In honor of the new album, I've gathered some of my favorite Hold Steady lines from their songs.
I feel Jesus in the clumsiness of young and awkward lovers.
I feel Judas in the long odds of the rackets on the corners.
I feel Jesus in the tenderness of honest nervous lovers.
I feel Judas in the pistols and the pagers that come with all the powders.
lost in fog and love and faithless fear.
I've had kisses that make Judas seem sincere.
From "Citrus" off of Boys and Girls in America
she looked just like a baby bird
all new and wet and trying to light a parliament.
he quoted her some poetry.
he's tennyson in denim and sheepskin.
he looked a lot like izzy stradlin.
they started kissing when the nurses took off their IVs.
it was kind of of sexy but it was kind of creepy.
their mouths were fizzy with the cherry cola.
they had the privacy of bedsheets
all the other kids were mostly in comas.
From "Chillout Tent" off of Boys and Girls in America
we gather our gospels from gossip and bar talk then declare them the truth.
we salvage our sermons from message boards and scene reports.
we come on to the youth.
we try out new testaments on the guys sitting next to us in the bars with the bars in their windows.
even if you don't get converted tonite you must admit that the band's pretty tight.
From "Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night" off of Separation Sunday
i've been trying to get people to call me Freddy Mercury.
people keep calling me drop dead fred.
it's hard to take it easy when half your friends are way too easy.
it's hard to get ahead when half your friends are dead.
taxmen coming around the back with the kevlar vests.
militia men cooking up a batch of crystal meth.
there's a war going down in the middle west.
there's a war going down in the middle western states.
the kevlar vests against the crystal flakes.
From "Knuckles" off of Almost Killed Me
he had a painters cap. it said panama jack.
it had the flaps on the back that kept the sun off his neck.
he woke up deep in hostile Massachusetts. reaching out to try to touch the special effects.
he had no shoes and no pants.
they dressed him in a shirt with a collar and called him Porky Pig.
the two of you went up to his room.
later on you wouldn't admit you did.
From "Hostile, Mass." off of Almost Killed Me
i had my mouth on her nose
when the chaperone said that we were dancing too close.
From "Massive Nights" off of Boys and Girls in America
she was a really cool kisser and she wasn't all that strict of a Christian.
From "Stuck Between Stations" off of Boys and Girls in America
in barlight, she looked alright
in daylight, she looked desperate
that’s alright I was desperate too
From "Sequestered in Memphis" off of Stay Positive (out July 15)