I wish I was as smart as Sheryl Crow. I never paid much attention to her before this summer. I have a few of her albums, I just never thought about her that much. It wasn’t until a whim when I decided to bring her “Icon” album in my car that I realized just how smart she is. She sings about three notes in every song she has ever recorded, but her incredible songwriting makes up for her lack of vocal talent. If a song has something to say then it’s worth listening to. Not every singer has to sound like Beyonce. Here’s what I realized about Crow, though: Most of her lyrics are very deep and/or whimsical, and seem to never make any sense with the title of the song. It doesn’t really matter, though. I figured since her new single “Easy” is out now and her new album is coming out in September (the 10th!) that this would be the perfect opportunity for me to share my favorite Sheryl Crow lyrics. And another excuse for me to list things.
“My friend the communist holds meetings in his RV. I can’t afford his gas, so I’m stuck here watching TV.” – “Soak Up the Sun”
My personal favorite! You would think this is a beach song about getting tan. Actually, it’s about life getting you down, you saying “screw it,” and telling everyone to calm down and enjoy the little things in life. But how many people have communist friends? Really.
“We went searching through thrift store jungles. Found Geronimo’s rifle, Marilyn’s shampoo, and Benny Goodman’s corset and pen.” – “If It Makes You Happy”
She goes on to say that she was just kidding and she still gets stoned. This song makes me laugh.
“He says his name’s William, but I’m sure he’s Bill or Billy or Mac or Buddy. And he’s plain ugly to me and I wonder if he’s ever had a day of fun in his whole life.” – “All I Wanna Do”
This was the song that broke her into the mainstream? I’m sure Billy wasn’t that ugly. This one just goes to show that no matter how crazy the lyrics are, Crow can make anyone stop and listen.
“Chasing dragons with plastic swords, Jack off Jimmy, everybody wants more. Scully and angel on the kitchen floor and I’m calling Buddy on the ouija board!” – “A Change Would Do You Good”
She would mention a ouija board!
“When I’ve shown you that I just don’t care, when I’m throwing punches in the air. When I’m broken down and I can’t stand, will you be man enough to be my man?” – “Strong Enough”
This song actually makes a lot of sense. I really like it.
“He’s got a daughter he calls Easter. She was born on a Tuesday night.” – “Everyday Is a Winding Road”
I love this one because it shows that 1) she got a ride from a vending machine repair man who apparently named his kid “Easter” and 2) because it shows just how obsessed she is with Tuesday nights.
“Such a muddy line between the things you want and the things you have to do.” – “Leaving Las Vegas”
See, deep and smart. Is there a truer lyric out there than this one?
“Money comes in, but the fact is there’s not enough to pay my taxes.” – “Can’t Cry Anymore”
Sheryl Crow understands real problems.
“You’re an original, baby. Like we’ve never seen before. You’re an original, baby. Turn around and you’re looking at a hundred more.” – “You’re An Original”
Sarcasm at its best. Back in 2002 Sheryl Crow could find the posers in a crowd before the rest of us knew they were posers. She’s a genius. I rest my case.