Finals: Lyrical Performance of the Year

Below are the six finalists chosen by YOU, from all the originals nominated by you for the Best Performance of 2011 (Lyrics/Songwriting). Between now and Thursday, December 29th you can vote once a day for your top choice to determine the final winner. Vote below:

The “Best Performance (____)” category is intended to showcase one individual aspect of a song released in the past year. Having trouble deciding? Check out the nominees below (click the + to view the lyrics):

[spoiler title=”Joan Red – No Goodbye”]Any way the wind blows
That’s the way that our love
goes and I
Feel like our windows
were shut to block the light

There’s nothing to say, there’s nothing to hide
nothing but fear, the light in your eyes I know
I know…

But there was something about the way you
looked at me
Something that stopped my heart and I can’t breathe

But I’m leaving
Strong enough to say goodbye
I’m keeping what’s left of my life

It’s not enough to hold on and wonder why
I’m leaving with no goodbye
So goodbye

With all the ways that we knew
this life of mine would not add up for you
There’s pain on both sides
but were left with no goodbye
There’s nothing to say, there’s nothing to hide
nothing but fear, the light in your eyes I know
I know…

But there was something about the way you looked at me
Something that stopped my heart and I can’t breathe
So I’m leaving
Strong enough to say goodbye
I’m keeping what’s left of my life
It’s not enough to
Hold on and wonder why
I’m leaving with no goodbye

So goodbye

If all I need is just to let go
When every ounce in me says hold on
If it’s all i need to let go
Every ounce in me says hold on

I’m leaving
Strong enough to say goodbye
I’m keeping what’s left of my life
It’s not enough to
Hold on and wonder why
I’m leaving with no goodbye

So goodbye[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”10 Years – Fix Me”]It’s taken a lifetime to lose my way
A lifetime of yesterdays
All the wasted time on my hands
Turns to sand
And fades in the wind

Crossing lines
Small crimes
Taking back what is mine

I’m fine in the fire
I feed on the friction
I’m right where I should be
Don’t try and fix me
I’m fine in the fire
I feed on the friction
I’m right where I should be
Don’t try and fix me

So lost for so long
To find to my way
I failed to follow
I’m out of place

Crossing Lines
Small crimes
Taking back what is mine

I’m fine in the fire
I feed on the friction
I’m right where I should be
Don’t try and fix me
I’m fine in the fire
I feed on the friction
I’m right where I should be
Don’t try and fix me

I’m fine in the fire
I feed on the friction
I’m right I should be
Don’t try and fix me
I’m fine in the fire
I feed on the friction
I’m right where I should be
Don’t try and fix me
I’m fine in the fire
I feed on the friction
I’m right where I should be
Don’t try and fix me
[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Foo Fighters – Walk”]A million miles away
Your signal in the distance
To whom it may concern
I think I lost my way
Getting good at starting over
Every time that I return

I’m learning to walk again
I believe I’ve waited long enough
Where do I begin?
I’m learning to talk again
Can’t you see I’ve waited long enough?
Where do I begin?

Do you remember the days
We built these paper mountains
And sat and watched them burn?
I think I found my place
Can’t you feel it growing stronger?
Little conquerors

I’m learning to walk again
I believe I’ve waited long enough
Where do I begin?
I’m learning to talk again
I believe I’ve waited long enough
Where do I begin?

Now
For the very first time
Don’t you pay no mind?
Set me free again
You keep alive a moment at a time
But still inside a whisper to a liar
To sacrifice but knowing to survive
The first decline another state of mind
I’m on my knees, I’m praying for a sign
Forever, whenever
I never wanna die
I never wanna die
I never wanna die
I’m on my knees
I never wanna die
I’m dancing on my grave
I’m running through the fire
Forever, whatever
I never wanna die
I never wanna leave
I’ll never say goodbye
Forever, whatever
Forever, whatever

I’m learning to walk again
I believe I’ve waited long enough
Where do I begin?
I’m learning to talk again
Can’t you see I’ve waited long enough?
Where do I begin?

I’m learning to walk again
I believe I’ve waited long enough
I’m learning to talk again
Can’t you see I’ve waited long enough?
[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Fair to Midland – Amarillo Sleeps on my Pillow”]Stay close if you wanna keep up
But don’t get turned around.
Go ahead for the bullseye my friend
But know you’re gonna get the horns.

Yellow-bellies never have any guts
But God, how he gets the glory.
The West was won from a cheater with a gun
And I hope he never lives it down.

Yeah… Yeah…..

Minced words from anonymous cowards
Fell down from kingdom come.
The threatened source of this obstacle course
Had us cornered in a guessing game.
Every attempt turned a kettle of fish,-
And loves making its waves
If I had to guess, he’s still making a mess
Worse than any thunderstorm.

Whoa…

No one turned over leaves, no one’s branching out
No one went on a limb when he belted out
Get gone!
Someone looked for a clue, someone got the axe
Someone yelled in the wake of the great collapse
Get gone!

Let’s stall like a Neanderthal
That can’t make up his mind.
I’m not sorry if you’ve heard it before
Broken records wanna make a case.
The croppers came, and were spinning yarn,
Our ears still opened up.
If failed attempts were a lottery ticket
You can bet I’d be rakin’ it in.

No one turned over leaves, no one’s branching out
No one went on a limb when he belted out
Get gone!
Someone looked for a clue, someone got the axe
Someone yelled in the wake of the great collapse
Get gone!

Get gone, I said…

No one turned over leaves, no one’s branching out
No one went on a limb when he belted out
Get gone!
Someone looked for a clue, someone got the axe
Someone yelled in the wake of the great collapse
Get gone!

Yeah…[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Fair to Midland – Rikki Tikki Tavi”]Listen to me

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Hey Rikki-Tikki, Rikki-Tikki, Rikki-Tikki Tavi
I am not a machine so don’t treat me like buttons
Rikki-Tikki, Rikki-Tikki, Rikki-Tikki Tavi
We’re not identical twins So don’t finish my sentence
Tell me the truth, or don’t tell me anything
I’d rather have heart than courage or a brain
Rikki-Tikki, Rikki-Tikki, Rikki-Tikki Tavi
Don’t pay any mind to a voice behind curtains

If you meet the Devil’s wife
Make sure you wear a suit and tie
and leave him wear he stands
And if he tries to shake your hand
just hit him with her frying pan
and leave him where he stands

AHHHHHHHHHHH Run Tikki-tikki Run Tikki-tikki Ruuunnn
Run Tikki-tikki Run Tikki-tikki Ruuunnn

Listen to me (7 times)

Rikki-tikki, Rikki-tikki, Rikki-Tikki Tavi
if you want a Picasso you better start diggin
Rikki-tikki, Rikki-tikki, Rikki-Tikki Tavi
if I build the ark will you wait for the water
The only thing that ever turned him blue
Was thinking the sky is what he should be turned to
Rikki-tikki, Rikki-tikki, Rikki-Tikki Tavi
There are snakes in the grass so we better go hunting

If you meet the Devil’s wife
Make sure you wear a suit and tie
And leave him where he stands
If he tries to shake your hand
just hit him with her frying pan
And leave him where he stands
Let her take the kitchen sink
And cut her from her apron strings
Just leave him where he stands
All you need is amnesty
So grab my hand and come with me
Just leave him where he stands

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRIKKI[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Kopek – Sin City”]Don’t wanna be left here lyin’ inside out
Don’t wanna to leave this place without a doubt
Turn on the radio and fall asleep
Tomorrow’s Sunday and we’re in too deep
Now you can’t see the sense in giving in
Straight through the badlands to the city of sin
You can’t imagine how they hide in fear
Best feel good movie of the year
All my sin city citizens
So listen God when will your kingdom come
Can’t help the feelin’ that I’ve been stung
I just got loaded and my tank is full
Got to get to sin city ‘cause it’s beautiful
It’s beautiful
Back stabbin’ money grabbin’ teenage punk
He’s gonna kick it with his new junk
Got no emotion lyin’ in his soul
Stands up to rock
And sits down to roll
No religion
With no decisions
No imprisonment
Just another man searchin’ for the Sin City movement
The city of sin
The city of sin
The city of sin
The city of sin
Aw yeah
Well this is how we do it[/spoiler]

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