Like most people, we love making fun of emo. Because well, emo is funny. So we collected the cheesiest, wussiest, sappiest emo lyrics of all time and put them in one place so we could laugh at them.
How does a lyric make the list? Well, it should be totally cringeworthy. Basically, every time you hear it, you should want to puke your guts out over how cheesy it is. Usually, that consists of some failed attempts at expressions of love. Godawful metaphors also earn points. References to things like hearts, tears, and sadness are also a plus. Basically, anything that sounds like it was written in a college Introductory-Level Creative Writing Class. Some of these are by great musicians. Others are by talentless hacks. Some are by bands that fall into the “emo” genre. Some are just particularly “emo” lyrics.
For help, we teamed up with Tom from WashedUpEmo.com as well as some of our emo-savvy friends, and you, the good people of the Internet, to compile a list of the cheesiest emo lyrics of all time. In no way is this a definitive list. There are enough break ups and lame attempts at similes in the world to hold us over for the rest of eternity. So with that said, feel free to leave any you think we missed in the comments.
Alkaline Trio, “Enjoy Your Day”
I’m broken hearted on the floor, my tears seep through the crack under my door.
American Football, “Stay Home”
But that’s life—it’s so social
But that’s life—it’s so so-so
The Ataris, “I Won’t Spend Another Night Alone”
If I had one wish this is what it would be…
I’d ask you to spend all your time here with me,
And we’d be together forever
Bayside, “A Synonym For Acquiesce”
Take this razor, sign your name across my wrists
So everyone will know who left me like this
Braid, “Forever Got Shorter”
I listen to you
and all this music about you
I hope it finds you smiling again
till never begins
or till forever ends
Brand New, “OK, I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don’t”
Oh, my tongue’s the only muscle in my body that works harder than my heart.
Brand New, “The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot”
You are the smell before rain.
You are the blood in my veins.
Brand New, “I Will Play My Game Beneath The Spin Light”
I need the smell of summer, I need its noises in my ears.
If looks could really kill, then my profession would staring.
Brandtson, “Breaking Ground”
Could this cup of coffee really keep me company
For another winter alone
Bright Eyes, “First Day Of My Life”
Yours is the first face that I saw.
I think I was blind before I met you.
Cap’n Jazz, “Little League”
Hey coffee eyes.
You got me coughin’ up my cookie heart.
City and Colour, “The Girl”
And when you cry, a piece of my heart dies
Knowing that I may have been the cause
If you were to leave and fulfill someone else’s dreams
I think I might totally be lost
Dashboard Confessional, “Hands Down”
Safe in here from all the stupid questions.
“Hey did you get some?”
Man, that is so dumb.
My hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me. So won’t you kill me, so I die happy.
Dashboard Confessional, “Living In Your Letters”
I’m living in your letters.
Breathe deeply from this envelope
it smells like you and I can’t be
without that scent.
Dashboard Confessional, “Screaming Infidelities”
I’m cuddling close to blankets and sheets
But you’re not alone, and you’re not discreet
Make sure I know who’s taking you home
I’m reading your note over again
There’s not a word that I comprehend
Except when you signed it
“I will love you always and forever.”
Well, as for now I’m gonna hear the saddest songs
And sit alone and wonder
How you’re making out.
But as for me, I wish that I was anywhere with anyone
Death Cab For Cutie, “Coney Island”
Sitting on a carousel ride
without any music or lights,
everything was closed at Coney Island
and I could not help from smilin’.
Elliott, “Drive On to Me”
We are the bruised and the tender.
We are the crack that was mended.
From all the times we ever tried we should’ve found each other in this drive on to me.
Kevin Devine, “Protest Singer”
I wanted to write one perfect song to make you cry in your sleep, kind of like a soundtrack for your dreams.
The Get Up Kids, “I’ll Catch You”
That I should stare at receivers to receive her isn’t fair.
Don’t worry, I’ll catch you.
Don’t ever worry.
Your arms in mine, anytime.
Grade, “A Year In The Past, Forever In The Future”
Those summer days that I longed for never really were what I wanted them to be.
Just like when beautiful people drive ugly cars.
Just like when pretty people drive ugly cars.
Grade, “Life Gets In The Way of Living”
But still as everything changes,
Kisses, kisses, kisses and hugs are all I want.
I wanna be your shirt,
So I can hug you while you work.
[Note: This song takes a much darker turn on the next line:
I wanna be your wife,
So you can beat me every night.]
The Jazz June, “The Medicine”
Cause it’s been cold
Cold as forever
On this forever afternoon
Jets To Brazil, “Psalm”
And I cried out your name because I loved the sound it made.
Jimmy Eat World, “No Sensitivity”
The world don’t spin without you
I’m amazed you’re standing still
Taking my kisses back(Whoa)
I want my kisses back from you
The Juliana Theory, “If I Told You This Was Killing Me, Would You Stop?”
If I told you this was killing me, would you stop?
The Juliana Theory, “Pictures, Stars, and Dreams”
When I look up, you’re the brightest star in a pocket full of skies.
My colored picture in a world of black and white.
My only dream come true in a restless winter night.
I just want to be something more than the mud in your eyes
I want to be the clay in your hands.
I wish you could put your ear up to my heart
And hear how much I love you
Miracle of 86, “I Hope That I’m Wrong”
Missed me, missed me, now you gotta kiss me, but only if you mean it, and only if you know what it means to me.
Owen, “Skin and Bones”
The prettiest girl at the party pities those girls who aren’t so pretty, but dress nice.
She’ll go home alone by choice or choose one of the boys to lay down with, if she’s lonely, or horny, or human.
I’ve been thinking all day, sitting by this window,
remembering how the smile on your face could make me blush
And I can’t comprehend how someone with your eyes
could ever disappear and break your heart.
Planes Mistaken For Stars
[Just the band name.]
The Postal Service, “Nothing Better”
Will someone please call a surgeon who can crack my ribs and repair this broken heart
The Promise Ring, “A Picture Postcard”
Don’t forget to kiss me if you’re really going to leave
Couldn’t you take the second bus home?
Couldn’t you just take me with you?
Saetia, “Some Natures Catch No Plagues”
There is no happy here.
Saves The Day, “Rocks Tonic Love Juice”
I’d buy you lemonade right now
if you were here.
But then I’d throw it in your face
And I’d listen to you cry.
Saves The Day, “Shoulder To The Wheel”
And I say, “Oh, Dave, I’m sorry.
I didn’t mean to yell,
But I’m having quite a bad week
And I miss my mom.”
Senses Fail, “Choke On This”
Play Russian roulette as we kiss
I’ll be your cheap novelty
Blow your brains out on me
The Starting Line, “The Best of Me”
We turn our music down, we’re sitting on the grounds
The next time I’m in town, we will kiss girl, we will kiss girl
Sunny Day Real Estate, “Grendel”
The rain was there to wash away my tears.
I wanted to be them but instead I destroyed myself.
Superstitions of the Sky, “For the Car Ride Home”
When we said our sorrys, you asked why we couldn’t be friends.
Well I hope we can too, but it’s not ok cause you broke my heart in two.
And it’s not ok because I’m in love with you.
Taking Back Sunday, “You’re So Last Summer”
The truth is you could slit my throat
And with my one last gasping breath
I’d apologize for bleeding on your shirt
Texas Is The Reason, “A Jack With One Eye”
Your place is still at the heart of my everything.
Thursday, “Dying In New Brunswick”
I’m writing you this letter to let you know I’m not alright.
And in this city the streets are paved with hate.
And you cry yourself to sleep tonight.
And say, “No, there aren’t enough love songs in the sky.”
Unwritten Law, “Save Me”
Had a bad day, don’t talk to me,
gonna ride this out.
My little black heart, breaks apart,
with your big mouth.
Vermont, “Ballad of Larry Bird”
Remember my name?
We met at a bar
You were throwing darts
And I was throwing out hearts
Like shooting at cars
Now we’re kissing on in there after dark
Weston, “Heartbreak Sandwich”
I know I gave you a dirt sandwich.
When you need to cry, and I wanted to kiss.
The picture we ended in a painting was
of a plate and a half eaten sandwich.
Meaning, we always took what we wanted
and left the rest.
You & I, “Someday I’ll Say Goodbye”
Wrap myself in a blanket of tears.
The Weakerthans, “Everything Must Go!”
Garage sale Saturday, I need to pay
my heart’s outstanding bills.