Roundtable: Favorite Song Lyrics

I could hardly narrow these down! So here are three. Current favorite: a line from Stoney LaRue’s “Look At Me Fly.” “I’m high above the water now, never think twice/Look at me fly.” These lines revel in escape and liberation, and they’re sung plaintively enough to bring tears to my eyes. Another top choice is from Muse’s “Map of the Problematique,” a politically charged line questioning, “Why can’t we see/That when we bleed, we bleed the same?” Agreed. And finally, I give you a classic favorite from the Eagles’ “Hotel California”: a line evoking how conflicted our relationship with the past can be. “Some dance to remember; some dance to forget.”

Rachel Pauerstein, A&E Columnist


My favorite song lyrics change almost every day, depending on what point I am at in my menstrual cycle.  Currently, I have been listening to a Hugo cover of Jay-Z’s 2004 single “99 Problems” over and over again until my brain melts. Because I am a human being, my favorite lyrics from the song are, “If you’re having girl problems, I feel bad for you son, I’ve got 99 problems and a bitch ain’t one.”  It’s a comforting sentiment this close to Valentine’s Day and helps me keep my eye on the prize: victory in all possible things.

Maddie Smith, A&E Writer


Hey, what idiot chose this impossible round table topi….oh, wait. Among the many, MANY lyrics I can’t imagine living without, Leonard Cohen’s empowering “Anthem” comes to mind (“There is a crack in everything/that’s how the light gets in.”) So does Sam Cooke’s ennobling “A Change is Gonna Come.” So does Springsteen’s less ennobling but equally unforgettable “Thunder Road” (“There’s magic in the night/You ain’t a beauty, but hey, you’re alright.”) So does most everyone Paul Simon wrote. And, of course, so does almost every theatre song Stephen Sondheim has ever written. For now, I’ll leave you with some college-friendly wisdom from his great duet “Move On”: “I chose and my world was shaken/So what?/The choice may have been mistaken/The choosing was not.”

Mason Walker, A&E Editor


I wanted to pick a song that I discovered myself but chose a less attractive alternative, a song recommended by a friend. My song choice is “Jump Into The Fog” by The Wombats. I love these exact lyrics: “Jump into the fog in the hope that we hit the ground upright.” I jumped into love and who knows how that’ll turn out. It describes love and it describes life. I was shoved into the fog by my parents nine months ago. Everyday since then has been scary, kind of gross and also kind of beautiful. I’m still here, taking a jump into the fog everyday and every moment.

John Mendiola, A&E Writer