I’ve been debating this one for quite a while. It’s pretty arbitrary, and there are several contenders – Title Fight’s Lefty and ’45’ by The Gaslight Anthem came close – but it has to be Gates by The Menzingers.
It’s just adorable, one of the most upbeat failed-romance songs I can remember hearing in years.
You’ll carve your names into the Paupack cliffs,
just to read them when you get old enough to know
that happiness is just a moment.
One of the best lyrics on anything released last year as well. Such unabashed fondness for an unhappy observation.
Back in February I wrote, “the melody erupts so stirringly from the verses that it is impossible not to be swept up in the story, vicariously experiencing the display of courage as past sadness is confronted and discarded.”
I stand by that, and how much I love this song. Check it out for yourself.
The album that it comes from, On the Impossible Past, is also one of the best albums released in 2012. It’s been included in pretty much everyone’s top 10 – and topped a number of them – so if you like Gates, check it out.