Skinnerisms #1

I have a lot of love for Mike Skinner (i.e. The Streets). So I feel inspired to post some ‘Skinnerisms’ sporadically for the next few weeks on here. Just because. First one, and it seems appopriate, is from ‘Turn The Page’, an epic tune that opened¬†his first album, Original Pirate Material back in 2002.

All stare, eyes glazed
Garage burnt down, the fire raged
For 40 days and in 40 ways
But through the blaze they see it fade
The sea of black, the beaming heat on their faces
Then a figure emerges from the wastage
Eyes transfixed with a piercing gaze
One hand clutching a sword raised to the sky
They wonder how, they wonder why
The sky turns white, it all becomes clear
They felt lifted from their fears
They shed tears in the light

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“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring”

“Its better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what your not”

“When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them.”

“I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let people fool themselves. They didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn’t argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.”

“If I’d observed all the rules I’d never have got anywhere.”

“It’s all make believe, isn’t it?”

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”