Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Any songwriters in the Hodgepodge?

Hubs and I love listening to music and quite often we spend our Friday evenings sipping a glass of wine while listening to our favorites, both old and new. Hubs has an ear for music and he can name most songs on the first note. I do not have an ear for music but I do have an ear for words and a well turned phrase. Our tastes are wide ranging but music from the 1970's will always top our list of most loved.

Just as some people collect spoons and some people collect tea cups I collect words. I'll often hear a line in a song that is clever or thought provoking or just plain well said and think, 'I wish I'd written that." Hubs and I were talking about this very thing last Friday night and I thought it would be fun to share a few and then use that as our launch question for this week's HP. I'm not making any sort of statement with the artists I've chosen and I realize we could debate the merit and character of each one but I'd rather not. This is really just about the words.

Sometimes I love the whole song but a lot of the time its just a line or a particular phrase that strikes a chord with me. I have linked to the actual song for copyright purposes and on that note, here's a random dozen in no particular order-

1. "She's living in LA with my best old ex friend Ray"...my best old ex-friend? I absolutely love that wording...from Operator by Jim Croce.

2. "These are not the best of times but they're the only times I've ever known..."from Summer Highland Falls by Billy Joel

3. "Did the captain of the Titanic cry?..."
from Someday We'll Know by The New Radicals

4. "She's got a smile that it seems to me, reminds me of childhood memories, where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky..."
from Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns N' Roses

5. "I'm not crazy I'm just a little unwell..."
Unwell by Matchbox 20

6. "What are these voices outside love's open door, makes us throw off our contentment and beg for something more?..." from The Heart of the Matter by Don Henley

7. "My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue, An everlasting vision of the ever changing view..." from Tapestry by Carole King

8. "I'm so happy, that I can't stop crying..."
From I'm so Happy by Sting

9. "... wearing a face that she keeps in a jar by the door..."
from Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles

10. "She needs wide open spaces, room to make her big mistakes..."
from Wide Open Spaces by The Dixie Chicks

11. "Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road, time grabs you by the wrist directs you where to go..." Good Riddance by Green Day

12. "But the ending always comes at last, endings always come too fast. They come too fast but they pass too slow..." from All I know by Art Garfunkel

I'd love to know if you have a lyric or ten that make you say, "Wish I wrote that." Oh wait...it's time for the Hodgepodge. How convenient. Here are the questions for this week...come back tomorrow (Wednesday) so we can link our answers with the whole wide world.

1. Share a favorite song lyric.

I better not see 'I can't think of one' on anybody's paper. That's an automatic F in the Wednesday Hodgepodge you know.

2. When was the last time someone yelled at you?

3. Money, fame, happiness...are they mutually exclusive?

4. What is your favorite dish to prepare for family and friends that doesn't require turning on the stove, oven or an outdoor grill?

5. The first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week. What is one thing you could do this week to simplify your life? Will you do it?

6. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being 100% and 1 being not at all) how tuned in are you to your country's national political scene?

7. What are your final parting words to the month of July?

8. Insert your own random thought here.


  1. I don't "Hodgepodge" since I Blog in advance, but I must tell you every time I hear the words to the song, "The Rose", I always wish I'd written it. Beautiful!

    Some say love, it is a river
    that drowns the tender reed.
    Some say love, it is a razor
    that leaves your soul to bleed.
    Some say love, it is a hunger,
    an endless aching need.
    I say love, it is a flower,
    and you its only seed.

    It's the heart afraid of breaking
    that never learns to dance.
    It's the dream afraid of waking
    that never takes the chance.
    It's the one who won't be taken,
    who cannot seem to give,
    and the soul afraid of dyin'
    that never learns to live.

    When the night has been too lonely
    and the road has been to long,
    and you think that love is only
    for the lucky and the strong,
    just remember in the winter
    far beneath the bitter snows
    lies the seed that with the sun's love
    in the spring becomes the rose.

  2. Our husband would get along just fine. Kevin is a big music person. He would probably go head to head with your husband in "naming that tune"! Music is a big interest of his.

  3. Well, now you've got my mind whirling...I've got to try to remember some favorite song lyrics!

    My musical taste isn't as varied as yours, I've been pretty much stuck in country since 1994, but I do love 70's and 80's pop music of course! I hated country back then. LOL

  4. MacArthur park is melting in the rain...