Green Oaks Chapel – Arlington, TX
Talk of yesterday and
She will show her
Brothers photographed in
Say tomorrow and she’ll
Say come find me
On a beach, and there will be no moon.
But say today
And she will kiss your face
And maybe forget.
– Communion Cups and Someone’s Coat
Iron and Wine
Oh, Third Eye Blind. How I love thee. I was only 11 when the 90s ended, but you, Alanis, and the Goo Goo Dolls worked your way into the heart of my later high school years and have stuck around ever since.
For those of you who only know one Third Eye Blind song, please be aware that I am not referencing the one that goes “Doo doo doo! Doo da-doo doo!”
Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about.
The song I’m going to rave about today is a less-well-known TEB song, found on the Japanese-exclusive version of 1997’s Third Eye Blind album as well as their greatest hits CD, and #4 on my iTunes 25 most played list, which is a good enough list to go platinum, but alas… still waiting.
Anyway, I’m talking about the song Tattoo of the Sun and all it’s subtly compelling glory. It’s a nostalgic song (my favorite type!) about realizing that you and your favorite person in the world have gotten away from where you once were, and about realizing that just because the other person is wrong, it doesn’t mean you’re right. I actually used these lyrics once in an apology email to my then-boyfriend. He was touched and impressed and asked if I had written it.
Totally should have said yes.
So I went and trashed myself at the bar
Confused for nothing, thinking you’d be there
I’m so embarrassed ’cause it’s you
Who comes to take care of me
Shambling home again with you to lead
But it’s not the way I wanna go
I’m mad at you, and I’m mad at me
Talking endlessly, not a kind word to say
‘Til your amber beads of wisdom come
And I want to write them down
Just the way you said it
So I could keep it always
-Tattoo of the Sun
Third Eye Blind
…And maybe not for your dad either. Definitely not for your little sister. This is tough music. We’re talking, friends, about Lil Wayne.
The man is a genius. Whether you love or hate rap, it’s hard to dispute that a good rap song… Lil Wayne rap, Jay-Z rap, Kanye rap… is impressive. To me, it’s a thing of beauty. It’s art! It’s intricate poetry set to a bad-ass beat. It’s not something just anyone can do, but Wayne makes it seem effortless.
His mixtape album Sorry 4 the Wait was created as a treat for the fans after the release date for his album The Carter IV was pushed back. It’s is a compilation of 12 songs, almost all of which were done freestyle. Freestyle! Have you ever tried to write a song by sitting down with a pen and paper and taking time to cross things off and revise? I have… it came out really bad.
Like, embarrassingly bad.
Now, have you ever tried to spit out the first things that came into your head and have them rhyme and match a beat and generally sound ballin’ enough to make people want to pay money to hear it? No? That’s because it’s impossible.
Unless you’re Dwayne Carter.
Sorry 4 the Wait is a great album that has a little something for the whole family (except your mom, dad, and little sister). Some songs are hard and fast and crazy, others feature pleasant guitar riffs! There’s even a little bit of a piano-wrapped love song, served up Weezy style, with such heart-melting lines as “I don’t know about you but I’m a beast with mine / She said she’ll wait for the Carter 69.” Touching.
It’s also worth noting that while he was spittin’ freestyle, he managed to incorporate the words “sorry for the wait” into every song. Almost like a scavenger hunt. How fun! It is, however, rarely pretty. And it’s rarely nice. And it’s not for your mom. But it’s usually funny, and it’s always clever the way you wish you were. Here’s a taste.
I’m a motherfucker, call me Weezy baby
And on the end of the barrel I got a sweet potato
My life is a movie, I got a leading lady
My rooftop drop back like Tom Brady
I got the world in my hands, skateboard and my Vans
And all my boys stay strapped like we live in Iran
I know what I can do, so bitch I do what I can
Drop the Sorry 4 the Wait, man, I’m just sayin
I will never let you fall
I’ll stand up with you forever
I’ll be there for you through it all
Even if saving you sends me to heaven
-Your Guardian Angel
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Labor Day weekend. If the kids aren’t already back in school, they will be three days from now. Get your vacations in now while there’s still time!! RUN, RUN, SUMMER’S ALMOST OVER!
Except in Texas where is 100 degree weather still imminent for the next month or so.
Anyway. I love today’s Kick-Ass Lyrics of the Day regardless of the season, but I heard this song today and couldn’t help but notice how appropriate it is for this transitional time of year. It fills you with a melancholy; bittersweet memories of wonderful, fun, happy, romantic days that are behind you. The end of something awesome.
Side note: how great is Chris Carrabba’s hair?
We watch the season pull up its own stakes
And catch the last weekend of the last week
Before the gold and the glimmer have been replaced,
Another sun soaked season fades away
Today’s WTF?! Wednesday features a song I actually kind of like. Which is a little bit “le gasp”-y because it’s a devoutly pop song, and I tend to be a devoutly not-pop person. Like, to the extent that someone said, in reference to me, “She doesn’t look like the type who would buy the new Beyoncé CD.” Which I’m not. But still… in what way does the type who would buy the new Beyoncé CD look different from me? What, exactly, does a Beyoncé fan look like?
But I digress.
This pop song has recently come back into my consciousness and immediately earned a top slot on WTF?!W. It’s a Gwen Stefani song… you know you know the one. It’s catchy, it’s quirky, it’s cute… it’s got some really crap-tastic lyrics.
Which isn’t to say that this particular song doesn’t have a couple of KA lyrics as well, but the ones I’m talking about today are so bad as to be unforgivable. Each line of this section makes no sense in the context of the song, the section itself, or reality. NONE. nada. Zero sense is made. I’m pretty sure that everyone’s reaction, upon hearing this song for the first time, was literally to say “WTF?!”
Oh, and… just a warning, this song is going to be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. My sincerest apologies.
If I was a rich girl
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na
See, I’d have all the money in the world
If I was a wealthy girl
Gwen Stefani (ft. Eve)