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[12 Feb 2004|08:15pm]

derekfz
Pohgoh - "Heart to Mouth"
[ from In Memory of Bab. ]

Try to tell me that it's easy
Deep breath, count to ten
Try to laugh instead
Then you see me
Biting nails and pulling hair
Throwing hands up in the air
It's something I can't change

Trading anger for patience
I know that makes the most sense
But all my patience is absent
When time is of the essence

Sleep come easy
Dream away everything ugly
Wake to find all has changed
Nothing's new and I'm the same

Trading anger for patience
I know that makes the most sense
But all my patience is absent
When time is of the essence

If you were me, what would you do?
Smile and try to get through
I will never be like you
And I will never learn
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[11 Feb 2004|10:01pm]

derekfz
The Magnetic Fields
"Acoustic Guitar"
[ from 69 Love Songs. ]

Acoustic guitar
I'm gonna make you a star
Get your picture all over the world
Acousting guitar
You could have your own car
Just bring me back my girl

She always loved the sound of your strum
You made her think maybe I wasn't so dumb
She tends to faint at the sound of a drum
'Cuz she's folk, so play and maybe she'll come

Acoustic guitar
How lovely you are
With your inlays of mother of pearl
Be a good guitar
And you can go far
Just bring me back my girl

She always said that you were the one
That could make her move her cute little bum
You understand where she's coming from
Which I obviously don't
Or she wouldn't be gone

Acoustic guitar
If you think I play hard
Well, you could have belonged to Steve Earle
Or Charo or Gwar
I could sell you tomorrow
So bring me back my girl
You better bring me back my girl
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[10 Feb 2004|08:34pm]

derekfz
The Weakerthans
"The Reasons"
[ from Reconstruction Site. ]

How I don't know how to sing
I can barely play this thing
But you never seem to mind
And you tell me to fuck off when I need somebody to
How you make laugh so hard
How whole years refuse to stay where we told them to
Bad dog, locked up whining in a word
Or a misplaced souvenir
How the past chews on your shoes
And these memories lick my ear
How we waste our precious time
Marching in the picket lines
That surrond those striking hears
How the time is never now
How we know who we should love
But we're never certain how

I know you might roll your eyes at this
But I'm so glad that you exist
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[09 Feb 2004|05:01pm]

derekfz
Black Flag
"Thirsty and Miserable"
[ from Damaged. ]

Thirsty and miserable
You drop to the floor
You drink until you can't even see anymore
Thirsty and miserable
Always wanting more

My brother wants a ride to the liquor store
You pity him for what he wants it for
Thirsty and miserable
Always wanting more

It's 1:30 and we're all really nervous
The store closes at 2:00
There's not enough to last us.. oh, shit
Thirsty and miserable
Always wanting more
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[08 Feb 2004|01:20pm]

derekfz
Strung Out - "Match Book"
[ from Twisted By Design. ]

I can see it in your eyes
I can hear it in your voice
The signs are obvious that all we had has run its course
And I don't mind giving up the upper hand in this little charade
Cause I've spend too many nights here on the floor
Waiting for something inside you to change

Don't look back in anger now is all that you can say
Cause anger's all I got to keep me warm when you're away
And I know that this is nothing new but tonight is all I know
Disconnect myself from your memory and never feel anything at all
To justify with all your words don't mean anything to me
I've cut you off

So here we stand and face each other
We've got nothing to say
A flashback to another time when silence was a welcomed friend
Now I'm sorry I can never really say
All the things going on inside my head
Silence is a justified expression of my war
Now nothings like it was before

Don't look back in anger now is all that you can say
Cause anger's all I got to keep me warm when you're away
and all your words and all your actions don't mean anything to me
I've cut you off

Don't look back in anger
Don't look back in anger it's just a memory

It's easy to forget your face
And it's easy to survive in this place without you,
Without you
I just comb my hair and wash my face
Keep straight ahead and keep my pace
Just think about nothing but now it will be alright
I've got my friends, I've got my band
I got a million distractions to keep me warm
And I know that it will be alright
I will be alright
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[07 Feb 2004|10:27am]

derekfz
Husker Du - "Games"
[ from Flip Your Wig. ]
I could stay here the rest of my life
I could be happy, never be lonely
I don't need to go looking for misery
I could surround myself with my props
Playing my part, getting caught up in a game
Some game that anyone can play

I could be proud of things I have done
Pretend I don't have to try to be someone
I could say that I've done it all before
I could get wiser, I could get jaded
I could remember, I could just fade a way
In a game that anyone can play

I am so proud I don't have to try
Never a need to justify it
When people say "Hey, I was important, too"
Memories go to reinforce
The things I have done, for better or wose
It's a game that anyone can play

Just when you think that all your answers are so right
You'll fade away and disappear from sight
The ones who said you're great will find another way

I could be sad, I could be lonely
I could still have some friends if I only
Didn't play the games I had to play
I was important when I was cool
Now it gets lonely playing the fool
It's a game that anyone can play

It's a game, some game
That anyone can play
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[06 Feb 2004|10:43pm]

derekfz
Fifteen - "Hush [ Survivor ]"
[ from the Hush ep. ]

Your daddy beat you up
Your daddy beat you down
Your daddy put your momma in the hospital
Your daddy left town
He broke your heart

Your momma drank too much
Your momma hit you in the face
You had to make excuses for the bruises to all your friends
You had to live in disgrace
She broke your heart

Daddy came in your room at night
He took whatever he wanted
Your daddy was your first time
And your momma never tried to stop him
They broke your heart

My momma beat me up
My momma beat me down
My brother raped my sister
My family threw me out
They broke my heart

America is the place where the kids got broken hearts
America is the place where the kids got twisted minds
Bent on self destruction
America is the place where the kids
Got their wills broken into and broken in two
America is the place where the kids got broken hearts

And the adults say
Hush
Keep it down now, voices carry
Hush hush
Keep it down now, voice carry

They say, don't tell anyone
Don't tell 'em anything
Don't tell 'em what went on
Don't tell 'em what really happened
Don't tell anyone
Don't tell 'em anything
They won't believe you cuz it's all your fault

Hush hush
Keep it down now
Voices carry

I made a bag out of a piece of cloth
I made a wish and I wrote it down on a piece of paper
I put the paper in the bag
And I wished with all my heart
I said, please, please deliver me
Lo and behold it became reality
So I can say today
I refuse to believe that God created me to be tortured
I refuse to believe the earth created me to be abandoned
I refuse to believe that God created me to be neglected
I refuse to believe the earth created me to be abused

I picked up the pieces of my broken heart
Off of the dirty boulevard
I found a punk rock kid
Who had a needle and some leather string
I made a wish and I said it again and again
I took the needle and threaded it
I sewed my broken heart back together again

I've got family now
Sew my broken heart back together again
I've got a wife I love
Sew my broken heart back together again
I've got two daughters I love
Sew my broken heart back together again
I've got a family now

Who ever you are
Whatever you do
Where ever you are
You don't deserve abuse
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[05 Feb 2004|07:20pm]

derekfz
X - "Poor Girl"
[ from More Fun in the New World. ]

You sat at home, the windows tinted black
It hit you hard and you cried so long
Life turned and wandered
Never to come back again

Take what she gives you
Don't feel sorry for her

When you fell out of the Starlight Inn
You were too hurt to walk and too bad to begin
I looked at the sign
And I couldn't feel sad for you

Take what she gives you
Don't cry when you kiss her

Poor little girl ran away for good
I try to explain why she won't say a thing
Sad, sad, thing
I'm no so far away now
How can I say why she won't talk at all

She holds a deck of cards
She wants to be alone
"I've been very ill, I've tried waking up
Now I want to be alone."

When you ran out of Pete's Hotel
You didn't look so good
And you didn't feel so well
You said "Hold me tight"
But I couldn't get it right

Take what she gives you
Don't feel sorry for her

Poor little girl ran away for good
I try to explain why she won't say a thing now
Sad, sad thing
I'm so far away now
How can I say why she won't talk at all

She holds a deck of cards
She wants to be alone
She still drinks in the dark
The radio is left on late
She saw a madman fight
And break it all 'cuz he hated himself
And she felt better off
Because she was only drunk
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[04 Feb 2004|07:51pm]

derekfz
Mid Carson July
"Delicate Matters"
[ from Wound Up Down South. ]

Please come in
So our friends won't hear
Keep it down
Keep it safe for me
You look so sad
As I fight back tears
You look so innocent
You've done nothing wrong
Cover my ears
I hate this
You whisper
"I guess it was my fault.
For being alive.
For being beautiful."
Please don't be sad
You're a princess
Not a punching bag
All I see are scars
When you told me the things that happened on that night
I was so enraged
I wanted to hold you tight
I wish I could protect you or I could change the past
It must be hard to trust
I hope you can live through this
All I see are scars
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[03 Feb 2004|09:24pm]

derekfz
The Mr. T Experience
"My Stupid Life"
[ from ...And the Women Who Love Them. ]

I've been doing nothing in particular
I've been figuring out what I was gonna do
Now somehow the time has gone by
And I didn't do the things that I wanted to
Looking back, it seems like I should have known
Walking down and up and down the avenue
Wasn't such a smart way to go
But it's all I knew how to do

And you're gonna say isn't it okay
Because you kept on trying
And I'm gonna lie
And explain how I've been a value giant
Or I don't care
Like Pierre waiting for the lion to eat me up
While I think about my stupid life

I've been told that I spend too much time alone
And asked why I never take this jacket off
I'm either caught in the headlights
Or running around like a chicken with it's head cut off
I recall I once heard a story
It might be apocryphal, but anyway
There's this guy who got so bored
That he chopped off his own head

Well, I won't do that
But it seems like at some point something should happen
There's got to be some sort of redemption
Or at least some French in Action
But there's nothing yet
And I can't get no disaffection
Not even that
So let me tell you about my stupid life
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[02 Feb 2004|07:00pm]

derekfz
Alkaline Trio - "Steamer Trunk"
[ from From Here to Infirmary. ]

Why you turned out the way you did
That thunderstorm is still crashing in your cranium
Find that all these funny faces look the same
I know who's to blame
But I swore I wouldn't say

Its time that I got moving on
As you're still burning the dress you wore to senior prom
Try to forget how you've been touched
I loved you so I told you
But it didn't matter much

I'm trying to figure out
What you're all about these days
I don't have much to say to you
And I've been drunker than a skunk
Ever since the day I left you
With your darkest secret safely packed away
Up in my steamer trunk

Why I turned out the way I did
Someone somewhere dropped me on my cranium
I'm sorry, can you repeat what you just said?
My short term memory is gone
But my long term's far from dead

I'm trying to figure out
What you're all about these days
I don't have much to say to you
And I've been swearing like a sailor
Since the day that I left her
With her darkest secret safely packed away
Up in my steamer trunk
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[01 Feb 2004|03:01am]

derekfz
Jawbreaker - "Jinx Removing"
[ from 24 Hour Revenge Therapy. ]

Talked out and now I'm feeling crowded
All the errands in the world won't save us now
Rained in and I won't come unclouded
There's a stillness in the air
I pray for sound

We're too smart to watch TV
We're too dumb to make believe this is all we want from life
And I'm too dumb to talk to you
You're so quick to listen to me
I'm saying nothing you don't know
Nothing you don't know

Walked out and I won't be rerouted
If I don't go outside today, I never will
Too old not to get excited
About rain and roads, Egyptian ruins, our first kiss

We're too smart to watch TV
We're too dumb to make believe this is all we want from life
And I'm too dumb to talk to you
You're so quick to listen to me
I'm saying nothing you don't know

I love you more than I've ever loved
Anyone before, or anyone to come
Someone said your name, I thought of you alone
I was just the same, twenty blocks away

Blew twelve and kissed the thirteenth finger
"Rabbit, rabbit," on the first
I hold my breath
Did tricks I hoped you wouldn't notice
A superstitious hyperrealist
I'll make you mine

We're too smart to watch TV
We're too dumb to make believe this is all we want from life
And I'm too dumb to talk to you
You're so quick to listen to me
I'm saying nothing you don't know

I love you more than I've ever loved
Anyone before, or anyone to come
Someone said your name, I thought of you alone
I was just the same, twenty blocks away
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[31 Jan 2004|04:41pm]

derekfz
The Dead Milkmen
"God's Kid Brother"
[ from Soul Rotation. ]

Are we not the living proof
Of the idiot God who placed us here
Are we not his dirty children
His unwashed sons who he holds dear
Are we not the proof
That there may've been another creator
If this is the ultimate truth
It had to come out sooner or later
I've looked for the reason why we're here
I've kept on searching 'til it was clear
I've looked for excuses, I can find no other
We must be the product of God's kid brother

Their ivy halls are closed to us
We scrape to survive and we taste the dust
The things that we weren't meant to know
Are spoke of in places where we can't go
So don't tell me you still find it hard to believe
That we were made by a different God

Are we not the proof
That there may've been another creator
Let's run to the volcano and toss a virgin in the crater
I've looked for excuses, I can find no other
We must be the product of God's kid brother

Maybe there are two Gods
A perfect God who made all those perfect people
And another God who made the rest of us
And maybe, just maybe
Somewhere there's a heavenly choir
That sings off key

Are we not the proof
That there may have been another creator
We'll dodge our way through life
And hope for something greater
I've looked for excuses, I can find no other
We must be the product of God's kid brother
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[30 Jan 2004|11:31pm]

derekfz
Magnetic Field - "Sweet-Lovin' Man"
[ from 69 Love Songs Vol. 1. ]

There's an hour of sunshine
For a million years of rain
But somehow that always seems to be enough
When love falls from the sky
Nobody ever asks why
You just take it or you leave it where it was

But there's just one kind of love
You can spend your life dreaming of
For the love of a sweet-lovin' man

Some have traveled far and wide
Some have given up and died
For the love of a sweet-lovin' man
Some have broken down and cried
Some have turned to dust inside
But I'll stay right here and hide
In the arms of my sweet-lovin' man

Until you've had sweet lovin'
There's no lovin' worth the name
But you can go blind from crying all the time
And who said life was easy
And who said a man was fair
Well, I wish you well, but keep your paws off mine

You can't buy one at the mall
But he'll come if you just call
For the love of a sweet-lovin' man

Some have traveled far and wide
Some have given up and died
For the love of a sweet-lovin' man
Some have broken down and cried
Some have turned to dust inside
But I'll stay right here and hide
In the arms of my sweet-lovin' man
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[30 Jan 2004|09:30am]

derekfz
Friction - "Box Turtle"
[ from Hours of Operation. ]

I look at myself
I see nothing special about me
Maybe that's why I get sad so easily
I look at you
Someone filled with so much apathy
Now I guess that we will both be lonely

You said "Whatever it is, we'll do it together.
Problems arise, we'll get through them together."
Don't shut me out
Don't box yourself in
Give the weak end wind

In your small box
I can't see how you live all alone
Who ever said you words were cast in stone?
I need you back but I can see you don't need me
Now I guess we'll both be lonely

Whatever it is, we'll do it together
Problem arise, we'll get through them together
Don't shut me out
Don't box yourself in
Give the weak end wind

In the end
It's not my fault I say what I mean
No feelings
Just boxed-in fears
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[29 Jan 2004|04:09pm]

derekfz
Elvis Costello - "The Beat"
[ from This Year's Model. ]

We're all going on a summer holiday
Vigilantes coming out to follow me
Heard somebody say they're out to collar me
Anybody wanna swallow me?

It takes two to tumble, it takes two to tango
Speak up--don't mumble if you're in the combo
On the beat, on the beat.
Till a man comes along and he says
Have you been a good boy, never played with your toy?
Though you never enjoy, such pleasure to employ

See your friends in the state they're in
See your friends getting under their skin
See your friends getting taken in

If you only knew the things you do to me
I'd do anything to confuse the enemy
There's only one thing wrong with you befriending me
Take it easy, I think you're bending me

I've been a bad boy with the standard leader
My neighbor's revving up his Vauxhall Viva
On the beat, on the upbeat.
Till a man comes along and he says
Have you been a good boy, never played with your toy?
Though you never enjoy, such pleasure to employ

See your friends walking down the street
See your friends never quite complete
See your friends getting under their feet

Oh, I don't want to disease you
But I'm no good with machinery.
Oh, I don't wanna freeze you
Stop looking at the scenery
I keep thinking about your mother
Oh, I don't wanna lick them
I don't wanna be a lover
I just wanna be your victim
I don't go out much at night
I don't go out much at all
Did you think you were the only one
Who was waiting for a call?

On the beat, on the upbeat
Till a man comes along and he says
Have you been a good boy, never played with your toy?
Though you never enjoy, such pleasure to employ

See your friends treat me like a stranger
See your friends despite all the arrangements
See your friends
Nothing here has changed
Just the beat
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[28 Jan 2004|09:16pm]

derekfz
Fifteen - "No Tion"
[ from Buzz. ]

"The position being taken
Is not to be mistaken
For attempted education
Or righteous accusation
Just an observation
Only a description
Of the pitiful condition
Of your generation."

It used to be that I knew exactly where I stood with you
To tell the truth, it wasn't all that bad
But recently there's been a change
And my whole life's been rearranged
Now I wonder what the hell we had

To say it was nothing would be a lie
At least that's how it looks from where I stand
How you feel has been concealed
I'm falling and I don't know where I'll land

So I was a fool to spend all my time with you
Is that the way you see me now?
But you won't tell me how you feel
So I don't know what the deal is
Just let me know somehow

To say it was nothing would be a lie
At least that's how it looks from where I stand
How you feel has been concealed
I'm falling and I don't know where I'll land

Did it mean anything to you?
Did it mean anything to you?
Maybe not, but I thought that I meant something, too
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[27 Jan 2004|08:11pm]

derekfz
Paint It Black
"Watered Down"
[ from CVA. ]

Your friends are impressed with your industry clout
They say you're hot shit but your fire's gone out
Play it safe?
You might as well spit in my face
Turn in your badge and gun, you're a fucking disgrace
Watered down
You're a repeat offender
It's time to fall on your sword, boy
It's time to surrender
You scratch your head and wonder
"How did it get so tame?"
You just joined the ranks of the ones we blame
Singing rebel songs but you’re on a short leash
You should be ashamed...


[ Notes:In Dan's fantasy punk rock universe everyone would put music and lyrics ahead of their business concerns. Dan knows this isn't realistic for everyone who's trying to make a living, but he can be pretty opinionated and judgmental so he wrote this anyway. This is for people that get into underground music with career aspirations that overshadow their passion for the music. The result has been a wave of bands that sing about nothing, and are convinced that they need a booking agent and a manager more than they need an album's worth of strong songs. The last line is stolen from Embrace. ]
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[26 Jan 2004|07:24pm]

derekfz
Slick Shoes
"Proved Me Wrong"
[ from Rusty. ]

A softer kind of smile.
A star that holds your stare
Everything I've ever known just blew up in the air
Don't you hate it
When every love song makes sense to you
And time away breaks your heart in two
I really hate it now
They should have taught us this in school
I really thought I was so cool
You proved me wrong again

I can't wait 'til the next time I see you

It's getting hard to sleep at night
I'll pretend that it's alright
It doesn't feel that way
By now you probably hate this song
It's probably best that it's not long
I guess you proved me wrong

I can't wait til' the next time I see you
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[25 Jan 2004|09:32pm]

derekfz
Crass - "Big Man, Big M.A.N"
[ from Stations of the Crass. ]

They're telling you to do it
Grow up and tow the line
They tell you if you do it
Everything will turn out fine
Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, what a wonderful life
God, queen, country, colour telly, car and wife
It's great if you can do it, it doesn't take a lot
Just means you must destroy what sensitivity you've got

Well, that's an easy bargain for the things you're going to get
You can treat the wife like shit, own a car, a telly set
Slip off in the evenings for a little on the sly
And if the wife complains, fuck her first, then black her eye
There's lots of worthwhile jobs for the lad who wants to know
Lorry driving's fun, you're always on the go
One hand on the wheel, the other up some cunt
Or jerking off to Penthouse in the motorway out front
The police force offers chances for a bright intelligent lad
To interfere with anyone cos they're there just to be had
It offers quite a range for aggression and for spite
To take out your frustrations in a justifiable light
It's a mans' life in the army, good pay and lots of fun
You can stab them with your bayonet, fuck them with your gun
Look smart in your uniform that always pulls the skirt
Then when you've fucked them good and proper, tell them they're just dirt

Man is spelled big M.A.N, it's the letters of the law
Man is spelled big M.A.N, that's who the law is for
You see there's lots of chances in this land of hope and glory
Try and make your own rules, that's a different story
If you're a man, you'd better act like one
Develope your muscles, use your prick like a gun
Fuck anything that moves, but never pay the price
Steal, fuck, slaughter, that's their advice
Are you man enough? Ask the posters on the walls
Have you got what it takes? Guts and balls?
Keep your myth of manhood, it's been going on too long
A history of slaughter is the proof that it is wrong

Big man, big M.A.N.
Big man, J.O.K.E.
Big man, what a fucking joke.
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