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Lyrical Vocabulary, Volume II

July 19, 2013
Rock on: Following Lyrical Vocabulary, Volume I, here are ten more vocabulary words illustrated by their use in popular song lyrics.
euphoric
See Also: It's either sadness or euphoria
—"Summer, Highland Falls," Billy Joel
It's a shame to be/
So euphoric and weak/
when you smile at me
—"Heartbreaker," Mariah Carey
forsake
Many is the time I've been mistaken/
and many times confused/
Yes'n I've often felt forsaken/
and certainly misused
—"American Tune," Paul Simon
eerie
There's fire in the canyon/
Rain on the plain/
And an eerie kind of sadness/
On the highway today
—"Fire in the Canyon," Fountains of Wayne
trickle
Only a river of changing faces/
Looking for an ocean/
They trickle through your leaky plans/
Another dream over the dam
—"Trouble Child," Joni Mitchell
meander
Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box/
They tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe
—"Across the Universe," The Beatles
callous
Charged with insults and flattery/
Her body moves with malice/
Do you have to be so cruel to be callous
—"Beyond Belief," Elvis Costello
dissident
escape is never the safest path/
A dissident is here
—" Dissident," Pearl Jam
cower
Love is always scampering or cowering or fawning/
You drink yourself insensitive and hate yourself in the morning
—"Man out of Time," Elvis Costello
fawning
Love is always scampering or cowering or fawning/
You drink yourself insensitive and hate yourself in the morning
—"Man out of Time," Elvis Costello
weary
And as I watch the drops of rain/
Weave their weary paths and die/
I know that I am like the rain/
There but for the grace of you go I.
—"Kathy's Song," Simon and Garfunkel

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