sunday best on a tuesday.

Hi, I’m new. I’m Charlie. This past Sunday, I started something in my own personal journal called “The Sunday Best” (Creative eh?) Anyway, the concept is for me to take a song or two from the week that I’ve listened to the most, and comment on it and post the lyrics and post some sort of link so that you can actually hear the song. Anyhow, here is the one that I posted Sunday, and from now on, The Sunday Best will actually be posted on Sunday. Deal?
Song #1

Brendan Benson – Metarie

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This song says so much. It has such a great feel. I love it.
I’m just now getting into Brendan Benson, but I can already tell that he is a great songwriter. Great structure…kinda poppy hooks sometimes, but not in a bad way. He is in The Raconteurs now with Jack White.

So listen to this song.


Met a girl – introduced myself
I asked her to go with me and no one else
And she said: I’d really like to see you everyday
But I’m afraid of what my friends might say
You need a bath and your clothes are wrong
You’re not my type I can tell we wouldn’t get along
I just laughed what else could I do
And her friend chimed in singin’ get a clue
Get a life – put it in your song
There’s something I’ve been meaning to say to you
I’d had enough couldn’t take it anymore
So I turned and I ran straight for the door
Bought some mags on my way home
For later on ya know when I’m all alone
Bottle of wine and some cigarettes
Watch TV and go to bed
I know a guy lives in Los Angeles
Sometimes his life there makes me so jealous
I’d like to move out of this place
Change my name – get a new face
Sleep all day stay up all night
And everybody I meet thinks I’m alright
Pat my back say I like your song

Song #2

Tool – 10,000 Days (Wings Pt. 2)

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Oh my. I don’t even know where to begin with this song. The lyrics to this song are so incredible. I think that Maynard James Keenan is the only person in the world that can write a song defending his mother from the almighty power above. That is EXACTLY what he is doing with this song. He is basically saying if a heaven does exist, then his mother is the only person in the world that deserves to be there. “10,000 days in the fire is long enough, you’re going home.” See Maynard’s mother suffered a stroke that left her partially paralyzed and wheelchair-bound for 27 years…or as you may have guessed…10,000 days. Her religious faith never strayed during this time, and as a matter of fact, it made her faith stronger, a fact which Maynard always found ironic. This song was written for her. I could go on and on about how deep this song is, and how I don’t think anyone has ever wrote a song with such power and emotion, but I’ll let you decide for yourself now that you know what it’s about.

10,000 Days (Wings Pt. 2)

listen to the tales and romanticise
how we follow the path of the hero
boast about the day when the rivers overrun
how we rised to the height of our halo

listen to the tales as we all rationalise
our way into the arms of the savior
fading all the trials and the tribulations
none of us have actually been there
not like you

ignorant fibbers in the congregation
gather around spewing sympathy
spare me
none of them can even hold a candle up to you
blinded by choices hypocrites won’t see

but nothing but the collective judas’
who could deny you were the one who would have made it
you’ll have a piece of the divine

this little light of mine
the gift you passed onto me
i’m gonna let it shine
to guide you safely on your way
your way home…

what are they going to do when the lights go down
without you guide them home to zion
what are they going to do when the river is overrun
other than tremble incessantly

high as a wave but i’ll rise on up on the ground
you are a light, and a wave, that they will only read about
i only pray, heaven knows when to lift you out
ten thousand days in the fire is long enough
you’re going home

you’re the only one who can hold your head up high
shake your fist at the gates saying:

i’ve come home now
fetch me the spirit
the son, and the father
tell them their pillar of faith has ascended
it’s time now, my time now
give me my, give me my wings

you are a light, a wave
that they will only read about

set as i am in my ways and my arrogance
burden of proof tossed upon the believers.
you were my witness
my eyes, my eminence
judith marie, unconditional one

daylight dims
leaving cold flouresence
difficult to see you in this light
please forgive this bold suggestion
should you see your maker’s face tonight
look em in the eye
look em in the eye, and tell them
i never lived a lie, never took a life
but surely saved one, hallelujah
it’s time for you to bring me home

3 Responses

  1. Woodland Bear

    Metarie has been for a while now on of my top 5 songs ever. I saw Brendan Benson live back in November 2004, and he was brilliant. Good choice there.