words cannot express how much i love wilco.
or maybe they can......
the other night some friends and i enjoyed a hot summer evening concert in kansas city enjoying wilco. as i stood listening, being filled with the memories their songs always stir, i discovered almost every song had a lyric or phrase i would sing along to. words put together so beautifully they stick out as a beacon in a sea of beautiful lyrics and waves of wonderful melodies.
instead of a set list, i've put together a lyric list; one phrase from each song played that night. although it's just a few words from longer lyrics, they begin to show the emotion jeff tweedy and wilco fill their songs with and the reason i enjoy them so much.
-the hope i had in a notebook full of white, dry pages, was all i tried to save
-i looked like someone i used to know and if i ever was myself, i wasn't that night
-i need a camera to my eye, reminding which lies i have been hiding
-i curl my lips and crawl up to you
-i have all the love i could ever ache and i leave almost with you, art of almost almost... almost...
-i'd always thought that if i held you tightly you'd always love me like you did back then
-you were a blessing and i was a curse i did my best not to make things worse for you
-did i catch you in the flashes?
-remember to remember me standing still in your past floating fast like a hummingbird
-the footprints of the lovers that come here to love, by the tides washed away forever more (cover)
-unlock my body and move myself to dance
-all i can see is black and white and white and pink with blades of blue that lay between the words i think on a page i was meaning to send her
-music is my savior, and i was maimed by rock and roll.
-you were right about the stars, each one is a setting sun
-sadness is my luxury
-but this is what love is for, to be out of place, gorgeous and alone, face to face
-all my daydreams are disasters, she's the one i think i love (cover)
-don't forget the flowers someday, i know i will
-so i'd give this world just to dream, a dream with you on our bed of california stars (cover)
-i can't find the time to write my mind the way i want it to read
-i've been young, i've been old, i've been hurt and consoled heart of coal heart of gold so i'm told
-what you once were isn't what you want to be any more
-true love will find you in the end this is a promise with a catch only if you're looking can it find you 'cause true love is searching too but how can it recognize you unless you step out into the light? (cover)
-you have to learn how to die if you want to want to be alive,
-for your sparkling cocky smile i've walked a million miles begging you to come and wed me in the spring (cover)
-give back my tv, it don't mean that much to me, while you're giving back my things, give me back the key to my heart (cover)
-there's something there that you can't find honest when you're tellin' a lie. you hurt her but you don't know why. you love her but you don't know why