Eric Baines

Tag: Fountains of Wayne

Lyrics

by eric on Aug.22, 2009, under Music

These are some of my favorite lyrics. I’ve worked really hard to be a better a lyricist because it’s not something that I was born with. If you asked me about any song I like I could sing you every instrumental part but probably couldn’t tell you a single line besides the title. I had to learn to listen to the lyrics…and when I did, a whole new world opened up. I enjoy the story tellers like Fountains of Wayne, The Beatles and Jellyfish but I also like the more abstract guys like Coldplay and Duran Duran. Sometimes you don’t know what the hell they’re talking about but it sounds cool. I really like the quirky, straight forward writers, too, like Ben Kweller, Johnny Cash and Ben Folds who seem to turn normal, everyday language into poetry. I think I mostly like writers who can take an everyday experince and express it in a way that’s interesting and entertaining and original like Sheryl Crowe or John Mayer. I think there’s a real art to making something mundane and usual sound like the coolest thing ever. There are a ton of great lyricists that I haven’t mentioned here and maybe we’ll talk about them all eventually but here’s a good start on what I’m loving right now. Let me know what you think.

I used to know you when we were young

You were in all my dreams

We sat together in period one

Fridays at 8:15

Now I see your face in the strangest places

Movies and magazines

I saw you talking to Christopher Walken

On my TV screen

But I will wait for you

As long as I need to

And if you ever get back to hackensack

I’ll be here for you

—Fountains of Wayne

 

Out on the tar plains, the glides are moving

All looking for a new place to drive

You sit beside me, so newly charming

Sweating teardrops glisten freshing your side

And the sun drips down bedding heavy behind

The front of your dress all shadowy lined

And the droning engine throbs in time

With your beating heart

—Duran Duran

 

My stupid mouth has got me in trouble

I said too much again

To a date over dinner yesterday

And I could see she was offended

She said “well anyway…”

Just dying for a subject change

Oh, Another social casualty score one more for me

How could I forget?  Mama said, “think before speaking”

No filter in my head Oh, what’s a boy to do ?

I guess he better find one soon

—John Mayer

Mmmm…good stuff!

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