Monday, August 11, 2008

Personal Theme Songs

I talked about TV Theme songs a while back--but there was a TV show that was more memorable to me not for its theme song, but the promotion of the concept of a "personal theme song." Whether it was John Cage head-bob to a Barry White intro or Calista Flockhart's bony body bopping to a 60s girl group song, David Kelley's quirky dramedy Ally McBeal defined the concept of latching onto a catchy tune and meaningful lyrics as the soundtrack for your day--or life.

Here are some lyrical snippets to my own personal theme songs. Bonus points if you can guess the song/artist:

1. Well I never lived the dreams of the prom kings
And the drama queens
I'd like to think the best of me
Is still hiding up my sleeve

2. To those of us who know the pain
Of valentines that never came
And those whose names were never called
When choosing sides for basketball

3. They're calling all the shots,
they'll call and say they phoned,
They'll call us lonely when were really just alone.
And like a funny film, it's kinda cute
They've bought the bullets and there's no-one left to shoot.

4. Crazy are the people walking through my head.
One of them's got a gun, to shoot the other one.
And yet together they were friends at school

5. How can I be sure you're breaking all the rules
How can I be sure I should be high above
I'll climb the mountain, reaching for the skies
And all too soon I jump the moon and find I'm losing my mind

6. Some have a style
That they work hard to refine
So they walk a crooked line
But she won't understand
Why anyone would have to try
To walk a line when they could fly

7. Wanna stay out late
With those ostracized guys
Silver glitter on my face
Smear a little round my eyes

8. To avoid complications
She never kept the same address
In conversation
She spoke just like a baroness

9. Don't tell me you don't know the difference
Between a lover and a fighter
With my pen and my electric typewriter
Even in a perfect world where everyone was equal
I'd still own the film rights and be working on the sequel

10. Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight
Got to kick at the darkness til it bleeds daylight

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