What's your favorite lyric from a song?

Just curious what stays with people...
Sit by my side, come as close as the air,
Share in a memory of gray;
And wander in my words, dream about the pictures
That I play of changes.

Green leaves of summer turn red in the fall
To brown and to yellow they fade.
And then they have to die, trapped within
the circle time parade of changes.

Scenes of my young years were warm in my mind,
Visions of shadows that shine.
'Til one day I returned and found they were the
Victims of the vines of changes.

The world's spinning madly, it drifts in the dark
Swings through a hollow of haze,
A race around the stars, a journey through
The universe ablaze with changes.

Moments of magic will glow in the night
All fears of the forest are gone
But when the morning breaks they're swept away by
Golden drops of dawn, of changes.

Passions will part to a strange melody.
As fires will sometimes burn cold.
Like petals in the wind, we're puppets to the silver
strings of souls, of changes.

Your tears will be trembling, now we're somewhere else,
One last cup of wine we will pour
And I'll kiss you one more time, and leave you on
the rolling river shores of changes.

Phil Ochs
"Who the hell you calling crazy? You wouldn't know what crazy was if Charles Manson was eating Fruit Loops on your front porch..." from Suicidal Tendencies' song 'You Can't Bring Me Down' off of their 'Lights...Camera...Revolution!' album
Just saw this thread...

Have to agree with :

03-07-04: Woodman
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)

Also, from Sheryl Crow,
"If you'd like to reach me, leave me alone"
(And he's quoting the French poet Relke)

Rainer Maria Rilke was born in Prague and wrote in German. It is indeed a quote from Rilke, you got that part right. One of my favorite writers - his letters are quite beautiful.

I had one that was brought to mind just the other day; a line from an XTC song:

I ask myself should I put my finger to the left, no
I ask myself should I put my finger to the right, no
I say it really doesn't matter where I put my finger
Someone else will come along and move it
And it's always been the same
It's just a complicated game

Alice Cooper's "School's Out": "We cant even think of a word that rhymes!"--Mrmitch
"You walk down Alameda shuffling your deck of trick cards,
over everyone. Like some precious, only Son-
Face down, bowing to the champion."
--Elliott Smith, LP Either/Or
"And when my life is over, remember when we were together.
We were alone, and now I'm singing this song for you." --Leon Russell
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Can't keep my eyes from the circling skies, tongue-tied and twisted, just an earth-bound misfit, I. -Pink Floyd, Learning to Fly
Chocolate on my fingers, icing on my lips
Sugar diabetes and blubber on my hips
I keep the night light burning in the kitchen baby
So I can go downstairs and cruise
I got them oreo creme sandwich
Chocolate covered creme filled cookie blues

-Lonnie Mack 'Oreo Cookie Blues'
For lyrics, mine is bruce springsteen's "the river". There are clever lines throughout the song but this section is my favorite: "Now all them things that seemed so important, Well mister they vanished right into the air.
Now I just act like I dont remember, mary acts like she dont care. But I remember us riding in my brothers car
Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir. At night on them banks Id lie awake, And pull her close just to feel each breath she'd take. Now those memories come back to haunt me, they haunt me like a curse. Is a dream a lie if it dont come true, Or is it something worse...that sends me
Down to the river though I know the river is dry
Down to the river, my baby and i
Oh down to the river we ride..."
well its all the lyrics, however I think they are great!

To the town of dreams he has come to make his mark
Just a small, small fish in a pond that's full of sharks
Well, it's sink or swim and if you wanna grow
It's not what you do, it's just who you know
So he hangs around in the clubs when the skies grow dark

At a casual glance, well, he looks real sleek
Drives a foreign car 'cause that's L.A. chic
If you look real close, well, his sneakers leak
The L.A. Dreamer

Now he rents a place that is far from Beverly Hills
And it's work all day 'cause he has to pay the bills
Every night he's out down on Sunset Strip
Being seen around all those clubs so hip
Then it's up at eight, make it through on those magic pills

At a casual glance, well, he looks real sleek
Drives a foreign car 'cause that's L.A. chic
If you look real close, well, his sneakers leak
The L.A. Dreamer

Standing where he can be seen
Stand around for long enough and
Soon he's part of the machine
Of stars and bars the L.A. dreamer schemes

In a few short weeks he is seen at every place
Just by hanging out everybody knows his face
Oh, he comes on strong like he's real big deal
Buying drinks all around, can't afford no meals
Trying oh so hard to get a start in that L.A. race

At a casual glance, well, he looks real sleek
Drives a foreign car 'cause that's L.A. chic
If you look real close, well, his sneakers leak
The L.A. Dreamer

Artist: Charlie
Album: Lines
Song: L.A. dreamer

only found it on LP and both copys have plenty of rice crispies
..and it's too late to lose the weight you used to need to throw around.

You have to be trusted by the people that you lie to..

Pink Floyd; Dogs from Animals
"The secret to walkin' on water is knowin' where da rocks is."
--Bootsy Collins

"Hey lady, won't you be my dog
And I'll be your tree
And you can pee on me!"
--George Clinton/Funkadelic

In its entirety:
"Johnny's in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I'm on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in the trench coat
Badge out, laid off
Says he's got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off
Look out kid
It's somethin' you did
God knows when
But you're doin' it again
You better duck down the alley way
Lookin' for a new friend
The man in the coon-skin cap
In the big pen
Wants eleven dollar bills
You only got ten

Maggie comes fleet foot
Face full of black soot
Talkin' that the heat put
Plants in the bed but
The phone's tapped anyway
Maggie says that many say
They must bust in early May
Orders from the D. A.
Look out kid
Don't matter what you did
Walk on your tip toes
Don't try "No Doz"
Better stay away from those
That carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose
Watch the plain clothes
You don't need a weather man
To know which way the wind blows

Get sick, get well
Hang around a ink well
Ring bell, hard to tell
If anything is goin' to sell
Try hard, get barred
Get back, write braille
Get jailed, jump bail
Join the army, if you fail
Look out kid
You're gonna get hit
But users, cheaters
Six-time losers
Hang around the theaters
Girl by the whirlpool
Lookin' for a new fool
Don't follow leaders
Watch the parkin' meters

Ah get born, keep warm
Short pants, romance, learn to dance
Get dressed, get blessed
Try to be a success
Please her, please him, buy gifts
Don't steal, don't lift
Twenty years of schoolin'
And they put you on the day shift
Look out kid
They keep it all hid
Better jump down a manhole
Light yourself a candle
Don't wear sandals
Try to avoid the scandals
Don't wanna be a bum
You better chew gum
The pump don't work
'Cause the vandals took the handles"
--Bob Dylan, "Subterranean Homesick Blues"

And, in conclusion:

"So if you wanna burn yourself, remember that I love you.
If you wanna cut yourself, remember that I love you.
If you wanna kill yourself, remember that I love you.
Call me up before your dead. We can make some plans instead.
Send me an IM. I'll be your friend. . .

. . . They think we're disposable, while both my thumbs opposable,
spelled out on a double word and triple letter score

[we won't stop until somebody calls the cops
and even then we'll start again and just pretend that
nothing ever happened]

We're just dancing. We're just hugging.
Singing, screaming, kissing, tugging
on the sleeve of how it used to be"
--Kimya Dawson, "Loose Lips"
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"nobody loves a fat girl, she's just a truck on the highway of love"... I think from 'Hot Tuna'.
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Don't ask me 'bout the shape I'm in
I can't sing, I ain't pretty and my legs are thin.

Don't ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to.

Peter Green; Oh Well
too many "favorites" to list- what lyric that meanders around in my head today may be replaced by another tomorrow.
One comes to mind that reminds me of real life:
"ain't it funny how two people who suffer together have stronger connections than those who are most content..."
(Brownsville Girl; Dylan)
"Trying to shovel smoke with a pitchfork in the wind"

J. Lennon from "Old Dirt Road". Great tune.
“Frankly I could use a little face time in the service elevator...”
Steely Dan, “Everything Must Go.”
"How can all these people afford so many things?

When I was young, we wore what we had on"

Neil Young - Falling From Above
"Now there's no more Oak oppression for they passed a noble law. The trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and saw"

Rush-"The Trees"
"I like coconuts, you can break them open and they smell like ladies lying in the sun"...Widespread Panic

Greg Brown has written some great lyrics. Check out his prose from the song, Whatever it Was, from Slant 6 Mind. Here's a couple of lines from that tune in case you're too lazy to use the link or don't want to read the whole thing:

Like a guy in a bra it's the idea that counts, It's a picture of a picture of a whore holding a picture of a john.

An electronic head and feet of clay, gonna be a lotta roadkill on the Information Highway, Someone stole the video of the everfresh and lovely dawn.
"Seventy-six trombones led the big parade, with one-hundred and ten cornets right behind....." Come' on guys, we all love rock and roll, but let's please give some credit to Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. They were simply wonderful together !!
still you angle for your options
You argue for your case
You wouldn't know a burning bush
If it blew up In your face

John hiatt
2 more:

Grandpa pissed his pants again, he don't give a damn,
Brother Billy's got both guns drawn, ain't been right since Viet Nam.
"Play It All Night Long", Warren Zevon

Her lips were waiting, her eyes were sad,
The dreams of a lifetime, the year's gone bad.

"I Know I'm Not Wrong", Lindsey Buckingham
Lucid tenacles test 'n sleeved
'n joined 'n jointed jade pointed
Diamond back patterns
Neon meate dream of a octafish
Artifact on rose petals
'n flesh petals 'n pots
Fack 'n feast 'n tubes tubs bulbs
In jest incest injest injust in feast incest
'n specks 'n spreckled spreckled
Speckled speculation
Fedlocks waddlin' feast
Archaic faces frenzy
Ceramic fists artificial deceased
'n cists rancid buds burst
Dank drum 'n dung dust
Meate rose 'n hairs
meaty dream wet meate
Limp damp rows
Peeled 'n felt fields 'n belts
Impaled on 'n daeman
Mucus mules
Twat trot tra la tra la
Tra la tra la tra la
Whale bone fields 'n belts
Whale bone farmhouse
Cavorts girdled 'n latters uh lite
Cavorts girdled 'n latters uh lite
Uh dipped amidst
Squirmin' serum 'n semen 'n syrup 'n semen
'n serum
If I gave you everything that I owned
And asked for nothing in return
Would you do the same for me as I would for you
Or take me for a ride
And strip me of everything, including my pride
But spirit is something that no one destroys

Low Spark and High Heeled Boys
No joke, no joke, you get sick from that unspoken. Sure don't feel like love.
No joke, no joke, some chicken and a corn muffin -- yeah, well, that feels more like love.

Paul Simon
"Sure Don't Feel Like Love," from "Surprise," (2006).
In a previous career, I used to work for a billionaire. Some of my colleagues tried to "work" this relationship to their advantage (everything from doing personal favors to attending social events together to taking personal loans from the guy). Once he got you on that track, you were his indentured servant. So, I like this line from Kyle Davis:

"I don't want to be in service to the king, you only get to take one ride".

I also like another one from Lindsey Buckingham - presumably sung to his former "special lady", Stevie Nicks (whom he evidently doesn't like very much, anymore):

"Think of me when you don't come."

Gotta like that sentiment.

To express lonliness -

"There is no pain, you are receding.
A distant ships smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I cant hear what youre sayin.
When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse,
Out of the corner of my eye.
I turned to look but it was gone.
I cannot put my finger on it now.
The child is grown, the dream is gone.
I have become comfortably numb."

Wow, it sounds even more bleak reading it

To Express Joy -

"Daylight licked me into shape
I must have been asleep for days
And moving lips to breathe her name
I opened up my eyes
And found myself alone alone
Alone above a raging sea
That stole the only girl i loved
And drowned her deep inside of me

Soft and only
Lost and lonely
Just like heaven"

Can't believe that girl married me to this day

Just plain wonder at the world -

"And its something quite peculiar,
Something thats shimmering and white.
Leads you here despite your destination,
Under the milky way tonight
Under the milky way tonight"

Makes me think of the painting "Starry Night" by Van Gogh, and standing on that hill at night in Provence
"You tell that you've heard every sound there is..."

And Your Bird Can Sing, Beatles 1966
"I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news,
But she just smiled and turned away.
I went down to the sacred store
Where I�d heard the music years before,
But the man there said the music wouldn�t play.

And in the streets: the children screamed,
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed.
But not a word was spoken;
The church bells all were broken.
And the three men I admire most:
The father, son, and the holy ghost,
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died."

Don McClean - American Pie
"Hike up your skirt a little more
and show your world to me."

Dave Matthews Band