Losers, Kings and Things We Don’t Understand, 1995

I always thought of music as more
than words and sound
Something more like inspiration that always
comes and picks 
you off the ground

Soundcheck, Less Than Jake

I love music. The lyric above captures the relationship I have with it. When I started the @whateverwordsuk Twitter feed, I thought it would be pleasant to begin each day with positive lyrics. I hoped to do them every day, but sometimes time and memory got away from me. I like collating things; and so this doesn’t seem so weird, here, if anyone wanted them, is the name, artist and album of all the #InspirationalLyrics. You can also listen to the songs on Spotify here.

Borders & Boundaries, 2000

22 Sept
“Sometimes your best defense is a good reminder of your common sense”
Faction, Less Than Jake

Civil Disobedients, 2000

22 Sept
“Take a feeling that lies deep inside and make it reality”
Cousin Cleotis, Capdown

B is for B-Sides, 2004

23 Sept
“Now I’m the one who’s laughing last ’cause you’re the one who keeps looking back / You’re the one who’s fading away”
A.S.A.O.K., Less Than Jake

The Times They Are A-Changin’, 1964

25 Sept
“The line it is drawn / The curse it is cast /
The slow one now will later be fast”
The Times They Are A-Changin’, Bob Dylan

Anthem, 2003

27 Sept
“As people come and go do they know they’re really not alone?”
Plastic Cup Politics, Less Than Jake

Soul’s Aflame, 2000

28 Sept
“When I’m with my friends I feel home”
I Feel Home, O.A.R.

Indestructible, 2003

29 Sept
“If I fall back down you’re gonna help me back up again
If I fall back down you’re gonna be my friend”
Fall Back Down, Rancid

Greetings From, 2012

30 Sept
“I tell myself: ‘tonight is mine so hold my head up high’
I’m never moving backwards /
I don’t think I could yell any louder”
Can’t Yell Any Louder, Less Than Jake

Wind-Up Toys, 2007

1 Oct

“Self-reflection is an asset not a letdown – so forget those doubts”
Keeping Up Appearances, Capdown

This is the Modern World, 1977

2 Oct
“Say what you like ’cause I don’t care
I know where I am and going to”
Modern World, The Jam

Quantity is Job 1, 1998

3 Oct
“You see flowers in these weeds”
Dandelions, Five Iron Frenzy

Bringing It All Back Home, 1965

3 Oct
“Let me forget about today until tomorrow”
Mr. Tambourine Man, Bob Dylan

The Skints, 2008

Oct 4
“I don’t care what all ya people think
I’m just misunderstood”
Misunderstood, The Skints


Smash, 1994

Oct 4
“Live like there’s no tomorrow”
Nitro, The Offspring

Indestructible, 2003

Oct 4
“In the shadows of darkness I stand in the light”
Fall Back Down, Rancid

Don’t Turn Away, 1992

Oct 5
“You’ve got brains in your head and feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself anyway you choose”
You’ve Done Nothing, Face To Face

Surprise, 2006

Oct 5
“I’m gonna watch you shine / Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign so you’ll always know”
Father and Daughter, Paul Simon

Anthem, 2003

Oct 5
“So I’ll let you know
If you need somewhere to go
I’ll be listening when you call and I’ll better if you fall off
If you need someone to believe in you
I’ll let you know; I will
The Brightest Bulb Has Burned Out, Less Than Jake

12 Jacket (3mm Spine) [GDOB-30H3-007}
Oct 5
“You gotta wake yourself up
and come in from the storm”
Give Me Something to Believe In, Less Than Jake

Oct 6
“Feels like forever since we built
our cages of empty phrases”
Bless the Cracks, Less Than Jake

Oct 12