A playlist for MS (NHBPM 17)

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Generally Unwell

“You’re body’s a dream that turns violent” (Catch My Disease by Ben Lee)

“Now no doctor’s medicine
Will do me no good
Lord have mercy, children
I wished it would” (I’m Sick, Y’all by Otis Redding)

“Baby, if you never got sick, I wouldn’t get to hold you” (If You Never Got Sick by The Wallflowers)

“How long you think that
You can run that body down?
How many nights you think
That you can do
What you been doing? (Run That Body Down by Paul Simon)

Specific Symptoms

“There’s someone in my head but it’s not me” (Brain Damage by Pink Floyd)

“Ooh, when it gets through to me, it’s always new to me
My double vision gets the best of me” (Double Vision by Foreigner)

“Her name is ___, her eyes are ___” (Her Name Is… by George Jones)

“Sometimes it’s like someone took a knife, baby, edgy and dull
And cut a six-inch valley through the middle of my skull” (I’m on Fire by Bruce Springsteen)

“She’s holdin’ leg wonderin’ how to feel them” (Legs by ZZ Top)

“You’re what happens when two substances collide
And by all accounts you really should have died” (A Nervous Tic Motion Of The Head To The Left by Andrew Bird)

“I’ve lost my sight, but not the vision” (Reboot the Mission (feat. Mick Jones) by The Wallflowers)

“And I’ve got one, two, three, four, five
Senses working overtime” (Senses Working Overtime by XTC)

“Oh Mom, I wonder when I’ll be waking
It’s just that there’s so much to do
And I’m tired of sleeping” (Tired Of Sleeping by Suzanne Vega)

“But when she gets weary
Try a little tenderness” (Try A Little Tenderness by Otis Redding)

“And after all the violence and double talk
There’s just a song in all the trouble and the strife
You do the walk, yeah, you do the walk of life” (Walk Of Life by Dire Straits)

“You spin me right round, baby
Right round like a record, baby” (You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) by Dead or Alive)

“You got the gift to give me parasthesia” (Pins and Needles (w/ Fujiya & Miyagi) by Project Jenny, Project Jan)

Rolling with the Changes

“And falling is like brand new rain,
Places I have never been” (Another Country by Tift Merritt)

“I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains,
I’ve walked and I’ve crawled on six crooked highways,
I’ve stepped in the middle of seven sad forests,
I’ve been out in front of a dozen dead oceans,
I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard,
And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard,
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall” (A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan cover) by Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians)

“Miniature disasters and minor catastrophoes
Bring me to my knees” (Miniature Disasters by KT Tunstall)

“I smoke old stogies I have found, short but not too big around
I’m a man of means by no means, king of the road” (King of the Road (Roger Miller cover) by Rufus Wainwright)

“Last years troubles they shine up so pretty
They gleam with a luster they don’t have today
Here it’s just dirty and violent and troubling” (Last Year’s Troubles by Suzanne Vega)

“Life is sad, life is a bust
All you can do is do what you must
You do what you must do and you do it well” (Buckets of Rain (Bob Dylan cover) Beth Orton & M. Ward)

“How can I explain to you?
How somebody can get so very blue, now
How can I tell you about my past?” (Mr. Pitiful by Otis Redding)

“And I’m tired from all the weight
Tired of being strong
So won’t you come and stay
And let me lay
Down in your arms
Down in your arms” (Troubled Mind by Catie Curtis)

“Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
Turn and face the strange” (Changes by David Bowie)

“This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco
This ain’t no fooling around” (Life During Wartime by Talking Heads)

“When all the parts of the puzzle start to look like they fit
Then I must remember there’ll be days like this” (Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This by Van Morrison)

Working with Doctors and Meds

“Now I want to understand
I have done all that I could
To see the evil and the good without hiding
You must help me if you can” (Doctor My Eyes by Jackson Browne)

“And after all that she’s been through
Oh the doctor say: “There ain’t nothing we can do”” (Long Line of Pain by Amos Lee)

“He said my epidermis was darling
And found my blood as blue as can be,
He went through wild ecstatics
About my lymphatics,
But he never said he loved me” (The Physician (Gershwin cover) by Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys)

“Cuz I know that I don’t belong here
And I know the pills don’t work for me no more” (The Pills Stopped Working by Hem)

“Shook my soul, and stole my dough
Left my condition down a deep dark hole
I’m a pincushion, gotta face the facts
I’m just a pincushion, do everything she ask” (Pincushion by ZZ Top)

Still Alive

“If I got my hopes too high, this is no easy kind of life.
But I see it in my mind’s eye, touch me real as daytime,
I can’t keep from trying” (Hopes Too High by Tift Merritt)

“Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise” (Blackbird (Beatles cover) by Sarah McLachlan)

“I’m still alive, and I will survive
I can take what life’s got to give, just need a little time” (Still Alive by Social Distortion)

“Don’t let us get sick
Don’t let us get old
Don’t let us get stupid, all right?
Just make us be brave
And make us play nice
And let us be together tonight” (Don’t Let Us Get Sick (Warren Zevon cover) by Jill Sobule)

“It’s a pity, it’s a crying shame
Who pulled you down again?
How painful it must be
To bruise so easily inside” (Life Is Sweet by Natalie Merchant)

“I don’t know nothing except change will come
Year after year what we do is undone
Time gets moving from a crawl to a run
I wonder if we’re going to ever get home…
So many things that I had before
It don’t matter to me now
Tonight I cry for the love that I’ve lost
And the love I’ve never found” (When It Don’t Come Easy by Patty Griffin)

“Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm gonna try with a little help from my friends” (With A Little Help From My Friends (Beatles cover) by Joe Cocker)

“Here’s what I find about compromise-
Don’t do it if it hurts inside
Cause either way you’re screwed,
And eventually you’ll find
That you may as well feel good
You may as well have some pride” (Second Time Around by Indigo Girls)

Coming Back Strong

“‘Cause I’m back on the track
And I’m beatin’ the flack
Nobody’s gonna get me on another rap
So look at me now
I’m just makin’ my play
Don’t try to push your luck
Just get out of my way” (Back In Black by AC/DC)

“Flip another breaker
Crack another fuse
Check, check, check, a hey, hey one two
Gonna make it baby, even if I have to crawl
Gonna hit full speed, even if I hit the wall” (Smoke Another by Cross Canadian Ragweed)

“I am going to make it through this year
If it kills me” (This Year by The Mountain Goats)

“Well I was born to run
To get ahead of the rest
And all that I wanted was to be the best
Just to feel free and be someone
I was born to be fast, I was born to run” (Born to Run by Emmylou Harris)

“Here comes a comeback
The kid is back, back on track,
And there goes my hero
He’s an underdog, he’s coming out on top” (Comeback Kid (That’s My Dog) by Brett Dennen)

“Things are goin’ great
And they’re only gettin’ better
I’m doin’ all right
Gettin’ good grades
The future’s so bright
I gotta wear shades” (Future’s So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades) by Timbuk 3)

“So I try a new direction
I’m going to give myself a resurrection
I’m getting ready” (Getting Ready by Patty Griffin)

“if tomorrow never comes
i wont give a damn
if tomorrow never comes
i will not be afraid to meet my maker
just the way that i am” (If Tomorrow Never Comes by Todd Snider)

“Now, I don’t care what you think
I’ma do my thing tonight
I came to dance, came to drink
Livin’ that disco life
I burned about a thousands cals
Dancin’, movin’, shakin’, groovin’
So fuck what my trainer say
I’m finna get a hot dog (A-a-a-a-a-a-after this club)” (Hot Dog by LMFAO)

“And you know
I’m so wired up
Don’t need no coffee in my cup
Let it all hang out” (Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile) by Van Morrison)

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