Behind the driving guitars of their hard rock sound, Queens of the Stone Age prove time and again that they are one of the best lyric-producers of their generation. Despite an ever-shifting lineup of band members, frontman Josh Homme has consistently managed to put out excellent work, proving he really is the mad genius behind the entire project. Here, we examine the best five lyrics (so far) by Queens of the Stone Age.
1. “Go With The Flow”
One of the band’s earlier songs, “Go With The Flow” remains one of their best lyrically to date. Coming from 2002’s renowned record Songs for the Deaf, “Go With The Flow” provides its best moment in one simple lyric.
“But I want something good to die for
To make it beautiful to live”
2. “I Appear Missing”
By 2013, on …Like Clockwork, Queens of the Stone Age were putting out deeper cuts and handling darker material than their more light handed offerings of their early years. “I Appear Missing” seems to handle the trials of mental illness, while still being a love song.
With my toes on the edge it's such a lovely view
I never loved anything until I loved you
I'm over the edge. What can I do?
3. “Turnin’ On The Screw”
“Turnin’ On The Screw” is full of excellent lyrics. Lines such as “The world is round, my square don’t fit at all” have found appeal with fans since the song’s release in 2007, when it was featured on the band’s fifth studio album Era Vulgaris.
“Scared to say what is your passion
So slag it all, bitter’s in fashion
Fear of failure’s all you’ve started
The jury is in, verdict: retarded”
4. “Smooth Sailing”
Another from the deeper record …Like Clockwork, “Smooth Sailing” made its way out into the world as a single, complete with a deranged music video. Aside from all of the craziness, the song actually provides some superb lyrics, including the amusing line “I blow my load over the status quo.”
“God only knows
Where love vacations
If reason is priceless
There's no reason to pay for it”
5. “In The Fade”
One of the group’s earliest songs, “In The Fade” was released in 2000 on Rated R, and as a contrast to the controversial substance-addled “Feel Good Hit Of The Summer,” provided a preview of the deeper substance that Queens of the Stone Age would go on to proliferate later.
"Cracks in the ceiling, crooked pictures in the hall
Countin’ and breathin’, I’m leaving here tomorrow
They don’t know I never do you any good
Laughin’ is easy, I would if I could”