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J.M. BLAINE is non-fiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. Midnight, Jesus & Me (ECW Press) was released on April Fools Day 2013.

38 responses to “Coast to Coast I Used to Feel Like a Comatose: My Life in Lyrics Volume I”

  1. J.M. Blaine says:

    I confess
    Had a new post
    about the Nashville Flood
    that isn’t quite ready
    So here’s one from
    TNB 1.0.
    Summer Rerun
    if you will.

  2. Irene Zion says:


    I’m on another road trip & I can’t read the notes on my phone.
    So, I’ll read as soon as I get to a regular- sized screen.

  3. J.M. Blaine says:

    Bonus to the first
    to name
    the sources

    • Becky says:

      The 3-fer one…that’s a deception.

      You have no idea how confused that made me. Just for a minute, but confused, anyway.

      It’s, like, the goth item, that one.

      Possession, Lovesong, Hurt

      Nessun Dorma!


      Also, that one song.

      I don’t know the rest without cheating.

  4. Zara Potts says:

    yeah, I saw old Johnny Cash in there..

  5. Ben Loory says:

    beat is for sonny bono, beat is for yoko ono

  6. Irene Zion says:

    I only get Johnny Cash.
    I’m such a disappointment when it comes to music.
    So sorry.

    • jmblaine says:


      No no –
      they’re all Johnny Mathis songs,
      from his gospel record.

      Except for the Trini Lopez one.

      • Irene Zion says:

        nonononono! I know that Johnny Cash sang the “My Sweet Friend” one! I don’t know who wrote it, but I can hear him singing it!
        I’m sorry I’m such a musical disappointment to you.

        • Cheryl says:

          Irene, I know your confusion. Johnny Cash recorded a song called “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails. It’s a beautiful version and I like it better than the original. So, technically, that is not a Johnny Cash song, although he recorded it, along with a host of other beautiful cover songs, so that is why you associate the Man in Black with those particular lyrics.

        • jmblaine says:

          Mr. Nine Inch Nails himself
          “Once Cash does your song
          it’s pretty much his then”

        • Irene Zion says:

          You are really nice.
          I officially like you forever.

  7. Made me want to
    hang out behind the
    tastee freeze
    put my hand
    her knees

    • jmblaine says:

      You know when I was a kid
      I was already apocalypse scarred
      and completely into the book of Ecclesiastes
      and when I heard those lyrics
      even though I had no interest at all in John Cougar
      I thought they pretty darn profound.
      Very existential.

    • Becky says:

      See…there’s another one that totally threw me for being part of a mash up. Of COURSE it’s Jack and Diane.

      This is a cruel game you’re playing, jmb.

  8. James D. Irwin says:

    that line from Wonderwall was a question in a pub quiz I just won…

    very cool post.

    • jmblaine says:

      Same thing,
      these are songs from the midnight hour
      and that’s usually a very existential time
      & I thought those lyrics (to Wonderwall)
      especially from the source (the Gallagher bros.)
      was just the beautiful absurdity of life.

      I was in Nashville in the midst of a lot
      of CCM stuff at the time
      & I remember thinking Wonderwall
      was way more gospel than most

  9. Cynthia Hawkins says:

    On my phone as well. Will have to play again later when I can better read, but I spotted a NIN, yes?

  10. Joe Daly says:

    Public Enemy, Oasis, NWA, John C. Mellencamp… Love the selection. Didn’t know them all, but the ones I did hit me right between the eyes.

    I’m staring at a Nine Inch Nails poster as I type this. About to press “Play.”

    • jmblaine says:

      I’m hoping Trent Reznor still has lots
      of good things to say.

      He was able to evoke a mood
      like few others.

  11. Simon Smithson says:

    5-0 said freeze
    And I got numb

  12. jmblaine says:

    beat is

  13. jmblaine says:


    Been a Cash fan since I was a kid
    Hee Haw
    One Piece at a Time
    Ira Hayes
    Heck, I even loved Strawberry Cake.
    I thought the American Recordings were all wonderful
    but the notations above – none were from Johnny Cash.

    I got Hurt first from Nine Inch Nail’s Downward Spiral
    Ain’t No Grave – a long long time
    favorite that I wrote a TNB post about – maybe three years or so ago
    on the version by the Singing Cookes – a Penetecostal family from Alabama.

    Ah, The Beast in Me – yes that one from Cash
    though it was written by Nick Lowe.

    The Willie
    is straight Willie though….

  14. jmblaine says:

    Nessun Dorma
    is truly from
    another world

    I’ve heard all the versions.
    this, I think
    is the best.


  15. Erika Rae says:

    I love all of these lyrics, but I love the chance to examine your handwriting even more.

    I know everything about you now.


  16. reno says:

    maiden lyrics?


    what happened, 11?

    (very clever post)

  17. jmblaine says:

    Ah see
    this is the midnight hour

    I could do a
    Living AFTER Midnight
    metal collection

    I’m a many genre-ed man.

  18. Lorna says:

    Ah, I am a lyric loving fool. 🙂

  19. jmblaine says:

    I’m a fool for
    the lyrical.

  20. I feel like I went around snapping photos of odds and ends of paper and miraculously came up with something divine, worthy of some guitar hooks and bass lines…

  21. jmblaine says:

    Has TNB ever had a post
    with a zer word count?
    A bit lazy eh?

  22. Lisa Rae Cunningham says:

    Note to self: “The owl says I’m nearly gone.”

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