Saturday, August 13, 2011

Top 5 Things I Learned From Yeah Yeah Yeah's- Show Your Bones


My favorite Yeah Yeah Yeahs record of all time is their 2006 release, Show Your Bones. It's an all around great alternative rock album. If you don't have it yet, you should totes pick yourself up a copy. You won't be disappointed. This album came out my senior year of high school, and I listened to it constantly. Needless to say, I waaaay over-read into all of the lyrics and sort of feel like Karen O and I are best friends. She taught me a lot about love and friendship. Is that creepy? She won't return my phone calls... Here are some of the big lessons my 18-year-old losery self learned:

1. Good, good things happen in bad towns

When I was little, I haaaaated the town I grew up in. There was no specific reason that I hated it, just in general that I thought it was cool to complain about stuff. What easier target than a little suburban town? Turns out, the town I'm from is actually pretty badass. 500 miles of perspective showed me that. Some of my favorite people and places are in my hometown. Always have been, always will be.

2. I don't even know what it's like
not to go back to you
I don't even know
who I like less,
You or me

You know those relationships you keep on returning to, even though they're destructive? Whether they're friendships or actual relationships, we all have them. In the end, you don't end up hating the person who makes you crazy. You hate yourself for putting yourself through it in the first place. Trust me, it's not worth it. Surrounding yourself with people who hurt you, make you feel bad about yourself, or generally make you feel sad is a huge waste of time. No matter who they are. There are enough amazing people in the world to make up for the shitty ones.

3. When it's missing then you want it more
It isn't right

I'm as guilty of this as the next person. When you can't have something, you automatically want it that much more. It's nonsense. That's why all the boys that play hard to get end up with all the prettiest girls. No one wants someone who's there, in their face, all the time. Being too available isn't a cute look. But on the flip side, you really shouldn't want someone more just because they're unavailable or playing hard to get. It's just a head game. And in the end, some of the best guys are the ones that have been there by your side all along.

4. Cheated by 
The opposite of love 
Held on high 
From up up up above 
Kept my high 
From the second one 
Kept my eye 
On the first one

More boy wisdom from the brain of Karen O. A little nasty habit we all have. When you break up with someone, you can try to move on as much as you want, but you'll keep looking back at the one who broke your heart. It's the "one who got away" phenomenon. Stupid head games!! Judging by all the lyrics from this album, Karen O sounds like she got her heart beat up pretty badly. My poor bestie!!! Anyway, there's nothing wrong with having lingering feelings, as long as they don't get in the way of moving on. No one can cut off all feelings instantly. That's called being a robot. This isn't A.I., and Haley Joel Osment isn't starring in my life movie!

5. Fast slow living is a holding me back
Wishing that my baby never told me that
Can't even cope to make it last
Then you'll pass me by


First off, Karen O was obviously dating an asshole. She should have just cut her losses and GTFO. SRSLY. I would like to leave it at that, but having been the crazy girlfriend before, I can't. See, we've all tried to hold onto a relationship that just wasn't working. It sucks, doesn't it? But you can't possibly have a successful relationship if you haven't figured your own shit out. Coping with your baggage and everything you're bringing into a relationship is tres importante. If you aren't happy with yourself, you can't be happy with someone else. Yep, I'm cliche and ok with it. But most relationships reach a point where fighting to hold on just isn't worth it. And that's ok. Relationships end sometimes. If Karen O can make it through heartbreak, we all can too. At least we have her records to help us make sense of it all :)

carmen

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