The mixtape of waxing lyrical

I could make you happy and all, if you weren’t already.

A few weeks ago I was riding shotgun in my girlfriends car on the way home from a trip down south and the radio was whiling the long weekend away by counting down the top three hundred rock songs as voted by you, the listeners on our website and I was posed the question of what the best rock song of all time was.

I ended up siding with the fairly safe selection of Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin, but then more personal favourites started to pop up in the corners of my mind and I began to ponder the idea of a mix tape.

Some time later I began spending the odd hour here and there tracking through the five thousand or so songs on my playlist these days, trying to pick out favourites, and I ended up with a set. Unfortunately a lot of songs I love dearly got the chop, and due to the unwavering demands of the ancient art of the mixtape, adjustments had to be made for flow and balance. What I ended up with is one CD’s worth of material which I would refer to as some of my favourite lyrical material.

I think all these songs are worth hearing, and their lyrics really gel with me. These should not be confused with songs which inspire spontaneous maximum-volume karaoke renditions and personal significance, but I love each of these songs in a special way. They’re the kinds of songs that I will shut my mouth for because I don’t want to miss a single word (with one or two exceptions).

So without further rambling, let alone ado, here they are.

The mixtape of waxing lyrical

  1. 3 Libras – A Perfect Circle (3:39)
  2. Shimmer – Fuel (3:34)
  3. Last Goodbye – Jeff Buckley (4:35)
  4. Silent All These Years – Tori Amos (4:11)
  5. The Freshmen – The Verve Pipe (4:29)
  6. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd (5:16)
  7. Champagne Supernova – Oasis (7:27)
  8. Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards – Billy Bragg (4:35)
  9. Under Pressure – Queen feat. David Bowie (4:01)
  10. Hurt – Johnny Cash (3:38)
  11. Call Me Call Me – Steve Conte & The Seatbelts (4:42)
  12. Drops of Jupiter – Train (4:19)
  13. ! (the song formerly known as) – Regurgitator (3:28)
  14. Walk Away – Ben Harper (3:49)
  15. One Headlight – The Wallflowers (5:13)
  16. Untouchable Face – Ani DiFranco (4:37)
  17. Bring Me The Disco King (loner mix) – David Bowie feat. Maynard James Keenan (6:08)

Just typing that out I can already feel myself wanting to tear it to bits and start again. This one’s too pop-ish, that one doesn’t fit, those don’t belong together at all… but you have to stop at some point, and that’s the point I stopped at on Sunday night.

Even at the time I was shocked by the lack of some of my favourite bands and tunes, but as I am flawed, so surely are my tastes and my selections. And so I give you this mix tape like putting the pen down on an exam, with hesitance, but with the knowledge that I believe I have done just enough to be judged worthy.

Oh yeah, the radio station’s top all time rock song was Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams, so I feel better about my selections already.

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