The Story Of Us : My Concept Album

A concept album is an album where all the songs or lyrics contribute to an overall theme or story.  Some famous examples are The Wall by Pink Floyd, Tommy by The Who and Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

I didn’t really know about the concept album until The Killers released Hot Fuss in 2004 about a guy who was jealous of Jenny, a friend of his who stole the object of his affections – Andy.  Later in 2004, Green Day released American Idiot following the story of the Jesus of Suburbia and his interactions with Saint Jimmy and a girl called Whatsername.

I recently went to go see American Idiot The Musical and it got me wondering if I could do a concept album mixtape.  Music has always been able to tell stories for me just as well, if not better, than other media.  The rules were that it had to be 10 – 13 tracks long and not include repetition of an artist, although I think I failed at this because there were two songs I really wanted to get in.

I’m kicking off with Why Don’t You & I by Santana featuring Chad Kroeger (although the Alex Band is much better) to set the seen of meeting someone.

Since the moment I spotted you,
Like walking round with little wings on my shoes.
My stomach’s filled with the butterflies… ooo and it’s alright.
Bouncing round from cloud to cloud,
I got the feeling like I’m never going to come down.
If I said I didn’t like it then you know I’d lied.

The date goes OK, but let’s just be friends.

You’re still in bed at ten and work began at eight.
You’ve burned your breakfast, so far things are going great.
Your mother warned you there’d be days like these
But she didn’t tell you when the world has brought you down to your knees that

I’ll be there for you
(When the rain starts to pour).
I’ll be there for you
(Like I’ve been there before).
I’ll be there for you
(‘Cause you’re there for me too).

Feelings start to grow…

Lost inside out,
I’ve been down this road before.
I’m breathing in and out of my mouth
It tastes like something else
I’ve waited for all my life.
I’m done waiting, now.

But it’s a bit weird because, as much as they both enjoy each others’ company, there’s something being held back.

Let us make amends.
We’re not overly good friends
But it’s not Heaven without you.

You can have it all,
We’ll see mountains fall,
But it’s not Heaven without you.

After the break, things start getting better again.

Call me up, and thats all I need,
Bring your loving, smiling, face over.
I feel like, getting it right,
Overnight, start over,

I thought playing that loving game would never be simple again
But you’re staying overnight,
So maybe I’m doing something right.

Jealousy of the other guys she’s seeing starts to build.

Now I’m falling asleep
And she’s calling a cab
While he’s having a smoke
And she’s taking a drag.
Now they’re going to bed
And my stomach is sick
And it’s all in my head
But she’s touching his chest
Now, he takes off her dress
Now, letting me go.

I need to say something…

All I want is you to understand
That when I take your hand
It’s ’cause I want to.
We are all born in a world of doubt
But there’s no doubt,
I figured out
I love you.

Feelings build again.

You say hello, inside I’m screaming I love you.
You say goodnight, in my mind
I’m sleeping next to you.
You drive away from my car crash of a heart
And I don’t know.

But you gave me the best mixtape I have
And even all the bad songs ain’t so bad.
I just wish there was so much more than that
About me and you.

I shouldn’t think it and I wish I wouldn’t…

I prayed for the distance to keep us in line
But there’s things I’ve done you understand like no one else.
There’s pain I kept buried deep inside myself.
I’ve been saying for forever “hey that’s not me”
But me with you is who I think I’ll always be.

Please say no,
Please say no,
Please say no,
Please say no,
Say anything you will
Except how you’d have me still.
Say anything but no
And I’ll go, I’ll go, I’ll go.

I did everything I could, but she doesn’t want me there.

I’m jealous of the nights
That I don’t spend with you.
I’m wondering who you lay next to.
Oh, I’m jealous of the nights,
I’m jealous of the love,
Love that wasn’t here,
Gone for someone else to share.
Oh, I’m jealous of the love, ’cause

I wished you the best of
All this world could give,
And I told you when you left me
There’s nothing to forgive.
But I always thought you’d come back, tell me
All you found was heartbreak and misery.
It’s hard for me to say,
I’m jealous of the way
You’re happy without me.

I tried to talk about it but she wouldn’t.  Maybe I didn’t mean that much after all.

I tried, but it rang and rang; I called all night
On a pay phone, remember those from another life?
If everything I meant to you
You can lick and seal then fold in two
Then I’ve been so blind.

I tried to be angry (and this song Silence be Heard by Delta Goodrem isn’t on Spotify!).

Is this what I get for being a good person to you?
And all of the things I found out now, how could you do?
But I will not change, I will just grow.
From now on I know.
Let the silence be heard,
Let the silence be heard.

But I can’t be angry and now it’s over.

But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you…
Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

I wanted to do two Bonus Tracks too, but they’re both Jimmy Eat World as well:

From Anais:

Someone told me once I’m better off, instead
Another said that I’d do good to just forget
But neither of them ever met you at your best
Come and see me and we’ll brush up on bad habits

And the obvious “I Will Steal You Back” but the point was that I never wanted to get in the way.

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