songs about not knowing how to love, and hurting a girl without wanting to do so

You knew pretty well what you were doing. Don’t pretend you’re innocent now. You are important to her and that means that every word and every action has the potential to hurt her. Everything has a meaning.

01. Antonio Orozco - “Devuélveme la Vida” (Devuélveme la Vida)
02. Pambo - “Perdón” (Voces por Haití)
03. Shakira ft. Santana - “Illegal” (Oral Fixation Vol. 1)
04. Westlife - “Fool Again” (Westlife)
05. Dar Williams - “If I Wrote You” (End Of The Summer)
06. Josh Ritter - “You Don’t Make It Easy Babe” (Hello Starling)
07. Annie Lennox - “Waiting In Vain” (Medusa)
08. León Polar - “Déjalo” (L.P.)
09. Julieta Venegas - “Me Voy” (Limon y Sal)
10. Dar Williams - “Iowa” (Mortal City)
11. Dashboard Confessional - “Vindicated” (Dusk and Summer)

Quiet songs while the kids are painting

01. Brian Eno - “1/1” (Ambient 1: Music For Airports)
02. Sun Araw - “Ma Halo” (On Patrol)
03. Aerial M - “Dazed and Awake” (As Performed by Aerial M)
04. Vashti Bunyan - “Timothy Grubs” (Just Another Diamond Day)
05. Nick Drake - “Things Behind The Sun” (Pink Moon)
06. Harmonia - “Deluxe (Immer Wieder)” (Deluxe)
07. Aphex Twin - “Avril 14th” (Drukqs)
08. Shugo Tokumaru - “Wedding” (Exit)
09. Sun Kil Moon - “Carry Me Ohio” (Ghosts Of The Great Highway)
10. The Velvet Underground - “After Hours” (The Velvet Underground)
11. Washington Phillips - “Lift Him Up That’s All” (The Key To The Kingdom)
12. Four Tet - “Circling” (There Is Love In You)

A mix tape that will let her know I’m into her but not desperate to have her

I think the best way to let her know you’re into her is to make her a playlist yourself. That being said, none of these songs are overt “love songs,” but they’ve all got love on the periphery and I would only give this mix to someone I was interested in dating.

01. Devendra Banhart - “This Is The Way” (Rejoicing In The Hands)
02. Fleet Foxes - “Sun Giant” (Sun Giant EP)
03. Caetano Veloso - “Tu Me Acostumbraste” (Araçá Azul)
04. Neil Young - “Tell Me Why” (After The Gold Rush)
05. Björk - “Hyper-Ballad” (Post)
06. Sharon Van Etten - “Dsharpg” (Epic)
07. Jónsi - “Go Do” (Go)
08. Bon Iver - “Blood Bank” (Blood Bank EP)
09. Jorge Drexler - “Eco” (Eco)
10. Bibio - “Lover’s Carvings” (Ambivalence Avenue)
11. Sly And The Family Stone - “Time” (There’s A Riot Goin’ On)
12. Bonnie “Prince” Billy w/ Matt Sweeney - “Beast For Thee” (Superwolf)
13. Jim O’Rourke - “Prelude to 110 or 220/Women of the World” (Eureka)
14. My Bloody Valentine - “Soon” (Loveless)

Everyone’s telling me I should be in a relationship and I probably should want to be in a relationship but I kinda really don’t want to and I think it’s laziness

Hey, I say you should ride the ‘single and not lonely’ wave as far as you possibly can.

01. Green Day – “Longview” (Dookie)
02. The Moldy Peaches – “Lucky Number Nine” (s/t)
03. David Bowie – “Golden Years” (Station To Station)
04. John Coltrane - “Acknowledgement” (A Love Supreme)
05. Abc – “The Look Of Love” (The Lexicon Of Love)
06. John Frusciante – “My Smile Is A Rifle” (Niandra Lades and Usually Just A T-Shirt)
07. Health – “Die Slow” (Get Color)
08. OMG – “Autre Ne Veut” (s/t)
09. Talking Heads – “I’m Not In Love” (More Songs About Buildings And Food)
10. Robyn – “Hang With Me (Acoustic)” (Body Talk Pt.1)

songs to tell me everything will be okay

I’ve been going through a lot lately and I’m with you, man. I hope this helps. I tried to think of songs that the mix request brought to mind but also songs that are good for cryin’.

01. Aphex Twin - “Lichen” (Selected Ambient Works Volume II)
02. Neil Young - “I Believe in You” (After the Gold Rush)
03. Antony & the Johnsons - “One Dove” (The Crying Light)
04. The National - “The Geese of Beverly Road” (Alligator)
05. Bjork - “Aurora” (Vespertine)
06. Tracy Chapman - “Fast Car” (Tracy Chapman)
07. Neko Case - “Star Witness” (Fox Confessor Brings the Flood)
08. R.E.M. - “Everybody Hurts” (Automatic For the People)
09. The Walkmen - “Red Moon” (You & Me)
10. Animal Collective - “I Think I Can” (Fall Be Kind EP)

Tiny Mix Tapes doesn’t appreciate Progressive Rock. Prove me wrong!

01. Supertramp - “Even in the Quietest Moments” (Even in the Quietest Moments)
02. Soft Machine - “As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still” (Volume Two)
03. Mashmakhan - “Gladwin” (Mashmakhan)
04. King Crimson - “I Talk to the Wind” (In the Court of the Crimson King)
05. The Nice - “Bonnie K” (The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack)
06. Captain Beefheart - “Autumn’s Child” (Safe as Milk)
07. Caravan - “Hello Hello” (If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You)
08. Pink Floyd - “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” (Ummagumma)
09. Gentle Giant - “Mister Class and Quality?” (Three Friends)
10. Henry Cow - “Nine Funerals of the Citizen King” (Leg End)

I’m 34 tomorrow but mentally I am 12.

01. Martina McBride - “This One’s for the Girls” (Martina)
02. Dar Williams - “Teen for God” (My Better Self)
03. Melissa Ferrick - “Welcome to My Life” (Valentine Heartache)
04. Ani Di Franco - “My IQ” (Puddle Dive)
05. Jason Michael Carrol - “Growing Up is Getting Old” (Growing Up is Getting Old)
06. Emily Jane White - “Time On Your Side” (Dark Undercoat)
07. Drew Blackard - “Just a Day in Your Life” (Just a Day in Your Life)
08. Vixy and Tony - “Thirteen” (Thirteen)
09. Escape Key - “The Girl That’s Never Been” (Shadowbeast)
10. Joanna Newsom - “Sprout and the Bean” (The Milk-Eyed Mender)
11. Kelly Flint - “Story In Your Eyes” (Drive All Night)
12. Joan Baez - “Forever Young” (From Every Stage (Live))

Bad songs from otherwise great albums that everybody puts up with

01. The Beatles - “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (Abbey Road)
02. Wilco - “Kamera” (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
03. Television - “Guiding Light” (Marquee Moon)
04. Talking Heads - “Listening Wind” (Remain in Light)
05. Pink Floyd - “Have A Cigar” (Wish You Were Here)
06. Neil Young - “Round and Round” (It Won’t Be Long)
07. My Bloody Valentine - “I Only Said” (Loveless)
08. Pavement - “Stop Breathing” (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
10. Joy Division - “Candidate” (Unknown Pleasures)

I Think You Might Be an Alien. But I still like you.

01. Jason Lytle - “Yours Truly, The Commuter” (Yours Truly, The Commuter)
02. Radiohead - “Subterranean Homesick Alien” (OK Computer)
03. Music Tapes - “Aliens” (1st Imaginary Symphony for Nomad)
04. Velvet Underground - “Some Kinda Love” (Velvet Underground)
05. Cass Mccombs - “So Damn Pure” (Dropping the Writ)
06. Pedro The Lion - “The Longer I Lay Here” (It’s Hard To Find A Friend)
07. Cap’n Jazz - “Ooh I Do Love You” - (Anthology)

Songs For My Hipster Friend Who Doesn’t Know She’s a Hipster

01. Animal Collective - ” ” (Entire Discography)
02. Grizzly Bear - ” ” (Entire Discography)
03. Arbitrary Band From The 1980’s - ” ” (Ironic Guilty Pleasure)
04. Your Friend’s Shitty Williamsburg Synth-Pop Side Project - “i promise; it is! better live.” (Bullshit)

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