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Music does a lot of different things to a lot of different people but I think what I love about it the most is the way it can condense and translate the most complicated and screwed-up ideas, situations or emotions into a song, or (better) just a single line. Some artists have the capacity to say in a word what would take most people a paragraph. I think of Hemingway’s response to a friend’s wager that he couldn’t write a story in six words: For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn. I think what this kind of beautiful expression needs is a connection at the front end so powerful that instinct takes over and says it for you.

(Or, alternatively)

Sometimes artists express things in simple ways and it rules, LOOK, songs!

The Mountain Goats – Old College Try

I wanna say I’m sorry for stuff I haven’t done yet; things will shortly get completely out of hand.

I’m just delving into the Mountain Goats discography and I get the feeling this isn’t the only line he’s written that could fit on this list. To me, this line sums up that feeling of unavoidable chaos where you know you’re strapped into a ride that you should technically be able to stop but really, really can’t. What I absolutely adore about the way he phrases it is that it’s so matter-of-fact it almost makes it seem not his fault. Or mine.

Yeah. Stunning.

The Weakerthans – Virtute The Cat Explains Her Departure

I can’t remember the sound that you found for me.

I’ve talked at (ridiculous) length about this song before and with good reason; coupled with the first part of its story, it says so much about the difference between loneliness and being alone, and the idea of companionship, that at one point it merited about a zillion words on Facebook, every single one of them necessary, though I suppose the issue is that that’s not really the case since Samson just wrote this song and it expresses it better than I ever could but shut up. But this line, in context, absolutely kills me every time.

For the uninitiated, the song(s) are about a cat named Virtute whose owner is a wreck, and when he doesn’t sort his life out, she leaves and becomes stray. The “sound that you found for me”, in-context, is her name, but it stretches, I think, as far as the picture you see reflected back in the eyes of people you love, or who love you, or maybe the two aren’t that different.

Probably the saddest song ever.

Paul Dempsey – Fast Friends

I know no quicker way, dear, to the shiny gates of hell, than a room full of handsome devils comparing everything to everything else.

Picking a line to go here from Something For Kate frontman Dempsey’s debut LP is difficult; there’s one song in particular on it which hits harder lyrically than a freight train, but in terms of expressing abstract concepts with stunningly sharp imagery this takes the cake even despite the patisserie-like surroundings (I got the record while I was in France..). This one doesn’t need any explaining, I hope. I think we all wish from time to time we could just get on and like the stuff we like.

The other track is “Safety In Numbness”, if you’re interested.

That’s all for now but if you have any suggestions or requests post them down there! I’m sure I’ll stumble back to this part of musictown quite frequently.





SowingSeason
11.01.11
Awesome first blog my friend

Always one-upping me!

cb123
11.01.11
the mountain goats have an infinite supply of great lines

mallen-
11.01.11
Love the first two songs, gotta check out the third

iFghtffyrdmns
11.01.11
yeah like that song about the greatest ever black metal band out of denton

wabbit
11.01.11
Hemingway, knott, the weakerthans and the mountain goats in a single blog!!!

I think Samson is the best at these. Andrew Jackson Jihad is really good too

FromDaHood
11.01.11
Man, I really like all these hot new Staffers writing on the blog. Keep em comin!

DaveyBoy
11.01.11
Yeah, I really liked this blog Adam. You've always been "The Lyrics Man".

americanohno
11.01.11
They were a death metal band!

Isn't the guy who did Morel Orel Starburns from Community. I think it is but I ain't to sure and don't wanna dash any hopes by looking it up.

But yh that was a great show.

Trebor.
11.01.11
The creator of Morel Orel is a writer on Community and he plays Star Burns

americanohno
11.01.11
Ha I knew it!

Masochist
11.01.11
Damn, wish Moral Orel would've had another season or three...

RosaParks
11.01.11
that was a waste of my time

Ignimbrite
11.01.11
sort of like reading your posts

thebhoy
11.01.11
nice

Spare
11.01.11
dempsey reppin

Aids
11.01.11
awesome post man. the first two songs are amazing, i need to hear the third one.

Knott-
11.01.11
literally five seconds after i posted this my internet crashed and burned

cheers yo

Dogget
11.01.11
That second song is incredible.

omnipanzer
11.01.11
I'm horrible with lyrics which for me makes this a great article to read.

Acanthus
11.01.11
Blog is awesome, way to go Knott!

Douglas
11.01.11
Dempsey mention = instant love

Douglas
11.02.11
THESE TOWERING NEON SIGNS WE UPHOLD

Knott-
11.02.11
must*

Mordecai.
11.02.11
I'm in France

YetAnotherBrick
11.03.11
you could make like, a thousand of these things with just stuff by Matt Berninger.

"Another uninnocent, elegant fall into the unmagnificent lives of adults"

"I wanna hurry home to you, put on a slow, dumb show for you, and crack you up"

"I wish that I believed in fate, I wish I didn't sleep so late"

"Make us laugh, or nothing will. I'll set a fire just to see what it kills"

To name a few


wabbit
11.03.11
best national one-liner is "You said "I think I'm like Tennessee Williams" I wait for the click, I wait but it doesn't kick in"

Douglas
11.03.11
typo balls

Knott-
11.04.11
because everybody's in on the joke

Fouadtoth
11.08.11
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Wombat988
11.18.11
I ask her to speak French
And then I need her to translate
I get the feeling she makes the meaning more significant
She was always far too pretty for me to believe
In a single word she said

More than one line but oh well, Los Campesinos have outstanding lyrics

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