Category Archives: Pain

Try to make ends meet, you’re a slave to the money then you die

“Try to make ends meet, you’re a slave to the money then you die”

It rings pretty true given the worst economy in our lifetime. This is the first song that has landed two lyrical wisdom nuggets. The first was “I’m a million differnt people from one day to the next.”

Song(click for full lyrics: Bittersweet Symphony

Artist: The Verve

Album: Urban HymnsThe Verve Urban Hymns

Year:1997

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Any way the wind blows doesn’t really matter to me

“Any way the wind blows doesn’t really matter to me”

Hailed by many as one of the greatest rock songs of all time. It was groundbreaking for its time (5:55), video promo (precursor to MTV) and unique operatic style.

“Bismillah” is found in the Qu’ran and means “In the name of Allah.” “Scaramouch” means “a stock character that appears as a boastful coward.” “Beelzebub” is one of the many names given to The Devil.

Song (click for full lyrics): Bohemian Rhapsody

Artist: Queenqueen A night at the opera

Album: A Night At The Opera

Year: 1975

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The Dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had

“The Dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had”

The video has been prohibited from being embedded so go to YouTube to check it out.

Also check out the solemn cover by Gary Jules for the movie Donnie Darko.

Song (click for full lyrics): Mad World

Artist: Tears for Fears

Album: The Hurting tears-for-fears The Hurting

Year: 1983

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When I’m a good dog, they sometimes throw me a bone

When I’m a good dog, they sometimes throw me a bone”

Thanks to Haley for this suggestion of this powerfully sad and moving song.

Song (click for full lyrics): Nobody Home

Artist: Pink FloydThe Wall Pink Floyd

Album: The Wall

Year: 1979

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The Sun will Set for You

linkin park minutes to midnightThe Sun will Set for You

Song (click for full lyrics): The Shadow of the Day

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Artist: Linkin Park

Album: Minutes To Midnight

Year: 2007

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Won’t somebody help me off of this reef?

Won’t somebody help me off of this reef?

— For all of us struggling to overcome something —

Perhaps my favorite band of all time. That unique and diverse skunk sound. Those genius lyrics. That bass. I was surprised myself to see that I had not added any Sublime lyrics. More to come. RIP Bradley Nowell.

Song (click for full lyrics): Badfish40 oz. to Freedom Sublime

Artist: Sublime

Album: 40 Oz. To Freedom

Year: 1992

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When I walk beside her, I am the better man

“When I walk beside her, I am the better man”

Dedicated to Gina, on our anniversary.

Song (click for full lyrics): Hard SunHard Sun Eddie Vedder

Artist: Covered by Eddie Vedder (lyrics and original by Gordon Peterson/Indio)

Album: Into the Wild Soundtrack

Year: 2007

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