New Year’s sucks, but these songs don’t

ThursdaylogoWe (sort of) apologize for the lack of content here lately, but maybe you’ll forgive us after I provide you with this humble, badly writtenNew Years Eve aural offering. If you’re like me, you understand that New Year’s isn’t quite all it’s cracked up to be. Below are a handful of exceptional NYE-themed tracks sure to dampen the mood of any overly optimistic party you may attend. Please enjoy. Here’s to resolutions we won’t keep and to nothing changing.

New Year’s Day – U2

All is quiet on New Year’s Day
A world in white gets underway
I want to be with you, be with you night and day
Nothing changes on New Year’s Day

Before U2 were surreptitiously infiltrating your iTunes, they were making some of 80s most poignant music. Chances are you’ve heard this one, but Bono’s hair in this video is a thing of purest majesty.

Death Cab for Cutie – The New Year

So this is the new year
And I have no resolutions
For self assigned penance
For problems with easy solutions

This one explains itself. A flawless track from a flawless album.

Touche Amore – Adieux

12-31: I counted down the days
’til I could wave goodbye to that early grave.
01-01: the weather hasn’t changed, but the story’s over;
it’s time to turn the page.

Play this one directly after DCFC to really confuse people. For your more aggressive New Year’s needs.

Motion City Soundtrack – Resolution

So let’s give it up for the New Year
Did this party of two have you slightly confused?
Now that our things are divided
She refuses to speak and I’m driftin’ to sleep at the wheel.

This song only casually mentions the New Year, but I don’t care.

Hostage Calm – 12/31

When the ball drops, let’s call it off
You dropped the ball a lot this year.
And the night’s closing argument
Can’t convince me why I’m here.

The pain from the loss of Hostage Calm is still too much for me to write anything snappy here.

Thursday – Tomorrow I’ll Be You

cut the jet black from my hair
before we’re bathed in the dawn
of New Year’s Day.
I will change back to myself
in the flame,
we burn like the paper hearts of
dead presidents.

I’d just like to take this moment to say that I really miss seeing Thursday’s NYE shows in Jersey, and I just really miss Thursday in general. Moving on (but not really), “Tomorrow I’ll Be You” is the perfect closer to 2004’s War All the Time, and is proof that Geoff Rickly is one of the best lyricists out there. And now for something no one was expecting…

Thursday – Jet Black New Year

Like calendars dying
at New Year’s Eve parties
As we kiss hard on the lips
and swear this year
this year

Ten seconds left until midnight
nine chances to drown ourselves in black hair dye
eight faces turned away from the shock:
seven windows and six of them were locked
five stories falling
forever and ever
three cheers to the mirror
now there are two of us
can we have one last dance? 

Surprise! Just kidding. I bring you the crowning jewel of this hastily and poorly written post. Musically and lyrically one of my favorite songs of all time, this is a track that needs to be experienced live. Since that is no longer a possibility (what’s that crying sound? hahaha…definitely not me), here’s a live video from 2003 featuring MCR’s Gerard Way. Guys, I’m totally fine.

Happy 2015.

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