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A Better Son / Daughter
Rilo Kiley
A Better Son / Daughter

And sometimes when you’re on,
You’re really fucking on,
And your friends, they sing along
And they love you.
But the lows are so extreme
That the good seems fucking cheap,
And it teases you for weeks
In its absence.

But you’ll fight, and you’ll make it through,
You’ll fake it if you have to,
And you’ll show up for work with a smile.
And you’ll be better, and you’ll be smarter,
And more grown up, and a better daughter,
Or son, and a real good friend.
You’ll be awake, you’ll be alert,
You’ll be positive, though it hurts,
And you’ll laugh, and embrace all your friends.
You’ll be a real good listener.
You’ll be honest, you’ll be brave.
You’ll be handsome, and you’ll be beautiful.
You’ll be happy.

BETTY AND VERONICA’S INFINITE PLAYLIST → a series of songs for betty, for veronica, and for each other.

001. you can be you // saint motel | 002. wouldn’t it be nice // the beach boys | 003. jenny // studio killers | 004. boyfriend // tegan and sara | 005. girls/girls/boys // panic! at the disco | 006. girl // jukebox the ghost |  007. betty // the pom poms | 008. untouched // the veronicas | 009. the real of it // said the whale | 010. cupid // the big moon | 011. poster girl for kindness // kiss me stupid! | 012. foxes mate for life // born ruffians | 013. a better son/daughter // rilo kiley | 014. i love you always forever // betty who | 015. let me in // grouplove | 016. all i want // kodaline 

{ spotify | 8tracks }

But the lows are so extreme
That the good seems fucking cheap
And it teases you for weeks in its absence
But you’ll fight and you’ll make it through
You’ll fake it if you have to
And you’ll show up for work with a smile
And you’ll be better
And you’ll be smarter
And more grown up
And a better daughter or son
And a real good friend
And you’ll be awake
You’ll be alert
You’ll be positive though it hurts
And you’ll laugh and embrace all your friends
And you’ll be a real good listener
You’ll be honest
You’ll be brave
You’ll be handsome and you’ll be beautiful
You’ll be happy

Your ship may be coming in
You’re weak but not giving in
To the cries and the wails of the valley below
And your ship may be coming in
You’re weak but not giving in
And you’ll fight it
You’ll go out fighting all of them

-Rilo Kiley, “A Better Son/Daughter”

Acrylic/alcohol spray ink, stencils, and black Pilot MultiBall pen.

and sometimes when you’re on you’re really fuckin on and your friends they sing along & they love you but the lows are so extreme that the good seems fuckin cheap and it teases you for weeks in it’s absence but you’ll fight and you’ll make it through you’ll fake it if you have to and you’ll show up for work with a smile and you’ll be better and you’ll be smarter and more grown up and a better daughter or son and a real good friend you’ll be awake you’ll be alert you’ll be positive though it hurts and you’ll laugh and embrace all your friends and you’ll be a real good listener you’ll be honest you’ll be brave you’ll be handsome and you’ll be beautiful and you’ll be happy

anonymous asked:

what are some coping/trauma related songs you would recommend?

hi friend! I’ve gotten a couple of asks about music, so I’m gonna answer them all here. everyone copes differently and everyone has different tastes, but here’s a few recs I have based on what has helped me. (I’m favoring folk/indie here though my tastes are usually more varied, because these are related to trauma/coping more explicitly)

“download immediately I’m begging you” tier:

  • The Sunset Tree - The Mountain Goats (if you already know this album, then it sounds like a given. it’s a staple for me. in fact I’m linking the single track, This Year, which got me through several years of my life. this album is explicitly about surviving abuse) 
  • linked here is A Better Son/Daughter, of off The Execution of All Things by Rilo Kiley (this one’s so good that i’m actually recommending a single track, which I never do because I prefer always to recommend albums. you might cry like a lot. I definitely did the first dozen times I heard this. also the rest of the album’s great too! more about relationships tho.)

if you only read this far, please listen to those two tracks! ^^^ <3 

“saved my life” tier:

  • Transcendental Youth also by The Mountain Goats, would be my very next rec, if you want to feel like your life and your suffering are real and valid. (give the track Spent Gladiator II a listen!)
  • Lanterns - Son Lux (not about trauma, still helped me hang on by a thread when it was Bad. shameless plug, it’s patently my all-time favorite album)
  • Feel Good Ghosts - Cloud Cult (this is a Happier album that is literally about Surviving when you think you can’t anymore, it’s a little psychedelic and weird tho)
  • look friends, there is nothing wrong with a little Black Parade or Simple Plan for when it Hurts (Gerard Way and that cohort did it right all right?) This was middle school for me but this genre saved my life when I was that age

“gets me through it” tier: 

  • Neon bible - Arcade Fire (track “my body is a cage” is always stuck in my head and encapsulates That feeling perfectly)
  • Good News for People Who Like Bad News - Modest Mouse (feeling bitter? this is for you!)
  • anything by Sufjan Stevens (the album Carrie & Lowell might be the most relatable, but I also love Age of Adz, All Delighted People, and Illinois. this melancholy folk singer-songwriter is my favorite artist ever maybe)

ANYWAY! that’s everything I can think of for now. thanks for reading this far, and if anyone wants like, a playlist instead of albums, let me know! that would be more varied in genre/style. or, send a genre and I can find stuff within that. 

hope you’re having a great day!

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they’re only children. only four kids trying to live. art credit.

lunar. the first child.
1. flare homestuck 2. far away cocorise 3. ball jointed doll nicole dollanganger 4. water and sleep mirah 5. bloodflood alt j 6. thanatos soap&skin 7. i wanna be a witchteen suicide 8. lost it to trying son lux 9. malmo strfkr 10. symphony no. 8 and the canary’s last take emily wells 11. brother matt corby 12. on an unknown beach amanda palmer 13. paper forest (birds) emmy the great

solar. the second child.
1. wildcat ratat 2. like o, like h tegan and sara 3. second child, restless child the oh hello’s 4. diplomat’s son vampire weekend 5. beets untitled laura stevenson and the cans 6. eat that up, it’s good for you two door cinema club 7. the prayer bloc party 8. cassius foals 9. want it back amanda palmer 10. eat up foot ox 11. vesuvius sufjan stevens 12. iris emmy the great 13. saint veronika billy talent

terra. the third child.
1. floor pvndv 2. you are a runner and i am my father’s son wolf parade 3. if winter ends bright eyes 4. tough guy cyberbully mom club 5. two good things modern baseball 6. strawberries why? 7. putting the dog to sleep the antlers 8. sold dan mangan 9. cheerleader st. vincent 10. a better son/daughter rilo kiley 11. i’m not a good person pat ‘the bunny’ schneeweis 12. the trash the trash the trash jeff rosenstock 13. runs in the family amanda palmer

stellar. the fifth child.
1. taruka cirque du soleil 2. poor atlas dessa 3. dancing on our graves the grave diggers 4. flickers son lux 5. the sea is calling the temper trap 6. corpse roads keaton henson 7. to the lighthouse patrick wolf 8. human hands bowerbirds 9. peach the front bottoms 10. agape bear’s den 11. miss you foster the people 12. to see you alive flatsound 13. hollow talk choir of young believers

Rilo, Portuguese Water Dog/Labrador Retriever mix (7 y/o), Amherst Town Common, Amherst, MA • “There’s always the underwear eating story… my wife was so pissed, he never did it again.”