#629 When it feels like the lyrics to the song you’re listening to were written just for you

Maybe a quiet haze drifts in your dorm as you worry about upcoming exams and patchy friendships. Maybe your heart just got flattened by a runaway relationship and the knots in your stomach are twisting and burning. Or maybe you’re trekking cross-country with a backpack and a dream and are suddenly sucker-punched with a jabby stab of loneliness.

When you’re pumped up, pumped down, shaken sideways or rattled around, it’s always comforting to share a moment with a song or lyric that perfectly reflects your mood. Sometimes it seems like they’re singing right to you.

So come on and smile along, nod quietly to the song, and push ahead, plow forward, and soldier right on.


Turn it on and soak it in

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76 thoughts on “#629 When it feels like the lyrics to the song you’re listening to were written just for you

  1. Did you watch last night’s American Dad episode, too? that was pretty much the plot, where Stan becomes obsessed with My Morning Jacket and believes that all of their songs were written just for him.

    Awesome nonetheless.

  2. ooooh yeah i know how that feels! as immature as it sounds but 5 years ago, hilary duff’s “so yesterday” got me through a tough break up. i felt that was MY song at the time! hehehe


    1. Hilary Duff is cool.. But ‘m at awe! Everyday theres a new awesome thing. But Neil missed a few!!! Ahhh!

  3. yah i no! I love that feeling!
    that was a great post, you said it really good.
    When your all down, then suddenly in the radio a song comes up that completely changes your mood.

    1. oh, but somehow it really helps to know someone else really, really understands how hard it is.

      best example: “pretty pathetic” by the smoking popes.

  4. That’s so awesome they’ve even written songs about it.
    “Strumming my pain with his fingers,
    Singing my life with his words,
    Killing me softly with his song
    Telling my whole life with his words…”

  5. it can be awesome indeed.
    not so much when it reminds you of painful things you’d rather forget… that’s what ruined my weekend…

  6. Hunter S. Thompson had a reputation for being “THE” connoisseur of alkaloids and all things psychoactive. In an interview by High Times Magazine in the late 70’s he was asked to name his favorite drug. He thought about it and replied “There is nothing better than a Big Ole Nixon.” When pressed for details – he just smiled and said, you know, a Big Ole Nixon!

    Within days, the offices of High Times were deluged with requests for where they could score some Big Ole Nixon. Some thought it was a new form of acid, maybe some six-way blotter. Still others thought it had to be something out of Colorado … possibly the legendary puffball fungus that when ingested provided exclusively auditory hallucinations. A group of chemical anthropologists working with Andrew Weil suggested that the reference to “Nixon” had to mean this substance got you incredibly buzzed leaving you with no memory of the event afterward and set off for South America.

    High Times could not help these intrepid explorers of wetware. But they writer of the story recontacted HST and pleaded for clarification. In the next month’s issue there it was right up front under errata and clarifications: A Big Ole Nixon is nothing more than a gigantic morning dump.


    Carpe Eximo, Campers!

  7. It’s also awesome when you check up on your favorite blog and they wrote a post that’s seemingly aimed towards you.
    I’ve had such a bad day, and I look forward to listening to those soothing songs.

  8. I’m two thousand miles from home, been gone a year, miss the wife, boys and grandsons. Won’t be home for another eight months at least (medical issues)….I need a good ol’ heartbreaking country song from Lady Antebellum. I know they wrote it for this sad sack.
    ……It’s a quarter after one…I’m all alone & I need you now…..sadly Awesome

  9. i love coming across songs that fit perfectly with situations in my life…and then frantically trying to figure out what its called before it is over

  10. Ditto! I ban country music a few years ago (following a 15 year marriage ending). I knew how sad and lonely I was feeling (at that time – things have gotten so MUCH better with time) and did not need a country song to remind me. A friend recently invited me over to dinner (she neglected to mention she was watching the CMA’s). I sat in front of the TV having a nice bowl of soup and crying when I heard a country song that hit several nerves within me. I actually went home and found the song on YouTube and found much healing and a sense of normalcy in listening to it. I listened to it over and over for a day, figured out I was normal and moved on. I am still not HIP on country music, however, I don’t run the other direction or cover my ears any longer. Great Post.

    Peace and Love, B

  11. this is my favorite awesome thing thus far. I have a song for everything, every break up, every big life moment, and even a lot of small life moments that are more easily remembered by a song.

    Thank you, music.

    1. most amazing song!!! wow thank you for this: i feel like no one knows TMBG
      and yes this is a wonderful feeling :)

  12. It’s a rarity but it happens and I love it, especially when they seem to match up with what’s happening in your life at that moment.

  13. ahh, broken relationships. That song, “Leggy blonde” – i’ve listened to it first time when i’ve boarded to plane from Moscow, leaving behind all that summer-long, love-filled, beautifull relationships with one of my blonde co-workers. Damn, that song was almost word-by-word describing what was going on in my life for past three months! I’ve listened to it like 30 times on a way to hideaway island (where we were supposed to fly together).

    Good bye, Leggy Blonde!

  14. Life Less Ordinary by Carbon Leaf is about my relationship. There’s no doubt in my mind that Barry Privett was stalking me when she and I got together.

  15. This is such a good post I’ve been with this blog from day 1, like literally from #1000. My song at the moment would definitely be “Plain White T’s – 1234”

  16. I’d also like to add that the song, Dark Blue by Jack’s Mannequin, really changed my life. It can apply to so many things. All the metaphors mean something different to me. :)

  17. Standing in the front row
    Makin’ sure that I can see
    Pointin’ at the set list sayin’,
    “That one’s about me”

    –Mary Prankster, “Whistle Stop”

  18. I was running once when I was dealing with stress from a friend. And I heard there words “Let it go / Let it roll right off your shoulder / Don’t you know / The hardest part is over / Let it in”. That was an AWESOME run.

  19. Picked up an aging hippie somewhere in SoCal and drove him all the way back to his home in Eureka. His wife had kicked him out a year or two earlier, and he’d been literally living on the beach, and occasionally mooching from some sugar-mama. But in a recent, tearful, and forgiving phone call his wife had told him its “time to come home now”. He’d been on the road hitching for 5-6 days when I found him. I popped in a cassette: “Train Song” by Tom Waits. He got very weepy, broke down a bit, looked up at me with wet eyes and said “This song is about ME!”

    So awesome, I wrote a song about him.

  20. i was on vecation in venuzuela last summer, we went far into the jungle. we slept in hammocs besides a river. i woke up in the middle of the night when the river was full of fireflies flying slowly downwards the river. i couldt sleep for an hour because of the beauty. a couple of weeks later the most downloaded song was named “fireflies” and that was very similar towhat happened to me,

  21. Amazing! I was listening to the song and thinking that’s written just for me when I suddenly looked at the link to #629 awesome thing. Now I’m really sure, the lyrics were written just for me :). B

  22. Break Ups –
    Everything happens for a reason – Zhane
    Heart of the Matter – Don Henley

    Generally Bad Day
    My Life – Mary J. Blige

    Good Days –
    I’m Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

    And one that surprised me and had me in tears. I rarely watch videos, but this really struck me. I once dated a rather wealthy man, and he was NOT a good person… But I was determined to keep him because of the $$$. When I saw the video, and how CRAZY she was to keep him, even the scenes in the police station, I thought, “I WAS that woman.”
    Ring the Alarm – Beyonce

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