KayTheMagnificent wrote:It's easily one of my fave albums of all time, but the lyrics stick out worse because of the serious nature of the record, thats what I meant. yeah, lyrics were bad in early blink... but they werent 'serious' songs, so it didn't matter as much.
Care to elaborate? I've never cringed at BCR lyrics
I'm not saying they're his worst lyrics at all, because there's a truck load of awful ones he's written since the creation of AVA. so BCR lyrics are.. generally.. acceptable, but some of them bug the shit out of me for various reasons.
Let's be a total pedantic fuck about it and go song by song - I Feel So
In most cases I dislike super simplistic lyrics but they're clearly here on purpose. the song jumps from childish idealism to aggressive teenage angst shit, it's clearly meant to be about growing up and having the illusions of childhood shattered. or at least that's how I always saw it.
However,I wish I was you not I
To start with, in the words of Mark Hoppus, 'It's a subjunctive, people!'. it should be 'were', not 'was'. it's a little thing, but Tom frequently screws up english language wise in his lyrics and its annoying. it also technically should be 'I wish I were you, not me' but that's extra levels of pickiness that are over the top, even for me. Watch The World
It's a sweet song but essentially everything after the first verse bothers me. I have and still cannot understand the whole 'box' that gets rid of heart ache and cures cancer. when I was younger I thought it was some vague metaphor about engagement ring boxes and medical machines or something to that effect but now it just kinda comes across like magic gibberish. the whole verse is clearly some sort of day dream or something but if you actually think about them they're daft as fuck. plus the choruses bother me because they're a bit pointlessly 'sweet'.
It's actually one of my favourite BCR songs, too. I loved it growing up but now I just ignore the lyrics completely. Cat Like Thief
The whole damn song has stupid ass lyrics, but I don't know if Tom wrote the ones Tim Armstrong sings. as for his little choruses, they're... odd, but I like them for the most part, except the 'That she was, I feel her more than you'. it's an 'incredibly' awkward line. She being the 'best thing yet to help you through and through' thing, means the sentence is just backwards for making the rhyme and lyric work. it's awkward and annoying to me, always has been. Letters To God
To criticise this song actually hurts but it's one of the ones I have lyric issues with so there we are.
It's two lines, specifically.
1. the air is as dark and cold as night
This sounds like something an 8 year old would write when trying to write a scary story or something. it's the most mundane, simplistic thing and it's cheesy as all balls. almost as bad as 'the ice is really cold'.
2. at least a fucking 1,000 times before
The swearing is unneccessary and ruins the feel of the song. I've never been someone to have an issue with swearing in music and I've always felt, most of the time, that it works to convey emotion but in this song it just sticks out and almost mocks the sincerity of the song itself. it really irks me. Sorrow
Again, another favourite. *sigh*. I'm sorry please forgive me
Believe me if you would
This is one of my biggest Tom Delonge pet peeves. His complete lack of respect for the english language.
would is a verb, essentially meaning the past tense of 'will'.
saying 'forgive me, believe me' is in the present tense. it would need to be 'believe me if you will', and later on 'believe me if you can' for the 'could' line.
it's such a simple thing but Tom does things like that constantly and it makes me want to punch his childhood teachers.The End With You
I can feel the world collapse around me from within.
And the letters keep coming by to let us know when time will die.
The first line bugs me mostly for the pause between 'around me' and 'from within'. it's like the 'from within' line has more importance, making the nod to some emoish 'my life is over waah' type of feeling which... is just super lame, if you ask me.
as for the second line 'to let us know when time will die' ... seriously I can't be the only person here who thinks that lyric is bad? it's so... juvenile.
The ones I've left out aren't necessarily good, they're just not bad.
I adore this album so I hate ripping it apart but Tom has always been just a poor lyricist. I'm always completely shocked when people comment how 'great' his lyrics are. it genuinely makes me question if they listen to any other music ever. I cannot think of a musician I enjoy who's lyrics are worse than Tom's.
Mark's aren't great, either. they're quite meh, but in comparison to Tom's he's freakin' shakespeare.
To this day my favourite Tom lyric is from Chesire Cat, of all things. "Depression's just a sarcastic state of mind"
I also want to note that I don't pretend to be someone who's really good with the english language, I'm dyslexic haha but the errors he makes are really obvious to me so I'm always surprised that it doesn't bother anyone else, or more importantly, why he doesn't bloody notice them in the first place.
Sorry for the long post, I love this album I swear haha