Sad Bastard Songs: Your Song

Watch out, my darlings.  I’m gonna bring the party down a bit.

You know those songs that you hear and you’re like, “That’s my song!”  Not in the drunken “Ooo, girl, that’s my SONG!  Here, hold my purse…” but in the, “This describes everything perfectly RIGHT THIS MINUTE.”  Ever have some of those songs?  Here are some of mine.  Not currently applicable, but they always take me back..and apparently “back” is kind of a emo place.

[The links lead to videos off-site.  Embeds sometimes suck  and frankly I’m tired of dealing with them.  If someone knows how to do one of those embedded music player jukebox thingies, I will show you my boobies. Or bake you something or both.  Whatever, I’d be super grateful.]

New Soul” Yael Nain

This is one of my Pandora discoveries, though I think it was used for some ad. (Note: Googled it.  Macbook ad.  WHY are most of my favorite songs used in Apple ads?)

Anyway, this is one of those that really spoke to me at the time because I was trying really hard to be a good person/adult/friend/girlfriend and apparently SCREWING IT ALL UP.

Okay, I wasn’t actually screwing it up, I was being told I was screwing it up because I was around bad people.

Except for the adult part.  I was screwing that up a little bit.  Store credit cards are BAD for you, moppets, BAD.  Victoria’s Secret does NOT love you, no matter how many times they up your limit.

22” Lily Allen

This one I first heard when I was already with Jethro, but it was a fairly accurate view of me and some of my friends just six months prior.  There gets to be a point when you get tired of the bar scene and you’re like, “This is what I spent so much time trying to get older for??”  The lyrics are kind of a downer, but I choose to believe that it’s a hopeful song.  Shut up, it IS!

Portions for Foxes” Rilo Kiley

I was NOT with Jethro with this song.

(Sidenote: I’ve been slightly mushy lately and this much more healthy song reminds me of Jethro and makes me smile.  And then he leaves his damn plate on the floor again and I’m over it.)

And yes, that’s the girl from Troop Beverly Hills.  She’s much cooler now.

Rain” Patty Griffin

You know those songs where you put on repeat and just play over and over while you lie on the bed and stare at the ceiling fan and wonder what the hell you are doing with your life?


Not that that’s a bad thing.  I could be in the best and giddiest mood, but Patty tends to speak to my soul and turn me introspective.

And maybe a little maudlin.

Okay, a lot.

Whatever, she’s awesome.

Keep Breathing” Ingrid Michaelson

Sometimes you’re helpless.  And sometime you feel helpless when you are decidedly NOT.  And  I just heart Ingrid Michaelson.  Plus she’s just so damn cute.

Anyway, what are YOUR songs; the ones that made you stop and go “Holy sh*t, that’s totally me…:

And just so I don’t leave you in a sad, emo mood, here’s a picture of bunny that looks like a kitty that looks like a bunny. (from Cute Overload, natch.)

14 comments on “Sad Bastard Songs: Your Song

  1. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me
    May 13, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    Rilo Kiley rocks my world!

    • kindofamess
      May 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

      Mine too. It’s not fair to be that cool….

  2. Zan
    May 13, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    I love Ingrid Michaelson. I kind of want to walk down the aisle to You and I, there are a lot of lines in that song that speak to us, but Stephen doesn’t think it’d be a great idea to have his very buttoned-up parents hear that we want to do it like bunnies.

    Also, I’d never heard that Lily Allen song but it is great!

    • Sarah
      May 13, 2011 at 8:48 am #

      ::laughs:: We actually took this song out of our wedding/reception playlist just for that line! Jon’s family would NOT have approved. (Mine would have found it hilarious. Oh well!)

      We DID, however, do our first dance to Ingrid’s version of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. PRETTY.

      • craftosaurus
        May 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

        Ooooh, I should have read all the comments before I commented! You have excellent taste, Sarah (and the best first name EVER, *highfive*) — your first dance song was our processional. Pretty is right!

  3. Ceej
    May 13, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Jenny Lewis was ALSO in “Big Girls Don’t Cry (They Get Even)” with that kid from “Boy Meets World.” Ben Savage? And THEN the guy who played the tinybully in BMW was in Rilo Kiley, and I think he and JL dated. Indie trivia!! I think she and Ben Savage were in some kid monster movie, too.

    • kindofamess
      May 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

      And the Wizard, with Fred Savage! (I LOVED that movie….)

  4. Sarah
    May 13, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Oooooh, let’s go all emo. “Please” by Ludo … I heard it for the first time DRIVING HOME FROM THE DAMN AIRPORT WHERE I’D JUST DROPPED JON OFF WHEN HE MOVED TO DC (clearly, this was before we were married, or hell, even engaged). Um … spot on much?

    I’ve got this really odd tendancy to subconciously associate songs with periods in my life … with no attachment to the lyrics. I hear it and IMMEDIATELY feel as I remember feeling during that point … randomly, including scents. For example, the Metallica album “St Anger” will always throw me back to the summer I lived in San Diego, and I can smell salt water. Probably because I worked right on the bay, and this album was most often playing in the car on the way to work … but there you have it. This happens ALL THE TIME.

    I also randomly assign songs to people I know, even if it’s just one line that reminds me of them. (This leads to some VERY funny connections, when the song is about sex and the line that reminded of a friend made me think of some joke we shared. AWKWARD.) Needless to say, I had a blast dancing with people at my wedding to “their songs” … and none of them knew it!

    • Sarah
      May 13, 2011 at 9:28 am #

      Oh dear God, it imbedded. WHY?! MAKE IT STOP!!!!!

  5. Jo
    May 13, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    I luuurve Ingrid and Lily. And pretty much all the rest.

    @ Zan, we’re totally going to implement You and I in our stuff! I can’t wait to go thru and do the playlists. Music is my favorite!

  6. lizzie
    May 13, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    you are too funny, alyssa. TOO FUNNY.

  7. craftosaurus
    May 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    Oh, I love me some Ingrid Michaelson. We used her cover of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” as our processional (and seriously, if you haven’t heard it, go find it, right now). Actually, *I* used it as our processional: it was a surprise for my husband (we saw each other before the wedding, so I wanted there to be something all surprise-y at that moment, if not the whole dress/gorgeousness thing, and it was a song we’d heard at lots of points while we were dating). She actually played a free outdoor show near us two weeks prior to the wedding; in figuring out a way to drop her a line and request the song in advance, I realized I had to learn how to use Twitter, sent my first tweet, and crossed my fingers. Anyway, she played the song and I had tears STREAMING down my face, and Then-Fiance was all “ummmm, it’s a nice song and everything, but are you ok?” I told him I’d “requested” the song, but not that he’d hear it again in two weeks. And let me tell you, that took some willpower.

    But take-me-back emo? “High and Dry” by Radiohead, hands down. I don’t know if anyone ever *wants* to relive the feeling of “five years of pining away for a guy not worth one’s time,” but if I ever feel the need, that song would do it.

  8. Chantal
    May 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Ok. So at first I didn’t want to share because my sad bastard song is not so much sad as it is pathetic but I figure that if you can’t share something like this with a few of your closet fellow “leave a reply” compatriots, then who can you share this with? So the song that hits me in the girl nads every time and leaves me in tears whenever I hear it (nevermind if it’s in the middle crowded pub and people are staring) is Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Because of You’. Cheesy, yes. Girly, yes. Devastating to my inner child? Yes.

    • kindofamess
      May 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

      Okay, since you’re honest I’m going to be honest too. The one sad bastard song I didn’t include?

      I’m With You by Avril Lavigne.

      It was a very dark period of ’03. I’m not proud of it, but it happened.

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