Right Here – Staind
You keep me right here waiting. Ok so it’s certainly a song about unrequited love (who hasn’t heard one of those) but the lyrics are not a million miles away from current life.
All I Got – Newton Faulkner
“All I gotta do is sit around and wait, all I gotta do is not anticipate” If you haven’t been listening to Newton Faulkners catchy acoustic guitar music you’re missing out. He’s great live to btw!
Killing Loneliness – HIM
A song about being locked up with your other half? Well not quite, but certainly some lyrics that might catch the tone. Right at the height of goth rock these guys were very successful. One of the most commercially successful bands from Finland EVER and there was barely an issue of Kerrang! they didn’t feature in back in the day.
Someday – Nickleback
“How the Hell did we end up like this, why weren’t we able to see the sights that we missed? … Nothing’s wrong, just as long as you know that someday I will, someday somehow I’m gonna back it alright but not right now” Lyrics that really could be about not being able to see loved ones. It’s tough, right? And that line about making it alright…..but not right now certainly feels topical.
Hideaway – Keisza
If you have not seen the video for this song- watch it now! It’s like that old Kylie video where she loops round on herself over and over but the dancing is great and beautifully put together. “You’re just another day that keeps me breathing……..hide away with me some more. Not even I can find a way to stop the storm, its out of my control what’s going on” So this song is about feelings for a person, but it still resonates.
I Miss you – Incubus
This song is about waking up without that person you need most even though you know they’re feeling it too. It’s sweet and musically well written and the lyrics and poetic and beautiful. “I see your picture I smell your skin on the empty pillow next to mine, you have only been gone 10 days but already I’m wasting away, I know I’ll see you again whether far or soon but I need you to know that I care and I miss you.
Cough Cough – Everything Everything
Lead singer Jonathan Higgs explained: “‘Cough Cough’ is about the power of money and the desire to get away from it. It’s also about waking up and seeing the world as an unfair place and then slipping back under the spell of greed. It’s about having no money, and wanting more money, and wanting nothing to do with money at all.”
‘And that eureka moment hits you like a cop car
And you wake up just head and shoulders in a glass jar
You clear your throat you raise your eyebrow but you don’t say
There’s something wrong but it’s okay if we’re still getting paid’
The lyrics aside (which could be read lots of different ways) the frantic nature of parts of the song with the sampled coughing added over it certainly feels like the panic we’ve all seen people have when someone in the supermarket innocently coughs or sneezes.
Nine In The Afternoon – Panic! At The Disco
Into a room where it’s nine in the afternoon
And we know that it could be
And we know that it should
And you know that you feel it too
‘Cause it’s nine in the afternoon’
So the term ‘9 in the afternoon’ is supposed to be a feeling of bliss rather than of angst or boredom, however, I think it’s fair to say we have all had days where it was 2 pm and it felt like 9 pm. LONG DAYS. also some of the lyrics are topical ‘Pickin’ up things we shouldn’t read, It looks like the end of history as we know, it’s just the end of the world,
Through Glass – Stone Sour
This lead singer you would usually recognise from Slipknot. Here is Corey Taylor in a more relaxed acoustic setting that you might have missed with his other band Stone Sour. The lyric are certainly topical, have a listen to their other track too! I’m looking at you through the glass, I dunno how much time has passed, oh god it feels like forever, but no one ever tells you that forever feels like home, sitting all alone inside your head.
Waiting For My Real Life to Begin – Colin Hay
An apt title in these current times. Colin Hay rose to fame with the hit “I Come From A Land Downunder” but you might not recognise this from his solo career. If it sounds familiar you might have heard it on a certain US comedy about junior doctors called Scrubs, along with a few more of his tracks.