Going up early, because I’m sitting here thinking about it…

This week: 13 favorite song lyrics.

1. “You have suffered enough and warred with yourself/It’s time that you won” –“Falling Slowly” by The Swell Season

2. “Now pull these idols out from my heart and praise/Rock of ages, I need Your grace” –“Rock of Ages (When the Day Seems Long)” by Sandra McCracken

3. “Stephen A. Douglas was the great debater/But Abraham Lincoln was the great emancipator”–“Decatur, Or, Round of Applause For Your Stepmother!” by Sufjan Stevens

4. “And they stretch along this highway like so many martyrs/That hung and burned for loving, shedding light on Caesar’s gardens/They’re passing on a message sent from you to us here in New Mexico”–“New Mexico” by Andrew Osenga

5. “The only pain is to feel nothing at all/How can I hurt when I’m holding you?”–“A Man and a Woman” by U2

6. “I am thinking it’s a sign/That the freckles in our eyes are mirror images/And when we kiss they perfectly collide” –“Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service

7. “It’s just me and the GWB/Asking gee, Nina, what’ll you be?” –“Breathe” from In the Heights

8. “So sing loud for the canyons and soft for the parasites/And squeeze your spouses and children good night/And map out your futures and freeze-dry your food/And look for your reflection on a dime”–“Daisies and Sandalwood” by Steven Delopoulos

9. “I’m trading comfort for human life/And that’s not just murder, it’s suicide/And this too shall be made right” –“This Too Shall Be Made Right” by Derek Webb

10. “She makes the sign of a teaspoon, he makes the sign of a wave/The poor boy changes clothes and puts on aftershave/To compensate for his ordinary shoes” –“Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes” by Paul Simon

11. “We sit here debating the meaning of justice/With self-righteous spin and an upper-caste grin/But we’re still suffocating on quicksand indifference/Where no choice is ever that hard”–“The Innocent’s Corner” by Caedmon’s Call

12. “No guilt in life, no fear in death/This is the power of Christ in me/From life’s first cry to final breath/Jesus commands my destiny” –“In Christ Alone” by Keith and Kristyn Getty

13. “I caught the flu and away I flew/NYC, pediate blue/Dimetap and spinal taps/City maps and hand claps”–“Kingpin” by Wilco


One thought on “t13

  1. Madalyn

    Ok, here goes…although it’s late and I’m doing this off the top of my head…

    1. “All lies in jest/Still a man hears what he wants to hear/And disregards the rest” –“The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel

    2. “I can melt the clock hands down/But only in my memory/No one gets a second chance/To be the friend they meant to be”–“Treasure of the Broken Land” by Mark Heard

    3. “Take a minute just to breathe/And think of everything you wanted/And what you got instead” –“Straight Ahead” by David Cook

    4. “”That wind up in the trees/Scattering bluebirds all over the place/ Shuffling children and piles of leaves/I wish I was the wind, I’d touch your face”–“Friends” by Ryan Adams

    5.”‘Cause you can’t make somebody see/By the simple words you say/All their beauty from within/Sometimes they just look away”–“Goodbye” by Patty Griffin

    6. “I ain’t sayin you treated me unkind/You coulda done better but I don’t mind/You just kinda wasted my precious time/But don’t think twice, it’s all right”–“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” by Bob Dylan

    7. “And I wish her insight to battle love’s blindness/Strength from the milk of human kindness/A safe place for all the pieces that scattered/Learn to pretend there’s more than love that matters”–“Love Will Come to You” by Emily Saliers (of the Indigo Girls)

    8. “Do you believe in rock ‘n’ roll?/Can music save your mortal soul?/And can you teach me how to dance real slow?”–“American Pie” by Don McClean

    9. “Baby, I’m much too young/To keep good love from going wrong”–“Lover You Should Have Come Over” by Jeff Buckley

    10. “All these sins I am confessing/They still come knocking at my door/But I know better than to answer/I tell them, ‘That girl don’t live here any more'”–“Shake that Devil” by Joan Osborne

    11. “There’s people been friendly/But they’d never be your friends/Sometimes this has bent me to the ground/But now that this is all ending I want hear some music once again/’Cause it’s the finest thing that I have ever found”–“Elijah” by Rich Mullins

    12. “Jesus never let me down/Jesus used to show me the score/Then they put Jesus in show business/Now it’s hard to get in the door”–“If God Willl Send His Angels” by U2

    13. “What a beautiful piece of heartache/This has all turned out to be”–“Latter Days” by Over the Rhine

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