Let me just say right off the bat today: I’m not really into love songs. The whole notion is rather foreign right now, but that’s okay.
I thought I’d go ahead and share nine songs that have meant something to me… but that skip all the gooshy drama. They aren’t full of ridiculous promises or praise. They even bring up some interesting dilemmas or doubts.
These songs have found their way to me in different forms. Some were shared with me by others, some I stumbled upon on my own. Thanks to anyone who’s showed me music. It means the world to me. And an extra thanks if it was a gem of a love song.
Here they are. Enjoy! And let me know if you use any of these on your next mixed tape for that special someone. ;)
1. Deer Tick- These Old Shoes
“It was a no-go for this hobo.”
2. John Prine and Iris DeMent- In Spite of Ourselves
“Swears like a sailor when she shaves her legs.”
3. Mason Jennings- Butterfly
“I still have my doubts about you.”
4. Gregory Alan Isakov- She Always Takes It Black
“You’ll love her when it all goes dark, you’ll love her even after that.”
5. Angel Olsen- Hi-Five
“Are you lonely, too? Hi-five.”
6. Shovels and Rope- Boxcar
“Let your pretty mama go up in smoke.”
7. Tom Waits- Long Way Home
“Watch your back, keep your eyes shut tight.”
8. Over the Rhine- All of it was Music
“We swung an ax to bruise it.”
9. Dr. Dog- Do the Trick
“I could lay each and every brick.”