Wednesday, March 30, 2005

lyrical interlude

She may be the face I can't forget
The trace of pleasure or regret
Maybe my treasure or the price I have to pay
She may be the song that summer sings
May be the chill that autumn brings
May be a hundred different things
Within the measure of a day

She may be the beauty or the beast
May be the famine or the feast
May turn each day into a Heaven or a Hell
She may be the mirror of my dreams
A smile reflected in a stream
She may not be what she may seem
Inside her shell....

She, who always seems so happy in a crowd
Whose eyes can be so private and so proud
No one's allowed to see them when they cry
She may be the love that cannot hope to last
May come to me from shadows in the past
That I remember 'till the day I die

She may be the reason I survive
The why and wherefore I'm alive
The one I care for through the rough and ready years

Me, I'll take the laughter and her tears
And make them all my souvenirs
For where she goes I've got to be
The meaning of my life is
Oh, she....

Elvis Costello, "She," from the "Notting Hill" soundtrack.

I've always thought this is such a beautifully romantic song, and I love his voice. Most of my favourite songs come from movie soundtracks, because there's such a variety*:

"Dreams," the Cranberries, from "You've Got Mail"
"Killing me softly with his song," Roberta Flack, from "About a Boy"
"Sympathy," GooGooDolls, from "A Cinderella Story"
"R-E-S-P-E-C-T," Aretha Franklin, from "Two Weeks Notice"
"Anyone at All," Carol King, from "You've Got Mail"
"Immigrant Song," Led Zepplin, from "School of Rock"
"Ain't No Sunshine," Lighthouse Family, from "Notting Hill"
"Razzle Dazzle," Richard Gere, "Chicago"
"I Guess the Lord Must be in New York City," Sinead O'Connor, from "You've Got Mail"
"You Sang to Me," Marc Anthony, from "Runaway Bride"
"Remember," Harry Nilsson, from "You've Got Mail"
"Still Haven't Found what I'm looking For," U2, from "Runaway Bride"
"Say a Little Prayer for You," Diana King, from "My Best Friend's Wedding"
"Dream," Roy Orbison, from "You've Got Mail"
"I'm Coming Out," Diana Ross, from "Maid in Manhattan"
"Kathy's Song," Eva Cassidy, from "Maid in Manhattan"
"All That Jazz," Catherine Zeta-Jones, "Chicago"

* stop laughing. variety in the music, not my taste in movies. obviously!


Jen said...

You oculd have saved time and wrote "The entire soundtrack for You've Got Mail" ;-)

And I love the Goo Goo Dolls. Rachel just bought us "Dizzy Up The Girl". It took us years to buy one. I know, that's an oooold one, but hey, I like it.

djm said...

yeah, yeah, yeah, i know. ;P but there are a couple of songs on that soundtrack that don't quiiiiiiite make my favourites list.

I haven't heard much GooGooDolls stuff.