01. Love Song For No One - John Mayer
Searching all my days just to find you
I'm not sure who I'm looking for
I'll know you
When I see you
Until then, I'll hide in my bedroom
Staying up all night just to write
A love song for no one
I could have met you in a sandbox
I could have passed you on the sidewalk
Could I have missed my chance
And watched you walk away?
To me, this is the quintessential Ted song, especially through season one. Thanks, John.
02. You Could Be Her - Jonathan Coulton
Six hundred dollars, seven days, and I drink all I make
While people with great big fat BA’s, they move and they shake
I can’t dress me up, I can’t take me out
I can’t do nothing
Why does no one come here to save me?
Why won’t anybody stay?
Cause I’ve got it in my head that maybe you could be her
03. The Quiz - Hello Saferide
Have you slept with any people I work with?
Is there anyone you’d rather wish I’d be?
Do you still keep pictures of old girlfriends?
Are they prettier than me?
And if I’d fall, would you pick me up?
If I fall, will you pick me up?
In my head, Ted is incredibly picky about women, but that might just because I'm mixing him a little with Dr. John 'JD' Dorian.
04. (I Wanna) Call It Love - Sondre Lerche
Can we dance instead of walking?
We wanna break in to love's industry
Lie down where it's machinery slows down
When we've danced our socks off and it's late
We'll lie down to anticipate forever
This can be my Ted/Victoria song. It's incredibly adorable, just like them.
05. I Wanna Get Married - Nellie McKay
I wanna get married
Yes, I need a spouse
I want a nice Leave it to Beaverish
Golden retriever and a little white house
Sometime Ted is kind of a girl. I also think the jazziness refers to the old-school, Rat Pack kind of romancer Ted wishes he was.
06. If You Find Yourself Caught In Love - Belle & Sebastian
If you find yourself caught in love
Say a prayer to the man above
Thank Him for every day you pass
You should thank Him for saving your sorry ass
Ted never gives up on Robin, and he finally gets her.
07. Up Periscope - Drake Bell
If I could have a single wish
I'd only wish to never miss it
When you wake up and smile
It makes me happy when you steal a little kiss
Before you wake me up to listen to the news for a while
And when you're creeping out of bed
I sneak a peek to see just what you were wearing last night
Or what was leftover from ripping off our clothes.
I check to see that door was closed as you were turning out the lights
Whoever said romance was over
...And then they do it. Ted lives out his domestic fantasies (see "I Wanna Get Married"). Also, Robin loses her I-love-you-ginity.
08. I Will - Jonathan Coulton (Beatles cover)
Who knows how long I've loved you?
You know I love you still
Will I wait a lonely lifetime?
If you want me to I will
09. Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect - The Decemberists
And I am nothing of a builder
But here I dreamt I was an architect
And I built this balustrade
To keep you home, to keep you safe
From the outside world
But the angles and the corners
Even though my work is unparalleled
They never seemed to meet
This structure fell about our feet
And we were free to go
Ted and Robin realize that their relationship can't actually work.
10. A Minor Incident - Badly Drawn Boy
There's nothing I could say to make you try and feel okay
And nothing you could do to stop me feeling the way I do
And if the chance should happen that I never see you again
Just remember that I'll always love you
They part ways peacefully.
11. My Monkey - Jonathan Coulton
My monkey gets angry sometimes
My monkey says a lot of things he doesn’t really mean
My monkey gets lucky sometimes
My monkey thinks that you’re the bestest girl he’s ever seen
He says he’ll stay with you for always
It doesn’t matter what the job pays
Cause everybody has their bad days
It doesn’t mean my monkey doesn’t love you
This is my Marshall/Lily song. It's about a man arguing with his girlfriend from the guise of his pet monkey, it's incredibly sweet, and I can imagine Marshall saying every word (including the parts about monkeys).
12. Let's Go To The Mall - Robin Sparkles
I hope he asks me out
Takes me to my favourite spot
It'll be just him and me
But don't forget the robot.
What HIMYM mix is complete without it?
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