Monthly Archives: July 2012

Lyric of the Day: Rodney Crowell

I’ll be a man of my word
Speak the language in a voice
That you have never heard

-Keith Urban, Making Memories of Us

Originally by country artist Rodney Crowell (according to Wiki), the song has more recently been popularized by Keith Urban, which is the version I’ve heard. I remember a friend in college telling me she loved the line, “steal your attention like a bad outlaw.” The lyrics and theme on a whole are charming and sweet.

Lyric of the Day: John Mayer

Don’t hold your love over my head

-John Mayer, Come Back to Bed : bridge outro

Happy Friday, everyone!

Lyric of the Day: Dan Fogelberg

As I turned to make my way back home
The snow turned into rain

-Dan Fogelberg, Same Old Lang Syne : last verse

Looked up this song after the deejay host, Valentine, and a musician he was chatting with on the phone discussed great old songs. They quoted lyrics and names back and forth to each other, and I managed to catch a few. Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember the one the lady mentioned! Something about an incredible lyric, ended with the word “life,” amazing topline, seemed like it was a duet?

Lyric of the Day: OneRepublic

You’re a lonely soul,
Cause you won’t let go
Of anything you hold

-One Republic, Say (All I Need) :  1st verse

To be honest, I like certain parts of this song a lot more than the song overall. (And music video is… eh.) But according to Wiki, it’s frontman Ryan Tedder’s favorite song off the album that also hosted the hits “Apologize” and “Stop and Stare.”

The whole band is credited in the title as all five members (Ryan Tedder, Zach Filkins, Drew Brown, Eddie Fisher and Brent Kutzle) are listed in writing/composition credits.

Lyric of the Day: Tim Seely

Golden haze,
Another morning feels like yesterday
End of May…
Now you’re gone and there’s still bills to pay

– Michael Buble, End of May : opening lines

Lyric of the Day: Bill Withers & Skip Scarborough

When I wake up in the morning, love
And the sunlight hurts my eyes
And something without warning, love
Bears heavy on my mind

-Bill Withers, Lovely Day : 1st verse

[SiC] Khalil Fong’s Catchy Summer Track, “BB88”

Just dropping into share really quick this new song I just heard today, thanks to a recommendation from the lovely Jennifer M. via FB. I haven’t ever really gotten into Khalil Fong, but his songs always catch my ear whenever I hear them.

He makes very light and coffeehouse-cool kind of songs, which I like more than other stuff I hear coming out from Hong Kong (though to be honest, I’m not a very faithful vigilant – I pretty much stick to what I know, which is Jay Chou). Lots of smooth crooning and catchy beats, just like little hooks tugging at your lobes as the tune wafts by – seriously, that’s the extent of the catchiness.

This song appears to be his new summer track, with lyrics simple enough so that even I can understand most of them. And I appreciate the wordplay with BB88 (88, pronounce “ba ba” in Mandarin, sounds like bye bye and is so used in texting or online conversation, so the title is basically saying “baby bye bye”), which isn’t revolutionary but isn’t saccharine or too out there (as English misappropriations sometimes get – you know what I mean!).

Anyway, definitely a talented songwriter. Hope he continues to add quality stuff into the Mandopop mix.

Lyric of the Day: Sara Watkins, Blake Mills, Sean Watkins

Waiting for the sun to come back around
I’m meant to lift him up, not tie him down

-Sara Watkins, Lock & Key : 3rd verse

Lyric of the Day: Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle

You say I’m lucky to love something that loves me
But I’m torn as I could be wherever I roam

-One Republic, All This Time : 2nd verse

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