Xmas songs no. 31: The Lawrence Arms – “100 Resolutions”

Present Day MemoriesThis is, hands down, my favorite song about New Year’s. It’s from a split CD between The Lawrence Arms and The Chinkees (a ska-punk band from San Francisco fronted by Mike Park of Asian Man Records), called Present Day Memories. It was released in 2001, and TLA later included all their tracks from it on their rarities collection Cocktails & Dreams (2005). It’s a Chris McCaughan song, and his lyrics… that line “I’ve got 100 resolutions, but I’ve got no solutions / I’ve got one song I write 100 times, and only a dozen or so rhymes”, that shit hits home, man.

Speaking of The Lawrence Arms, on January 28th they’re releasing their sixth studio album, Metropole. It’ll be their first studio album in eight years. Who wants to go see them with me February 15th at the Casbah?

Where have I been all your life?
Sitting on fences, a novocaine for all the senses
Another year will pass us by
Making sense of nothing, in defense of something

I laughed too late and dug myself into a grave
This year I’ll try not to think too much
This year I’ll try to stand up for myself
This year I’ll live like I’ve never lived before
This is my year for sure

Another stupid clumsy story
More accidental aspirations
Another explosion of silence
I think I’m going deaf, or maybe I’m just hearing less

This year I’ll try to only listen to myself
This year I’ll try not to think too much
This year I’ll try to stand up for myself
This year I’ll live like I’ve never lived before
This is my year for sure

I wonder where you’ll be bringing in the new year
As midnight clocks are singing, good chance I’ll be slobbering somewhere
Probably pass out wasted and sleeping until the smoke clears
Vague memories of midnight flash in tune to morning sunlight
Wake up knowing you’ll never be there

I’ve got 100 resolutions
But I’ve got no solutions
I’ve got one song I write 100 times
And only a dozen or so rhymes

This year I’ll try not to drink so much
This year I’ll try to stand up straight
This year let’s live liked we’ve never lived before
This is our year for sure

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s