I could hardly narrow these down! So here are three. Current favorite: a line from Stoney LaRueâ€™s â€œLook At Me Fly.â€ â€œIâ€™m high above the water now, never think twice/Look at me fly.â€ These lines revel in escape and liberation, and theyâ€™re sung plaintively enough to bring tears to my eyes. Another top choice is from Museâ€™s â€œMap of the Problematique,â€ a politically charged line questioning, â€œWhy canâ€™t we see/That when we bleed, we bleed the same?â€ Agreed. And finally, I give you a classic favorite from the Eaglesâ€™ â€œHotel Californiaâ€: a line evoking how conflicted our relationship with the past can be. â€œSome dance to remember; some dance to forget.â€
Rachel Pauerstein, A&E Columnist
My favorite song lyrics change almost every day, depending on what point I am at in my menstrual cycle. Â Currently, I have been listening to a Hugo cover of Jay-Zâ€™s 2004 single â€œ99 Problemsâ€ over and over again until my brain melts. Because I am a human being, my favorite lyrics from the song are, â€œIf youâ€™re having girl problems, I feel bad for you son, Iâ€™ve got 99 problems and a bitch ainâ€™t one.â€ Â Itâ€™s a comforting sentiment this close to Valentineâ€™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 canâ€™t imagine living without, Leonard Cohenâ€™s empowering â€œAnthemâ€ comes to mind (â€œThere is a crack in everything/thatâ€™s how the light gets in.â€) So does Sam Cookeâ€™s ennobling â€œA Change is Gonna Come.â€ So does Springsteenâ€™s less ennobling but equally unforgettable â€œThunder Roadâ€ (â€œThereâ€™s magic in the night/You ainâ€™t a beauty, but hey, youâ€™re alright.â€) So does most everyone Paul Simon wrote. And, of course, so does almost every theatre song Stephen Sondheim has ever written. For now, Iâ€™ll leave you with some college-friendly wisdom from his great duet â€œMove Onâ€: â€œI chose and my world was shaken/So what?/The choice may have been mistaken/The choosing was not.â€
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 â€œJump Into The Fogâ€ by The Wombats. I love these exact lyrics: â€œJump into the fog in the hope that we hit the ground upright.â€ I jumped into love and who knows how thatâ€™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. Iâ€™m still here, taking a jump into the fog everyday and every moment.
John Mendiola, A&E Writer