Okay, does anyone else think this song sounds like something that would be on Wayne’s World or something equally as cheesy? Now, obviously I know the Black Eyed Peas aren’t necessarily known for their prophetic poetry, but this is just embarrassing.
What’s the worst lyrical song you’ve ever heard. I’m not sure if this is my worst, but it’s pretty close.
Writing lyrics is hard. I mean, you’re sitting there, the song is almost done and all you’ve got to throw in there is a bridge or the second half of a verse. You’re sitting there, staring at a paper or your computer screen and you’ve got nothing. Then you start throwing out things and all of the sudden something hits you…. and it’s lame. Start over.
I’ve seen all sorts of friends fighting with this. Back when I pretended to write songs I even did this. ’What fits in this space?’. And here’s when it creeps in. The cliche’ “I feel so alive” line. Think about it. How many times have you heard a song with that phrase in it? Do you really Jason Mraz? Do you ‘feel so alive’ at this moment of songwriting? What about you P.O.D.? You too? Don’t believe that this is an over used phrase? Here we go.
“Alive” – Blue
“Alive” – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
“Rush Over Me” – Backstreet Boys
“Shiny” – Berlin
“Moment” – Aiden
“Change” – Candlebox
“Brave New Girl” – Britney Spears
“My Baby You” Marc Anthony
“Runaway” Avril Lavigne
“Natural Woman” – Aretha Franklin
“Over My Head” – John Farnham
“7 Keys” – Aqualung
“Sleep” – Plumb
“Again” – John Legend
“The Great Escape” – Boys Like Girls
“It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing” – Shania Twain
“No Holding Back” – Rod Stewart
“So Alive” – Love And Rockets
“So Alive” – Ryan Adams
“Wicked Garden” – Stone Temple Pilots
“Franklin” – Paramore
Oh, and you know there are more don’t you? Now obviously I don’t know all the songs listed above but if you’re able to Google a phrase and put the word “lyric” next to it and this many songs pop up, you shouldn’t be writing it. And don’t get me wrong, some of these are great songs. I’m just wondering what else could have gone there. Plus, when was the last time you ‘felt so alive’? Although I guess it beats all the songs about feeling so dead right?
What other lyrics can you think of that are over used?
It’s not often a song just reaches up and slaps me in the face or kicks me in the stomach, but when it does I listen to it over and over. Today this song did that to me. My friend Jeff recommended that I check out this guy named Noah Gundersen today so I started poking around and found this song.
Now if you’re offended by a few ‘bad’ words, this may not be for you, but the lyrics of this song are some of the most honest and searching lyrics I’ve heard in a long time in Christian music or otherwise. Now, I don’t know this guys spiritual background/beliefs, but I can say that if Christians were this honest all the time, I think we’d be living in a different world.
Here’s the lyrics, and when you get a sec, check out Noah Gundersen.
Jesus, Jesus, could you tell me what the problem is
With the world and all the people in it?
Because I’ve been hearing stories about the end of the world
But I’m in love with a girl and I don’t wanna leave her
And the television screams such hideous things
They’re talking about the war on the radio
They say the whole thing’s gonna blow
And we will all be left alone
No we’ll be dead and we won’t know what hit us
Jesus, Jesus, if you’re up there won’t you hear me
‘Cause I’ve been wondering if you’re listening for quite a while
And Jesus, Jesus, it’s such a pretty place we live in
And I know we fuc*ed it up, please be kind
Don’t let us go out like the dinosaurs
Or blown to bits in a third world war
There are a hundred different things I’d still like to do
I’d like to climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower
Look up from the ground at a meteor shower
And maybe even raise a family
Jesus, Jesus, there are those that say they love you
But they have treated me so d*mn mean
And I know you said ‘forgive them for they know not what they do’
But sometimes I think they do
And I think about you
If all the heathens burn in hell, do all their children burn as well?
What about the Muslims and the gays and the unwed mothers?
What about me and all my friends?
Are we all sinners if we sin?
Does it even matter in the end if we’re unhappy?
Jesus, Jesus, I’m still looking for answers
Though I know that I won’t find them here tonight
But Jesus, Jesus, could you call me if you have the time?
And maybe we could meet for coffee and work it out
And maybe then I’ll understand what it’s all about