lines from a song writing prompt 4

Below I’m posting a bit from a song I love and then I’ll write something around it (not necessarily in the context from the original source but maybe).  If the line grabs you, please steal it and play along too.  Post a link in the comments so I can check out what you did with it as well.


“… and hear your voice of treason.”


He was all mixed up.  She had a way of turning his thoughts inside out.  He didn’t know what he could trust because even his feelings seemed to betray him recently.  Did he love her?  Did he despise her?  Sometimes that depended on the second.

When she curled against him his heart soared.  When she lashed out at him, he sank.  When she sought him out for companionship, for love, he felt he could hold her forever.  When she was intentionally destructive, he couldn’t understand how things could go on.

Minute by minute, day by day, weeks, and months, and years, their relationship carried on in this manner until finally time took its toll on his beloved and she passed.  Then, when she was no longer in his life, he knew that he had loved her all long.  And, as the vet helped him pick out a marker for his dead cat, he couldn’t help himself from singing, “and hear your voice of treason, will you come home and stop this pain tonight, stop this pain tonight.”

What’s my age again?

In June of 1999, Blink-182 released the album “Enema of the State.”  The hit single “What’s my age again?” from that album had been receiving huge amounts of radio time since April.  I liked it immediately.  I learned the words and sang along…

“Nobody likes you when you’re 23.”

I was 17 at the time.

As it happened, my older brother had a friend who was 23.  We made fun of her, appropriately.  She seemed old at the time.  23 seemed so far away.  It was one of those golden moments of youth where our immortality and invincibility blind us to the simple truths of the world, even as we are singing it at the top of our lungs.

“Nobody likes you when you’re 23.”

I turned 18 a few days after the album was released.

I couldn’t see far enough into the future to realize that I would be 23 one day, and it would come and go in a flash.  Those 5 years would slip away from me as I completed college, joined the rest of the real world in the rat race, and went about turning into the a contributing member of society.  I remember joking on my 23rd birthday that I’d finally reached the age when nobody would like me anymore.  And, still, I sang along.

“Nobody likes you when you’re 23.”

The years spun away faster and faster.  Advancements and setbacks at work.  Loves gained and lost and found again.  A new family started.  Life has been a rollercoaster.  Life has been good.  Which is funny, considering that I’ve now hit 10 years of nobody liking me.

And, if this is how it is when nobody likes you, I guess I’m okay with it.  Anyway, it doesn’t matter, because I keep on singing.

“Nobody likes you when you’re 23.”

if I had a chance

I’m going to steal some lines from the Angels and Airwaves song – Rite of Spring:

“If I had a chance for another try,
I wouldn’t change a thing,
It’s made me all of who I am inside.”

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my life, I’ve felt hurt, and I’ve hurt others and there are moments I would rather not remember.  But, as painful as those experiences were, and as painful as those memories are, the fact that I’ve lived them and have them as part of me, shaping my decisions and actions, is something I would not willingly give up.

I am who I am because of those mistakes.  I am who I am because of their consequences, because of how I chose to deal with them and how they still affect me.  I don’t want to know who I would be now if I hadn’t learned those lessons over the years.  I wouldn’t want to make any of those same mistakes now, and if I hadn’t already who is to say that I wouldn’t?

“And everyday I wake,
I tell myself a little harmless lie:
The whole wide world is mine.”

And you?  If you could change something from your past, would you?

Q and A parody

After posting three weeks ago about movie quotes,  and reading through other submissions across the blogosphere, it dawned on me that I could do a series of posts on the dialogue I’ve stolen borrowered procured from cinema (covered),  literature (covered literary quotes two weeks ago), and music (covered lyric quotes last week).

That was supposed to be the end of it, but then likeitiz asked for “More, more, more!”


So, I humbly submit the fourth installment in this series.

Over the years I’ve incorporated an abundance of song lyrics into my day to day lingo.  The following is a useful guide parody I’ve put together of situations you may find yourself in and the some (in)appropriate and/or completely silly responses.  You probably shouldn’t ever use these.*

Q: What do you say when you are reminiscing about that time you spilled some apple juice in the hall?
A: “Remember the time that I spilled the cup of apple juice in the hall.”
– Blink 182 – Adam’s Song

Q: What do you say when you think your baby might be breech?
A: “Turn, Turn, Turn.”
– Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!

Q: What do you say to a friend who you think is being taken advantage of?
A: “Is someone getting the best, the best, the best of you?”
– Foo Fighters – Best of You

Q: What do you say when you see someone swinging a string of pearls on a corner?
A: “She swings the string of pearls on the corner.”
– Soul Asylum – String of Pearls

Q: What do you say when you’ve run out of gas and the gas station is out of gas too?
A: “Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry.”
– Don McClean – American Pie

Q: What do you sing when you are out and about, three sheets to the wind, with some friends?
A: “Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess singin’ drunken lullabies.”
– Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies

Q: What do you ask when you want to know if a friend has a minute or two to let you vent?
A: “Do you have some time to listen to me whine?”
– Green Day – Basket Case

Q: What do you say when you have had a few too many drinks and are trying to pick up someone at a bar?
A: “Hey little girl is your daddy home, did he go and leave you all alone, I got a bad desire.”
– Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire

Q: What do you say when your pet bird is hungry?
A: “Polly wants a cracker.”
– Nirvana – Polly

Q: What do you say when you are moving to Jackson?
A: “I’m going to Jackson, and that’s a fact.  Yeah, we’re going to Jackson, ain’t never comin’ back.”
– Johnny Cash and June Carter – Jackson

Q: What do you say when you are talking about you friend Jenny who never lived up to her potential?
A: “Jenny had a chance, well she really did.”
– Offspring – The Kids Aren’t Alright

Q: What do you say as the instructor of a negotiator/crisis counseling class on the first day when you are trying to open with a joke?
A: “Might as well jump.”
– Van Halen – Jump

Q: What do you say about someone who has spent so much time in their garage working on their car that they’ve lost their mind?
A: “In the shuffling madness of the locomotive breath.”
– Jethro Tull – Locomotive Breath

This, along with the first three installments, are by no means complete lists, but they should be enough to get you through most of life’s experiences.  Well, I’ve found them useful anyway.

That’s not true at all – I’m pretty sure I’ve never used any of the above lyrics in any of the above referenced situations.  I may have used them in other situations though.  That, however, would be a story for a different day.


*The Matticus Kingdom published this list for entertainment purposes only.  We do not dispense with advice we think people should ever heed and cannot be held responsible for any resulting slaps across the face or other unpleasantness that may result from following these guidelines.  Proceed at your own risk.  Insert additional typical “hold harmless” verbiage here.

Daily Prompt: Life Tape

The suggestion from today’s Daily Prompt is to create a mix tape that reflects your life, including something that corresponds with your outlook for the future.

Wow.  I really struggled with this one.  I love music, and I’ve made countless mix tapes over the years, but to come up with the songs that match up with the life I’ve lived?  That seems mostly impossible.  I had almost made up my mind to skip today’s prompt as an impossible task.

However, then I read the great post by A. Good One and realized that I didn’t need to try and encompass my whole life.  It isn’t perfect, but neither is life; the below list is the mix tape I’d put together for the important moments of my life (and future) (well, those I could think of at the moment, anyway):

The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel – Whenever we were in the car growing up, there was music on.  This song is probably my favorite from those first tapes (yes, tapes) that were in regular rotation on the longer trips.  It represents my introduction to my father’s music and the first few years of my life.

Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen – This is the song that introduced me to rock.  It got me to tap my feet to the music.  It represents the beginning of my long love affair with everything that is rock and roll.  It’s growing up and venturing into the outside world.

Zombie Jamboree – Kingston Trio – This was the first song I remember specifically requesting.  I thought it was hilarious.  It represents my transition into finding music that fit my own tastes and learning to start thinking for myself.

Basket Case – Green Day – This song represents junior high.  That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

The River – Bruce Springsteen – A return to Bruce, only this time a song I learned to love on my own.  This song represents high school, the “what could have been’s” of high school romances and beginning to actually listen to the words in the songs I would blast from my stereo; beginning to understand that things are not always as they seem.

American Pie – Don McLean – You could say I found this song late because I didn’t start listening to it until high school, but better late than never, right?  This song represents when I really started appreciating music and, more importantly for me, the stories behind the music, the lyrics, the words.

Name of the Game – Crystal Method – This song represents breaking away from what I had grown up on and branching out during college, finding raves, and transferring my passion for music into becoming a DJ.  Oh, and some partying, of course.

Mad World – Gary Jules and Michael Andrews – This song represents the classroom and research aspect, the structured aspects, of my college experience.  Just as Basket Case did for Junior High, this song pretty much sums it all up quite nicely on its own.

Love The Way You Lie – Eminem – This song represents my college relationship.  It could have been written for us.  Which transitions nicely into:

I Miss You – Blink 182 – This song came out right after breaking up with my college romance.  I couldn’t get enough of it.  It fit how I felt perfectly.

Go – Blink 182 – This song represents the hecticness of life post college, when I was scrambling to figure out what I actually wanted out of life and who I really was.  Learning how to survive on my own.  Learning how to be a part of society.  Learning how to be okay with just being myself.  The song isn’t necessarily about any of those topics, but it’s frenetic pace while still sounding melodic and bringing back to my roots (rock and roll) all tie nicely to the whole experience.

Seven Cities – Solar Stone – Get ready for a bit of sappyness.  This song is just beautiful, pure and simple.  It represents discovering the things I need in my life to be happy and then finding my eventual wife.

Portuguese Love Theme – Craig Armstrong – We played this song at our wedding.  It fits.  It fits us.  It fit that period of my (our) life, and every day since.

The Sound of Silence – Shaw Blades – This song represents the future (and the past).  It’s another sign of returning to my roots, with a new twist, and will probably be on rotation in my car for the child we are expecting early next year.