Lyrically Yours

I realized today that my Facebook status is at once incredibly pretentious and obscure. I rarely enter in what I’m actually doing. Instead, I insert a lyric from a song that I find appropriate for how I am feeling at the time. I tend to change it quite a lot, and for some reason expect people to understand that it’s a quote and not actually what’s happening to me in real life (I wasn’t drunk yesterday, and the only flipflops I own are reserved for use in the shower, see ex. 2 below.)

A photo from the Fiery Furnaces concert I attended

With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to see exactly how inaccessible I have made my Facebook status throughout the last couple of months. Keep in mind that my taste in music is eclectic to the point of being slutty, and that if you get even five of these, you’re golden in my book.

So without further ado: a quiz! Identify the song from which I stole the last 33 of my lyric statuses.

1) Emily sure plays a mean pinball. (7:03pm today)

2) Emily is drunk and wearing flipflops on Fifth Avenue. (2:06am yesterday)

3) Emily might go out and watch the moon explode. (11:59pm, May 9)

4) Emily wished she could save him in some sort of time machine. (3:59pm, May 8 )

5) Emily is the second son of Mary mild, and she’s twice removed from Oscar Wilde. (11:04am, May 8 )

6) Emily spits, she smokes, she widens her stride. (12:15pm, May 6)

7) Emily is like a child when she’s been wronged; her heart is aching but she’s still strong. (10:32pm, May 5)

8 ) Emily may talk in her sleep tonight, because she doesn’t know what she is; she’s a little like you, but more like the son of Sam. (12:29am, May 2)

9) Emily will feed you tomatoes and radio wires, and retire to sheets safe and clean. But don’t hate her when she gets up to leave. (2:25am, May 1)

10) Emily got a big big big heart beat, yeah, she thinks you are the sweetest thing, she wears a coat of feelings and they are loud. (10:21pm, April 29)

11) Emily is letting the cool goddess rust away. (9:08pm, April 28 )

12) Emily is nothing of a builder, but here she dreamt she was an architect. (10:37pm, April 27)

13) Emily and the Major don’t see eye to eye on a number of things. (10:02pm, April 26)

14) Emily got to be good-looking cuz she’s so hard to see. (3:27pm, April 24)

15) Emily is thinking maybe all she needs is a shot in the arm. (12:46am, April 24)

16) Emily will find a way, regardless, to make some sense out of this mess. (4:51pm, April 22)

17) Emily is never gonna fall for modern love. (9:22am, April 21)

18 ) Emily is behind the counter with the day memorized, and those cold, vacant eyes. (9:51am, April 15)

19) Emily is a child of fire, she is a lion, she has desires and she was born inside the sun this morning. (7:18am, April 9)

20) Emily got a pair of wings for her birthday, baby. (10:44pm, April 4)

21) Emily will not pretend, she will not put on a smile, she will not say she’s all right for you. (5:15pm, April 1)

22) Emily must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. (10:31pm, March 26)

23) Emily doesn’t know what it is, but there’s definitely something going on upstairs. (6:17pm, March 24)

24) Emily is walking a tightrope into the moon. (1:50pm, March 15)

25) Emily is going to Chicago, via home. (8:26pm, March 12)

26) Emily is afraid of what everyone is made of. (7:14pm, March 7)

27) Emily is trying to downplay being uptight. (5:27pm, March 7)

28 ) Emily is not the pawn to your king, is not your world on a string, is not anything you’ll beat, she’s not anything. (5:02pm, March 3)

29) Emily could spit it in the eyes of fools as they ask her to focus on sailors fighting in the dance hall. Oh man, look at those cavemen go! It’s the freakiest show… (12:32am, March 1)

30) Emily can’t pay attention to the sound of anyone, a little more stupid, a little more scared, every moment more unprepared. (10:06pm, February 25)

31) Emily knows there is a brighter side to life, because she’s seen it, but not very often. (8:00pm, February 23)

32) Emily can always just stay no to the anti-aircraft crew, the boys from the Hitler Youth. (10:06am, February 23)

33) Emily don’t feel like dancin’. (11:59pm, Feb. 20)


Answer key:

1) Emily sure plays a mean pinball. (7:03pm today)
“Pinball Wizard” by the Who
Pretty easy.

2) Emily is drunk and wearing flipflops on Fifth Avenue. (2:06am yesterday)
“Poses” by Rufus Wainwright

3) Emily might go out and watch the moon explode. (11:59pm, May 9)
“Sundays” by Counting Crows off their recent album “Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings”.

4) Emily wished she could save him in some sort of time machine. (3:59pm, May 8 )
“Oh Comely” by Neutral Milk Hotel

5) Emily is the second son of Mary mild, and she’s twice removed from Oscar Wilde. (11:04am, May 8 )
Could technically be true, but it’s from “Everybody Loves Me, Baby” by Don MacLean

6) Emily spits, she smokes, she widens her stride. (12:15pm, May 6)
“Alone/Alive” by Shapes and Sizes

7) Emily is like a child when she’s been wronged; her heart is aching but she’s still strong. (10:32pm, May 5)
“Sorrow Boy” by Akron/Family

8 ) Emily may talk in her sleep tonight, because she doesn’t know what she is; she’s a little like you, but more like the son of Sam. (12:29am, May 2)
I got a concerned message about this, since Son of Sam was a serial killer, but it’s really from an Elliott Smith song. Is that any better? “Son of Sam” by Elliott Smith

9) Emily will feed you tomatoes and radio wires, and retire to sheets safe and clean. But don’t hate her when she gets up to leave. (2:25am, May 1)
“Two Headed Boy Part Two” by Neutral Milk Hotel

10) Emily got a big big big heart beat, yeah, she thinks you are the sweetest thing, she wears a coat of feelings and they are loud. (10:21pm, April 29)
“The Purple Bottle” by Animal Collective

11) Emily is letting the cool goddess rust away. (9:08pm, April 28 )
“Let The Cool Goddess Rust Away” by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

12) Emily is nothing of a builder, but here she dreamt she was an architect. (10:37pm, April 27)
“Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect” by the Decemberists

13) Emily and the Major don’t see eye to eye on a number of things. (10:02pm, April 26)
“Me And The Major” by Belle and Sebastian

14) Emily got to be good-looking cuz she’s so hard to see. (3:27pm, April 24)
“Come Together” by the Beatles

15) Emily is thinking maybe all she needs is a shot in the arm. (12:46am, April 24)
“A Shot In The Arm” by Wilco

16) Emily will find a way, regardless, to make some sense out of this mess. (4:51pm, April 22)
“Nothingsevergonnastandinmyway(again)” by Wilco

17) Emily is never gonna fall for modern love. (9:22am, April 21)
If you don’t get this one, you don’t listen to enough David Bowie. My remedy: watch Labyrinth while dancing around in a sparkly jumpsuit and otherwise acting like a mulleted, cleanshaven Freddie Mercury on many types of drugs. Cured! “Modern Love” by David Bowie

18 ) Emily is behind the counter with the day memorized, and those cold, vacant eyes. (9:51am, April 15)
“The Fall” by Peter and the Wolf

19) Emily is a child of fire, she is a lion, she has desires and she was born inside the sun this morning. (7:18am, April 9)
“Hanging Tree” by Counting Crows

20) Emily got a pair of wings for her birthday, baby. (10:44pm, April 4)
“Hanging Tree” by Counting Crows (This is around when I bought the album, give me a break.)

21) Emily will not pretend, she will not put on a smile, she will not say she’s all right for you. (5:15pm, April 1)
“Bloody Motherfucking Asshole” by Martha Wainwright

22) Emily must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. (10:31pm, March 26)
OK, so technically not a music quote. But everyone should know it. This is from the book “Dune” by Frank Herbert, and also its film adaptation by David Lynch. READ/WATCH IT.

23) Emily doesn’t know what it is, but there’s definitely something going on upstairs. (6:17pm, March 24)
“Dig, Lazarus, Dig!” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

24) Emily is walking a tightrope into the moon. (1:50pm, March 15)
“Insignificant” by Counting Crows

25) Emily is going to Chicago, via home. (8:26pm, March 12)
This one’s a little backwards (the real quote is “going home, via Chicago”) but it’s from “Via Chicago” by Wilco.

26) Emily is afraid of what everyone is made of. (7:14pm, March 7)
“Apocalypse Song” by St. Vincent

27) Emily is trying to downplay being uptight. (5:27pm, March 7)
“Nothingsevergonnastandinmyway(again)” by Wilco (again)

28 ) Emily is not the pawn to your king, is not your world on a string, is not anything you’ll beat, she’s not anything. (5:02pm, March 3)
“Now, Now” by St. Vincent

29) Emily could spit it in the eyes of fools as they ask her to focus on sailors fighting in the dance hall. Oh man, look at those cavemen go! It’s the freakiest show… (12:32am, March 1)
“Life On Mars” by David Bowie

30) Emily can’t pay attention to the sound of anyone, a little more stupid, a little more scared, every moment more unprepared. (10:06pm, February 25)
“Slow Show” by the National

31) Emily knows there is a brighter side to life, because she’s seen it, but not very often. (8:00pm, February 23)
“Still Ill” by the Smiths

32) Emily can always just stay no to the anti-aircraft crew, the boys from the Hitler Youth. (10:06am, February 23)
“No Lucifer” by British Sea Power

33) Emily don’t feel like dancin’. (11:59pm, Feb. 20)
Another easy one. Maybe … I don’t know … “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'” by the Scissor Sisters?

And that’s it. Some of these were challenging for me, so I don’t know how other people will fare on this obscure-quotes-from-everywhere quiz. But it was fun, at least for me. TTFN.

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