a 5th Generation War..

 

 

I wear a disguise
I’m just your average Jane
The super doesn’t stand for model
But that doesn’t mean I’m plain
If all you see is how I look
You miss the superchick within
And I christen you Titanic
Underestimate and swim
I’ve got the rifle
Gonna be myself

 

I’ll be everything that I want to be
I am confidence in insecurity
I am a voice yet waiting to be heard
I’ll shoot the shot, bang
That you hear ’round the world
I’m a one girl revolution

 

Some people see the revolution
But most only see the girl
I can loose my hard earned freedom
If my fear defines my world
I declare my independence from the critics and their stones
I can find my revolution
I can learn to stand alone

 

I’ll be everything that I want to be
I am confidence in insecurity
I am a voice yet waiting to be heard
I’ll shoot the shot, bang
That you hear ’round the world
I’m a one girl revolution

 

Lyrics for "Weapon of Choice" by Fatboy Slim

The Anthem of War:

Don’t be shocked by tone of my voice
Check out my new weapon, weapon of choice
Don’t be shocked by tone of my voice
Check out my new weapon, weapon of choice yeah

Listen to the sound of my voice
You can check it on out, it’s the weapon of choice yeah
Don’t be shocked by tone of my voice (aah…)
It’s the new weapon, the weapon of choice yeah

You can go with this
Or you can go with that
You can go with this
Or you can go with that
You can go with this
Or you can go with that
Or you can go with us

You can go with this
Or you can go with that
You can go with this
Or you can go with that
You can go with…

Walk without rhythm, it won’t attract the worm
Walk without rhythm, and it won’t attract the worm
Walk without rhythm, and it won’t attract the worm
if you walk without rhythm, you’ll never learn

Don’t be shocked by the tone of my voice
Check out my new weapon, weapon of choice
Don’t be shocked by the tone of my voice
Check out my new weapon, weapon of choice

Be carefull, we don’t know them
Be carefull, we don’t know them
Be carefull, we don’t know them
Be carefull, we don’t know them

You can go with this
Or you can go with that
You can go with this
Or you can go with that
You can go this
Or you can go with that
Or you can go with us

You can go with this
Or you can go with that
You can go with this
Or you can go with that
You can blow wit’ this
Or you can blow wit’ that
Or you can blow wit’

Organically grown
Through the hemisphere I roam
To make love to the angels of life [To make love to the angels of light], yeah
and my girl
I guess you just don’t understand [She just don’t understand]
It’s gone beyond being a man
As I drift off into the night
I’m in flight
She’s a boy’s scoundral gal [She’s a boy scout no doubt]
But I’m gonna hold my cool
Cause the music rules [because of easy rules], yeah
so move on baby
Check it out

Halfway between the gutter and the stars, yeah
Halfway between the gutter and the stars
Yeah

You can go with this
Or you can go with that
You can go with this
Or you can go with that
You can go with this
Or you can go with that
Or you can go with us

You can go with this
Or you can go with that
You can go with this
Or you can go with that
You can go with…

 

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Exit, Pursued by a Bear (Ogden Nash)

“Exit, Pursued by a Bear,” by Ogden Nash, 1954.

From my old hardcover 5th edition of Roberts’ and Jacobs Literatue: An Introduction to Reading and Writing, used in Mrs. Sittig’s AP English class:

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Chipmunk chewing on the Chippendale,
Mice on the Meissen shelf,
Pigeon stains on the Aubusson,
Spider lace on the delf.

Squirrel climbing on the Sheraton,
Skunk on the Duncan Phyfe,
Silverfish in the Gobelins
And the calfbound volumes of Life

Pocks on the pink Picasso,
Dust on the four Cezannes,
Kit on the keys of the Steinway,
Cat on the Louis Quinze.

Rings on the Adam mantel,
From a thousand bygone thirsts,
Mold on the Henry Millers,
And the Ronald Firbank firsts.

The lion and the lizard
No heavenly harmonies hear
From the high-fidelity speaker
Concealed behind the Vermeer.

Jamshid squats in a cavern
Screened by a waterfall,
Catered by Heinz and Campbell,
And awaits the fireball.