My Favorite Lyrics Of 2015… “Wait For It” From The Musical Hamilton And “Things Happen” From The Goldsmith Boys And Dawes

There are two songs that just hit me in the right way this past year… that forced me to listen and listen, and keep the song in repeat mode, over and over.

I think the lyrics certainly stand on their own, but because of things going on in my life, they became that much more powerful… that much more vital and dead on.

The first song brings me to tears every time. It’s beauty and power and insight is astounding. It slays me… literally… and the chorus, which alters slightly… Wow… just wow! A heartfelt thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“Wait For It” – Aaron Burr’s song in the music Hamilton.
Sung by the amazing Leslie Odom, Jr. I cannot WAIT to see this show!!!  I MUST see this show #Hamilton, #Lin-ManuelMiranda, @Lin_Manuel
“Theodosia writes me a letter every day.
I’m keeping the bed warm while her husband is away.
He’s on the British side in Georgia.
He’s tryin’ to keep the colonies in line.
Well he can keep all of Georgia.
Theodosia, she’s mine.

Love doesn’t discriminate
Between the sinners
And the saints
It takes and it takes and it takes
And we keep loving anyway
We laugh and we cry
And we break
And we make our mistakes
And if there’s a reason I’m by her side
When so many have tried
Then I’m willing to wait for it
I’m willing to wait for it

My grandfather was a fire and brimstone preacher
But there are things that the homilies and hymns won’t teach ‘ya
My mother was a genius
My father commanded respect
When they died they left no instructions
Just a legacy to protect

Death doesn’t discriminate
Between the sinners and the saints
It takes and it takes and it takes
And we keep living anyway

We rise and we fall
And we break
And we make our mistakes.
And if there’s a reason I’m still alive
When everyone who loves me has died
I’m willing to wait for it
I’m willing to wait for it
Wait for it

I am the one thing in life I can control
I am inimitable
I am an original

I’m not falling behind or running late
I’m not standing still
I am lying in wait

Hamilton faces an endless uphill climb
He has something to prove
He has nothing to lose

Hamilton’s pace is relentless
He wastes no time
What is it like in his shoes?
Hamilton doesn’t hesitate
He exhibits no restraint
He takes and he takes and he takes
And he keeps winning anyway
He changes the game
He plays and he raises the stakes
And if there’s a reason
He seems to thrive when so few survive
Then Goddamnit
I’m willing to wait for it

I’m willing to wait for it…

Life doesn’t discriminate
Between the sinners and the saints
It takes and it takes and it takes
And we keep living anyway,
We rise and we fall and we break
And we make our mistakes
And if there’s a reason
I’m still alive
When so many have died,
Then I’m willing to wait for it”

 

My other favorite set of lyrics comes from my namesakes, the Goldsmith brothers and Dawes!

Things do happen… so does shit… It just does… That’s all they ever do… and this song nails it. #Dawes

“Things Happen”

“I could go on talking or I could stop
Wring out each memory til’ I get every drop
Sift through the details of the others involved
The true crime would be thinking it’s just one person’s fault

Like an honest signature on a fake ID
Like the guilty conscience with the innocent plea
You can just ignore it, put it out of mind
But ain’t it funny how the past won’t ever let something lie

Let’s make a list of all the things the world has put you through
Let’s raise a glass to all the people you’re not speaking to
I don’t know what else you wanted me to say to you
Things happen, that’s all they ever do

In a different time, on a different floor
I might mourn the loss of who I’m not anymore
So I’m driving up to Oakland for a good look back
And a few revisions to my plan of attack

Let’s make a list of all the things the world has put you through
Let’s raise a glass to all the people you’re not speaking to
I don’t know what else you wanted me to say to you
Things happen, that’s all they ever do

I think I’ll see Lily, see where she stands
I can’t help how I feel, I don’t think anyone can
Sometimes we’re lovers, sometimes we’re friends
Behold the magnetism between two dead ends

Let’s make a list of all the things the world has put you through
Let’s raise a glass to all the people you’re not speaking to
I don’t know what else you wanted me to say to you
Things happen, that’s all they ever do

Lets’ make a list of all the things the world has put you through (We can qualify the spirit guides we listen to)
Lets raise a glass to all the people your not speaking to (Or why are moms compelled to bronze our baby shoes)
I don’t know what else that you want me to say to you
Things happen, that’s all they ever do
That’s all they ever do
That’s all they ever do
That’s all they ever do”

 

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