Lyrical Advice For The Class Of 2011

There will be no guitars and Marshall stacks at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion this weekend, just "Pomp and Circumstance." As the Class of 2011 walks across the stage soon to be occupied by Peter Gabriel, Widespread Panic and Kings of Leon, it reminds Rocks Off that we graduated on the same floor the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder once played. (Hofheinz Pavilion, yo... CBHS Class of '93.)

Whether or not they are headed to college in the fall, many of this year's grads are no doubt wondering what to do next. Luckily, there are thousands and thousands of pop songs out there to help them, so as our graduation present, Rocks Off cherry-picked 25 of our favorite lyrical pearls of wisdom for the uncertain times to come.

Don't walk too close, don't breathe so soft, don't talk so sweet.

- Jewel

Give me one reason to stay here, and I'll turn right back around.

- Tracy Chapman

Step outside, summertime's in bloom.

- Oasis

Just step out the back, Jack. Make a new plan, Stan.

- Paul Simon

Now come on down and do what you've gotta do.

- Thelma Houston

Don't make me come over there and love you.

- George Strait

Don't call him a cowboy until you've seen him ride.

- Conway Twitty

You can't roller-skate in a buffalo herd.

- Roger Miller

Take a load off, Manny. Take a load for free.

- The Band

Don't change for you, don't change a thing for me.


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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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