Day 4 :: Lyrics

on October 4, 2013 in 31 Ways To Speak Love, TOP 5 FRIDAY with 26 comments by

31 waysI cannot think of a finer writing style than songwriting.

Truly.

What a songwriter says in 35 lines it takes me 35 paragraphs and you are surely bored at the end of my rant and you’re teary by the end of the song.

It’s incredible.

I never appreciated lyrics much until I moved to Nashville. I watch as my songwriter friends slave over a sentence and rework a few lines and the final product could just take your breath away.

Talk about making your words matter!

So next time you LOVE a song, don’t just think about the performer. Think about the WRITER. That’s the person who deserves the first standing ovation when your heart is moved.

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On Fridays, I like to do a little list – we call it TOP 5 FRIDAY.

So today I want to list my top 5 favorite lyrics … that come to mind right now. Because you and I both know that as soon as I hit publish I am going to think of eight more that I wish I could add.

 

1. Taylor Swift // Everything Has Changed

“All I know is we said, ‘Hello.’ So dust off your highest hopes.”

Seriously. UGH. That’s such a great use of words and the idea of your highest hopes. Beautiful word picture.

 

2. Joy Williams // Golden Thread

“Just wanna know while everything’s unraveling. I’m hanging on, just hanging by a golden thread.”

I love the sense of hope in a hard time in this line. You just know that a golden thread is worth holding on to.

 

3. Lady Antebellum // Goodbye Town

“I can’t erase the memories. And I can’t burn the whole place down.”

Genius. When you think of where a heartbreak happened, you know those are the two options. If I stay in this town, I will always remember where the memories occurred. Such a beautiful way to talk about a harsh reality.

 

4. Meredith Andrews // Pieces

“You are completely known. You are completely loved. This is where you belong.”

I literally can’t hear Meredith sing this line without tearing up. Truth will do that to a person. [But really. EVERY line in this song. EVERY ONE.]

 

5. Mumford & Sons // After The Storm 

“With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.”

I want this to be me.

 

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26 comments

  1. Danielle Getts
    posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 12:37 PM  |  reply

    My favorite lyric is follow your heart sweet heart. From Lady A’s new song Compass. 🙂

  2. Abby
    posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 12:40 PM  |  reply

    JJ Heller, Who You Are – “I don’t know what you’re doing but I know who you are.”

  3. Emily T.
    posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 12:43 PM  |  reply

    Sanctus Real, The Redeemer 🙂
    The whole thing really but especially the part where it says, “I’ve lost my faith in so many things, but I still believe in You.”

  4. posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 12:44 PM  |  reply

    If ever I forget my true identity, show me who I am, and help me to believe.
    Citizens

    AND just because it makes so much sense to me even though I’m no longer 22. T swift.
    We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time. It’s miserable and magical.
    I have to make myself remember that it’s magical. And when I do it becomes way more fun.

  5. posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 12:53 PM  |  reply

    That Mumford one — totally. Me too.

    There are so many lyrics that I love.

    One that came to mind is from “Re: Stacks” by Bon Iver. Two lines I love from that song are the beginning line and the end line. “This my excavation and today is Kumran.” (FOR REAL? Any musician who can put something like that into a song wins major points. I love the meaning that it conveys, even if not everyone will get it. I love the idea of an excavation of the heart and soul – digging things up, dusting them off, and examining what you find. Amazing!) And the last line, “Your love will be safe with me.” Isn’t that what we all want?

  6. posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 12:55 PM  |  reply

    yay! Thanks for the plug:)

    My fav lyrics… a toss up between the first and last verse of the same song… My God by Gemma Hayes…

    first verse –
    My God
    Hope you’re on call
    ‘Cause I maybe in danger of crashing before I get to fall

    last verse –
    My God
    Is it alright if I turn right back around?
    ‘Cause I reckon I fly highest
    When my feet are planted on the ground

  7. Missy K
    posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 1:00 PM  |  reply

    Ah– a tie—
    “I’ve traveled through my history
    from certainty to mystery.
    God speaks in rhyme and paradox,
    this I know is true.”
    by Carrie Newcomer and

    “And maybe it’s a better thing,
    a better thing,
    To be more than merely innocent,
    but to be broken and redeemed by love
    and maybe this old world is bent,
    but it’s waking up,
    I’m waking up. ”
    Andrew Peterson

  8. posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 1:03 PM  |  reply

    My friend wrote a song called “Show Mercy”. One of the lines is: ‘To the sister who has fallen, like a flower that’s bowed its head’ … So beautiful.

  9. posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 1:04 PM  |  reply

    PS. I’m in the UK and one of my dreams is to sing one of my songs in Nashville one day!

  10. Angelica
    posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 1:18 PM  |  reply

    My favourite is words by Hawk Nelson

    “Words can build you up
    Words can break you down
    Start a fire in your heart or
    Put it out”

    I heard this song at the end of June and it started a passion in my heart to use my words wisely. Now speak love has taken that passion one step further. 🙂

  11. Mary Schmidt
    posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 1:34 PM  |  reply

    Currently loving this lyric from Steve Moakler “Thing About Us”:

    You don’t have to say a word, to speak to me.
    You don’t have to know what hurts, to heal me.

  12. posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 1:48 PM  |  reply

    In an old one from Shane and Shane, Be Near, this line gets me every time:

    Your fullness is mine
    revelation divine
    but, o, to taste
    to know much more than a page
    to feel Your embrace…

  13. Maddie Mobley
    posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 3:19 PM  |  reply

    1. I am Judas’ kiss, but you love me anyway. (You love me anyway: sidewalk prophets). DANG.
    2. I am royalty, I have destiny, I have been set free, I’m gonna shake, history. (The Anthem, Jake Hamilton)
    3. You were made by a God who knows your name. And he doesn’t make mistakes. You are wanted. (Wanted: Dara Mcclean)
    4. Hakuna Matata, it means no worries for the rest of your days. (Hakuna Matata: the lion king)
    5. I hope, sometimes you wonder about me. (All too well, Taylor Swift)
    6. Don’t you worry your pretty little mind, people throw rocks at things that shine. (Ours, Taylor Swift
    7. Your worth more than gold (Gold, Britt Nicole)
    8. Id rather die like Christ, than live unholy. (Lecrae)

  14. posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 3:30 PM  |  reply

    So many! But the one that came to my mind first:
    “You are a novel in a sea of magazines.” Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. That whole song is great, but that’s my favorite line.

  15. Jill O.
    posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 5:37 PM  |  reply

    Came to your blog today to leave a word for you, friend. When I got here, I read about lyrics. I have to say that my current favorite line is from a book, but the sentiment would make for beautiful lyrics: “I would rather go down encouraging someone than having a heart full of words I never said.” Thank you, Annie, for Speak Love. I’m a bit of a puddle reading it as I wait for a flight in the Nasville airport. Ugly. Cry.

  16. posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 5:43 PM  |  reply

    Right now, every word in Britt Nicole’s “Walk on the Water” is hitting me in the heart.

    And these words from JJ Heller’s “What Love Really Means”:

    I will love you for you
    Not for what you have done
    Or what you will become

    I will love you for you
    I will give you the love
    The love that you never knew

  17. posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 8:57 PM  |  reply

    The Assembly, Heartbeat

    “If my heart could only beat for one thing, let it be to please you.”

    So much more to the song, but this ALWAYS sticks with me. The core of who I am.

  18. posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 9:03 PM  |  reply

    The lyric that ALWAYS makes my heart ache and my eyes tear up is from I Need You to Love Me by BarlowGirl (which is my all time favorite band ever).

    Right before the chorus, they sing:
    “You’re the God who has all things and still you want me. I need You to love me.”

    So many times I’ve sang that from the bottom of my heart and willed my soul to believe it. I am so thankful for God’s grace and love.

  19. posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 9:22 PM  |  reply

    Well, I have a few. . .

    I’m really liking Josh Wilsons’ new song “Pushing back the dark”, especially the lyric that says
    “Inside the bigger plan, we might not understand. But if we just keep walking on we will see the kingdom come”

    And Tenth Avenue North’s “You are More”

    “Cause this is not about what you’ve done, but what’s been done for you. This is not about where you’ve been, but where your brokenness brings you to. This is not about what you feel, but what he felt to forgive you, and what it felt to make you loves”

    Britt Nicoles’ Gold
    “Whatever you’ve been told, you’re worth more than gold”

    For King and Countrys’ (love them, my favorite band of all time <3) Busted Heart
    "Winter has come back again, feels like the season won't end". . .because when you live in Minnesota EVERYONE can relate to this.

    And one of my Favorites, I highly sugest Johnny Diazs' More Beautiful you

    "There could never be a more beautiful you, don't buy the lies disguises and hoops they make you jump through. You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do. There could never be a more beautiful you"

    I could go on and on, but those are just a few of my favorites 🙂 .

  20. posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 9:51 PM  |  reply

    Sing like never before Oh my soul.

    You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger
    Your name is great and Your heart is kind
    Matt Redman

    Our lives are so meaningful we’ve got to live because He is so meaningful

  21. posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 10:43 PM  |  reply

    You and I are of the same mind about songwriting. It is my favorite form of the written word – part poem, part story, every letter counts.

    It’s hard to pick favorite lyrics (see above) but these from Andrew Peterson have planted themselves in my soul: “Give us faith to be strong, Give us strength to be faithful.” Amen.

  22. Angie
    posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 11:19 PM  |  reply

    Meredith Andrews, ‘You’re Not Alone’

    “You’re not alone, for I am here.
    Let me wipe away your every tear
    My love I’ve never left your side
    I have seen you through the darkest night
    And I’m the one that’s loved you all your life, All of your life.”

  23. posted on Oct 05, 2013 at 7:25 AM  |  reply

    Switchfoot: Only Hope
    “Sing to me of the song of the stars,
    of your galaxies dancing and laughing and laughing again
    When it feels like my dreams are so far,
    Sing to me of the plans that you have for me over again.”
    I like this whole song though. It’s beautiful. (I’m sure I could think of more lyrics… but like you said, this is what popped into my head 🙂 )

  24. Heather
    posted on Oct 05, 2013 at 4:47 PM  |  reply

    Laura Story’s “Blessings” – the whole song really, but especially these words:

    What if your blessings come through rain drops
    What if Your healing comes through tears
    What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
    What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

    P.S. I’ve loved reading these comments. I’m finding a few new favorites in everyone’s suggestions.

    • posted on Oct 08, 2013 at 12:20 PM  |  reply

      Congrats, Heather! You are the winner!! 🙂 Email me your address and I’ll pop your package in the mail! annieblogs (at) gmail (dot) com

  25. Hannah
    posted on Oct 07, 2013 at 5:26 PM  |  reply

    Can someone write up the list of songs from the spotify playlists – Perfectly Unique Playlist and Speak Love Spotify Playlist. I’m not allowed to use spotify and I can’t access the song list without signing up. Thanks.

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