Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Lights and the Buzz - Ten Years On



"The Lights and the Buzz" was the first song written and recorded by Andrew McMahon (Jack's Mannequin) following his stem cell transplant and while recovering from lymphoblastic leukemia. The song was released as an iTunes only download ten years ago today. The lyrics speak for themselves:

I'm coming home from my hardest year 
I'm making plans not to make plans while I'm here 
And this life has been no holiday, a complicated situation 
I'm fine with all my memories 
Still I could use vacation 

It's Christmas in California 
And it's hard to ignore that it feels like summer all the time 
But I'll take a west coast winter to remove my splinters 

It's good to be alive 
It's good to be alive 

I'm coming home to the lights and buzz 
Streets look the same, still nothing's as it was 
This place is paradise I'm sure, here's my reservation 
I've gotten lost here once before 
Inside a good vibration 

It's Christmas in California 
And it's hard to ignore that it feels like summer all the time 
But I'll take a west coast winter to remove my splinters 

It's good to be alive 
It's good to be alive 
It's good to be alive 

And time, time it stops for no one 
The seasons come and go and that's just time 
Yeah time it stops for no one 
The seasons keep on going 
Whether or not we're blind 

Christmas in California 
And it's hard to ignore that it feels like summer all the time 
But I'll take a west coast winter to remove my splinters 



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