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Top Ten Songs That I Wish Were Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fab ladies at The Broke and the Bookish!

1. Flashing Lights by Kanye West

She don't believe in shooting stars
But she believe in shoes and cars
Wood floors in the new apartment
Couture from the store's departments
You more like "love to start shit"
I'm more of the trips to Florida
Ordered the hors d'oeuvres, views of the water
Straight from a page of your favorite author
2. Ambulance Blues by Neil Young

Back in the old folky days
The air was magic when we played.
The riverboat was rockin' in the rain
Midnight was the time for the raid.
Oh, Isabella, proud Isabella,
They tore you down and plowed you under.
You're only real with your make-up on
How could I see you and stay too long?
3. Houston Don't Dream About Me by The Black Crowes

Loose change days and motel nights
Day old coffee, dollar postcards
State trooper's flashing lights
As we listen to the thunder
As we talked about our past
So we see our coming future
You tell me you know love can last
While staring out the window
Just looking for a place to hide
A place to ease our minds
A place away from yesterday
Close to tomorrow, away from the sorrows
Of living other people's time
4.  You Got Me - The Roots ft. Erykah Badu

Somebody told me that this planet was small
We use to live in the same building on the same floor
And never met before
Until I'm overseas on tour
And peep this Ethiopian queen from Philly
Taking classes abroad
She studying film and photo flash focus record
Said she workin on a flick and
Could my click do the score
She said she loved my show in Paris
At Elysee Montmartre
And that I stepped off the stage
And took a piece of her heart
5. T.B. Sheets by Van Morrison

Now listen, Julie baby,
It ain't natural for you to cry in the midnight.
It ain't natural for you to cry way into midnight through,
Until the wee small hours long 'fore the break of dawn,
Now Julie, an' there ain't nothin' on my mind
More further 'way than what you're lookin' for.
I see the way you jumped at me, Lord, from behind the door
And looked into my eyes.
Your little star struck innuendos
Inadequacies and foreign bodies
6. Carry Me Ohio by Sun Kil Moon

Can't count to
All the lovers I've burned through
So why do I still burn for you
I can't say
Sorry that
I could never love you back
I could never care enough in these last days
7. The Ballad of El Goodo by Big Star

Years ago, my heart was set to live
And I've been trying hard against unbelievable odds
It gets so hard in times like now to hold on
But guns they wait to be stuck by, at my side is God
And there ain't no one going to turn me 'round
8. Talullah by Jamiroquai

She's gone away
Flying out on a jet plane
Told me, she won't be back again
And Talullah, Talullah is her name
Well, I got this thing, girl
I wanted to say to you
"Talullah, I'm still missing you"
Baby, can't you stop that plane?
Turn it around, I still love you, babe
Tell the captain that I'm to blame, I'm to blame
9. How Do You Say Auf Wiedersehn? by Mel Tormé (but only because I can't find a video of Freddy Cole's version)

How do you say auf wiedersehn
To things you'll never see again?
The Wilhelmstrasse in the rain
The day we ran to catch the train
That puffed along the river Seine
Remember Paris
And best of all the Pyrennes
Who could forget such memories
That crazy trip how typical of us
To miss the bus, the plane, too
How do you say auf wiedersehn to these?
The war was over
And the spirit was broken
The hills were smokin'
As the men withdrew
We stood on the cliffs,
Oh and watched the ships,
Slowly sinking to their rendezvous
They signed a treaty
And our homes were taken
Loved-ones forsaken,
They didn't give a damn.
Try to raise a family
End up an enemy
Over what went down on the Plains of Abraham.
Acadian driftwood,
Gypsy tailwind
They call my home,
The land of snow
Canadian cold front,
Movin' in
What a way to ride,
Oh what a way to go
So basically I just picked a lot of my favorite songs rather than super lyrical songs (although some of these are), more for the feeling they give me than anything else . . . and most of these are definitely about pining. 

What is your song themed TTT today??  Link up below!


  1. Lots of great music!! Totally varied too. Makes me realize I don't listen enough. Great list!!

  2. I haven't heard of some of these songs, but the lyrics are great. Awesome picks!

  3. What a great list!! I haven't heard all of these songs before but I'd love to see them become books. Love the lyrics!

    -Lety @ Gone With The Words

  4. Oh I would so love Jamiroquai's to be made a real book. So much potential there! Arcadian Driftwood would make an awesome historical or even a current one. And I do love me some Black Crowes!

    1. omg Jessica! That is my favorite band! My husband and I met at a black crowe show and we've seen them all over the world!

      Totally agree: Jamiroquai!!

  5. I don't know any of these! Haha! Some of them do sound like they'd make good books though! :D

    Here are my Top Ten!

  6. I love love love how you included the lyrics. It's like you've turned the music into books and included the synopsis, too!

  7. Love that last one! Great inclusion with the lyrics. :)

  8. I really enjoyed listening to some new (to me) songs here. That Mel Tormé song, though! I can see that played out

  9. I love reading lyrics! You've got some great choices here.

  10. First time hearing these songs! Arcadian Driftwood, I LIKED ALOT!

  11. I really like 3! Several of these are songs I haven't heard! I'll have to check them out.

  12. Great idea for a post! Love your picks too :)


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