|The Year In Zingers: DimSim's Favourite Lyrics Of 2012|
A selection of my favourite lyrics of the year, ranked. Some are single lines, others are entire stanzas, and a few are even the complete lyrics to a song. Some are thematically brilliant, some are profoundly evocative and some are just aurally brilliant (a handful are all three). Enjoy and check out some of the bands/records/songs you haven't heard yet.
Asians get it from behind while they cleanin' their wok
- "New God Flow"
|74|| ||Earl Sweatshirt|
We were the pottymouth posse crash the party and dip / with all belongings then toss 'em out to the audience
To everyone I've ever loved / I'm sorry for all the things I've done / and maybe it'd be best if you could forget me
But I just don't care / addicted to careless things / addicted to careless people / the damage is done / I hung my heart / can't you see?
- "Everything Went Black"
The Money Store
Let me off, screeching halt / concussion blinding / not my fault / ankles tied to cinder blocks
- "The Fever (Aye Aye)"
Control myself now / will be your famous last words
You would be watching "Star Wars" / with your PJ's on / and you would have / all the love in my heart / yeah, you would have / all the love in my heart
|68|| ||Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds|
I'd Rather Die Than Live Forever
And the last sound that I'll ever know is my heart exploding / "whoa-whoa-whoa, whoa-no" / soon, I'll be nothing but these bones
- "Suffer the Children, Come Unto Me"
God, money, and women will bring you down / always searching for something that's not been found
|66||I Kill Giants|
We Can Live in the Exact Same Place
He said something kind, but I couldn't pay attention / I'm not alright, but that's okay. I'll be fine, just not today / I'll stay inside my room, my pillow's my own best friend / I'm not alright, but that's okay. I'll be fine, just not today
- "Sleep Instead of Life"
|65||The Saddest Landscape|
After the Lights
Cherry blossoms line the streets calling on all those that love us / I'll show you what it means to feel haunted / what it means to never be truly alone
- "The Urge for Permanence"
|64||The Devin Townsend Project|
Now I see the way I'm headed / down and down, the youth descended / hell is here, but it hath no fury / like this woman still, there is no worry / I'm fine
The Summer I Joined the Harlem Globetrotters Split
I'll be there in the morning / "I'm sorry, sir, you've missed your cue / he left this note for you / says he'll return in the morning / seems he's missed you too / had something to do."
- Alaska, "Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money"
Remember when we had them all on the run / and the night we saw the midnight sun / remember saying things like, "We'll sleep when we're dead." / and thinking this feeling was never going to end
- "Younger Us"
|61||The Mars Volta|
Nature red in tooth and claw / I haven't seemed to keep my powder dry / I always seem to hear it in your laughter
Our empty faith leads us to such empty depths of our emotions / breathe. Peace. / lost in maya sewn shut to our eyes we corrupt the seed of our hearts/ exhale, man
- "All That is Lost in That Which is Found"
|59||The Mountain Goats|
Sad and angry, can't learn how to behave / still won't know how in the darkness of the grave / long black night, morning frost / I'm still here, but all is lost
- "Cry for Judas"
If everything is bland and unambiguous, maybe they can understand how they fit into this place
- "Cognitive Suicide"
Just howl at the moon / there was never a plan / 'cause everyone knows something I don't
|56||The Mars Volta|
I've been hanging wreaths of cancer / on every door where children sing
- "Zed and Two Naughts"
|55|| ||Empire! Empire! (I was a lonely estate) / Rika|
This is how my heart broke / I couldn't do a damn thing but watch
- Empire! Empire! (I was a lonely estate), "It's a fate we can't escape. Someday we will all pass away."
Koi No Yokan
I'd like you to take me apart from the inside / then spit through the cycle right to the end
I grew up on one side of the river / I was a disturbed dangerous drifter / moved over to the other side of the river / now I'm a drop in a deluge of hipsters
- "In a Big City"
The stars and me were speaking / they told me you were leaving / if Jupiter is moving / then maybe you should stay
Everything I Let Go & The Things I Refuse To
I have been lost and faded into this place, waking only to find it still surrounds me, blotting out the pain but with it, the comfort
- "359 Pine"
|50||Foxes and Iselia|
And now this place is uninviting / as the darkness brings the cold / now frozen numb within you / but still your arms are so inspiring / that warmth I once felt / now my nest / for you to rest inside me
- Foxes, "Hollow Nest"
|49||Trap Her Keep Her|
So now my back's against the wall / I always break before I fall / just a taste of a better escape that I couldn't muster / and all my words have disappeared, this is the day I always feared: the day the pen could only cross words out / and now my life has disappeared / this is the day I always feared / this is the day where my mouth crossed out / I will not fade away / I will not fade away
|48||Hot Water Music|
Oh, I for one may not shy / away from the fact that I'm sick/ and too tired to stand this/ it all seems contagious
- "State of Grace"
|47|| ||Au Revoir|
In the Key of Night
Everything dies, that's a fact / everything that dies, never comes back
- "4:34 pm"
|46||The Mountain Goats|
Plug a night light in / leave the porch light on / because the small dark corners breathe like heavy animals / live like an outlaw / clutching gold coins in his claw
- "Night Light"
The OF Tape Vol. 2
Drive around with your friends / smoke a gram of that haze / bro, easy on the ounce, that's a lot for a day / but just enough for a week, my nigga what can I say?
What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
She's been saying I'll have a baby / when he'll grow up he become a killer and kill everybody
- "Oh Marcello"
You are the king of an island of one / alone in a world that lost its only black sun / you are the king of an island of one / a tyrant soon to come undone / all hail the king
- "Little Tyrants"
I Look Like Shit
I saw an old lady one time on Astor Place / steal an old man's backpack and then punch him in the face / me and my neighbours screamed nothing
|41||Classics of Love|
Classics of Love
Everyone likes power / I wish I had some / but you would kill the prophets for your place in the sun / now it's up to us you, well healed / and all you care about it what it yields / who's telling lies in the corners? / laughing while the house burns down?
- "Castle in the Sky"
|40||Between the Buried and Me|
The Parallax II: Future Sequence
To see one's self is hard to explain / last night was the first notion of this / once again, real life and dreams are whirling amongst one another
- "Extremophile Elite"
|39||The Smith Street Band|
Sunshine and Technology
I see people that I love melting into mortgages / and low interest bank loans / income tax percentages / and it's all so fucking meaningless
- "I Want Friends"
On the Impossible Past
You'll carve your name into the Paupack cliffs just to read 'em when you get old enough to know that happiness is just a moment
Listen & Forgive
And isn't it amazing in this world / that anyone could love / anyone at all?
- "Long Lost Friends"
|36|| ||Frank Ocean|
Stuck in the sky, first time upside down, on the whole ride
- "Blue Whale"
All We Love We Leave Behind
You shook me from my sleep / that willed me to die / a final goodbye
- "All We Love We Leave Behind"
The view from the trails from the vapors / that we burn from a kiss / heats the stars that we strangle / and it's proof we exist
My teenage haze, spent under these dim lights / they came and went too fucking fast / the tears dry too quickly / and the laughs all die away / am I the only one left here?
- "The Home Stretch"
|32||The Early November|
Tonight is a moment I will carve in the back yard / and try to regrow it, with the seeds set in concrete
- "In Currents"
|31|| ||The Wonder Years / Stay Ahead of the Weather|
Punk is Dead. Get a Job.
The graffiti over 309 used to say things that I could romanticize / like "I'll always love you Katie" or "Bernard Herman lives" or maybe "loves"? / I could never quite decipher or decide / but now the overpass says things like "DRAT" / and I'm not sure what to make of it
- The Wonder Years, "Me vs. the Highway"
|30||Code Orange Kids|
Love is Love // Return to Dust
If it looks dead and it smells dead... / it's probably fucking dead
- "Choices (Love is Love)"
I Am Gemini
I've done deeds I could never repeat (skeletons) / past mistakes climbing up from their graves (skeletons) / all of our sins are rising again like skeletons
- "Twin Dragon/Hello Skeleton"
|28||Tigers on Trains|
I unwrapped the trenchant truth / and folded away my youth / now nothing more than change / held onto just in case
- "There is No Prize"
Topiary Tiger, once burned bright / save your tales of gnostic sight / and take heed on this (most) auspicious night! / Topiary Tiger, once burned bright
- "February 1878"
My heart will never be and never see and never know / oh heart ,and then it falls and then I fall and then I know
A stranger in India / doing okay so far / I'm just waiting on the feathers and tar / you are the only one / you are
- "Tibetan Pop Stars"
We said goodbye to golden summers / the tide was high, our dreams went under / holding on to our last breath we walked away / I am left in the wake of this epiphany / that I must walk alone, that I am all alone / that my heart's a haunted home / and it's all I've ever known
Pale lights from other islands / slow flashing / through blue dusk / across the water / seeing island shapes / "who is there?" I call / a small yelp on the wind / and then / more roaring
- "Pale Lights"
|22||The Devin Townsend Project|
We know that it's only human / we know that it's only love / we know that it's far too close to home / to see it now / love all we can before / we learn all we came for / learn all we can before / the road leads to home
Chandeliers inside the pyramid, tremble / from the force / cymbals crash inside the pyramid, voices fill up the halls
Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired
To one day miraculously be talkative and likable / to wake up as someone else, someone I know is inside of me / just waiting to be put to use by something much more sharp than us / they pry out every fucking piece and still they're coming around again
- "I'm Always Tired"
Deliver ghosts to the crowd / the distant and sequestered emerge again / immorality / a small trace in half-light a dull relic / locked grooves emerge again / I materialize / a satire...
- "Diamond Tooth"
Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired
Pour out on radio flyer color of fucked up and groovy
- "If I Needed You There"
Rize of the Fenix
I mean, what? Yeah, we're gonna be, yeah, we're really good. We're like almost as good as Arcade Fire. Fuck that. We gotta leave those fuckers in the dust!
- "Classical Teacher"
And as the sun broke at dawn there I lay at the last with your 30 pieces of silver clutched to my chest
- "Sink Your Teeth"
You find something you believe that you should do / and sometimes it won't come so easy / but sometimes you've gotta go get mad
- "Today's Supernatural"
Anarchy, My Dear
I need a song meant to rally the devils / who dance on fields of brilliant treble
- "Burn a Miracle"
In the end, we all are moths attracted to a flame / and in the end we're brought together and look exactly the same
Maybe I'm a wolf seeking blood in shepherd's skin / a lonely heart that breaks when the sky caves in / alone like the eyes of a wolf whose lost its pack / alone like the eyes of a wolf
What is left of the dissipating dream world I made? / midday, in the light, quiet echoes of a freezing moon / distant bell, cold and clear
- "Lone Bell"
I Am Gemini
Out cold, run over by the boulder of Sisyphus
- "Double Dead"
|9||The Gaslight Anthem|
Hey hey, turn the record over / hey hey, and I'll see you on the flip-side / there you go, turn the key and engine over / let her go, let somebody else lay at her feet.
|8||Every Time I Die|
Against this / even boys fight violently in vain / what chance could we have stood? / we're the last of the lost / but now we're the first of the fashionably late / I refuse to be the only man / put to rest in a mass grave
- "Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space"
Everything I Let Go & The Things I Refuse To
And my words collapsed like the lung you've overused
- "Winter '11"
|6|| ||The Tallest Man on Earth|
There's No Leaving Now
With your quiet devotion / to be lost like your child again / claim forever is a close and honest friend
To see through a fearless eye / and know that danger finally goes away / still you're trying / but there's no leaving now
- "There's No Leaving Now"
So we down our drinks in a funnel of friends / and we burn our blends right down to the end / we don't cry for those nights to arrive / we yell like hell to the heavens
- "The Nights of Wine and Roses"
|4||Minus the Bear|
Two become one / cacophony of a car crash / steel and blood, and it's over with the silence
- "Steel and Blood"
I will be my own hell because there...
I was sixteen / we drove around in your car / you were doing coke / and I said I never got a taste for it / I let something else kill my friends and my body
- "have you been eating that sandwich again"
Year of the Tiger
Between the earth and the sun / a struggle on both sides / the tiger lives afraid as the tiger dies / chasing shadows across the sky / streaks of light he can't outrun / cut through the darkness like the shots from a hunter's gun
- "Year of the Tiger"
On the Impossible Past
I will fuck this up / I fucking know it
- "The Obituaries"