Saturday, December 13, 2008


I've been thinking a lot about music lately. I think its because I've started to take song writing and song refining seriously in the last few months. Addison's nap times have become beautiful spaces for quiet and creativity. So I'm going to share some of my favorite lines from the songs I've been listening to recently. Feel free to share yours with me!

"Who's that conscience stickin' on the sole of my shoe? " Paul Simon

"We've seen the landfill rainbow. We've seen the junkyard of love. Baby its no place for you and me." Over the Rhine

"Let your love rage like a lion. Let your heart break like a lamb." Andrew Osenga

"If the thief had come to plunder when the children were alone. If he ravaged every daughter and murdered every son. Would not their father see this? Would not his anger burn. And would he not repay the tyrant the day of his return? Await, await the day of his return." Ben Shive

"Show me the love that never fails/the compassion and attention/midst confustion and dissention/like small ramparts for the soul/how it matters." Sara Groves

"If not for you, Babe, I couldn't find the door. I couldn't even see the floor; I'd be sad and blue, if not for you. " Bob Dylan


bret welstead said...

Sing out with joy
For the brave little boy
Who was God
But He made Himself nothing
- Andrew Peterson

So, how's it gonna be
When it all comes down
To recycling trivialities?
- Jose Gonzalez

When my world is shaking
Heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave Your hands.
- JJ Heller

Everything that I said I'd do
Like make the world brand new
And take the time for you
I just got lost
And slept right through the dawn
And let the world spin madly on
- The Weepies

I am hunted by the hounds of addiction
Hosanna, Hosanna
- Andrew Peterson

That Ben Shive reference is one of the great lines on that album, in my opinion. I sang that song to my church a couple months ago. Love that one!

crystal said...

I almost quoted the weepies. :)

Anonymous said...


I've been practicing standing
With my back up against the wall
To give the impression
That I'm ready to get the call
- Christopher Williams

Look what I've done
This picture I've painted
It looks like my heart
Or what still remains
But I remember it much redder
And I remember it much brighter
-Jars of Clay

My dear, we're slow dancing in a burning room.
-John Mayer

I see the young girl huddled on the brothel floor
I see the man with a passion come and kicking down that door
-Sarah Groves

Casey said...

ah great post...those over the rhine and weepies songs are about these...

Only love is all maroon
Gluey feathers on a flume
Sky is womb and she's the moon
-bon iver

But this is what love is for
To be out of place
Gorgeous and alone
Face to face

With no larger problems
That need to be erased
Nothing more important than to know
Someone's listening
Now I know
You'll be listening

I wanna know where children would go
If they never learnt to be cool
-missy higgins

love came down at christmas
-jars of clay

happy christmas!

Stefan, Sarah and Lukka said...

my all time favorite lyric we had on our wedding programs, I love it!

"When I look at you I squint, you are that beautiful"
Ani Difranco


Melissa said...

I got a girl in the war, Paul, her eyes are like champagne. They sparkle, bubble over, and in the morning all you've got is rain.
-Josh Ritter

That secret that we know
That we don't know how to tell
I'm in love with your honor,
I'm in love with your cheeks.
-Bon Iver

And then came the rush of the flood. Stars of night turned deep to dust.
-Cat Power

I had the itch to fly and I flew.
Now at best we would make our dreams with something used.
-Blind Pilot

Some children see Him almond-eyed,
This Savior whom we kneel beside.
-Wihla Hutson (1951)

Topographic lines come close together. Imagine the peaks
and the stormy weather. Trees fade to white and boulders just might make an appearance if the sun shines just right.
-Laura Veirs

Now surfs the sun and scales the moon, and winds the waistband of her womb. All eyes ablaze the day you break your mold.
-TV on the Radio

Oh - I could go on for DAYS!! I love your posts like these.... Happy Christmas to you and yours...

Renee said...

The storm is coming but I don't mind
People are dying, I close my blinds
All that I know is I'm breathing now
I want to change the world
Instead I sleep
I want to believe in more than you and me
-Ingrid Michaelson

'Cause I want to be seen with a fresh pair of eyes
The single white tree
In a black hood of disguise
I want, I want to be seen with a fresh pair of eyes
-Brooke Waggoner

Someone's gonna have to fess up
Someone's gonna have to clean this mess up.
-Mandy Moore

Oh have you ever felt like your only comfort was your cage, you're not alone
Oh I've felt the same as you
Oh have you ever felt like your secrets give you away, you're not alone
Oh I've been there too

Sometimes I pretend
Oh I miss you oh
When you laid me down
Into your beautiful garden
Flowers and the love in my arms
Is God playing evil tricks on me
-Ryan Adams

...a random sample :)

crystal said...

I love them! how amazing.

Cindy said...

here is something that strikes me this week....

God rest ye merry, Gentlemen.
Let nothing you dismay.
Remember Christ the Savior was born
on Christmas day.