Category Archives: KALOTD

Kick-Ass Lyrics for a Touching Apology

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


Kick-Ass Lyrics that are Not for Your Mom

…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

-Gucci Gucci
Lil Wayne

Kick-Ass Lyrics for Remembering Tragedy and Heros

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

Kick-Ass Lyrics for the End of Summer

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.

Yeah, I go to the beach in long sleeves. What's wrong with that?

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

Dashboard Confessional

Kick-Ass Lyrics for the Rebellious

I was recently introduced to what is probably going to be the Next Big Thing (if it isn’t already, I’m usually way behind on this stuff). It’s a program called Spotify, and if you’re a music-loving fiend I recommend it. It’s basically the same as iTunes, if your personal iTunes collection had EVERY SONG EVER. Fo’ FREE.

Ok, that’s a God-awful explanation, so let me try again. Here’s how it works: 1) Download Spotify on your computer for free. 2) Listen to whatever music you like on your computer for free. 3) If you don’t like occasional advertisements, or if you want to be able to use Spotify on your smartphone, pay them $5 or $10 per  month. Otherwise, continue listening to whatever music you like on your computer for free.


The biggest challenge I’m facing in using Spotify is deciding what to listen to. I am paralyzed by options. Right now I’m listening to O.A.R., which is not one of my favorites, but it is one of my boyfriend’s favorites. They’re kind of a ska/alternative band, good music to listen to while relaxing on the couch on a nice Saturday. Which is what I’m doing now.

O.A.R. have a new album called King, and it’s a pretty good listen. I just heard on it what are definitely today’s kick-ass lyrics. Please stand by.

Ooo floaty

You take the low, I’ll take the high
You lock the gate, I hear the quiet
Everybody got a problem with the way I live
I don’t wanna go to Heaven if I can’t get in







Kick-Ass Lyrics for the Madly in Love

There’s not much more to be said than that.  Here’s a link to listen to the full song. If you are madly in love, I suspect you’ll enjoy it.

Iron and Wine, not Jesus. Not Zach Galifianakis either.

Love is a dress that you made
Long to hide your knees
Love to say this to your face
I’ll love you only

-Love and Some Verses
Iron and Wine