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When Good Lyrics Exist...

Lyrics aren't quintessential to music by any means, but they're still nice to have around. There's also more power when something has really good lyrics, so these are just a handful of picks off the top of my head. Probably missed out loads but w/e
1Nightwish
Dark Passion Play


"Search for beauty, find your shore Try to save them all, bleed no more You have such oceans within In the end, I will always love you" - Now this is something that needs to be put into context. Tarja had just left Nightwish and as a result, had broken the lyricist's, Tuomas', heart. Yeah, it sounds kind of cheesy, but what followed were some of the most beautifully written lyrics of his career. This passage feels like his last dying words to Tarja, hopeless with nowhere to go. It also shows just what the man saw in her and it's hard to deny that it's anything other than solemn poetry of human emotion at its finest.
2There Will Be Fireworks
The Dark, Dark Bright


"We used to talk, you used to have me round I used to sing for you But now it's not the same, I sing quietly again You shrink my world into a fist You stay mad and I'll stay pissed And I'll stay here" - Need I really say more about this? So simple, yet sincere and heartfealt at the same time. We've all been there before and it's safe to say this personifies what it feels like perfectly.
3Dream Theater
Train of Thought


"All you've forsaken And all that you've done So that I could live out This undying dream Won't be forgotten Or taken for granted I'll always remember Your endless sacrifice" - One of the few DT songs with good, personal lyrics. About Petrucci struggling to find time for his wife and her endless compromises she has to make.
4Tool
10,000 Days


"Monkey killing monkey killing monkey. Over pieces of the ground. Silly monkeys give them thumbs. They make a club. And beat their brother down." - Silly monkeys, and it's only going to get worse.
5Keane
Under The Iron Sea


"I don't know where I am And I don't really care I look myself in the eye There's no-one there I fall upon the earth I call upon the air But all I get is the same old vacant stare" - I'll never quite understand how it feels to be burnt out on tour. Partly because I'll never be on tour, but this gives me a rough idea of what it's like. The best way of describing it is a sense of hollowness, and just being so exhausted to a point where you don't know anything anymore. There's a genuine feel of desperation in these lyrics.
6Enter Shikari
A Flash Flood of Colour


"We're not your subjects You're not our king Nature is the only dictator that I respect and obey" / "Countries are just lines drawn in the sand with a stick" - Frustration and aggression blurred into one
7Sonata Arctica
Reckoning Night


"Closing your eyes, don't ever say you love me, whore You never meant a word, I know you lied When there is life, there is despair, indulge me now And stay alive this night... I promise you the end before the first light arrives..." - Realistically, I should be quoting the entire song but that would be a bit inappropriate. it portrays a madman, seemingly in love with a lack of mental control. It's exemplified astoundingly well in the lyrics and the narrator sounds twisted, confused and truly insane. there's a bit of beauty to take from this, however. It's the fascinating and scary dark side of human emotions and what it can lead to.
8The Pineapple Thief
Little Man


"I'll hold you When you're dead in the water / There is no other place to die Except for My arms" - How could anyone imagine the last words to say to your son? it's a cry. A desperate plea about the singers stillborn son performed with beautiful aesthetic.
9Opeth
Blackwater Park


"Help me cure you Atone for all you've done Help me leave you As all the days are gone" - Don't need to say much, really.
10The Antlers
Hospice


"Sylvia, get your head out of the oven. Go back to screaming, and cursing, remind me again how everyone betrayed you" - I don't know what it is about these lyrics, but they're somewhat... unnerving. An emotional mix of frustration, empathy, despair and just raw anger too. You can really feel the emotion from both characters from the plot with these lyrics and the emotional weight of it is beautiful.
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