Songs and Lyrics: The Music that Got Me Through 2011

What follows is a list of songs (new and old) that dragged me through 2011 kicking and screaming. Some of them remind me of personal moments and some were repeatedly blasted through my car’s speakers. Some are sacharine and others are silly. Some remind me of perfect African sunsets and others evoke the proud BC coastal mountains. They are in NO order whatsoever and I have not arranged them as a playlist. If you put them all on your music player and hit shuffle… it would be like flipping randomly though a slideshow of my life last year.

p.s. all of these songs can (and should) be found on youtube in the public playlist “Academic Progress Goes Clunk 2011.” ENJOY!

A SONG TO REMEMBER
Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) – Tree by the River

“Dark canyon road, I was coy in the half-moon
Happy just to be with you
And you were happy for me”

A SONG TO SPEAK YOUR MIND
Pink & Noseworthy – Loud and Clear

When it comes, to making signs
they shouldn’t be a mystery.
Loud and Clear, say what you hear
say what you want yourself to say.

A SONG TO PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE
Right Away, Great Captain! – Right Ahead Young Sailor

Oh sweet anna did you mean to do this to me,
I’ve been trying hard to be rational.

Oh young sailor do see you what your captain sees?
love is nothing more than an action.

A SONG TO LAUGH THROUGH TEARS
The Burning Hell – It Happens in Florida

Love, it’s like a newborn child: seems interesting when it’s young, gets pedestrian after a while.
And love, it’s like a hurricane: it happens in Florida, it destroys everything.

A SONG TO CATCH UP
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Pangea

So send a wire, write a letter,
Let me know if you’re there and if your heart’s still thumping.
Pangea. We used to be together, why’d we have to drift apart.

A SONG TO GET DOWN
Tor/Sufjan Stevens – The Tallest Man/I Like IT (F. Grand Puba)

This one’s designed to make the spine in your back wind.

A SONG TO GO RUNNING (IN COPENHAGEN)
Oh Land – We Turn it Up

We turn it up, we turn it up,
We don’t care what you say.
We commin’ up, we commin’ up,
We don’t care what you say.

A SONG TO SAY GOODBYE
Kathleen Edwards – Sure as Shit

Choosing my words carefully
Has never been my strength
I’ve been known to be vague
And often pointless.

A SONG TO DRIFT
Said the Whale – Curse of the Currents

To the deep and the dark of the underwave.
To the currents of the Georgia Strait.

A SONG TO WOO!
Breathe Owl Breathe – Where Wolf

I wore myself,
Until I wore myself out.

A SONG WAIT
Fountains of Wayne – Hackensack

Sometimes I wonder, where you are, probably in LA.
That seems to be where everybody else ends up these days.

A SONG TO CHILL
Chief – Mighty Proud

My soul, you did it before when you’re looking right through the door.
The sea’s crashing on me and you’re looking just like you wanna go to sleep.

A SONG TO DIVIDE AND CONQUER
The Burning Hell – The Berlin Conference

Here is a piece of the pie for you, and here is a piece of the pie for you too
And for you, no pie, after all you came late! Do you ask for a kiss on the very first date.

A SONG FOR A BETTER YEAR
The Harlem Shakes – Strictly Game

I’m sick of thee sheep, I’m sick of thou shepherd
Sick of dressing like a human when I’m feelin like a leopard.
I’m sick of slow rock, I’m sick of quick quips,
Sick of holding on to nothing when I want to hold your hips.

A SONG FOR PURE ELATION
Matt and Kim – Daylight

We cut the legs off of our pants.
Threw our shoes into the ocean.
Sit back and wave through the daylight.
Sit back and wave through the daylight

A SONG FOR THE SOUL
Timbre Timbre – Demon Host

It was real and I repent
All those messages you sent
Were clear as day, but in the night
Oh I couldn’t get it right

A SONG TO SING ALONG
Justin Rutledge – Don’t Be So Mean, Jellybean

Blow November, blow
My sweetheart home
Before the snow

A SONG FOR STANLEY PARK
Hannah Georgas – The Beat Stuff

I ain’t got no fancy ride.
Ain’t got no money to go out tonight.
All I got is this feeling inside.

A SONG FOR GIRL POWER
Missy Higgins – Peachy

It’s no-ones fault
It’s nobody’s fault
That I fell on you and you on me
That’s what humans do
Then they pass on through
But I think we can’t, don’t you?

A SONG THAT NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE
Fleetwood Mac – Landslide

Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
I don’t know…

A SONG WITH PAPER LEAVES
Hey Rosetta! – Young Glass

And when you open your eyes you’re in central park
Carried by the words that you learned when you woke up:
Even though
I thought I was
All alone
I was wrong

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