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“Don’t Want to Know If you are Lonely”–Husker Du

Husker Du – Don’t Want to Know If you are Lonely

Grant Hart – Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely – Glasgow 2011

This is Husker Du from the 1986 record, Candy Apple Grey. The song taps into youthful angst, complacent and brooding with rage just below the surface. Besides all the useless words just listen to those rumbling guitars and drums during the verses. This Grant Hart song rules.

I’m curious to know exactly how you are
I keep my distance but that distance is too far
It reassures me just to know that you’re okay
But I don’t want you to go on needing me this way
And I don’t want to know if you are lonely
Don’t want to know if you are less than lonely
Don’t want to know if you are lonely
Don’t want to know, don’t want to know
The day you left me, left me feeling oh so bad
Still I’m not sure about all the doubts we had
From the beginning we both knew it wouldn’t last
Decisions have been made the die has been cast
The phone is ringing and the clock says four A.M.
If it’s your friends, well I don’t want to hear from them
Please leave your number and a message at the tone
Or you can just go on and leave me alone

Green Day – Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely

Parakeet – Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely

Rock the Garden 2012: Howler “Don’t Want To Know If You Are

Yotam Ben Horin – Don’t Want to Know If You Are Lonely (Hüsker Dü cover)

“Glitter in the Air”–P!NK

Glitter In The Air (GRAMMYs on CBS)

First and foremost, I’m not a pop music fan, but seeing this performed live moved me to tears. “Glitter in the Air” is from Pink’s fifth studio album, Funhouse from 2010 and was written with and produced by frequent collaborator, Billy Mann. This song is without a doubt beautiful and poetic, but what makes it memorable for me are the stunning acrobatics as you can see from the video above at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2010. Pink differentiates herself from the rest of the pop vocalists with her performances. As you can see from the lyrics below, this song has a rich emotional center that is often lacking in pop music.

Have you ever fed a lover with just your hands?
Close your eyes and trust it, just trust it
Have you ever thrown a fist full of glitter in the air?
Have you ever looked fear in the face and said I just don’t care?
It’s only half past the point of no return
The tip of the iceberg, the sun before the burn
The thunder before lightning, the breath before the phrase
Have you ever felt this way?
Have you ever hated yourself for staring at the phone?
Your whole life waiting on the ring to prove you’re not alone
Have you ever been touched so gently you had to cry?
Have you ever invited a stranger to come inside?
It’s only half past the point of oblivion
The hourglass on the table, the walk before the run
The breath before the kiss and the fear before the flames
Have you ever felt this way?
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
There you are, sitting in the garden
Clutching my coffee, calling me sugar
You called me sugar
Have you ever wished for an endless night?
Lassoed the moon and the stars and pulled that rope tight
Have you ever held your breath and asked yourself
Will it ever get better than tonight?
Tonight

P!nk – Glitter In The Air

This song seems simple but it is subtle in its depth and as you can see below deceptively difficult to sing with REAL emotion.

Here are some fan covers

Kerri Brown Acoustic Piano

Christina Parie cover for #FringeletFriday

Joe Bisell