Weezer – Say It Ain’t So

Weezer, formed in 1992 in Los Angeles. The band currently consists of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums, guitar, backing vocals), Brian Bell (guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals, keyboards).

Say It Ain’t So, is a single from its self-titled debut album in 1994. It’s the third single by Weezer and has remained their most popular song of all-time.

This song, of course, remains one of the best alternative songs of the 90′s.

Written by Rivers Cuomo, he believed his parents’ marriage ended because his father was an alcoholic and this made him fear the marriage between his mother and step-father would end this way as well. Hence this song.

Here is Weezer’s Say It Ain’t So lyrics and music video.

Weezer – Say It Ain’t So

Somebody’s Heine’
Is crowdin’ my icebox
Somebody’s cold one
Is givin’ me chills
Guess I’ll just close my eyes

Oh yeah
Alright
Feels good
Inside

Flip on the tele
Wrestle with Jimmy
Something is bubbling
Behind my back
The bottle is ready to blow

Say it ain’t so
Your drug is a heartbreaker
Say it ain’t so
My love is a life taker

I can’t confront you
I never could do
That which might hurt you
So try and be cool
When I say
This way is a waterslide away from me
That takes you further every day
So be cool

Say it ain’t so
Your drug is a heartbreaker
Say it ain’t so
My love is a life taker

Dear Daddy
I write you in spite of years of silence
You’ve cleaned up, found Jesus, things are good or so I hear
This bottle of Steven’s awakens ancient feelings
Like father, stepfather, the son is drowning in the flood
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Say it ain’t so
Your drug is a heartbreaker
Say it ain’t so
My love is a life taker

Tonic – If You Could Only See

Tonic, a rock band formed in 1993 by Emerson Hart (lead and backing vocals, rhythm acoustic and electric guitar) and Jeff Russo (lead and rhythm electric and acoustic guitars,  backing vocals, rhodes, string machines, and slide guitar). They were later on joined by Dan Rothchild (bass guitars), and Kevin Shepard (drums).

Dan Lavery (bass, back-up vocals, rhodes, and piano) later on replacing Dan Rothchild in 1996 and Kevin Shepard too, left the band for personal reasons.

Tonic released their debut album, Lemon Parade in July 1996 and this “If You Could Only See” is one of the album’s biggest hits.

tonic lemon parade album cover

The album reached platinum success and the band went on hiatus in 2004. They reunited in 2008 and continued to actively touring.

Here is the lyrics and music video for Tonic’s “If You Could Only See”. Enjoy.

Tonic – If You Could Only See 

If you could only see the way she loves me
Then maybe you would understand
Why I feel this way about our love
And what I must do

If you could only see how blue
Her eyes can be when she says
When she says she loves me

Well you got your reasons
And you got your lies
And you got your manipulations
They cut me down to size

Sayin’ you love but you don’t
You give your love but you won’t

If you could only see the way she loves me
Then maybe you would understand
Why I feel this way about our love
And what I must do

If you could only see how blue
Her eyes can be when she says
When she says she loves me

Seems the road less traveled
Shows happiness unraveled
And you got to take a little dirt
To keep what you love
That’s what you gotta do

Sayin’ you love but you don’t
You give your love but you won’t
You’re stretching out your arms
To something that’s just not there

Sayin’ you love where you stand
Give your heart when you can

If you could only see the way she loves me
Then maybe you would understand
Why I feel this way about our love
And what I must do

If you could only see how blue
Her eyes can be when she says
When she says she loves me

Sayin’ you love but you don’t
You give your love but you won’t
Sayin’ you love where you stand
Give your heart when you can

If you could only see the way she loves me
Then maybe you would understand
Why I feel this way about our love
And what I must do

If you could only see how blue
Her eyes can be when she says
When she says she loves me

Jars Of Clay – Flood

Jars of Clay, an alternative band no stranger to the 80′s babies where alternative and grunge and its peak.

Formed in 1993, Jars of Clay (JoC) consists of Dan Haseltine (vocals), Charlie Lowell (piano/keyboards), Stephen Mason (lead guitars), and Matthew Odmark (rhythm guitars).

JoC released their first full-length self-titled album, Jars of Clay, producing the hit single “Flood” in 1995.


*Jars of Clay (1995)*

“Flood” is one of the biggest mainstream hits by a band on a Christian label, coz JoC’s style is a blend of alternative rock, folk, Christian rock, acoustic, and R&B.

In 1997, JoC won a Grammy Award for “Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album” with their sophomore album, Much Afraid. The album earned platinum certification by RIAA.

Up-to-date, they have released 11 albums and probably still very active in concert touring and charity campaigns.

Here’s the MTV and lyrics of Jars of Clay – Flood.

Enjoy!

Jars of Clay – Flood

Rain, rain on my face
It hasn’t stopped raining for days
My world is a flood
Slowly I become one with the mud

[Chorus:]

But if I can’t swim after forty days
and my mind is crushed by the thrashing waves
Lift me up so high that I cannot fall
Lift me up
Lift me up – when I’m falling
Lift me up – I’m weak and I’m dying
Lift me up – I need you to hold me
Lift me up – Keep me from drowning again

Downpour on my soul
Splashing in the ocean, I’m losing control
Dark sky all around
I can’t feel my feet touching the ground

[Chorus]

Calm the storms that drench my eyes
Dry the streams still flowing
Cast down all the waves of sin
And guilt that overthrow me

[Chorus]

Lift me up – when I’m falling
Lift me up – I’m weak and I’m dying
Lift me up – I need you to hold me
Lift me up – Keep me from drowning again

Matchbox 20 – Push

Matchbox Twenty (or Matchbox 20) is one of the pioneer alternative rock bands comprised of Rob Thomas (lead vocals, piano), Paul Doucette (drums, percussion, vocals), Brian Yale (bass guitar), Kyle Cook (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Adam Gaynor (rhythm guitar, vocals).

Their debut album Yourself or Someone Like You was released in 1996. “Push” is one of the successful singles from this album and was the first song I’ve heard from Matchbox 20, despite “Long Day” being their first single.

Rob Thomas explained that the man in the song (either himself or fictional) was the one being abused, either emotionally or physically, by a woman.

Several other singles including “3 A.M”, “Real World”, and “Back 2 Good” were pretty good but I didn’t really like the album after that, the Mad Season.

Lead singer Rob Thomas released a solo album in 2005 and I’ve never really liked the style as well. I preferred the style in their first album.

Anyway, here’s the music video and lyrics for Matchbox Twenty – Push.

Matchbox 20 – Push

She said I don’t know if I’ve ever been good enough
I’m a little bit rusty, and I think my head is caving in
And I don’t know if I’ve ever been really loved
By a hand that’s touched me, well I feel like something’s
Gonna give
And I’m a little bit angry, well

This ain’t over, no not here, not while I still need you
Around
You don’t owe me, we might change
Yeah we just might feel good

[chorus]

I wanna push you around, I will, I will
I wanna push you down, I will, I will
I wanna take you for granted, I wanna take you for granted
I will

She said I don’t know why you ever would lie to me
[ From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/m/matchbox-20-lyrics/push-lyrics.html]
Like I’m a little untrusting when I think that the truth is
Gonna hurt ya
And I don’t know why you couldn’t just stay with me
You couldn’t stand to be near me
When my face don’t seem to want to shine
Cuz it’s a little bit dirty well

Don’t just stand there, say nice things to me
I’ve been cheated I’ve been wronged, and you
You don’t know me, I can’t change
I won’t do anything at all

[chorus]

Oh but don’t bowl me over
Just wait a minute well it kinda fell apart, things get so
Crazy, crazy
Don’t rush this baby, don’t rush this baby

Dishwalla – Counting Blue Cars

Dishwalla, one of American alternative bands that rocked the alternative music era back in the early 90′s..

Dishwalla, a Hindi term for a person providing cable television to a neighborhood..Now it does sounds like what we usually call our Astro antennas, the “dish” or “wok”..

Their current members are J.R. Richards (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Rodney Browning Cravens (lead guitar), and Jim Wood (keyboards)..Pete Maloney (drums) left in 2007..

Their album “Pet Your Friends” gained short stint of success in the music chart thanks to the single “Counting Blue Cars”..

The track earned them a Billboard Award for “Best Rock Song” for 1996 as well as two ASCAP Awards for “Rock Track Of The Year” in both 1996 and 1997..

Here is Dishwalla‘s “Counting Blue Cars” lyrics and official music video by VEVO..

Dishwalla – Counting Blue Cars

Must of been mid afternoon
I could tell by how far the child’s shadow stretched out and
He walked with a purpose
In his sneakers, down the street
He had, many questions
Like children often do

He said,
“Tell me all your thoughts on God?”
“Tell me am I very far?”

Must of been late afternoon
On our way the sun broke free of the clouds
We count only blue cars
Skip the cracks, in the street
And ask many questions
Like children often do

We said,
“Tell me all your thoughts on God?
“‘Cause I would really like to meet her.
And ask her why we’re who we are.
Tell me all your thoughts on God,
Cause I am on my way to see her.
So tell me am I very far -
Am I very far now?”

It’s getting cold picked up the pace
How our shoes make hard noises in this place
Our clothes are stained
We pass many, cross eyed people
And ask many questions
Like children often do

“Tell me all your thoughts on God?
‘Cause I would really like to meet her.
And ask her why we’re who we are.
Tell me all your thoughts on God?
‘Cause I am on my way to see her.
So tell me am I very far?”
Am I very far now
Am I very far now
Am I very far now

Goo Goo Dolls – Name

Goo Goo Dolls, a familiar name in the alternative rock scene back in the early 90′s and is still going strong til now..

They weren’t quite a name until their very breakthrough success in this song, “Name”, a single in their 5th album “A Boy Named Goo”, released in 1995..

Goo Goo Dolls now consists of John Rzeznik (guitarist, lead/backing vocal), Robby Takac (bass, backing/lead vocal), and Mike Malinin (drums, percussions)..

Ever since their “first-hit” in “Name”, they have been doing great and quite successful especially with the help of “Iris”, another single that shot them to immediate stardom with 3 Grammy nominations in 1998..

Now here is the music video of “Name” by Goo Goo Dolls with its lyrics..

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Goo Goo Dolls – Name

And even though the moment passed me by
I still can’t turn away
Cuz all the dreams you never thought you’d lose
Got tossed along the way
And letters that you never meant to send
Got lost or thrown away

And now we’re grown up orphans
And never knew their names
We don’t belong to no one
That’s a shame
But you could hide beside me
Maybe for a while
And I won’t tell no one your name
And I won’t tell ‘em your name

And scars are souvenirs you never lose
The past is never far
Did you lose yourself somewhere out there?
Did you get to be a star?
And don’t it make you sad to know that life
Is more than who we are

We grew up way too fast
And now there’s nothing to believe
And reruns all become our history
A tired song keeps playing on a tired radio
And I won’t tell no one your name
And I won’t tell ‘em your name
I won’t tell em’ your name
Oooh, oooh, oooh
I won’t tell em’ your name
Ow!

I think about you all the time
But I don’t need the same
It’s lonely where you are
Come back down
And I won’t tell ‘em your name