Not the same

Once again, it’s Ben Folds. So much of these — “Not the Same” and “Learn to Live With What You Are.” What if it’s all about finding yourself and then figuring out that’s not who you are at all, then learning to live with that? Deep thoughts with Kerry Faler (courtesy of her pretend boyfriend/musical and lyrical genius, Ben Folds). Don’t call me for years and when you do – yeah, and I’ll still be here.

You took a trip and climbed a tree
At Robert Sledge’s party
And there you stayed ’till morning came
And you were not the same after that

You gave your life to Jesus Christ
And after all your friends went home
You came down, you looked around
And you were not the same after that

(Ahhh ahhh)
You were not the same after that
(Ahhh ahhh)
You were not the same after that

You see ’em drop like flies from the bright sunny skies
They come knocking at your door with this look in their eyes
You’ve got one good trick and you’re hanging on you’re hanging on…
To it

You took the word and made it heard
And eased the people’s pain and for that
You were idolised, immortalised
And you were not the same after that

Walking tall, you’d bought it all
And you were not the same after that
Till someone died on the waterslide
And you were not the same after that

You see ’em drop like flies from the bright sunny skies
They come knocking at your door with this look in their eyes
You’ve got one good trick and you’re hanging on you’re hanging on to it

(ooh ooh ooh ooh)
(YOU WERE NOT THE SAME!)

You see ’em drop like flies from the bright sunny skies
They come knocking at your door with this look in their eyes
You’ve got one good trick and you’re hanging on you’re hanging on:

You’re hanging on:
You’re hanging on:

 

AND “Learn to Live With What You Are.” These two songs go hand in hand in my opinion.

I know that you’re in there
I can see you
You’re saying you’re ok
I don’t believe you

And now that the gig is off
The spell is broken
The fat lady sung
The president has spoken

These days that you were waiting for
Will come and go
Like any day
Just another day

There’s never gonna be a moment of truth for you
While the world is watching
All you need is the thing you forgotten
And that’s to learn to live with what you are

So freak out if you wanna
And I’ll still be here
Don’t call me for years and when you do
Yeah, I’ll still be here

I’m not saying the effort is a waste of time – but I
Just love you for the things you couldn’t change
Though you’ve tried
These hours of confusion they will soon expire
Like everything
Does

There’s never gonna be a moment of truth for you
While the world is watching
All you need is the thing you’ve forgotten
And that’s to learn to live with what you are

Sometimes
Everything you’ve ever wanted
Floats above
He’s sticking out his tongue and laughing
While everything
Anyone can ever need
Is down below
Waiting for you
To know this
There’s never gonna be a moment of truth for you
While the world is watching
All you need is the thing you’ve forgotten
And that’s to learn to live with what you are

You got to learn to live with what you
You got to learn to live with what you
Are

 

 

Wandering

Feeling this one today.

“Wandering,” Ben Folds

She’s a million miles away
From me
Separated by a hollow wooden door
Some time we can’t erase
Serves me right
To let her in the first time
That she knockedAnd all this wandering
Got you nothing
You were ready to but
Never could

Things you never saw in me
She’ll see
Observations that she’d heard from other people
That she never understood
Serves her right
Not knowing just exactly what she wants

And all this wandering
Got me nothing
You were ready to but never could

Are you happy
Wandering

Remember sitting on your car
That night
Clouds rolled out and vailing lights around the bay
And you told me all those things
Remember that?
You told me you can’t match your clothes
Remember that?
Confessed how when I laugh sometimes, I’m crying
And we sat and didn’t talk for half an hour

Remember that?
Alone
Cause I won’t remember
Anymore

And all this wandering
And all this wandering

 

Gone

Feeling this one today.

“Gone,” Ben Folds

 

I thought I’d write, I thought I’d let you know
In the year since you’ve been gone I’ve finally let you go
And I hope you find some time to drop a note
But if you won’t
Then you won’t
And I will consider you gone

I know that you went straight to someone else
While I worked through all this sh*t here by myself
And I think that you should spend some time alone
But if you won’t
Then you won’t
And I will consider you gone

I wake up in the night
All alone and it’s alright
The chemicals are wearing off
Since you’ve gone

The days go on, the lights go off and on
And nothing really matters when you’re gone
If you think that you feel nothing at all
If you don’t (If you don’t)
Then you don’t (No, you won’t)
If you won’t
Then you won’t
And I will
Then I will
Yeah, and I will consider you gone

Extended chorus of “Same Love” – “She Keeps Me Warm”

I love the chorus of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love.” Luckily, the singer, Mary Lambert recorded an extended chorus. It’s beautiful.

Hospitality

“All Day Today” is currently my favorite song.

all about the 80s challenge – Day 8 – Debbie Gibson or Tiffany?

Not even a contest. Debbie Gibson. Only because I hated the song "Could've Been" and thought Tiffany was kinda skanky – but that was years ago before they gave us this SyFy non-blockbuster:

Mega-python-vs-gatoroid_510

Yes, that's a real movie. I watched it. It was horrible bad. But what would you expect from Debbie Gibson AND Tiffany in a made-for-tv movie called Mega Python vs. Gatoroid? One of them was a scientist or something. I wish I were kidding. You know who else was in that movie? GIANT BAD CGI SNAKES AND GATORS.

And here's the cat-fight scene from the movie:

 

sunday rewind: simply red

Sunday Rewind has been absent from the blog for awhile, so I think I'll be bringing it back when the mood strikes. 

Today it's Simply Red. Simply Red is a band that I've loved since 1986 and not just because the lead singer and I basically have the same hair. Most of their well-known songs are covers and that's fine with me. The band is no longer a band, but in truth, it's been Mick Hucknall and a revolving door of musicians since the '90s. Now Hucknall is the singer for the re-formed Faces (Rod Stewart's old band) and owns a vineyard and has owned a restaurant with Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, and John Malkovich (because sure, why not?).

Let's have some music.

Here's an acoustic "Holding Back the Years."

 

"Something Got Me Started" live.

 

And their first hit, "Money's Too Tight to Mention," which is my favorite song about being broke that mentions Reaganomics and not being able to qualify for unemployment. If I had a band I would totally cover this song. 

 

Love that.

acoustic Florence

I found this great clip of Florence & the Machine doing "Dog Days Are Over" acoustic. Her voice is amazing.

  

"And I never wanted anything from you except everything you had and what was left after that too."

"Happiness hit her like a bullet in the back struck from a great height by someone who should have known better than that."

 

5 years time

I thought I'd share my current favorite little summer song. It's not new, but that's okay. Here is Noah and the Whale with "5 Years Time."

 

 

30 day song challenge: day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad

*I'm taking the song challenge to mean "of all time," not genre-specific. Any of these songs are subject to change at any time. 

 

I have a lot of experience with this category. When I'm sad I usually listen to Elliott Smith or The Smiths, so here are two of my favorites.

I found a great piano version of "Miss Misery" which I'd never seen, but I'm glad exists. It's a nice non-guitar version. 

 

There wasn't a good quality live video of The Smiths' "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want," so looking at the album cover will have to do. I've always loved this song. The lyrics fit the melody so well and you can hear the desperation in Morrissey's voice. 

 

Somebody pass the Kleenex.