I’m too sexy for this song

After my posts about Old Soul Songs and Travelling Songs, I’ve decided another category needs to be added: Sexy Songs.

By Sexy Songs I don’t mean those trashy scantily clad, barely veiled come-on songs that people like Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson specialize in. No, I mean songs whose lyrics are truly sexy. Let me start with, of course, a Regina Spektor song.

Samson came to my bed
Told me that my hair was red
He told me I was beautiful and came into my bed
Oh I cut his hair myself one night
A pair of dull scissors and the yellow light
And he told me that I’d done alright
and kissed me till the morning light, the morning light
and he kissed me till the morning light

-Samson, Regina Spektor

Samson is quite possibly one of the sexiest songs I’ve ever heard, though at first it seems to be mostly sad. At first you think it’s just about love, but it’s about more than that. Like the story it references, it’s about disarming someone with sex (or love, or both). Mostly, it’s about that weakness that is such a part of being in love, the vulnerability. It’s about why someone like Samson loves someone like Delilah, and why she betrays him. And why he loves her still. It’s about even the greatest hero being weakened by love. And sex. I thought this song was innocent at first, but it quickly became obvious that it’s not at all.

I remember when the days were long
and the nights when the living room was on the lawn.
Constant quarreling the childish fits
and our clothes in a pile on the ottoman.
All the slander and double speak were only foolish attempts
to show you did not mean,
anything but the blatant proof was your lips touching mine in the photobooth.

-Photobooth, Death Cab for Cutie

I’ve mentioned at least once before that I think Death Cab for Cutie makes the sexiest music. There’s something about the soft nostalgic tone to their songs that makes me want to make out with people under trees in suburban parks, that makes me want to kiss someone in a photobooth, go skinny dipping and have sex in the back seat of a car. Death Cab for Cutie is first loves and fumbling hands and sweet kisses and it makes my heart warm. Also, kissing someone in a photobooth remains one of my life’s goals, no matter how 16 it sounds.

Kiss me too fiercely, hold me too tight
I need help believing you’re with me tonight
My wildest dreamings could not foresee
Lying beside you with you wanting me

And just for this moment, as long as you’re mine
I’ve lost all resistance and crossed some borderline
And if it turns out it’s over too fast
I’ll make every last moment last
As long as you’re mine

- As Long As You’re Mine, Wicked

There’s a lot that’s sexy about Wicked. And not just visions of Taye Diggs as Fiyero. This song is the ultimate meaningful one night stand song, I guess. It captures not the love but the intense physical attraction of Fiyero and Elphaba. Because the whole show Elphaba is supposed to be ugly, wicked. And here, Fiyero not only loves her but wants her, despite her not having a “blithe smile, lithe limb” and “gold hair with a gentle curl” like Glinda.

Where I go, when I go there,
No more whispering anymore-
Only hymns upon your lips;
A mystic wisdom, rising with them, to shore…
Touch me - just like that.
And that - oh, yeah -now, that’s heaven.
Now, that I like.
God that’s so nice.
Now lower down, where the figs lie…

[...]

Touch me - all silent.
Tell me - please - all is forgiven.
Consume my wine.
Consume my mind.
I’ll tell you how, how the winds sigh…
Touch me - just try it.
Now there - that’s it - God that’s heaven.
Touch me.
I’ll love your light.
I’ll love you right…
We’ll wander down, where the sins lie…

-Touch Me, Spring Awakening

Okay, so there isn’t much about Spring Awakening that isn’t sexy. I mean, it’s about sex. And they have sex on stage. Honestly, this show is very sexy (is it wrong that I think that considering they’re supposed to be teenagers…?). All the same, this song is beautiful. With the underlying chorus that the girls sing, while the boys fantasize. It’s enchanting and definitely captures that confusingly intense physical urge of teenagehood that the show is all about.

I’ll finish with one verse from one of my favourite Something Corporate songs that inspired this entire post:

But the driveway’s clear
You pray for silence
Step into my quiet violence
She smiles, taking off her shirt
Standing still, this world moves faster
On her back my next disaster
You’re gonna get what you deserve

-Letters to Noelle, Something Corporate

“She smiles, taking off her shirt” is definitely one of the sexiest lines yet. I don’t know, why exactly, but it seems as if it’s capturing an intimate memory in the writers (Andrew’s…?) relationship with ‘Noelle.’ You know that one perfect moment you think about for years after the relationships over? I think that smile is it for him.

12 Comments

  • By Faebala, May 20, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

    Awesome post.

    “Touch Me” is definitely THE sexiest song. I melt every time I hear it, but not in that lovey dovey way… in that way that I want to come home and have passionate sex, haha. But also in the lovey dovey way too because it’s just too beautiful.

    And after seeing the show, every time I hear the songs… I just picture the scenes and it makes the musical even more sexier. IT’S COMING TO PITTSBURGH NEXT WEEK!

  • By Sebastian, May 20, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

    That reminded me to go and grab the Spring Awakening soundtrack, which for some reason I still don’t have.

    Ah, to be able to listen to the lyrics of songs! Song appreciation will have to remain the gift of other people. I’ll stick to listening to the MUSIC of their voices, and the other instruments :)

  • By Hezabelle, May 20, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

    I’m the opposite, I’m a lyrics first, music second kind of person. On a very rare occasion I can like music a song without liking the lyrics, but I can almost always redeem bad music with good lyrics.

    I think it comes from my teenagehood of writing lots of emo poetry.

  • By Sebastian, May 20, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

    I just can’t HEAR lyrics. They just fade into the background; all I hear is the sounds the voice makes!

    I do hear them though, if I’m focused JUST on the song — on a train is just about the only time that happens though.

    Perhaps it’s because I’m normally typing/talking, and different parts of the brain manage the understanding of words/music? *shrugs*

  • By Lisa, May 20, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

    I definitely think Jeff Buckley makes some of the sexiest songs I’ve ever heard…I haven’t heard all of the ones you listed– I’ll have to check them out and give them a good listen. :)

  • By Hezabelle, May 20, 2009 @ 7:04 pm

    I’m always singing along, so I NEED to know the lyrics (though sometimes I just make them up…)

    I’ve always loved long bus/train/plane rides because of the intense LISTENING. I won’t go anywhere that takes longer than my iPod battery lasts, though. hehehe.

  • By Hezabelle, May 20, 2009 @ 7:05 pm

    Oohh yes, Jeff Buckley for sure, Lisa. Definitely a fan!

  • By Fae, May 20, 2009 @ 7:57 pm

    Oh man, Jeff Buckley is orgasmic. He is someone it doesn’t matter what he’s saying, it’s absolutely gorgeous.

  • By Gillian, May 20, 2009 @ 10:45 pm

    Samson is one of my favourite Regina Spektor songs.

    My favourite sexy Spring Awakening song is ‘My Junk’. The funny thing is, I heard the soundtrack way before I saw the show, so I wasn’t really prepared for the masturbation scene that’s smack in the middle of it, heh.

    But I do love ‘Touch Me’ as well.

  • By Music Lyrics Now, July 19, 2009 @ 11:35 pm

    Cool!!! Great post about this song.

  • By Mary, July 21, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

    I luv this song! Cool!!!

  • By Joe, July 22, 2009 @ 5:27 pm

    Cool!!! This song is really great.

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