What's your favorite lyric from a song?

Just curious what stays with people...
I recently found this one, on the subject of (ruefully) growing older. Transcribed as best as I can decipher:

I'd say that time is on a rude crusade
taking all that I'm annually owed
my ration of days
grows painfully shy
the rain
cannot turn the other way
one day
turns a skip into a sway

Oh, and by the way, Happy Birthday

from "Happy Birthday, Baby" by Elbow Bones and The Racketeers (AKA Kid Creole)

This lyric from Rainy Day Man, sung by Bonnie Raitt on her Streetlights album, is a great turn of a phrase and the way she sings it makes it delightful.

"Now simple pleasures they all evade you
Store-bought treasures none can save you"

As I pursue this hobby on the equipment purchasing side sometimes it is easy to forget that the simple pleasure of listening to music is the goal, not just buying better stuff.
"Before you slip into unconciousness, let me steal one more kiss, before you fade away...." The Doors "Crystal Ships'

"I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer...."

"If I ventured in the slipstream
Between the viaducts of your dream
Where immobile steel rims crack
And the ditch in the back roads stop
Could you find me?
Would you kiss-a my eyes?
To lay me down
In silence easy
To be born again"

Beginning of Astral Weeks. Van Morrison
They put a sign up in our town,
If you live it up, you won't live it down,
So she left monte Rio son,
Just like a bullet leaves a gun.

Tom Waits, hold on.
The Crystal Ship (singular) is a good song, but the lyric actually reads:
"Before you slip into unconciousness, I'd like to have another kiss."
"Before you fade away" isn't in there at all.
Good choice though.
You are probabaly right. However, my version sounds pretty good when I sing it in the shower channeling Jim Morrison as much as possible!
Let righteousness cover the earth, like the water covers the sea, yeah.

-- Revolution
"Did you ever have to make up your mind? You pick up on one and leave the other one behind It's not often easy and not often kind Did you ever have to make up your mind?"
A couple from the same song, Miriam - Norah Jones

That's such a pretty name
I'm gonna say it when
I make you cry

When you were having fun
In my big pretty house
Did you think twice

I know he said it's not your fault
But I don't believe that's true
I've punished him for being weak
Now I've saved the best for you

Oh Miriam
That's such a pretty name
And I'll keep sayin it
Until you die
"I always leave the bar room when is over. Not feelin any pain at closin time"

Merle Haggard. "Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down"
'You're the One for Me, Fatty'


'Girlfriend in a coma, I know I know - it's serious'

both by Morrissey.
just thought of a couple more:

'One Cup of Tea is Never Enough but two is One Too Many'


'I can’t go back to savoury… now'

both classics by John Shuttleworth
Morrissey has so many great lyrics, it would be hard to know where to start. "Bigmouth Strikes Again" is another of many.
I'm going to see him for the second time in Phoenix on Feb 10th. Looking forward to it.
Enjoy the gig Roxy54, hope Morrissey is well enough now.
I had the good fortune of growing up in Manchester and being in my late teen during the eighties heard them at the beginning.
ok one more for the road:

'Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking
When I said I'd like to smash every tooth
In your head.......... Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the Human race.'
Lyrics from "Stardust", written by Mitchell Parish. Song composed by Hoagy Carmichael. Favorite rendition sung by Nat King Cole:

And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that we're apart

You wander down the lane and far away
Leaving me a song that will not die
Love is now the stardust of yesterday
The music of the years gone by

Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely night dreaming of a song
The melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you
When our love was new
And each kiss an inspiration
But that was long ago
Now my consolation
Is in the stardust of a song

Beside a garden wall
When stars are bright
You are in my arms
The nightingale tells his fairy tale
A paradise where roses bloom
Though I dream in vain
In my heart it will remain
My stardust melody
The memory of love's refrain
Well, I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer--
the future's uncertain and the end is always near.

the doors, Roadhouse Blues
Sycophancy, solipsistic, Spider plays the fool to lure the fly...Them Crooked Vultures
" I love you in a place where there is no space or time"

Leon Russell from "A Song for You"
You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need.

Rolling Stones
The lyric for Golden Slumber is from a 17th cent. poem by Thomas Dekker
McCartney saw a song in his sister's songbook and made up his own version

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
Smiles awake you when you rise;
Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby,
Rock them, rock them, lullaby.
Care is heavy, therefore sleep you,
You are care, and care must keep you ;
Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby,
Rock them, rock them, lullaby.
"'My daddy was no jockey, but he taught me how to ride" Kansas City David Bromberg version
"You must be a millionaire's daughter
I can tell by the way you walk..."
Mississippi Fred McDowell
From "Good Night Irene" written by Leadbelly and covered by many including my favorite by Ry Cooder:

"Sometime I live in the country, sometime I live in town.
Sometimes I have a great notion to jump in the river and drown."
Beginning of Little Bird by Lisa Hannigan "Your heart sings like a kettle, your words boil away like steam"
I believe in life, and I believe in love,
But the world in which I live is tryin' to prove me wrong.
From Rush's "Subdivisions":

"Where some will sell their dreams for small desires
and lose the race to rats,
get caught in ticking traps,
and stop to dream of someplace
to relax their restless flight -
somewhere out of the memory
of lighted streets on quiet nights."

Wow. How true in contemporary America.
Tire tracks all across your back; I can see you had your fun.
Jimi Hendrix
Crosstown Traffic
"Heaven, heaven is a place, a place where nothing, nothing ever happens"

Heaven - Talking Heads
"When all the stars are falling down
Into the sea and on the ground,
And angry voices carry on the wind,
A beam of light will fill your head
And you'll remember what's been said
By all the good men this world's ever known.
Another man is what you'll see,
Who looks like you and looks like me,
And yet somehow he will not feel the same,
His life caught up in misery, he doesn't think like you and me,
'Cause he can't see what you and I can see."

Melancholy Man - Moody Blues
"wave upon wave of demented avengers march cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream, dream, dream..."
"And she was smiling like the sole survivor in a lifeboat"

"She said we rolled that Camaro, like a cowboy cigarette
out on the highway in a puddle of beer"

-John Hiatt
That gotta be: "Hippy, Hippy Shake" by the Swinging Blue Jeans which truly and accurately explains the meaning of life as we know it!
Baby, I think you made your move too soon. BB Check Youtube if you haven't heard it.