I am pretty much a cheerful, upbeat person, but all my favorite lyrics make me sound like a petulant teenager or a disgrunted postal worker. Examples in no particular order:
ill Scarlett: Nothing Special
“I’m sick and tired of everybody, thinking they know what’s best for me. Maybe God wanted me to be nothing special.”
Smashing Pumpkins: Bullet with Butterfly Wings.
“Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage.”
Streetlight Manifesto: Keasbey Nights
“When they come for me, I’ll be sitting at my desk with a gun in my hand wearing a bulletproof vest singing my my my how the time does fly when you know you’re gonna die my the end of the night.”
“They will not force us. They will stop degrading us. They will not control us. We will be victorious.”
(This is my absolute favorite song at the moment AND would be a very apt anthem for the current Occupy Wallstreet movement.)
I think I would just faint if I ever saw Muse live.
“I’m a loser, baby, so why don’t you kill me.”
I sing this song at the top of my lungs all the time.
Green Day: Basket Case
“Sometimes I give myself the creeps, sometimes my mind plays tricks on me.” (listen to ALL THE LYRICS on this one.)
Lit: Own Worst Enemy
“It’s no surprise to me I am my own worst enemy, cause every now and then, I kick the living s**t out of me.”
(fyi– for years I thought one of the lyrics was “I didn’t mean to call you fat.”)
“I wish I was special, you’re so very special. But I’m a creep. I’m a weirdo. What the hell am I doing here. I don’t belong here.”
I am usually much more positive than this though. Maybe I just get it out of my system with cranky lyrics.
I’d love to hear some other great lyrics if you’d care to share.