04 November 2010

Song Lyrics E-mail Survey

One of the swaps that I recently joined was an e-mail survey swap.  We needed to name songs that made me think of certain things and enter lyrics that made me think of others.  Coming up with the list brought lots of tears to my eyes, and just as many smiles.  I'm pretty proud of the list, so I want to share it.  As I started listening to the various songs, I realized that I really should make a mixed CD of these songs.

What song makes you think of...
The whole song makes me think of my husband and my boys, because it’s about meeting the man that you love, marrying, having a little boy, and the strength of the love.  I actually had this song playing when I was in the hospital with my oldest.

Someone from your past: I Can’t See New York by Tori Amos
In 2004, one of my best friends, Cristi, died by drowning due to an epileptic seizure.  New York was her favorite place in the world to be.  And this song always makes me think of her because of that.
This song came out when I was in High School.  Several of my friends and I would yell across campus to each other “Tin roof…. RUSTED!”  It always brings back the good times for me.
This was my husband and my first dance song.  Whenever I hear it, I can still feel myself in his arms, singing along with it to him, taking Lisa’s harmony.  It’s one of my happiest memories.
I was in New York on 9/11.  It was the scariest day of my life.  I can still remember standing in the sun outside of Penn Station and, even more disturbing, walking through Penn Station over the next several months and seeing flyers from people looking for the missing hanging everywhere.  (And just listening to the song again has me in tears.)
I don’t have daughters, but I do have sons that will be leaving my house someday.  And I know that the bittersweet tone of this song will describe that day.
An overwhelming event in your life: There Is No Arizona by Jamie O’Neal
This could probably go under A Bad Memory and Where Were You… here, but I think of them more the opposite.  For seven years, I dated a man that was all wrong for me.  Two years into our relationship, he got married to someone else and I stuck around because he told me he loved me, not her, and the marriage was for their son.  He made promises or half-promises that never came true.  The song always reminds me of what I went through while I was with him and how I felt when I realized there was no Arizona.
I love the Monkees.  They’re one of my all-time favorite groups.  And Daydream Believer just has that happy, sunny vibe to it.
The title tells it all.  Plus the Eurythmics are just awesome.
This song actually feels like summer to me.  The way it feels so lazy and sultry… it just brings me back to my own summers.  It’s also one of my favorites to sing.
I just love the imagery of the song.  It reminds me of the cold, and it reminds me of who I once was in the winter of myself.
The loss of someone close: The Rose by Bette Midler
This was the song that I sang regularly in High School.  It was one of my step-mom’s favorites, particularly when I sang it.  She passed away almost 2 years ago, so I can’t hear it without thinking of her.
This is another song that I regularly sang while I was in High School.  I made a two sided tape with The Rose on one side and Heirlooms on the other for my grandparents one Christmas.  And the words are how I feel about my family – they ARE more than an heirloom to me.
My friends and I are a bunch of lunatics when we’re together.  And my best friend, Carm, is a HUGE Billy Joel fan so it makes me think of her as well.

...Dirty things: Vanilla Sex  by NOFX
(link warning: foul language in the song, in case you don’t care for that kind of language or in a situation where listening to it is not appropriate)  This is an AWESOME song.  And it’s a way that I live my life.  Because I don’t think anyone should control how consenting adults enjoy sex.
Use lyrics to describe....
Yourself:
I'm a bitch, I'm a lover 
I'm a child, I'm a mother 
I'm a sinner, I'm a saint 
I do not feel ashamed 
I'm your health, I'm your dream 
I'm nothing in between 
You know you wouldn't want it any other way

I'm a bitch, I'm a tease 
I'm a goddess on my knees 
when you hurt, when you suffer 
I'm your angel undercover 
I've been numbed, I'm revived 
can't say I'm not alive 
You know I wouldn't want it any other way
These words describe me perfectly.  I’m a little bit of everything.

One of your friends:
Go go go go now
Out of the nest
It's time
Go go go now
Circus girl without a safety net
Here here now
Don't cry
My best friend lost her mom a week ago Tuesday.  For a long time, she and her mom were all each other had.  Even when my friend got married, though, her mom still lived with them.  She’s always used Mom as a sounding board and always considered her with everything.  So now that Mom is gone, it’s like she’s out of the next for the first time.  It’s really tough for her.  So these words really fit her now.

Your significant other or crush (If you have one):
And he is good, so good
He treats your little girl like a real man should
He is good, so good

He makes promises he keeps
No he's never gonna leave
So don't you worry about me
Don't you worry about me
There was a long time that my parents didn’t think I’d find a good man to treat me right.  But I found him in my husband.  He’s there for me through the good and the bad – and he’s seen some pretty bad bads.  Yet he’s still with me.  I’m a very lucky woman.

Your life:
So when I make big mistake
When I fall flat on my face
I know I'll be alright
Should my tender heart be broken
I will cry those teardrops knowin'
I will be just fine
'Cause nothin' changes who I am
I had a hard time choosing which lyrics from this song to post, because they all fit me so well.  My family and friends are there for me, no matter what.  And that means the world to me.

The place where you live:
But there is nothing wrong with Nashville
These rolling hills of
Nashville, Tennessee
There isn't nothing wrong, nothing wrong with
Nashville
Were making country music history
I moved to Nashville five years ago and I love living here.  The people are friendly, the food is great, the weather is beautiful and there’s so much to do.  It’s a great place to raise my kids and soothe my soul.

Love:
There's a tree out in the backyard
That never has been broken by the wind
And the reason its still standing
It was strong enough to bend

For years, we have stayed together
As lovers and as friends
What we have will last forever
If we're strong enough to bend
For any love, you need to be strong enough to bend with the changes that life hands you.  Without the bending, you may feel superior temporarily, but your love will eventually break and you’ll be without something great.

Hate:
Self-righteous, judgmental, first to throw a stone
and using His name for your own protection
This is one is one of my all time favorite songs.  So many people use God as a reason to hate their fellow man because of race, sex, religion or sexual identity.  And this song puts each thing that God supposedly thinks into its own line.  It really makes one think when they listen to it.  (At least it did for me.)

Pain:
Grief, melancholy
Sources divine to creativity
This life is just a fragment of a dream
What would drive us if we were complete?
The desire anchored inside
Is haunting, but makes you tick and move
Pain is one of those necessary things in life.  Because if you don’t feel the depths of pain, you won’t know the highs of joy.

Someone you used to love:
Goodbye, love
Goodbye, love
Came to say goodbye love, goodbye.
Just came to say goodbye love,
Goodbye love, goodbye love, goodbye love
Rent is one of my all time favorite musicals.  And the song is so bittersweet.  And these lines in particular, they remind me of having to say good-bye, even when the love may have still been there a bit.  But it was the for the best.

An ex:
I'm gonna tell you something you don't wanna hear
You never listen when I talk
Maybe you'll listen when I walk
So I made my mind up and made a sandwich
And I didn't shed a tear
I gave you one last minute of my time
In this mess I left behind
When you come home tonite
And turn on the light
Don't you be surprised to find my little good-byes

This was my relationship for most of seven years.  Never being listened to, being ignored… and when I got ready to go, this was how it felt.  It was great to leave.

Something you regret:
I was feeling insecure
You might not love me anymore
I was shivering inside
I was shivering inside
I try not to regret anything because everything happens for a reason.  But the one thing that I do regret was how I acted in a relationship I was in.  He’d been one of my best friends and I got really insecure.  When he broke up with me, I didn’t some really crazy things.  He broke off all contact.  Even 15 years later, he won’t speak to me.  And I regret that because I would have liked to have him as a friend in my life in that time.

Your childhood:
Remember when the days were long
And rolled beneath a deep blue sky
Didn't have a care in the world
With mommy and daddy standing by
My childhood was a combination of innocence and loss of innocence.  When I was 12, my parents separated.  And for all that I knew that they loved me, I still remember the fights and my fears that it was my fault.  I try to remember the blue skies rather than the fighting.

Your current mood:
Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind
Memories, sweetened through the ages just like wine
Memories, memories, sweet memories, memories...

As I’ve been trying to find lyrics and songs for the survey, I’ve relived a lot of old memories.  Some were happy, some sad, some bittersweet.  But I’m dwelling in the past for the moment.  And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.