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Gerard Finnegan

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Where Words Fail: Music Thread
« on: August 08, 2016, 06:11:53 PM »
The Weakerthans-Aside

Measure me in metered lines, in one decisive stare,
the time it takes to get from here to there.
My ribs that show through t-shirts and these shoes I got for free;
I'm unconsoled, I'm lonely.
I am so much better than I used to be.

Terrified of telephones and shopping malls and knives,
And drowning in the pools of other lives.
Rely a bit to heavily on alcohol and irony.
Get clobbered on by courtesy, in love with love, and lousy poetry.

And I'm leaning on this broken fence between Past and Present tense.
And I'm losing all those stupid games that I swore I'd never play.
But it almost feels okay.

Circumnavigate this body of wonder and uncertainty.
Armed with every precious failure, and amateur cartography,
I breathe in deep before I spread those maps out on my bedroom floor.

And I'm leaning on this broken fence between Past and Present tense.
And I'm losing all those stupid games that I swore I'd never play.
But it feels okay.

And I'm leaving. Wave goodbye.
And I'm losing, but I'll try, with the last ways left, to remember.
Sing my imperfect offering.
[i:df9d511a7f]To these memories I will hold
With your blessing I will go
To turn at last to paths that lead home[/i:df9d511a7f]

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Re: I wait in 4/4 Time: Songs in Gerry's Head
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2016, 06:19:20 PM »
Whitesnake ? Here I Go Again

I don't know where I'm goin'
But I sure know where I've been
Hanging on the promises in songs of yesterday
An' I've made up my mind, I ain't wasting no more time
Here I go again, here I go again

Tho' I keep searching for an answer
I never seem to find what I'm looking for
Oh Lord, I pray you give me strength to carry on
'Cause I know what it means to walk along the lonely street of dreams

Here I go again on my own
Goin' down the only road I've ever known
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
An' I've made up my mind, I ain't wasting no more time

Just another heart in need of rescue
Waiting on love's sweet charity
An' I'm gonna hold on for the rest of my days
'Cause I know what it means to walk along the lonely street of dreams

And here I go again on my own
Goin' down the only road I've ever known
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
An' I've made up my mind, I ain't wasting no more time
But here I go again, here I go again,
Here I go again, here I go

'Cause I know what it means to walk along the lonely street of dreams
Here I go again on my own
Goin' down the only road I've ever known
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
An' I've made up my mind, I ain't wasting no more time
Here I go again on my own
Goin' down the only road I've ever known
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
'Cause I know what it means to walk along the lonely street of dreams

Here I go again on my own
Goin' down the only road I've ever known
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
[i:df9d511a7f]To these memories I will hold
With your blessing I will go
To turn at last to paths that lead home[/i:df9d511a7f]

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Re: I wait in 4/4 Time: Songs in Gerry's Head
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2016, 08:14:30 PM »
Note from the character:  Shut up.  I love this song.  And I sing it to my niece to get her to sleep so...*sticks tongue out*

An American Tail- Somewhere Out There

Somewhere out there
Beneath the pale moonlight
Someone's thinking of me
And loving me tonight

Somewhere out there
Someone's saying a prayer
That we'll find one another
In that big somewhere out there

And even though I know how very far apart we are
It helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star
And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby
It helps to think we're sleeping underneath the same big sky

Somewhere out there
If love can see us through
Then we'll be together
Somewhere out there
Out where dreams come true
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Re: I wait in 4/4 Time: Songs in Gerry's Head
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2016, 08:31:17 PM »
Kim Richey- A Place Called Home


Well, it's not hard to see
Anyone who looks at me
Knows I am just a rolling stone
Never landing anyplace to call my own
To call my own

Well, it seems like so long ago
But it really ain't you know
I started out a crazy kid
Miracle I made it through the things I did
The things I did

Someday I'll go where there ain't no rain or snow
Till then, I travel alone
And I make my bed with the stars above my head
And dream of a place called home

I had a chance to settle down
Get a job and live in town
Work in some old factory
I never liked the foreman standing over me
Over me

Oh I'd rather walk a winding road
Rather know the things I know
See the world with my own eyes
No regrets, no looking back, no goodbyes
No goodbyes

Someday I'll go where there ain't no rain or snow
Till then, I travel alone
And I make my bed with the stars above my head
And I dream of a place called home
[i:df9d511a7f]To these memories I will hold
With your blessing I will go
To turn at last to paths that lead home[/i:df9d511a7f]

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Re: I wait in 4/4 Time: Songs in Gerry's Head
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2016, 08:39:18 PM »
The Weakerthans- Left and Leaving

My city's still breathing (but barely it's true)
Through buildings gone missing like teeth
The sidewalks are watching me think about you
Sparkled with broken glass
I'm back with scars to show
Back with the streets I know
Will never take me anywhere but here
The stain in the carpet, this drink in my hand
The strangers whose faces I know
We meet here for our dress-rehearsal
To say, "I wanted it this way"
Wait for the year to drown
Spring forward, fall back down
I'm trying not to wonder where you are
All this time lingers, undefined
Someone choose who's left and who's leaving
Memory will rust and erode into lists
Of all that you gave me:
A blanket, some matches, this pain in my chest
The best parts of lonely, duct-tape, and soldered wires
New words for old desires
And every birthday card I threw away
I wait in 4/4 time
Count yellow highway lines that you're relying on
To lead you home
[i:df9d511a7f]To these memories I will hold
With your blessing I will go
To turn at last to paths that lead home[/i:df9d511a7f]

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Re: I wait in 4/4 Time: Songs in Gerry's Head
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2016, 03:14:09 AM »
A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera - Say Something

Say something, I'm giving up on you
I'll be the one if you want me to
Anywhere I would've followed you
Say something, I'm giving up on you

And I... am feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at all
And I... will stumble and fall
I'm still learning to love
Just starting to crawl

Say something, I'm giving up on you
I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you
Anywhere I would've followed you
Say something, I'm giving up on you

And I... will swallow my pride
You're the one that I love
And I'm saying goodbye

Say something, I'm giving up on you
And I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you
And anywhere I would've followed you (Oh-Ooh)
Say something, I'm giving up on you

Say something, I'm giving up on you
Say something...
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Re: I wait in 4/4 Time: Songs in Gerry's Head
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2017, 05:38:55 PM »
The Gaslight Anthem- The '59 Sound

Well I wonder which song they're gonna play when we go
I hope it's something quiet and minor and peaceful and slow
When we float out into the ether into the everlasting arms
I hope we don't hear Marley's chains we forged in life

'Cause the chains I've been hearin' now for most of my life
And the chains I've been hearin' now for most of my life

Did you hear the '59 sound
Coming through on Grandmama's radio?
Did you hear the rattlin' chains
In the hospital walls?

Did you hear the old gospel choir
When they came to carry you over?
Did you hear your favorite song
One last time?

And I wonder, were you scared when the metal hit the glass?
See I was playing a show down the road when your spirit left your body
And they told me on the front lawn, I'm sorry I couldn't go
But I still know the song and the words and her name and the reasons

And I know 'cause we were kids and we used to hang
And I know 'cause we were kids and we used to hang

Did you hear the '59 sound
Coming through on Grandmama's radio?
Did you hear the rattlin' chains
In the hospital walls?

Did you hear the old gospel choir
When they came to carry you over?
Did you hear your favorite song
One last time?

Young boys, young girls
Young boys, young girls
Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night
Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night
Well they ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night
Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night

Did you hear the '59 sound
Coming through on Grandmama's radio?
Did you hear the rattlin' chains
In the hospital walls?

Did you hear the old gospel choir
When they came to carry you over?
Did you hear your favorite song
One last time?

Young boys, young girls
Young boys, young girls
[i:df9d511a7f]To these memories I will hold
With your blessing I will go
To turn at last to paths that lead home[/i:df9d511a7f]

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Re: I wait in 4/4 Time: Songs in Gerry's Head
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2017, 09:44:55 AM »
Jay And The Americans - Come A Little Bit Closer

In a little caf? just the other side of the border
She was just sitting there givin' me looks that made my mouth water
So I started walking her way
She belonged to bad man, Jos?
And I knew, yes I knew I should leave
When I heard her say, yeah

Come a little bit closer
You're my kind of man
So big and so strong
Come a little bit closer
I'm all alone
And the night is so long

So we started to dance
In my arms, she felt so inviting
That I just couldn't resist
Just one little kiss so exciting
Then I heard the guitar player say
"Vamoose, Jos?'s on his way"
Then I knew, yes I knew I should run
But then I heard her say, yeah

Come a little bit closer
You're my kind of man
So big and so strong
Come a little bit closer
I'm all alone
And the night is so long

Then the music stopped
When I looked the caf? was empty
Then I heard Jos? say
"Man you know you're in trouble plenty"
So I dropped my drink from my hand
And through the window I ran
And as I rode away
I could hear her say to Jos?, yeah

Come a little bit closer
You're my kind of man
So big and so strong
Come a little bit closer
I'm all alone
And the night is so long

La la-la-la la-la
La la-la-la la-la
Ho ho la-la
La la la-la
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Re: I wait in 4/4 Time: Songs in Gerry's Head
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2017, 01:14:00 PM »
The Gaslight Anthem- American Slang

Look what you started,
I seem to be coming out of my skin
Look what you've forgotten here
The bandages just don't keep me in
And when it was over, I woke up alone
And they cut me to ribbons and taught me to drive
I got your name tattooed inside of my arm
I called for my father but my father had died
While you told me fortunes, in American Slang
Look at the damage,
The fortunes came for the richer men.
While we're left with gallows,
Waiting for us liars to come down and hang.
And when it was over, I woke up alone
And they cut me to ribbons and taught me to drive
I got your name tattooed inside of my arm
I called for my father but my father had died
While you told me fortunes, in American Slang
And here's where we died that time last year,
And here's where the angels and devils meet.
And you can dance with the queen if you need,
And she will always keep your cards
Close to her heart ooh
So close to her heart before they tear you apart
When they cut me to ribbons and taught me to drive
I got your name tattooed inside of my arm
And I called for my father but my father had died
I called for my father but my father had died
While you told me fortunes, in American Slang
You told me fortunes, in American Slang
[i:df9d511a7f]To these memories I will hold
With your blessing I will go
To turn at last to paths that lead home[/i:df9d511a7f]

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Re: I wait in 4/4 Time: Songs in Gerry's Head
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2017, 01:41:48 AM »
Cat Stevens- Father And Son


It's not time to make a change
Just relax, take it easy
You're still young, that's your fault
There's so much you have to know
Find a girl, settle down
If you want you can marry
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy

I was once like you are now, and I know that it's not easy
To be calm when you've found something going on
But take your time, think a lot
Why, think of everything you've got
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not

How can I try to explain, cause when I do he turns away again
It's always been the same, same old story
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away
I know I have to go


It's not time to make a change
Just sit down, take it slowly
You're still young, that's your fault
There's so much you have to go through
Find a girl, settle down
If you want you can marry
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy


All the times that I cried, keeping all the things I knew inside
It's hard, but it's harder to ignore it
If they were right, I'd agree, but it's them they know not me
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away
I know I have to go
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Re: I wait in 4/4 Time: Songs in Gerry's Head
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2018, 04:57:05 PM »
Sharon Dubek- Tonight


Tonight, when I came home from work, hurt
Tonight, when I came home from work
There he, unforeseen
Sat in my kitchen, buttering himself a bread and the cat was on his knee and smiled at me

Tonight, when I came home from work
Tonight, when I came home from work

There he, unforseen
Passed the guitar and said I battered my car right now, won't you please give me your tune
We had change of the moon
We had change of the moon

Tonight, when I came home from work
Tonight, when I came home from work

Tonight, when I came home from work
There he, unforseen
Changed in an easy chair
And said what's that sorrow you bear and I could tell him he understood
He gently took my arm
He listened to my tears till dawn
I dedicate this song to you
Tonight
We had change of the moon
We had change of the moon

Tonight, when I came home from work
Tonight, when I came home from work
Tonight, tonight
Tonight

(OOC Note: Song by Sibylle Baier.  Using it IC as a song his mother wrote and never released)
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Re: I wait in 4/4 Time: Songs in Gerry's Head
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2018, 05:37:50 PM »
William Elliot Whitmore-Bury Me Not on The Lone Prairie

Oh bury me not on the lone prairie
Where the coyotes wail and the wind blows free
And when I die, don't bury me
'neath the Western sky on the lone prairie

Oh bury me not on the lone prairie
These words came soft and painfully
From the pallid lips of a youth who lay
On his dying bed at the break of day

But we buried him there, on the lone prairie
Where the rattlesnakes hiss and the wind blows free
In a shallow grave, no one to greave
'neath the Western sky on the lone prairie

Oh bury me not on the lone prairie
These words came soft and painfully
From the pallid lips of a youth who lay
On his dying bed at the break of day
On his dying bed at the break of day

"You can run on for a long time.  But sooner or later, God'll cut you down."

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Re: I wait in 4/4 Time: Songs in Gerry's Head
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2018, 11:31:33 PM »
This music makes me think of Simon every time I hear it.

Carter Burwell-Fargo, North Dakota


Nick Cave and Warren Ellis- Lord of the Plains

Moby-Live Forever


Cliff Martinez-Wrong Floor


Trevor Rabin-The Last Car
(I wrote the car chase in Eye For An Eye to this music.)

"You can run on for a long time.  But sooner or later, God'll cut you down."

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Re: I wait in 4/4 Time: Songs in Gerry's Head
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2018, 12:53:34 AM »
The Cult- Painted On My Heart

I thought . . .you'd be out of my mind
And i'd finally found a way to
Learn to live without you
I thought . . .it was just a matter of time
Till I had a hundred reasons
Not to think about you
But it's just not so
and after all this time
I still can't let go
I've still got your face
Painted on my heart
Carved upon my soul
Etched upon my memory . . .baby
And I've got your kiss
Still
Burning on my lips
The touch of her fingertips
Is left so deep inside of me . . .baby
I was trying
Everything that I can
To get my heart to forget you
But it just can't seem to
I guess it's just no use
In every part of me
is still a part of you
And I've still got your face
Painted on my heart
Carved upon my soul
Etched upon my memory . . .baby
And I've got your kiss
Still
Burning on my lips
The tough of her fingertips
Is left so deep inside of me . . .baby
I've still got your face
Painted on my heart
Painted on my heart
Painted on my heart . . .baby
Something in your eyes keeps haunting
Me
I'm trying to forget you
But I know there ain't no wayto
Chase you from my mind
I've still got your face
Painted on my heart
Carved upon my soul
Etched upon my memory . . .baby
And I've got your kiss
Still
Burning on my lips
The touch of her fingertips
Is left so deep inside of me . . .baby
I've still got your face
I've still got your face
Painted on my heart
Painted on my h-e-a-are-t
Baby
Come on
Come on
Come on
Come on
Baby
Come on
Come on
Baby
Come on
Come on
Baby
On my h-e-a-are-t
I've still got your face
Painted on my heart

"You can run on for a long time.  But sooner or later, God'll cut you down."

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Re: I wait in 4/4 Time: Songs in Gerry's Head
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2018, 11:57:39 AM »
Johnny Cash-Hurt

I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that's real
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything

What have I become
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know goes away
In the end
And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

I wear this crown of thorns
Upon my liar's chair
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair
Beneath the stains of time
The feelings disappear
You are someone else
I am still right here

What have I become
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know goes away
In the end
And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

If I could start again
A million miles away
I would keep myself
I would find a way

"You can run on for a long time.  But sooner or later, God'll cut you down."