I’m no foolI know you’re coolI never really wanted your heart. —Mazzy Star, from “Blue Flower,” She Hangs Brightly. (1990)
… here comes midnight with a dead moon in its jaw … — Jason Molina, from “Farewell Transmission,” The Magnolia Electric Co. (Secretly Canadian, 2003)
Lydia The Tattooed Lady Oh Lydia, oh Lydia, say have you met Lydia?Lydia, the Tattooed LadyShe has eyes that folks adore soAnd a torso even more so Lydia, oh Lydia, that encyclopydiaOh Lydia the Queen of TattooOn her back is the Battle of WaterlooBeside it the wreck of the Hesperus, tooAnd proudly above waves the… Continue reading Groucho Marx
When I have not rage or sorrow, and you depart from me, then I am most afraid. When the belly is full, and the mind has its sayings, then I fear for my soul; I rush to you as a child at night breaks into its parents’ room. Do not forget me in my satisfaction.… Continue reading Leonard Cohen
When you find what matters is what you feelIt arrives, and it disappears — Jay Farrar, song lyric from “Ten Second News,” Trace LP by Son Volt (Warner Bros., 1995)
I’ve been looking so long at these pictures of youThat I almost believe that they’re real —The Cure, from “Pictures of You,” Disintegration (1989)
There’s a hole that’s in my heart all my women try and healThey’re doin’ a good job convincin’ me that it’s not realIt’s heat lightningOh, oh‘Cause there’s a man that’s in my past, there’s a man that’s still right hereHe’s real enough to touch and in my darkest nightsHe’s shinin’ — Elizabeth Grant and Gabriel… Continue reading Lana Del Rey
Where were you when I was still kind? — Gregory Alan Isakov, from “Master & A Hound,” This Empty Northern Hemisphere (2009)
Now i’ve been sitting on this abandoned beach for yearsWaiting for the salty water to cover up my earsBut every time the tide come in to take me homeI get scared, and I’m sitting here alone. — Regina Spektor, from “Folding Chair,” Far. (June 9, 2009) Label: Sire.
‘T ain’t no sin to take off your skin, and dance around in your bones. — Tom Waits, from “T’aint No Sin (To Take Off Your Skin and Dance Around in Your Bones),” The Black Rider. Original Release Date: October 25, 1993. Island Records.