I don't care if I'm alone here singing songs to myself. (Dedications. I wish.)


Jan 31 2006, 12h22

So, mcbean and lesalanos replies to my last post get me thinking about songs that I’d like to be serenaded by, or, because my mind shies away from ridiculously romantic things like that, (personally, I’m not keen on overly demonstrative type stuff – sure it’s somewhat adorable when it happens to others, but it’s just not for me) songs I’d like to have ‘dedicated to me’ or have someone give me on a mix CD, not necessarily as a message to me, but just because they knew I loved the song/s.

I spent a couple of days thinking about it, but still all I’ve come up with is the four that popped into my head in the first five minutes of pondering.

I’ll Be Your Friend
…but you just haven't made me yet.
I had a torrid three-week affair (read: stupidly self-indulgent mopey period) with this song during the middle of last year, where I listened to this repeatedly just to make myself feel like crap, during a “woe is me, I’m so dissatisfied with life!” period. I love the promise of the song, and the comfort it brings (and you fall into me like a domino.)
// Bright Eyes.

Pearl Harbor Sucked
i need you like ben affleck needs acting school.
Ah, the technique of hiding real emotion under a layer of joviality, how I love thee. Partly that, and partly – I don’t care if people think I’m lying – because funny people = the most attractive people ever. A sense of humour is prized above all in my eyes (plus a love for music).
// Team America: World Police.

”oh shit there's a bear! could you hand me that shotgun buddy - also that chair?”
If any of my friends made me a mix CD I’d be shocked as hell. If they made me a CD with this song on, then I’d probably be as shocked as hell and promptly keel over. I love this in the way I love ‘Pearl Harbor Sucked’.
// Tenacious D.

i need you so much closer.
This song, incidentally is my top five favourite songs ever plus one plus one. I don’t like it so much for the lyrical content, but the feel and the sound and the rhythm of the music and vocals.
// Death Cab for Cutie.

Okay, so I lied about the ‘four songs’ thing. Turns out my brain likes to think of things at the last minute.

Dosed || I Could Die for You
this is the way i wanted it to be with you. || turn it into motion, beauty that I can't abuse.
All for the love of the guitar, and Antony Keidis’s vocals. Usually I go for the ‘drugs’ interpretation for ‘Dosed’, but when I listen to them together I’m more likely to take it as the ‘good, deep friendship’ type songs. And in my most mushy moments I’m all over the ‘love song’ aspect.
// Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Birds || I Believe in You
it's over, it's over. || now that you've made yourself love me.
Oh. Please?
// Neil Young.

you don't feel you could love me, but I feel you could.
I was walking down the street when I thought I heard this voice say, “Say, ain't we walking down the same street together, on the very same day?”

I said, “Hey, Senorita, that's astute,” I said.

“Why don't we get together and call ourselves an institute?”
// Paul Simon.

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes || You Can Call Me Al
as if everybody would know exactly what i was talking about. || he sees angels in the architecture, spinning in infinity.
I can’t produce a coherent explanation for ‘Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes’, it’s just a feeling I my gut that wants this song. ‘You Can Call Me Al’, however, is a song I have to refrain from putting on every single mix CD I make for my closest friends and family. It’d be nice to have it reciprocated.
// Paul Simon.

Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)
he just made that story up, there ain't no girl like that.
Like the girl in ‘And She Was’ by Talking Heads, I’d quite like to be this girl, in that place, in that scene.
// John Mellencamp.

This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody) || Radio Head
and you love me till my heart stops, love me till I'm dead. || baby your mind is a radio - got a receiver inside my head.
(home – is where I want to be.) ‘This Must Be The Place’ is such a comfortable song. Slightly irrelevant, but I listen to it most when I’m on the train going back to Huddersfield. ‘Radio Head’ is just superbly fun, and the I love the metaphor (even though it was written for the mind-reader guy in True Sories).
// Talking Heads.

Also, any Belle & Sebastian, Ryan Adams, or Bob Dylan songs? I’m probably sold, just on principle. Oh, and at least half of The Beatles’ catalogue.

Christ, I'm so embarrased to be doing this.


  • lesalanos

    Good idea for an entry this. I'd do one, but I'm in a slayer mood right now, and nobody wants to be serenaded by some flea ridden heavy metal mentalists. RHCP - I could die for you though...don't be daft. It's inutterably lame. And did I ever mention how funny I am? Even my gran says so, and she doesn't even have a sense of humor.

    Jan 31 2006, 16h56
  • huddyhippo

    [quote]nobody wants to be serenaded by some flea ridden heavy metal mentalists.[/quote] I bet there's someone out there who'd love it - there always is. [quote]RHCP - I could die for you though...don't be daft. It's inutterably lame.[/quote] It took all my irrationality to put that one down (my brain was screaming noooooo! don't do it[/i]). But then I threatened myself with writing about Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams and Aerosmith (you [i]have[/i] to know which songs), and settled for lesser humiliation.

    Jan 31 2006, 17h09
  • lesalanos

    I once danced to a bon jovi song. We all do things we regret, it's never too late to bury the evidence like a dog (like how I buried the girl i was dancing with. Oops, said too much)

    Jan 31 2006, 17h12
  • jacoustic

    Love your journal entries, they always make for an interesting read. I have to say I feel the same way about Paul Simon, especially on Graceland - such a great feel to it and [i]those lyrics![/i]

    Fev 1 2006, 1h01
  • huddyhippo

    [b]mcbean[/b] - Just looked up the lyrics to 'I'm Your Man'. Leonard Cohen is an amazing writer, it's a pity I can't get over his voice. [quote]There are so many great choices there, and so many more.[/quote] I know, I know. Tomorrow I'll have probably thought a dozen more, but I think these'll do as originals. [quote]Of course a song someone wrote for you is best of all, as long as it isn't so terrible you're trying not to laugh at them the whole time :/[/quote] Hee! I think I'd end up laughing even if it was the most amazing and beautiful song in the history of the universe. Partly out of embarrasment, and partly because I'm bad at having the 'appropriate' reaction to things. [b]Manic_Myna[/b] - Well, I'm not envious of whoever you gave it to. No, not at all. That said, I don't think I could bring myself to do a serenading sort ofmix and give it someone - I'd be too terrified. [b]jacoustic[/b] - Thank you! Whenever I think about trying to talk or write about 'Graceland', I always end up grinning manically - it's a bit embarrasing. And I know! - the lyrics are just... nggh. I can't put it into words. Brilliant.

    Fev 1 2006, 8h36
  • lesalanos

    I made a soppy mix cd for a girl once. She liked it, and hated me for it. /long story cut short

    Fev 1 2006, 13h18
  • goleafsgo

    Dosed is one of the most beautiful song's I have ever heard. Everything is perfect in the song... the instruments, the vocals, the back-up vocals... it's pure bliss. It's also great to airguitar to too.

    Fev 2 2006, 5h03
  • hijamiefans

    Nice choices, not a single artist I don't love.

    Fev 2 2006, 17h34
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