Behind the Hoots: August


“O, My Heart Is Full” – LUKA (Lyrics by Luke Kuplowsky)

Well sometimes late at night I get to be talking to my heart
I say “heart, why are you beating so fast? I’ve been feeding you right?
but you just keep on throbbing! That’s not nice, I don’t like that!
So I get stern with it
I say STOP
I say GO
I say keep making my blood flow
but if its not too much trouble, will you just not let my feelings show tonight…  

As mentioned in a previous post, “O, My Heart Is Full” is one of my favourite songs from August. In a charming execution of sing-speak lyrics, LUKA battles with his heart, desperate to keep it under control and prevent himself from acting on his feelings. In the song’s first verse, LUKA sings of his full heart and how he’d “like to kiss someone.” It’s only later, in the verse above, that he describes how complex moving on these feelings are and the eternal struggle to ignore your desires. As LUKA reveals right in the final moments though, sometimes you’re a lost cause.   

– Laura Stanley 

“4 am” – Megan Hamilton (Lyrics by Megan Hamilton)

It’s 4 am
This bed is cold
This year is over
Don’t know if I made it or not.

In the song “4 am” Megan Hamilton starts out with the above four-line passage. She then goes on to speak about time relentlessly passing by and how it’s raining both inside and out. What’s interesting is that at the very end Hamilton repeats the same four-line opening passage, but this time the final line is, “Don’t know if we made it or not” (my emphasis). A subtle difference? Maybe, but it has an impact on how you view the entire song.

If she had reversed these two passages then at the very outset you would be aware that we are talking about a relationship in trouble and therefore that is the issue you would focus on. As the rest of the song unfolds you understand that her feelings are a consequence. As it’s written, however, the narrator and her feelings are the sole focal point. It doesn’t become apparent why she is feeling that way until the end.

Subtle, yes, but that’s good writing.

– Mark Anthony Brennan

“Silver Car Crash” – Majical Cloudz (Lyrics by Devon Welsh)

And we will both die laughing / ‘Cause there is nothing left to do

It wasn’t long ago that Majical Cloudz made their name with music that was decidedly sombre in tone and subject, a fact that makes this lyric from “Silver Car Crash” all the more intriguing. It’s a beautifully fatalist idea: an imagined future where nothing is more vital than the sheer act of being together. That these images are rendered in such theatrical and earnest strokes only underscores the thrill—and the drama—of falling hopelessly in love.

Brennan McCracken

“Sleeping Alone” – Mieke (Lyrics by Elissa Mielke)

You walk home late, take off your lipstick, fall like a leaf between the sheets. Loosing skin cells, there are a hundred other beds where you could sleep. 

This is such a strong opening line to Elissa Mielke’s standout single “Sleeping Alone” which is aided by her spectacularly simple yet emotional delivery. The song isn’t so much about being depressed about being alone but rather it is about being strong despite not having a partner to share the bed with. Happiness shouldn’t be defined by the people we are with. There are worse things in the world than being alone.

Tiana Feng 

“Whose Hair?” – Cupcake Ductape (Lyrics by Alanna Gurr and Steph Yates)

Whose hair is that in my salad?
I’m gonna come to your house and puke!
You did not wipe off my table
I’m gonna come to your house and puke!
This old coffee tastes like a wet dog
I’m gonna come to your house and puke!
Did that mouse run under my table?
I’m gonna come to your house and puke!

Cupcake Ductape are the babysitters I pined for as a 6 year old. They’re like a pair of pubescent Kathleen Hannas singing “See See My Playmate” in the alleyway outside an LCBO, while a 21 year old high school student by the name of Shark Rat’s inside buying Mike’s Hard Lemonade. If their lyrics have taught me anything, it’s to pick a person to blame in this world, accuse them of all my unmet expectations, and go to their house and puke. Disregard boundaries. Manifest externally the indigestion within. This can be the only sensible response to a bad dining experience.

What I love most about the lyric is how goddamn bratty and entitled the character is—completely unconcerned with whether it was the server, the busser, or the chef who sullied her salad. Bottom line, someone’s house is getting puked in. Perhaps every table has been besmirched by those who came before us. Perhaps everything we consume has been contaminated by the refuse of humanity. And perhaps the only coffees we come to enjoy are the ones we brew ourselves, with the beans we crush in the grinders of our hearts.

– Benjamin Hackman

“Smart Phones For Stupid People” – Gregory Pepper and His Problems (lyrics by Gregory Pepper)

Smart phones for stupid people
All I really need’s a beeper
Just page me girl when you are down to fuck.

Gregory Pepper doesn’t take himself seriously, and it’s what makes his lyrics all the more fun (and far more pointed than one might suspect). The song is only 55 seconds long, but here he manages to rail against current technology (and attitudes) while namedropping an anachronism. And as the cherry on the cake, he ends his thought with a fully 21st-century expression, perhaps suggesting that there’s some merit to all this newfangled technology that inhabits our world. Sure, the narrator of this song might be angry, but I can fully see him prowling on Tinder.

Michael Thomas

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