ALL ABOUT THE LYRICS: The Wordnerdy Half of the Songwriting Coin

ALL ABOUT THE LYRICS: The Wordnerdy Half of the Songwriting Coin

By popular demand, I present All About the Lyrics, intended as a permanent home for discussion/deconstruction of the words in David Cook’s music. (This includes David’s own work and his work with collaborators.) All About the Lyrics provides a forum for observations, criticisms and feelings regarding the words, spanning work from Axium, “Analog Heart,” the “lost album,” DCTR, and all future releases. Discussion must be limited to work that has been published, recorded and/or performed. (Discussion of leaked material/snippets will not be allowed, by the expressed direction of TPTB.)

Potential subjects for discussion include:

* What the words ARE (in absence of definitive text from the author)
* Themes of particular songs, as well as common themes in the body of work
* Use of metaphor and simile
* Use of compositional techniques such as rhyme (end rhyme, internal rhyme), meter, alliteration and so on
* The influence or possible influence of lyrical collaborators
* The potential meaning(s) of songs
* Citations of interviews where David discusses his process/thoughts regarding the creation of lyrics

Please limit your citations of lyrics to portions being discussed, rather than always quoting the entire song, unless the entire song is relevant to your post. This will help make the length of posts more manageable.

Because there is obviously significant overlap with our sister thread, All About the Music, I direct you there for relevant information regarding David’s musical influences, as well as covers he’s selected to sing.

I launch this enterprise with enthusiasm, but also with sympathy for the guy whose work is the subject of scrutiny. In his own words from a recent interview: “The lyrics have to be perfect.” With such an attitude, he’s clearly invested. You don’t have to love everything he writes, but – respect for the writer will be required here.

And finally, a cautionary tale about deconstruction, particularly in terms of figuring out what a song is “about” or where it “came from.” It’s risky business to wade in these waters, and it’s good to remember that very often, opinions regarding “what it’s about” say more about the observer than the subject. If he author does not choose to make an overt explanation, then it’s “about” whatever you, as the listener, make it to be. I am entertained by the following passage by the novelist, critic and author C.S. Lewis. In discussing critical analysis of one of his essays, about which the critics were putting forth varied theories regarding Lewis’ process, influences and feelings, he said:

Reviewers, both friendly and hostile, will dash you off such histories with great confidence; will tell you what public events had directed the author’s mind to this or that, what other authors had influenced him, what his overall intention was, what sort of audience he principally addressed, why – and when – he did everything….

My impression is that in the whole of my experience not one of these guesses has on any one point been right; the method shows a record of 100% failure. You would expect that by mere chance they would hit as often as they miss. But it is my impression that they do no such thing…. As I have not kept a careful record, my mere impression may be mistaken. What I think I can say with certainty is that they are usually wrong.

Nevertheless. Analysis is fun, and is a compliment to the writer if done with this caveat in mind. So, once more into the breach, dear wordnerdy friends!!! Analyze away!!!

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Resources (general)

Transcribed lyrics for This Loud Morning album, confirmed against album liner notes.

Link to music/lyrics from DCTR here at DCO. Recently reappeared after absence. Still problematic.

http://www.davidcookofficial.com/us/music/david-cook

Unofficial lyrics compilation by the fans at the DC42 forum,, as well as their consensus regarding differences between their analysis and the lyrics once posted at DCO. Documents courtesy of ellemarie.

UNofficial UNconfirmed lyrics c/o CookiesBR

DCTR lyrics at Cherry Lane Music Group, David's publisher, of yet-unverified authenticity

Unofficial discography, extensive, chronological, by DCO regular QTTaquito

Unofficial discography, extensive, alpha order by writer/co-writer, by DCO regular QTTaquito

Analysis of imagery and recurring themes in the lyrics, as blogged by Sharon C with input from annie702

Unreleased songs from fall 2013 David Cook tour (as transcribed by DCO members)

Resources (individual songs)

"Permanent" analysis by the folks at the d-c.org forum, aka "The Dash"
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By request, the lyrics to Chris Isaac's "Wicked Game" - David and Andy re-arranged this song and played it at concerts starting in 2013. At an Ann Arbor concert in October of that year, David says he likes what they did so much he is considering putting it on the next album, even though he has not been a fan of using a cover on an album. There are some slight lyric omissions in David and Andy's version, notably, the last line and some of the counterpoint parts - which somehow makes it even more effective, IMO

The revisited glory note that has figured prominently in the later versions for "No, I….." is reminiscent of the truncated Idol version of "Billie Jean" ("…she says I…..") and the counterpoint technique, almost done as a Greek chorus chant, is lately echoed in the counterpoint from "Rolling in the Deep"…an effective, haunting technique. Also IMO.

(Counterpoint in parenthesis)

"Wicked Game"

The world was on fire and no one could save me but you.
It's strange what desire will make foolish people do.
I never dreamed that I'd meet somebody like you.
And I never dreamed that I'd lose somebody like you.

No, I don't want to fall in love (This world is only gonna break your heart)
No, I don't want to fall in love (This world is only gonna break your heart)
With you (This world is only gonna break your heart)

What a wicked game to play, to make me feel this way.
What a wicked thing to do, to let me dream of you.
What a wicked thing to say, you never felt this way.
What a wicked thing to do, to make me dream of you and,

I want to fall in love (This world is only gonna break your heart)
No, I want to fall in love (This world is only gonna break your heart)
With you.

The world was on fire and no one could save me but you.
It's strange what desire will make foolish people do.
I never dreamed that I'd love somebody like you.
And I never dreamed that I'd lose somebody like you,

No, I want to fall in love (This world is only gonna break your heart)
No, I want to fall in love (This world is only gonna break your heart)
With you (This world is only gonna break your heart)
No, I... (This world is only gonna break your heart)
(This world is only gonna break your heart)

Nobody loves no one.

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"Wicked Game" is a 1990 song by Chris Isaak from his third studio album Heart Shaped World. The song is written in the mode of B Dorian...
WIKI

Other popular songs written in this mode include "Billie Jean".

"Along Comes Mary" by The Association
"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson
"Eleanor Rigby" by The Beatles is often cited as a Dorian modal piece, and while the melody line is a Dorian melody (excepting some portions), the song is based on an Aeolian modal progression (I–♭VI and ♭VI–I).
"Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple
"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot

Notable quote:

"In Flight of the Conchords, the character Dave states that "Women like three things: Men in Kilts, Southern Comfort and Chris Isaak's Wicked Game."

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Kiss you tonight: I was rereading lyrics and just comparing this song to "lie". It just strikes me that if these songs really do reflect relationships, DC seems to be growing as a person. He doesn't prefer denial anymore, wants to try to make things right, " if I could just kiss you tonight"
He often uses black and blue images. Has he ever commented on that?

Thank You FoolsApril64

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 11:05
Tjbaker:
I really like the song "Kiss and Tell".. has anyone been able to get the words for that song. I really would love to know what he says at the very beginning. Smiling
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** NOTE: as an unreleased song, these lyrics are subject to change **

KISS & TELL – David Cook, Andy Skib, Andy Waldeck

I… I’m never really awake
You take it all away until my will begins to break
You… you’ve got me in your sights
You’re doing something right cause all I see is blue tonight

Yeah, we’re lost in the dark and we’re praying for light
Reaching out for a heart where the beat never dies
Yeah we’re crossing the line between heaven and hell
I’ll never kiss and tell
Now we’re facing the flood and it’s rising fast
We keep holding our breath 'til we both collapse
Lying still in the place right where our bodies fell
But I’ll never kiss and tell

I… I feel my pulse increase
Do anything you please as long as I can hear you breathe
We… we’re losing all control
I thought we had it all but now your lips are turning cold

I really like the song "Kiss and Tell".. has anyone been able to get the words for that song. I really would love to know what he says at the very beginning. Smiling

Thanks for updating this, Imogen - the lyrics flub is unflubbed. Heh. And the verse makes sense now…though it's funny that there are other little tweaks in the course of the song. I think it could be argued that these works are alive and always changing minutely every time they are sung…KWIM? And the 'sink/sync' is all moot when David sings 'drink' for the second verse. smh.

Since David performed Wait for Me in the Team for A Cure Acoustic Set at The Hamilton, we now have updated/corrected lyrics.

Slight changes:
- The "oh" on the 1st verse was not sung (it looks like he got somewhat distracted, I think it's still in there in the actual lyrics)
- First pre-chorus (is that what you call it?) starts with " 'Cause (I've been crying...)", not "Oh" as in Niagara Falls
- The most change is the switch in the face-pillowcase lines. I assumed this was the "flubbed" lyrics he referred to in NF, so we now presumably have the corrected lines.
- Towards the end, he sang "To drink you in", not "sink" (or sync), the word we'd been debating about, heh

WAIT FOR ME
David Cook / Chad Carlson

I was drunk as the morning sun
A ball of fire and I've just begun
To drink you in, oh
Another picture in a broken frame
And I remember I'm the one to blame
Where do I begin, oh

`Cause I've been crying salt into an open wound
Since I don't remember when
So as I slowly open up my eyes
Will I see you on the other side
The other side

No matter where you go
Yeah will you let me know
Will you wait for me, wait for me
More than I ever knew
Yeah all I need is you
Will you wait for me, wait for me

Falling faster by the afternoon
Connecting dots around the black and blue
It's sinking in, oh
I can smell you on my pillowcase
But I may never get to see your face
Here again, oh

So I'll keep crying salt into this open wound
Until I feel again
And if I ever open up my eyes
Will I see you on the other side
The other side

No matter where you go
Yeah will you let me know
Will you wait for me, wait for me
More than I ever knew
Yeah all I need is you
Will you wait for me, wait for me

Oh oh whoa oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh whoa oh oh whoa

Oh oh whoa oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Whoa oh oh oh oh whoa

So I'll keep dying slowly from this open wound
Until you come home again

No matter where you go
Yeah will you let me know
Will you wait for me, wait for me
More than I ever knew
Yeah all I need is you
Will you wait for me, wait for me

No matter where you go
Yeah will you let me know
Will you wait for me, wait for me
More than I ever knew
Yeah all I need is you
Will you wait for me, wait for me

I'm as drunk as the morning sun
A ball of fire and I've just begun
To drink you in, oh
Another picture in a broken frame
And I remember I'm the one to blame
Oh where do I begin

@Wave_length Anyone post this yet from I'm a Fire? Photo of official lyrics in print #KyT http://twitpic.com/dyijhi

I love the song, the lyrics, the music, the guitar work ( I will be specific about this at another time when I listen w a pen and paper watching time stamps on soundcloud).

But I must say I am surprised by David's revisiting the bleeding, open wounds. Those signature images have always struck me deeply from AH on. Interesting to see that those feelings and thoughts still have lyrical salience for him.

Re David repeating a word/phrase - I thought I'd throw this out there just to muddle the issue a bit more. lol. He has done it in the past, e.g., in Makeover, he used "they bled before" in both the 1st & 2nd verses).

Wouldn't it be great to be blessed with "official" lyrics ... "soon"? ;p

This is what I hear on the new song. I hear a couple lines differently.

I was drunk as the morning sun
A ball of fire and I've just begun
To drink you in, oh
Another picture in a broken frame
And I remember I'm the one to blame
Where do I begin, oh

Oh, I've been crying salt into an open wound
since I don't know remember when
so as I slowly opened up my eyes
Oh, I can see you on the other side
The other side

No matter where you go
you will let me know
You wait for me, wait for me
More than I ever knew
Yeah all I need is you
You wait for me, wait for me

Falling faster by the afternoon
Connecting dots around the black and blue
It's sinking in, oh
And I will never get to see your face
But I can smell you on my pillowcase
Here again, oh

So, I 'll keep crying salt into an open wound
Until I can feel again
And if I ever opened up my eyes
Will I see you on the other side
The other side

No matter where you go
yeah will you let me know
You wait for me, wait for me
More than I ever knew
Yeah all I need is you
You wait for me, wait for me

Oh oh whoa oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh whoa oh oh whoa

Oh oh whoa oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Whoa oh oh oh oh whoa

So I'll keep dying slowly from this open wound
Until you come home again

No matter where you go
Yeah will you let me know
You wait for me, wait for me
More than I ever knew
Yeah all I need is you
You wait for me, wait for me

No matter where you go
Yeah will you let me know
You wait for me, wait for me
More than I ever knew
Yeah all I need is you
You wait for me, wait for me

I'm as drunk as the morning sun
A ball of fire and I've just begun
To sync you in, oh
Another picture in a broken frame
And I remember I'm the one to blame
Oh where do I begin

You ladies are good. I'm so entranced by the voice and lyrics, I didn't hear any hesitation. I guess I will have to go in again and pay closer attention. Smiling

Imogen, I think it's the reverse - the first 'sink in' is to realize, the 2nd 'sync you in' is short for synchronize ( It's sinking in - To sync you in ) because it's logical usage. But verse two is tricksy without knowing where the flub is - and I'm still not clear on some words in line 2 and line 4.

Getting closer, though.

I like how you laid it out with the possibilities - that's helpful - - so maybe this?

I'm as drunk as the morning sun
A bowl of fire and I've just begun
To drink you in, oh
Another picture in a broken frame
And I remember I'm the one to blame
Where do I begin, oh

Oh I've been crying salt into an open wound
Since I don't remember when
So as I slowly opened up my eyes
Oh I can see you on the other side
The other side

No matter where you go
Yeah, Will you let me know
_ you wait for me, wait for me

More than I ever knew
Yeah all I need is you
You wait for me, wait for me

Falling faster by the afternoon
Connecting dots around the black and blue
It's sinking in, oh
And (don't know when I'll) get to see your face
But I can smell you on my (the?) pillowcase
Here again, oh

So I'll keep crying salt into an open wound
Until I can feel again
And if I ever open up my eyes
Will I see you on the other side
The other side

No matter where you go
Yeah, Will you let me know
_? you wait for me, wait for me

More than I ever knew
Yeah, all I need is you
Will you wait for me, wait for me
~
So I'll keep dying slowly from this open wound
Until you come home again.

No matter where you go
Yeah will you let me know
You wait for me, wait for me

More than I ever knew
Yeah, all I need is you
You wait for me, wait for me

No matter where you go
Yeah will you let me know
You wait for me, wait for me

More than I ever knew
Yeah, all I need is you
Will you wait for me, wait for me

I'm as drunk as the morning sun
A ball of fire and I've just begun
To sync you in, oh
Another picture in a broken frame
And I remember I'm the one to blame
Oh where do I begin

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Subtle change between the intro and the coda

Where do I begin, oh
Oh, where do I begin

The chorus changes as well - so here with the chorus differences

So as I slowly open up my eyes
Oh I can see you on the other side

And if I ever open up my eyes
Will I see you on the other side

Since I don't remember when
Here again
Until I can feel again
Until you come home again

And of course,

Oh I've been crying salt into an open wound/So I'll keep crying salt into an open wound/So I'll keep dying slowly from this open wound.

(On your edit - I caught the hesitation - but that's what I thought I heard.)

IF the Bowl/ball change is valid - it also may just be what I 'think' I hear - but these lyrics are certainly compelling, wide open for interpretations in layers of meanings, IMO.

Hey, where's the edit button? Just wanted to add, lyrics flub may have been in line 4 of verse 2 also, it sounded like he hesitated there for a nanosecond right before "get to see your face".

Oh wow, Incipit, I'm liking how you're thinking/hearing the lyrics! Which means it would go like this on Verse 1 --

I was drunk as the morning sun
A bowl of fire and I've just begun
To drink you in, oh
Another picture in a broken frame
And I remember I'm the one to blame
Where do I begin, oh

I can also see what you were saying abt verse 2. (I believe though the flub was in line 2, so that could be something else than what we're hearing right now) -

Falling faster by the afternoon
Connecting dots around the black and blue
It's synching in, oh
And I (will never?) get to see your face
But I can smell you on my pillowcase
Here again, oh

which would make the last verse go -

I'm as drunk as the morning sun
A bowl of fire and I've just begun
To sink you in, oh
Another picture in a broken frame
And I remember I'm the one to blame
Oh where do I begin

Very interesting, I'm liking all this even more. *goes off to listen again*

I'm hooked from the beginning. I was drunk as the morning sun.... and of course ...I've been crying salt into an open wound... I didn't think he could top WDWG lyrics and I was wrong. I'm really curious how all these new batch of songs will fit on one record.

Transported from DCO:

I've been making a pass at the lyrics with the clearer audio - and "Sync you in" is what I wrote for that line, because it made sense - and also because David had just used 'sinking' in a logical context previously - "It's sinking in". I didn't think he would repeat it - and "Sync" made more sense to the narrative.

But then I see he said there was a lyrics flub in the second verse - so now I'm kinda waiting to hear the next performance - because it could also be this part - which really sounds cryptic:

Falling faster by the afternoon
Connecting dots around____black and blue

~just before the use of "sinking in"- my impression of the words after are:


It's sinking in, oh
(I) don't know when I'll get to see your face
But I can smell you on my pillowcase
Here again, oh

Which is why I think the 2nd time is "syncing".

Also, I'm not entirely sure that isn't a BOWL of fire in the opening lines that he is drinking in.

Interesting to read what people are hearing, because of the possibility of homonyms along with the rhymes. Can't even try to figure out what it could mean until I know what it says! Also, this wordplay reminds me so much of "Silver":

(A warning sign of mistakes made,The kind that you learn from/an open mind For mistakes made, The kind that you burn from/A warning sign of regression,The kind you never learn from'/'an open sky of redemption,The kind you always burn from)

If it makes the record - fingers crossed for lyrics!

‏@crescendolivia

"Wait for Me" - Lyric Transcription (obviously subject to change/future corrections) I was drunk as the (cont) http://tl.gd/n_1s0sq9f

Waiting in line with Incipit9 for lyrics to new song Smiling

Waiting for "Wait For Me" Lyrics. Patiently. Heh.

These sound like vintage Cook wordplay - made me think of "Silver".

On the lyric video comments, a guy questions the "star" in the lyrics. Another guy gives an explanation. I like it.

ferncall, the official lyrics are confirmed as "up and fades away"

Lisa Smiling

To me, the last line of the first verse sounds like, "Nothing fades away." The song meaning would be more plaintive if the scars and memories still exist. I checked the lyric video and that line is not included at all. Then again, my hearing is not as good anymore.

*Lyrics corrected according to official lyric video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11m0pp3202c

Hullo, tried to transcribe KYT. I checked the previous pages here & it seems we don't have a complete version yet.

KISS YOU TONIGHT
David Cook / Jay Knowles / Trent Summar

I catch myself wishing
you were whispering my name
every star, every scar,
every mark upon my heart
up and fades away

I feel myself missing
everything I threw away
every dream, every scene,
every song we'd ever sing
got lost in yesterday

I’ve been trying to do without you
but I can’t give up this fight
everything will be alright
if I can kiss you tonight
we can make it to tomorrow
if we can find the morning light
everything will be alright
if I can kiss you tonight

do you find yourself wondering
if I still think about you
every thought, every step,
every tear and every breath
I swear I do
Yeah, that's all I ever do

I’ve been trying to do without you
but I can’t give up this fight
everything will be alright
if I can kiss you tonight
we can make it to tomorrow
if we can find the morning light
everything will be alright
if I can kiss you tonight

I’ve been trying to do without you
but I can’t give up this fight
everything will be alright
if I can kiss you tonight
we can make it to tomorrow
if we can find the morning light
everything will be alright
if I can kiss you tonight

everything will be alright
if I can kiss you tonight
if I can kiss you tonight
if I could kiss you tonight

Incipit9: Really, BEFORE caffeine? I salute you!

"...just about everything written or spoken by almost every neurotypical adult can be interpreted ad nauseum."

Yes, it can - and provide endless occupation in the doing! (Telling us more about the interpreter than the interpreted in the process, as Minstrel says.) Which is where this thread comes in.

Hah! I like your post, Follia - and it reminds me of something I was rereading yesterday - Helen MacInnes intro to "Assignment in Brittany" (1963) -

Excerpt:

"For centuries before Alexander Pope observed that the proper study of mankind was man, the storyteller…had been tapping that reservoir. 200 years after Pope, we have all become conscious of the sub conscious, thanks to …Freud and Jung and Adler. But creative writers did just as well, if not better, when they relied on their own observations and meditations about the human race.

If they inquire too scientifically into the subconscious, they may find that their stories change into case history notebooks, and they are no longer [tellers of stories], but analysts.

For art is selective, and instinct is often the selector."

Lyrics are like the crest of the waves over the Marianas Trench - what lies below - Rolling in the Deep? More often than not, even the writer hasn't looked that far. IMO.

Forgive the allusion - it's OMG It's Early O'Clock pre-caffeine - and the snow woke me up. *wink*

Well, David may not want to go on record saying his songs reveal personal concerns, conscious or unconscious, but there are themes, as we have analyzed on this thread, that strongly suggest that a healthy portion of his work is related to his experiences. Then again, there's nothing I've come to know about David that contradicts the impression that I and other "students" of his corpus, lol, drew from Axium, and AH, etc.. Wasn't DCTR in good part about his Idol voyage? Wasn't TLM about the aftermath of Idol and his brother's death?

It may well be that his repeated use of certain metaphors or phrases is just because they are conveniently familiar, but that just begs the questions as to why they became favorites in the first place. And of course, just about everything written or spoken by almost every neurotypical adult can be interpreted ad nauseum.

And being a wordnerd like others here I'm fine with that,.

Interesting article. I would guess David uses both conscious and unconscious symbolism in his work. He's stated "GBTTG" is about when your life changes (and not really about a girl); TLSIWFY was not about RCA, but then later said that it may have been subconscious.
I thought that EOY was a backwards look at how it feels to be stalked, before he stated it was about drones, a subject that he surely only read about and has no direct personal experience with, but may have had some unconscious symbolism there?

Some people don't like symbolism much. Too much work, or incomprehensible or artsy. I think David's mind works that way (lots of symbolism, connections) so that is going to show up in his work. (I bet he aced the "x is to y" part of the SAT).

A while back there was a discussion about David saying he's going to "get out of his own way" with song writing. I think he was alluding to this kind of thing. Pick a topic or idea and write what comes to mind without overthinking or second guessing. Kind of how dreams can tell you what you are thinking and feeling even if you don't know what they mean.

I know people (myself included) like to analyze his lyrics. The article was interesting in discussing that too. Sometimes what we see is something that is not intentionally there, but from past interviews we know David is OK with that (as long as it's about the song, and not about him).

I'm not an english major nor a psychologist so forgive my amateurish thoughts on the subject.

Edited to add: I don't think all or even most of his songs are his subconcious thoughts or autobiographical.

Here's a great piece in Mental Floss about writers and symbolism in their work. Though the kid wrote to novelists in particular, I'm sure it can be expanded to some poetry and lyric writing too:
http://m.mentalfloss.com/article.php?id=30937

Tid Bit from hicago Lincoln Hall 11/21/13:
‏@MsCRC
Asked David about Kiss and Tell and he confirmed Latin flavor/beat. Also said the song is inspired by Muse’s Assassin (musically)

I read amalama's anecdote on the Turner Hall thread yesterday afternoon - and went chasing the clue, so I guess I ought to post that here where it won't disappear as quickly...

House was one of DC's fav TV shows, and it's a well documented one. I checked. The quote is found in a 2006 episode of "House" titled "Need to Know" - IF David got the idea for the song from that quote, this is the source - ->

Dr. James Wilson: "What the hell happened in Baltimore?"
Dr. Gregory House: "Sorry, chief. I never kiss and tell."
Dr. James Wilson: "I think you just did."

It is neat to get these crumbs about the song ideas...DC always said he could write about anything, if it inspired him.

‏These tidbits from VIP M&G at Turner Hall in Milwaukee 11/19/13:

@COOKistas
Would you like to know what inspired David Cook's new song Kiss & Tell? Read @amalama23 's anecdote here: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1rrv04g

‏@MsCRC
The WDWG lyric is brain. There is a typo in official lyrics on DCO. He’ll fix it.

Where Do We Go: I think Dave's been singing "bullets to the brave", but I was hearing "brain" - maybe 'cause that made sense in my brain? Eye-wink

I don't understand "like bullets to the brave", but it's for sure interesting.

Here's a YT with a view that might help:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5PZkKn9wG4

ETA: The lyrics below have been updated - it's "brain". Guess I'm not much of a lip reader. Eye-wink

Annie, I think anything in the lyrics can be interpreted to make some sort of sense - I'm more interested in whether or not we have accuracy - and pointing out a typo in EOY, while regrettable, is also NBD.

But beyond the 'problematical' is the factual - so this is the crux:

There are missing words and there are added in words - .....

That "lets run away" line? Where did that come from, I can't find a recording where DC is singing those words, and where is the last line, "Where ever you go" with the change from "Where do we go" that DC has been singing all along?

See what I mean?

ETA: Thank you, Lisa - for the information about the source...very good to know, after having been burned by Cherry Lane. Appreciate knowing about the "Let's run away" line - if you get a chance?

Thanks Lisa!

Incipit9
More problematical was "Where Do We Go" - "Bullets to the "brave" and not brain? Inside of eyes? and "Can't see the fight in the war" doesn't make a lot of sense, even metaphorically. There are missing words and there are added in words - bad for the credibility.

Both work for me. Here's my interpretation of those lyrics as presented (correct or not):
"Bullets to the brave"... The bullets are aimed at the brave ones standing their ground. In this content, "brave" is a noun not an adjective. The ones running away making their escape, the ones who cut their strings, those will be long gone by the time the music starts to fade.. the time the battle is over. They're running for their lives chasing fireflies (a metaphor for ideas/opportunities/inspiration) which they may catch the way the brave ones catch bullets.
"Can't see the fight in the war"... The war is going on, but there's no real "fight", as in the will/desire to even be there. It's a noun in this context, not a verb.

The innocent made its way back into the lyric "inside of innocent eyes" by the time I read it

On another note, I'm loving the imagery in Carry You!!!

How do you copy lyrics? The white letters are not copying for me...

OK. Shades of 'Cherry Lane Music Publishing Official Lyrics', which was not a good thing. What is the source, please? Maybe it's just a few typos... Or maybe there was an awful hurry to type these up - and a word or two got dropped on its head. As in the last verse of EOY.

It keeps filling your mind with doubt and there's(____) that you can drown it out

Because (no way) is missing

More problematical was "Where Do We Go" - "Bullets to the "brave" and not brain? Inside of eyes? and "Can't see the fight in the war" doesn't make a lot of sense, even metaphorically. There are missing words and there are added in words - bad for the credibility.

That "lets run away" line? Where did that come from, I can't find a recording where DC is singing those words, and where is the last line, "Where ever you go" with the change from "Where do we go" that DC has been singing all along?

Caveat - on those lyrics, IMO. Of Course.

they're official, but ... not always what he's been singing. hmm.

Ooooh thank you Lisa - there's nothing that makes me happier than "official" lyrics Smiling

WHERE DO WE GO – David Cook, Andy Waldeck, Andy Skib

We’re counting circles, around and around
Until we’re down on the floor
What were we put here for?
We keep on burning a hole in the ground
We’re reaching out for more
Can’t see the fight in the war

If the light leaves our heart
Do we know where to start?

Whenever the sun goes down
Where Do We Go?
When all of the leaves turn brown
Where Do We Go?
With every step that we’re taking to the brink
We’re cutting ties like a puppet from a string
So whether we’re lost or found
Where Do We Go?

Before the sky falls, from heaven to ground
We’ve got to run for our lives
Inside of innocent eyes
But when the night calls, we’re tearing it down
Until the smoke can rise
We are the warning sign

When the light leaves our heart
Will we know where to start?

By the time the music starts to fade away
We’ll be in the trenches making our escape
Chasing fireflies like bullets to the brain
So lets run away, So lets run away

KISS & TELL – David Cook, Andy Skib, Andy Waldeck

I… I’m never really awake
You take it all away until my will begins to break
You… you’ve got me in your sights
You’re doing something right cause all I see is blue tonight

Yeah, we’re lost in the dark and we’re praying for light
Reaching out for a heart where the beat never dies
Yeah we’re crossing the line between heaven and hell
I’ll never kiss and tell
Now we’re facing the flood and it’s rising fast
We keep holding our breath til we both collapse
Lying still in the place right where our bodies fell
But I’ll never kiss and tell

I… I feel my pulse increase
Do anything you please as long as I can hear you breathe
We… we’re losing all control
I thought we had it all but now your lips are turning cold

I’M GONNA LOVE YOU – David Cook, Andy Waldeck, Andy Skib

Something still comes over me
Just a chill in the winter breeze
Standing in the cold debris
We left behind a memory

Every word that left your lips
Left behind your fingerprints
Now every crime that love commits
Brings it right back here to this

I only want to be remembered
For being the one who’d always say
That I’m gonna love you
I’m gonna love you endlessly
I’ve never been one to yell surrender
As long as you’re standing next to me
Cause I’m gonna love you
I’m gonna love you endlessly

No escaping this embrace
Every time I see your face
Around the love I can’t erase
And wouldn’t want to anyway

Eyes On You - David Cook, Crix Reardon, Andy Waldeck

I know where you’re going underneath it all
I know where you been
So take a minute, take a little time, to find a better line
To cover up your sins
Written in the cracks around your smile, another white lie
Now I’m zooming in
You keep running but you know you can’t hide

I’m watching every little thing you do
And all the lies that I can see right through
There ain’t no way for you to change the truth
Cause now I got my eyes on, I got my eyes on you

Looking all around, that familiar sound
Footsteps in your shadow
Try to figure out what’s in your head or underneath your bed
Or looking through your window
If you think you’re getting paranoid with all the white noise
You don’t even know
You keep running but you’re never gonna hide

When you thinking its crystal clear, You cant ignore the voice inside your ear
It keeps filling your mind with doubt and there's no way that you can drown it out

CARRY YOU – David Cook, Blair Daly

This lightning’s gonna strike
Right through this heart of mine
Again, Again
Cause this rain ain’t gonna stop
And I’m feeling every drop
As they keep dancing on your head

But you gotta hold on
You gotta be strong
Right here with me if it all goes wrong
To keep you from harm
Away in my arms
Steer you away from the storm

When the sun won’t come around
And your world keeps washing out
I won’t let this love fall down
I’ll carry you
I’ll carry you

So let’s run toward waiting lights
Cause I know there’s better skies
Ahead, ahead
Sand in an hourglass
This flood is gonna pass
And we’ll still be standing, hand in hand

Oh you gotta hold on
You gotta be strong
Right here with me if it all goes wrong
To keep you from harm
Away in my arms
Steer you away from the storm

‏@lvmyHBYnDC
Official lyrics to Kiss and Tell by @thedavidcook http://pic.twitter.com/J5Y28yeYuO

^^^ this from the Hamilton DC concert 11/11/13

eh, it's like I said in the OP -- opinions are more a reflection of what's in the listener's head than what was in the writer's. my head has a lot of existential stuff in it. a lot of mortality/immortality stuff. befitting my advanced position on the path o' life. ha.

whereas writer's head has a lot of .... geesh, what is my new job now that someone turned off that bastard*ss yellow light? kwim? (and, yeah, ok, i expect occasionally writer's head contains some of the kind of stuff that is in my head as well. regardless of one's position on the path, that "who am I and where am I going and why am I here" stuff tends to be sort of universal. fwiw.)

music = magic

It totally is an existential lyric. If it's about taking control and making your own choices... if it is about finding out what direction you will take after coming off a period of time when everything is done for you... if it is about finding your true essence as an independently acting, responsible, conscious being in spite of the absurd things that happen... then it IS an existential song!

LOL Minstrel, after hearing that story I decided that's David's mind is much too complex for me, and I should just focus on what the songs mean to me, rather than what he meant with it Smiling

Yeah, thx ms crc, that was very interesting. So... not an existential song after all, perhaps. More like a career transition song. Huh. (So maybe the label style music starts to fade away and they're escaping that scene but being back in the trenches, chasing fireflies.... hmm.)

which just proves once again that I know nuttin about most things.....

H All! Dropping off my Kokomo Q&A recap. Since there's a WDWG lyric discussion here, it's relevant. David did comment on the meaning of the lyrics on the t-shirt to answer one of the questions.

http://www.davidcookofficial.com/us/blog/kokomo-qa-recap-101913

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