OK OK What's your favorite lyric?
Since we're all naming bands and such, what is a lyric that made a shit?
Here's mine - the "Card Cheat" from the Clash
"He only wanted more time Away from the darkest door But his luck it gave in As the dawn light crept in And he lay on the floor
From the Hundred Year War to the Crimea With a lance and a musket and a Roman spear To all of the men who have stood with no fear In the service of the King
Before you met your fate be sure you Did not forsake your lover May not be around anymore
Brilliant! I wanna hear stuff I dont know...
'Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then'
Against the Wind - Bob Seger
"I said 'I'm so happy I could die.' She said, 'Drop dead!' and left with another guy." Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes - Elvis Costello
"Darkness at the break of noon/Shadows even the silver spoon/The handmade blade, the child’s balloon/Eclipses both the sun and moon/To understand you know too soon/There is no sense in trying"
"It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" --Bob Dylan
"Out on the road today I saw a deadhead sticker on a Cadillac A little voice inside my head said, "Don't look back. You can never look back." I thought I knew what love was, what did I know? Those days are gone forever I should just let them go but.." Don Henley
"Come here little boy, I'll put my pu$$y right on your face" John Cougar - Tonight from "Nuthin Matters and What If It Did"
This has to be the epitome of great lyrics...
Seriously though I love these lyrics sung by George Jones.
"He Stopprd Loving Her Today"
Written by R. V. Braddock and C. Putman, Jr.
He said I'll love you 'til I die She told him you'll forget in time As the years went slowly by She still preyed upon his mind
He kept her picture on his wall Went half crazy now and then He still loved her through it all Hoping she'd come back again
Kept some letters by his bed Dated 1962 He had underlined in red Every single I love you
I went to see him just today Oh but I didn't see no tears All dressed up to go away First time I'd seen him smile in years
(Chorus) He stopped loving her today They placed a wreath upon his door And soon they'll carry him away He stopped loving her today
(Spoken) You know she came to see him one last time Oh and we all wondered if she would And it kept running through my mind This time he's over her for good
a lot of people try to pick up girls, and they called ahole
but this never happened to - Pablo Picasso
the girls would turn the color of an avocado
when he would drive down their street in his El Dorado
well there are lot of good songs out there ...
Other than the entire song Beyond Belief by Elvis Costello, whose lyrics are burned into my brain, my favorite line is "But I believe in this, and it's been tested by research / that he who f--ks nuns will later join the church." - Death or Glory, The Clash.
I tried to pick a favorite lyric by the Kinks but there are too many good ones. I'll just suggest a few songs.
20th century man
"I'm a street-walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm"
Stooges "Search and Destroy"
- Little Richard
Top choice, Tsar. It says nothin' — but says everything!
My all time favorite :
When I was just a baby, My Mama told me, "Son, Always be a good boy, Don't ever play with guns," But I shot a man in Reno, Just to watch him die, When I hear that whistle blowin', I hang my head and cry.
i was going to say A WOP BOP A LOO BOP A LOP BOP BOP but that'd be a little cutesy, and i do like word content. i'll change my mind tomorrow, but today i like:
"we're the flowers in your dustbin/we're the poison in your human machine/we're the future/your future"
"Some balls are held for charity And some for fancy dress But when they're held for pleasure, They're the balls that I like best. And my balls are always bouncing, To the left and to the right. It's my belief that my big balls should be held every night."
Loveit. And for that matter Bon's version of 'The Jack' was so much cleverererer than Brian Johnsons.
I'm a fan of: "She walks like a rattlesnake made out of razor blades, she can't help it - it's just the way she's made" (Motorhead)
and "Bats in the belfry, if you know what I mean. Bats in the belfry, She's a psycho queen. You've got a lotta nerve, coming round my door. You've got a lotta nerve, Psychotic little whore. The heart from which you came was black, You took my soul I want it back." (Zombie Ghost Train)
I also love "Sleep Tight" by The Creepshow. The ultimate love song but too long to post all of it here.
+1 for Beyond Belief -- EC's best for sure.
Hard to pick one, obviously. Heavy contenders:
Time - Pink Floyd
Imagine - John Lennon
And for the sheer joy of it:
Be Bop A-Lu-La
David Bowie - Life On Mars
"When you punish a person for dreaming his dream, Don't expect him to thank or forgive you."
The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton by the Mountain Goats
"Lightning struck itself" Tom Verlaine, Marquee Moon
Really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree - Steve Miller. My father didn't like my music but laughed every time he that one. Good memories.
Every word on "A Day in the Life" by the Beatles
"I Wish Someone Would Care" by Irma Thomas
"Hellhound On My Trail" by Robert Johnson and anything Dylan said that I understood
I can hardly bear the sight of lipstick on the cigarettes there in the ashtray
Lyin' cold the way you left them, but at least your lips caressed them while you packed
Or the lip-print on a half-filled cup of coffee that you poured and didn't drink
But at least you thought you wanted it, that's so much more than I can say for me...
(Elvis Costello - A good year for the roses)
this is going back a few years. but I've always like the lyrics from a song by Stephen Stills and Manasas. "don't look at my shadow, it's behind me".