Lyrics Post: “The Champion”

Sometimes you need a fight song to get your through the thick, help you pull out of the rut, and move yourself forward.

It’s cliche for a reason: being a champion comes from within. Anything else is a lesser substitute. The fight, the fire…it’s inside. Keep going. You’ll see. A champion comes in many forms.

“The Champion”
(feat. Ludacris)
By Carrie Underwood

[Carrie Underwood:]
I’ll be the last one standing
Two hands in the air, I’m a champion
You’ll be looking up at me when it’s over
I live for the battle, I’m a soldier, yeah

I’m a fighter like Rocky
Put you flat on your back like Ali
Yeah, I’m the greatest, I’m stronger
Paid my dues, can’t lose, Imma own ya, ay

I’ve been working my whole life
And now it’s do or die

I am invincible, unbreakable
Unstoppable, unshakable
They knock me down, I get up again
I am the champion
You’re gonna know my name
You can’t hurt me now
I can’t feel the pain
I was made for this, yeah, I was born to win
I am the champion

When they write my story
They’re gonna say that I did it for the glory
But don’t think that I did it for the fame, yeah
I did it for the love of the game, yeah
And this is my chance I’m taking
All them old records I’m breaking
All you people watching on the TV
You go ahead and put your bets on me, ay

I’ve been waiting my whole life
To see my name in lights

I am invincible, unbreakable
Unstoppable, unshakable
They knock me down, I get up again
I am the champion
You’re gonna know my name
You can’t hurt me now
I can’t feel the pain
I was made for this, yeah, I was born to win
I am the champion

[Ludacris:]
Born champion, Luda!
The C is for the courage I possess through the drama
H is for the hurt but it’s all for the honor
A is for my attitude working through the patience
Money comes and goes so the M is for motivation
Gotta stay consistent, the P is to persevere
The I is for integrity, innovative career
The O is optimistic, open and never shut
And the N is necessary cause I’m never giving up
See they ask me how I did it, I just did it from the heart
Crushing the competition, been doing it from the start
They say that every champion is all about his principles
Carrie!

[Carrie Underwood:]
I am invincible, unbreakable
Unstoppable, unshakable
They knock me down, I get up again
I am the champion
You’re gonna know my name
You can’t hurt me now
I can’t feel the pain
I was made for this, yeah, I was born to win
I am the champion

[Ludacris:]
I’m the champion, yeah
Surpassed all rivals
It’s all about who wants it the most

[Carrie Underwood:]
I am the champion

[Ludacris:]
Fight for what we believe in
That’s what champions are made of

[Carrie Underwood:]
I am the champion

Writer(s): Brett James, Carrie Underwood, Christopher Bridges, Christopher Destefano

Lyrics Post: “Pokémon Theme”

Over and over I listen to this with my son. It’s kinda catchy.

(originally by Jason Paige)

“I want to be the very best
Like no one ever was
To catch them
Is my real test
To train them
Is my cause
(Ooh)
I will travel across the land
Searchin’ far and wide
Each Pokémon
To understand
The power that’s inside
(Power inside)

Pokémon
It’s you and me
I know it’s my destiny
Pokémon
Ooh you’re my best friend
In a world we must defend
Pokémon
A heart so true
Our courage will pull us through
You teach me
And I’ll teach you
Pokémon
(Gotta catch ’em)
Gotta catch ’em
Gotta catch ’em all

Every challenge along the way
With courage I will face
I will battle everyday
To claim my rightful place
Come with me
The time is right
There’s no better team
Arm and arm
We’ll win the fight
It’s always been a dream

Pokémon
It’s you and me
I know it’s my destiny
Pokémon
Ooh you’re my best friend
In a world we must defend
Pokémon
A heart so true
Our courage will
Pull us through
You teach me
And I’ll teach you
Pokémon
(Gotta catch ’em)
Gotta catch ’em
(Pokémon)

Pokémon
It’s you and me
I know it’s my destiny
Pokémon
Ooh you’re my best friend
In a world we must defend
Pokémon
A heart so true
Our courage will
Pull us through
You teach me
And I’ll teach you
Pokémon
(I’ll catch you)
(Gotta catch ’em
Gotta catch ’em
Gotta catch ’em all
Pokémon…”

Glad to finally have a first-person glimpse into the wonder that is, Pokémon.

Lyrics Post: “Baba O’Riley”

A LONG time ago I was introduced to this band. An old friend who I’m in touch with still today — though admittedly, not as frequently as I’d like — was the one who opened my eyes. Since then, I’ve seen “for miles and miles…”, and so still appreciate the energy and creative sound that was, IS, The Who.

Please enjoy…

“Baba O’Riley” by The Who

“Out here in the fields
I farm for my meals
I get my back into my living
I don’t need to fight
To prove I’m right
I don’t need to be forgiven

Don’t cry
Don’t raise your eye
It’s only teenage wasteland

Sally, take my hand
Travel south cross land
Put out the fire
Don’t look past my shoulder
The exodus is here
The happy ones are near
Let’s get together
Before we get much older

Teenage wasteland
It’s only teenage wasteland
Teenage wasteland
Oh, oh
Teenage wasteland
They’re all wasted!”

Written by Peter Townshend

Lyrics Post: “Stairway To Heaven”

My dad said he liked this song back when we were in high school. He knew Led Zeppelin! Reason Number 1,1936 why he was a cool guy. My dad.

Written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant

“There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who stand looking.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And it’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune,
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long,
And the forests will echo with laughter.

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now,
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.
And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know,
The piper’s calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.”

Lyrics Post: “Loser” by Beck

Anything but, that’s what Beck is. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but the dude has brought the creativity with critical acclaim over the years, over the decades.

I LOVE these lyrics, not for the meaning, but maybe because there really isn’t any clear thread of meaning — just a good groove and play after play on words on words. GOOD.

“Loser” by Beck

In the time of chimpanzees
I was a monkey
Butane in my veins
And I’m out to cut the junkie
With the plastic eyeballs,
Spray-paint the vegetables
Dog food stalls with the beefcake pantyhose
Kill the headlights
And put it in neutral
Stock car flaming with a loser
And the cruise control
Baby’s in Reno with the vitamin D
Got a couple of couches,
Sleep on the love seat
Someone keeps saying
I’m insane to complain
About a shotgun wedding
And a stain on my shirt
Don’t believe everything that you breathe
You get a parking violation
And a maggot on your sleeve
So shave your face
With some mace in the dark
Saving all your food stamps
And burning down the trailer park

(Yo. Cut it.)
Soy un perdedor
I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?

(Double-barrel buckshot)

Soy un perdedor
I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?

Forces of evil in a bozo nightmare
Ban all the music with a phony gas chamber
‘Cause one’s got a weasel
And the other’s got a flag
One’s on the pole, shove the other in a bag
With the rerun shows
And the cocaine nose-job
The daytime crap of the folksinger slob
He hung himself with a guitar string
Slab of turkey-neck
And it’s hanging from a pigeon wing
You can’t write if you can’t relate
Trade the cash for the beat
For the body for the hate
And my time is a piece of wax
Falling on a termite
Who’s choking on the splinters

Soy un perdedor
I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?
(Get crazy with the Cheeze Whiz)
Soy un perdedor
I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?
(Drive-by body-pierce)

(Yo, bring it on down)
Soy

(I’m a driver; I’m the winner;
Things are gonna change
I can feel it)

Soy un perdedor
I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?
(I can’t believe you)
Soy un perdedor
I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?

Soy un perdedor
I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?
(Sprechen Sie Deutsch, baby?)
Soy un perdedor
I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?
(Know what I’m saying?)

Written by: Beck

Lyrics Post: “Súbeme Al Radio” plus Bonus Throwback: “Higher Love”

I heard about this song on NPR a while back, and always trying to expand my awareness and appreciation, gave it a go. Well worth it, even if I don’t understand what’s being said. 🙂

“Súbeme La Radio (Sean Paul Remix)”

(feat. Sean Paul)

[Enrique Iglesias & Sean Paul:]

Súbeme la radio

Sunshine in the rain

In the mind is the pain

Tráeme el alcohol

Deep on me heart like stain

Yeah yeah

Súbeme la radio que esta es mi canción

Siente el bajo que va subiendo

Time will heal it but now we feel it

Turn up the music and run pain away

[Enrique Iglesias:]

Súbeme la radio que esta es mi canción

Siente el bajo que va subiendo

Tráeme el alcohol que quita el dolor

Hoy vamos a juntar la luna y el sol

I wanted you forever

Don’t act like you don’t feel it

I should have loved you better

But I still can’t believe (remember that girl)

It’s killing me that you’re gone

How the hell do I move on

I’m drinking from this bottle

Cause I can’t take it no more

[Sean Paul:]

(Hear me, I tell you)

Alright then girl, yo

Lights on in the hallways I feel awake

Baby girl come and look me I see your face

Remember the days when we would blaze

And everything was amazing

[Enrique Iglesias & Sean Paul:]

Súbeme la radio que esta es mi canción

Siente el bajo que va subiendo

Time will heal it but now we feel it

Turn up the music and run pain away

[Enrique Iglesias:]

Súbeme la radio que esta es mi canción

Siente el bajo que va subiendo

Tráeme el alcohol que quita el dolor

Hoy vamos a juntar la luna y el sol

My body on your body

My heart against your heart

But when I go to touch you

I just wake up in the dark

You gotta know that I miss you

I can never forget you

Girl I know I gotta let go

But I wish that I was with you

[Enrique Iglesias & Sean Paul:]

Súbeme la radio que esta es mi canción

Siente el bajo que va subiendo

Time will heal it but now we feel it

Turn up the music and run pain away

[Enrique Iglesias:]

Súbeme la radio que esta es mi canción

Siente el bajo que va subiendo

Tráeme el alcohol que quita el dolor

Hoy vamos a juntar la luna y el sol

[Sean Paul:]

Tell you this

Make your body turn twist, make your reminisce

Baby girl cause you know so me never miss

Though you gone from me life, me remember this

How me and you turn into enemies

Sunshine on me life mia memories

To get you back into my life, I swear it is

I swear it is

Baby girl you are drain all me energies

[Enrique Igleasias:]

Yo no te miento

Todavía te espero

Sabes bien que te quiero

No sé vivir sin ti

Yo no te miento

Todavía te espero

Sabes bien que te quiero

No sé vivir sin ti

[Enrique Iglesias & Sean Paul:]

Súbeme la radio que esta es mi canción

Siente el bajo que va subiendo

Time will heal it but now we feel it

Turn up the music and run pain away

[Enrique Igleasias:]

Súbeme la radio que esta es mi canción

Siente el bajo que va subiendo

Tráeme el alcohol que quita el dolor

Hoy vamos a juntar la luna y el sol

[Enrique Iglesias & Sean Paul:]

Súbeme la radio

Sunshine in the rain

In the mind is the pain

Tráeme el alcohol

Deep on me heart like stain

Yeah yeah

Súbeme la radio

And BONUS TRACK!

This one lifted me up and helped me believe in that ideal, that higher love. Would that we all strive for that, the world would be a better place.

“Higher Love”

“Think about it, there must be higher love

Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above

Without it, life is a wasted time

Look inside your heart, I’ll look inside mine

Things look so bad everywhere

In this whole world, what is fair?

We walk blind and we try to see

Falling behind in what could be

Bring me a higher love

Bring me a higher love

Bring me a higher love

Where’s that higher love I keep thinking of?

Worlds are turning and we’re just hanging on

Facing our fear and standing out there alone

A yearning, and it’s real to me

There must be someone who’s feeling for me

Things look so bad everywhere

In this whole world, what is fair?

We walk blind and we try to see

Falling behind in what could be

Bring me a higher love

Bring me a higher love

Bring me a higher love

Where’s that higher love I keep thinking of?

Bring me a higher love

Bring me a higher love

Bring be a higher love

I could rise above on a higher love

I will wait for it

I’m not too late for it

Until then, I’ll sing my song

To cheer the night along

Bring it… Oh bring it…

I could light the night up with my soul on fire

I could make the sun shine from pure desire

Let me feel that love come over me

Let me feel how strong it could be

Bring me a higher love

Bring me a higher love

Bring me a higher love

Where’s that higher love I keep thinking of?”

Lyrics Post: “Territories” by RUSH

A bonus second lyrics post today, another from RUSH, another tribute to Drummer and Lyricist, Neil Peart, who passed away last week.

These lyrics are from the sam period, same album that “The Big Money” was recorded. The words spoke to me in a special way at the time, when my sense of local and global was still forming. And the words still speak to me today.

Territories”

I see the Middle Kingdom between Heaven and Earth
Like the Chinese call the country of their birth
We all figure that our homes are set above
Other people than the ones we know and love
In every place with a name
They play the same territorial game
Hiding behind the lines
Sending up warning signs

The whole wide world
An endless universe
Yet we keep looking through
The eyeglass in reverse
Don’t feed the people
But we feed the machines
Can’t really feel
What international means
In different circles, we keep holding our ground
Indifferent circles, we keep spinning round and round

We see so many tribes overrun and undermined
While their invaders dream of lands they’ve left behind
Better people… better food… and better beer…
Why move around the world when Eden was so near?
The bosses get talking so tough
And if that wasn’t evil enough
We get the drunken and passionate pride
Of the citizens along for the ride

They shoot without shame
In the name of a piece of dirt
For a change of accent
Or the color of your shirt
Better the pride that resides
In a citizen of the world
Than the pride that divides
When a colorful rag is unfurled