Bodyjar's Cam Baines Waxes Lyrical On Some Fave Lyrics In Honour Of New Album

4 February 2022 | 2:14 pm | Staff Writer

We couldn't be a music site without being just a littttttle bit obsessed with lyrics which is why 'The Music' team are asking some of our favourite favourites about their favourite lyrics in our series 'Wax Lyrical'. With Bodyjar's 'New Rituals' out today, frontman Cam Baines reveals some of his favourite lyrics of all time.

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A lyric you wish you’d written

I wish I'd written the lyrics to Stairway To Heaven, so I could finally buy a continent where I could be king. I've got some pretty progressive laws I want to try out.

Your favourite lyric from your new release

It's hard to pick with so much insightful wordsmithing going on, but I'd say the first lyric in Surrender: You celebrate and masticate.” I thought, 'Tom's finally written a song about wanking,' then I looked it up and realised he was writing about chewing your food properly, which I guess is a global issue right now.

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A lyric you think is perfect

"And in the end / The love you take / Is equal to the love you make." - The End by The Beatles. They're gonna be big one day, with the right single and the right management.

A lyric that makes you happy

In Why Can’t This Be Love by Van Halen, Sammy Hagar wrote a line that goes, "Only time will tell if we stand the test of time." That makes me happy because it makes my lyrics feel a lot better than I thought before I heard that lyric.

A lyric that makes you sad

I think the best sad song ever written is by the criminally underrated band ALL. Their songs are amazing, so much better than any other punk pop band. They have a song called Scary Sad which kills me:

Every time she slit her wrists I wish she hit instead of missed

Every secret family crime, all my love a waste of time

Every doctor, every shrink, every bloody bathroom sink

All the filth we tried to hide, just a face I needed to be beside

Scary, sad girl leave my happy lone world

All those scary, sad things are what any love brings

Sounds gnarly, but in the context of the other lyrics it's golden, hits hard.

The most underrated lyric

Anything by Melbourne band Bodyjar.

A lyric you think everyone should know

Probably Happy Birthday. It's a handy one to keep in your head. That or We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel. It sucks so hard it's actually awesome.

Bodyjar's new album New Rituals is out now!