A lot of the lyrics I’ve written about come from songs that I don’t have a particular emotional connection to. This is probably because I’ve always found it harder to write about music I like than music I hate. I tend to worry that being effusive or sycophantic makes for dull reading, whereas pointing out the shortcomings of Paul McCartney and Wings is of course hi-larious.
But Let’s Get Lyrical is kind of meant to be about the lyrics that you love, so I think it’s time to post a few of those bad boys on here.
One of my favourite songs at university was Aereogramme’s I Dont Need Your Love, which was my companion during a period of unrequited love. Specifically I like the part that goes:
We shouldn’t be
‘Here’ for me at the time was the awkward phase after confessing my feelings and being told they were not reciprocated, thank you very much, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
We shouldn’t be
We were good friends, and got on really well with one another, and I was a bit concerned I had ruined it.
We should be dancing
Not on our own, particularly, but as part of a big group of mates at the alternative music society’s bi-weekly club nights (at which we were both DJs).
We should be friends
Celebrate our victory
We weren’t not friends, but it felt a little strained for a while.
Maybe time will tell
Only time will tell
It did – we’ve now been together for nearly three years. Even though my favourite part was:
But I know
I don’t need your love
I don’t need your conscience
To base my life upon
I was very conscious at the time that I didn’t want to be one of those girls that wasted time by pining for some guy when they could be doing something constructive, like drinking gin and writing satirical news stories. I was – and am – a strong and independent woman. I didn’t need his love to validate me! And anyway, I had love from all kinds of sources.
Perhaps I had a small case of ‘the lady doth protest too much’, but it’s a lovely song regardless.
I also found ‘Barriers‘ pertinent to my situation, particularly:
‘let me tell the truth/let me come alive/let me build bridges/into your life’.
Listening to these songs now makes me feel very nostalgic for my bench looking out over St Andrew’s East Sands on a starry night. How pretentious of me. But it made me happy.