Have you ever had the Bloomin’ Onion from Outback Steakhouse? OK, well even if you haven’t, it’s a delicious appetizer with layers. Eating one of these delights leaves you increasingly satisfied with each layer, but sometimes you still end up in tears…much like listening to a really great song. Here are my favorite lyrics of the second half of 2015.
“Cover up the war inside, the most beautiful part of ourselves is the part we hide.” – Get Up Get On
We all have our internal battles that we share with no one. The first track from Jill Andrews’ newest album, The War Inside, provides encouragement that these battles are what make us intensely beautiful. As usual, Andrews’ angelic voice made me tear up, question myself, and be happy about it all.
“You can’t turn away from your own two feet or give away what’s not yours to keep. Cry to you and I feel wrong. I need you like a teenager needs this song.” -E.N.S.A.A.T.
Track 5 from Aaron Lee Tasjan’s debut LP, In The Blazes, keeps true to his intelligent and clever way of voicing his opinions about the society he lives in while reminding us we can’t change who we are. Why would you want to be anything other than the real you anyhow?
“I know that it’s over till you need me again. Your eyes avoid me- it’s a game that I can’t win. Wish I could be like you and have a heart that can’t be broken.” -Reverie
“Reverie” is the fifth track on Chris Isaak’s 13th studio album, First Comes The Night.
With his sultry voice and somewhat bitter lyrics he explains that sometimes love is a game you can’t win. Sometimes you still bet it all knowing the outcome, you’ve seen the replay many times.
“Just a perfect day, you made me forget myself. I thought I was someone else, someone good. Oh, it’s such a perfect day. I’m glad I spent it with you.” -Perfect Day
While these lyrics may not be brand new, they will always stand out to me. Shovels & Rope’s version of this song with Preservation Hall Jazz Band can be found on their surprise album, Busted Jukebox. Any time I can pay tribute to a Lou Reed song from an album produced by David Bowie, I will…and you should too.
“Sandy glass, stained with red. Birds with porcelain wings, in a house filled with books that nobody reads. So many things will fill my life, but only one will do. It is you, it is you, it is you.” – It Is You
The closing track to Natalie Prass’ self-titled album is a light, cheerful, and enchanting song. It gives me a warm gushy feeling as if a Princess in a Disney film were proclaiming feelings for her true love, but with more depth. You can fill your life with plenty of things, if you don’t have the one, it feels wasted…just like a house full of books that no one reads.
“I may be a little soft spoken, may need a little but of teach. Maybe a little bit high, and I maybe a little out of focus, maybe a little unfolded. Maybe a little lonesome for your love. I may not be your clean kind of shining bright. And I may not be your quiet kind of late night. But I’ll be your pusha man, I’ll be your sugar cane, baby I’ll do it right.” -Soft Spoken
From Delta Saints’ newest album, Bones, “Soft Spoken” says what those of us who are always want to. Don’t overlook someone because they might not fit into your perfect ideal, they might be a badass. Jerry Seinfeld proves that when you don’t listen to low talkers you could end up in a puffy white shirt.
“Everybody wants to be a cowboy. No one wants to wear the silver star.” -Cowboy Ballad
Knoxville’s own, Guy Marshall, put out on hell of a debut album with The Depression Blues! Each time I see this group, I am blown away. This lyric from track 1 is a simple reminder: cowboys are cool, always have been, always will be.
“I’m an outlaw on the brink of self-implosion. Alone in a crowd on the corner, going nowhere slow…Under exile, the constellations, just a idling in slow motion. So is the life of the outlaw.”
-I’m An Outlaw
This is From track two of the former War On Drugs member, Kurt Vile’s new album, B’lieve I’m Goin Down. I don’t know many of us could say we have ever been considered an outlaw, but have definitely felt alone a time or two. The comparison of the outlaw mentality to exiled constellations is brilliant.
“Been riding high on low expectations. It’s like singing loud with no one left to hear. I’ve been drinking from the well of inspiration, but it’s all falling on these wasted ears.” -Hurtin’ (On The Bottle)
As a woman and fan of country music, I cannot get enough of Margo Price. Her strong and honest lyrics are reminiscent of Loretta Lynn.
“Go find what you love & let it kill you for it. Don’t do nothing without any feeling…don’t you forget this world don’t owe you a thing, you’d be blessed just to break even.” -To My Younger Self
Joey Kneiser’s third solo album apart from his band Glossary, The Wildness, include these kick yourself in the ass lyrics. As we venture into 2016, I’d say this is good advice to any part of ourselves.