What's your favorite lyric from a song?


Just curious what stays with people...
arthursmuck
So I open the door to my enemies
And I ask could we wipe the slate clean
But they tell me to please go f**k myself
You know you just can't win

"Lost For Words"
Pink Floyd
dont fool yer self girl its goin right up yer poop shute/zappa,broken hearts are for assholes.
IMO, the best come from old blues tunes. Like this one...

...when I first saw you I thought you was the One,
but when I checked a little closer I found yo bread ain't quite done

Don't know right off-hand who wrote it but I've heard Albert King sing it a hundred times.
The Garden of Earthly Delights:
Poisonous gardens, lethal and sweet ,
Venomous blossoms
Choleric fruit, deadly to eat.

Violet nightshades, innocent bloom,
Omnivorous orchids,
Cautiously wait, hungrily loom.
You will find them in her eyes,
In her eyes, In her eyes.

Petrified willows, twisted and brown
Carrion swallows,
Wait in the wet darkening ground.

Withering shadows, quietly grow,
Potently breeding
Into a spectacular glow
You will find them in her eyes,
In her eyes, In her eyes.

Lemonous petals, dissident play,
Tasting of ergot
Dancing by night, dying by day.

Blackening mushrooms drink in the rain,
Sinister nightblooms
Wilt with the dawn's welcoming pain.
You will find them in her eyes,
In her eyes, In her eyes.

The United states Of America, 1968 Columbia Records
"I was kinda nervous when she bent down to tie the laces of my sho-o-oe. Tangled Up In Blue." Bob Dylan
My two favorites are:

Chuck Berry's
As I was motivatin' over the hill
I saw Maybelline in a Coupe de Ville
and

Smokey Robinson's
Oooh, Baby Baby
They say politics is a last refuge,
so many scoundrels claim.
Steal a little and they'll throw you in jail,
steal a lot and they'll make you a king.

Bob Dylan-1983

I stated my favorite earlier, but I really needed to add that. His voice goes through my head like a knife, but he has to be one of the finest poets/lyricists ever, bar none.
"do you want my blood? Do you want my tears? What do you want? What do want from me? if I promised you the answer would you go? Pink Floyd "what do you want"
"one man's fun is another's Hell" Metallica "sad but true"
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. From Won't Get Fooled Again, The Who.
Justice isn't blind, it just looks the other way...from the Boomtown Rats song "ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD"
"your the type of woman who feels right at home in hell, stick me with a pitch fork just to hear me yell, I'm talking to you woman and I'm serious as a heart attack, if you don't stop cheating on me, I'm going to turn those blue eyes black"

JOHNNY WINTERS
"I've got somethin' to give ya'
That the mailman can't deliver
I can't phone it in
I can't mail it in
I can't send it in
Even by my closest friend
I'm bringin' it to ya'
Personally, personally, personally, yeah yeah"

Written by P. Kelly. Best version by Karla Bonoff
"One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain." - Bob Marley, Trenchtown Rock

"One way or another, this darkness got to give."- The Grateful Dead, New Speedway Boogie

"It's been a month since I had a toke or a dime to make the call."- Little Feat, Cold, Cold, Cold
She was a spent piece of used jet trash, kept her mouth shut most of the time, made good bloody marys, and had a Chihuahua named 'Carlos' that was practically blind.

Tom Waits "Franks Wild Years"

The sun's going down like a big bald head. It's Sharkey's night. It's Sharkey's night tonight. And the manager said, Mr. Sharkey? He's not at his desk right now would you like to leave a message.

Laurie Anderson "Sharkey's Day"

Marco
"Living in a half-way-house on a one-way-street" - Ricky Lee Jones
"His mind is not for rent - to any God or Government" - Rush "Tom Sawyer"
"Waiting in our boats to set sail" - Blind Faith "Sea of Joy"
His wife was a spent piece of used jet trash, kept her mouth shut most of the time, made good bloody marys, and had a Chihuahua named 'Carlos' that was practically blind.

Tom Waits "Franks Wild Years"

The sun's going down like a big bald head. It's Sharkey's night. It's Sharkey's night tonight. And the manager said, Mr. Sharkey? He's not at his desk right now would you like to leave a message.

Laurie Anderson "Sharkey's Day"

Marco
My old man, you'll find him in the garbage can. If there's a bottle of gin there, he'll stay in there, my old man
Thedautch-
Great lyric, wrong writer. Jackson Browne wrote "These Days".
Eddie
What you own is your own kingdom
What you do is your own glory
What you love is your own power
What you live is your own story
In your head is the answer
Let it guide you along
Let your heart be the anchor
And the beat of your own song

You don't get something for nothing
You can't have freedom for free
You won't get wise
With the sleep still in your eyes
No matter what your dreams might be

Enjoy,

TIC
Sting...when you find your servent is your master, you'll be wrapped around my finger.
Savatage: 'I've wasted my time 'till time wasted me'.

David Lee Roth: 'I don't know where I'm goin' but I can't wait to get there'
'Now take the traveller and the tourist
the essential difference is
the traveller don't knows where he is goin'
and the tourist don't know where he is
Small world 'till they lose your luggage'

And finally, from Queensryche:
'I don't believe in love
I never have, I never will
I don't believe in love
It's neve worth the pain that you feel'.

But I'm a real happy guy :)
Please don't confront me with my failures/
I have not forgotten them.

--Paul Westerberg
From Ray Wylie Hubbard's The Messenger:
"Our fears are like dragons guarding our most precious treasures." (And he's quoting the French poet Relke)

From Guy Clark's The Cape:
"He's one of those that knows that life is just a leap of faith, so spread your arms, and hold your breath, and always trust your cape."

From Trout Fishing in America's (Ezra Idlet & Keith Grimwood)Eleven Easy Steps:
"No imagination's the only thing that can stop me."
I was a little too tall
CouldÂ’ve used a few pounds
Tight pants points hardly reknown
She was a black-haired beauty with big dark eyes
And points all her own sitting way up high
Way up firm and high

Bob Seger, Night Moves

I can still hear the guitar riff...

I just replied to a post here yesterday saying this was the first album I ever bought, what a classic.
shorter of breath- and one step closer to death.

No need to go on with that piece it speaks for itself. I am not a HUGE Floyd fan, but I do enjoy there glum/witty lyrics.


Artist: Mission U.k.
Album: Carved In Sand
Title: Into The Blue

...

Gasoline rainbows swimming in the puddles in the street
Whichever way the wind blows we've got the whole damn
World crawling at our feet
Laughing canyons and everglades
Candle flames and razor blades
Dancing through the poppy fields, hand in hand we cascade

Into the blue, only with you
Into the blue, only with you, into the blue

There's a singing dwarf on the streets of new york
There's a shuffling man with plastic on his head
There's a preacher woman crying in the traffic
Crying for the living crying for the dead
The waste of it all, the waste of it all
And there's more at stake than we could ever know
'cos when we're together we always fall
Into the blue, only with you
Into the blue, only with you, into the blue

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Artist: Mission U.k.
Album: Gods Own Medicine
Title: Love Me To Death


Let me come inside your ivory tower
Let me come inside your hallowed walls
God, it's heaven in here
Fix me with your hand of praise
Fix me with your touch of precious thrills
Your fingers dance across my skin
Reaching out for the pride of man

Hand in hand, flesh in flesh
We're walking through the fire of love
Breath by breath, and flame by flame
We burn 'til the sun rises and shines hot
Love come gushing, love runs free
My love comes all over you
My love comes for you

Love me to death, my flower
Run bare fur through my hair
Naked on my lips
Love me to death, my precious
Smother me in kisses
Drown me with your waves of falling sweetness

Hold me dear, bury me deep
Bless me with your word of savage honour

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Artist: Mission U.k.
Album: Neverland
Title: Swoon


I, more than adore you
Naked, standing before you
Hold out your arms
And open yourself wide
Hold me dear
Bury me deep inside
Feel, feel the glow
You make me swoon

I, wanna turn you on
Wanna take you high
Sleight of hand
Slip of the tongue
Sweet, how sweet you taste

And the heat
The heat you make
You make me swoon, you make me swoon

I, more than adore you
Naked, standing before you
Hush, baby hush
Rush, here comes the rush
You make me swoon, you make me swoon
You make me swoon, you make me swoon

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Artist: Mission U.k.
Album: Masque
Title: Ever May You Shine


Sone crazy holy roller trying to sell you jesus
Trying to sell you helter skelter
He sells you genocide, he sells you kingdom come
Now watch the little piggies run for shelter
Cease to exist, just come and say you love me

Welcome to the family, meet sadie and gypsy
They'll creepy crawly under your skin
And every time a bell tolls, and you've blood on your hands
An angel, an angel gets her wings
Cease to exist, just come and say you love me

And you had jesus until i came along
So come and join this freak show of mine
There's a place for you with use, a place for you in heaven
All that glitters is not gold, in heaven
Even you may shine

He preaches revelation, chapter and verse
And all dead swine grow up a sacred cow
Too many christ's and never enough crosses
Who shall we crucify now?
Cease to exist, just come and say you love me

Shine on

all words by Wayne Hussey

Thanks
too much more too list
To quote from only part of my favorite lyricist's song:

Then take me disappearin' through the smoke rings of my mind
Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves
The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.

Bob's still going strong.
And I think it's gonna be a long, long, time,
till touch down brings me round again to find
I'm not the man they think I am at home.
Oh no, no, no
I'm a rocket man
Rocket man, burning out his fuse up here alone.

Bernie Taupin/Elton John-1972

An absolute classic.
1. Paranoia Strikes Deep - Into Your Life It Will Creep - From For What It's Worth
2. I Am Not Dreaming - from Suite : Judy Blue Eyes
3. Breathe Deep the Gathering Gloom - from Nights In White Satin
I met her on Sunday twas my lucky bun day, that's what I said.

The thicker the waste band the deeper the quicksand or so I have read.

Need I go on?