Top 5 Ryan Adams songs
I had my iTunes randomly and happened to play several Ryan Adams songs in a row. This singer-songwriter writes amazing lyrics that are smart and heartfelt. It made me think about what a great singer-songwriter he is and I thought I’d put together a list of the songs I love. I realize it has a lot more great songs, but I wanted to pick the 5 songs that I personally love the most. As a side note, he would have added “Wonderwall” but it is not his song. He just does a great job covering the cover of Oasis.
1. La Cienega Just Smiled – Golden Album
I heard that this song is about Ryan Adams standing on “La Cienega” street in Los Angeles and is reflecting on his life. I also heard that this song was about a prostitute. I like to think that it is the previous meaning.
“And I have you so close in the back of my mind. It feels so good, but damn, it hurts. And I’m too scared to know how I feel about you right now.”
2. Two – Easy Tiger Album
I think this is a song about what an independent person was like and how now it’s hard to do things just because you have to have that person in your life.
“And I’m fractured from before and I want to go home. Now it takes two and I used to take one. It takes two and I used to take only one.”
3. Shakedown on 9th Street – Heartbreaker Album
This song is just fun. He is optimistic and full of life. I love when the band comes in with the tambourine and backing vocals. Just a fun song.
“Head to 9th Street, girl. Let’s go kicking with the boys and girls. Wear your dress and bring my ring
Someone will get it, it won’t be me LUCY Lucy my girl LUCY Lucy my sweet LUCY Lucy my girl “
4. To be young (it is to be sad, it is to be high) – Heartbreaker Album
This is my most favorite “titled” song. LOL. Just one look at the title and there is no way to hide the meaning behind this song. When you’re young … really … what else can you do?
“Oh, one day when you look back You were young and a man you were sad When you are young you get sad When you are young you get sad, then you get high You get high”
5. Nobody Girl – Golden Album
This song is not on many people’s list of Ryan Adams favorite songs, but I must tell you that I love the composition of this song. He’s a great writer and I think when people put these lists together, they strictly talk about their composition, but when you look at how this song is produced and put together, it really is a great song.
The song runs at 9:41 and the last 4 minutes or so is this great dubbing piece, solos, a Hammond organ and to top it off when the soul singers come to the end. Woof! I have to love it.
“Well the night makes moves and breaks like broken glass. Better take it easy, better let it pass. Have you been leaking your name? And whispering in a late night bar. Better as a fool than as the owner of that kind of heart “
Whether you agree with my selection of the best Ryan Adams songs, there is no question that he is a great artist and I am looking forward to hearing more of his work.