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Hi, forum, one thing that I think can really distinguish a song from others is the use of lyrics and would like to know if there are any lyrics you really love from songs you like? I'll start off with two of mine.
1) From Billie Holiday's, 'All of Me',- 'You took the best so why not take the rest?' and
2) from Ray LaMontagne's, 'Roses and Cigarettes', -'Oh roses and cigarettes. Pillow case that remembers you. The scent of you still lingers on my fingertips. Till I think I might go insane. When will I see you again'
I look forward to hearing your answers!
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Well, I liked this from Evermore in 'Light Surrounding You':
Blue-eyed sun shine on me in the morning light

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Hi, Rainyday, I like that- very poetic! That's one to ponder the meaning of over a long afternoon :)
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The saddest line I ever heard was in Paul Siebel's Louise (Bonnie Raitt , Leo Kottke)..."Louise rode home on a mail train".
One of the funniest was Steve Goodman's "It'd take ten strong men a hundred years of running loose and wild, to live up to all the stories that you've spread"from his Don't Do Me Any Favors.

Probably my favorite overall is John Prine's chorus from Hello In There

You know that old trees just grow stronger,
Old rivers grow wilder everyday,
Old people just grow lonesome,
Waiting for someone to say
Hello in there, hello.

Hard to to keep a dry eye with that one...I perform the song a lot... i rarely finish it without breaking up...lol

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Hi, Bunny, I like that you went for a mixture of emotions and it was nice to see a funny one!
But wow the third one definitely is a teary-eyed-the relatability alone I think could make many a man cry.
Thanks so much for sharing :)
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bunnythesinger wrote: The saddest line I ever heard was in Paul Siebel's Louise (Bonnie Raitt , Leo Kottke)..."Louise rode home on a mail train".
One of the funniest was Steve Goodman's "It'd take ten strong men a hundred years of running loose and wild, to live up to all the stories that you've spread"from his Don't Do Me Any Favors.

Probably my favorite overall is John Prine's chorus from Hello In There

You know that old trees just grow stronger,
Old rivers grow wilder everyday,
Old people just grow lonesome,
Waiting for someone to say
Hello in there, hello.

Hard to to keep a dry eye with that one...I perform the song a lot... i rarely finish it without breaking up...lol
"Too bad it ended so ugly
Too bad she had to go that way
And the wind is blowing cold tonight.Good night Louise. Goodnight"
I like to think I do a pretty effective version of this song.
My favorite is actually from one of my songs:"I had to find me a Honky TonkWhere I wouldn't have to think about you".

Edit: The site is not letting me format this properly.

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Hi, Tekboy, nice to see you posting lyrics from original music! I love the phrase 'Honky Tonk' too! I think that has a universal translation!
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Tekboy, Louise is probably the most requested song that i do. I usually go to a guitar pull/ circle a couple of times a month and before the night is over, someone's asked me to do it. For me that one line...where she has ceased to be a person and has become cargo really puts it into perspective for me... by the way... i really like your honky tonk line. Bunny

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TBH, I’ve been more impressed by lines I’ve seen on forums than pretty much any individual line by any artist. Guessing it’s because we/us nobody’s are still striving to out do anything we’ve come across before.

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Another one I like is by Tim Minchin in 'Not Perfect'

This is my house
And I live in it
It's made of cracks
And photographs

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Coyote sitting in a coffee shop
Staring a hole in his scrambled eggs
He picks up my scent on his fingers
While he's watching the waitress' legs
--Joni Mitchell

and after it rains, there's a rainbow
And all of the colors are black
It's not that the colors aren't there
It's just imagination they lack
--Paul Simon

For twenty two years we've sung the word
Since nineteen thirty one
Amen! Amen!
Now the young folks want to praise Lord
With guitar, bass and drum.
Amen! Amen!
Marc Knopfler

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LongShadows wrote: Coyote sitting in a coffee shop
Staring a hole in his scrambled eggs
He picks up my scent on his fingers
While he's watching the waitress' legs
--Joni Mitchell

and after it rains, there's a rainbow
And all of the colors are black
It's not that the colors aren't there
It's just imagination they lack
--Paul Simon

For twenty two years we've sung the word
Since nineteen thirty one
Amen! Amen!
Now the young folks want to praise Lord
With guitar, bass and drum.
Amen! Amen!
Marc Knopfler

I recognize that Knopfler song. Baloney again

I'm a lyric reader.

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There are so many I love, it is hard to pick one or even two.

Two that have "that feel" for me are:

Turn The Page by Bob Seger.

The Sound of Silence (Simon and Garfunkel, a must listen is the version by Disturbed).

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Motorist Sketchbook wrote: LongShadows wrote: Coyote sitting in a coffee shop
Staring a hole in his scrambled eggs
He picks up my scent on his fingers
While he's watching the waitress' legs
--Joni Mitchell

and after it rains, there's a rainbow
And all of the colors are black
It's not that the colors aren't there
It's just imagination they lack
--Paul Simon

For twenty two years we've sung the word
Since nineteen thirty one
Amen! Amen!
Now the young folks want to praise Lord
With guitar, bass and drum.
Amen! Amen!
Marc Knopfler

I recognize that Knopfler song. Baloney again

I'm a lyric reader.

- Sketch

This song actually helps to prove my point about the reference to Psalm 23 in my new song Dirty Man.
Notice the reference in verse three. I also like the lyric in that verse about shoulders for pillows.

We don't eat in no white restaurants
We're eating in a car
Baloney again, baloney again
We don't sleep in no white hotel bed
We're sleeping in a car, baloney again
You don't strut around in these country towns
You best stay in the car
Look on ahead don't stare around
You best stay where you are
You're a long way from home, boy
Don't push your luck too far
Baloney again

Twenty-two years we've sung the word
Since nineteen thirty-one
Amen, I say amen
Now the young folk want to praise the Lord
With guitar, bass and drums, amen
Well I'll never get tired of Jesus
But it's been a heavy load
Carrying His precious love
Down a long dirt road
We're a long way from home
Just let's pay the man and go
Baloney again

The Lord is my sheperd
He leadeth me in pastures green
He gave us this day
Our daily bread and gasoline
Go under the willow
Park her up beside the stream
Shoulders for pillows
Lay down your head and dream
Shoulders for pillows
Lay down your head and dream


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Mark KnopflerBaloney Again lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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Green Earrings, Steely Dan

Cold, daring
No flies on me
Sorry, angel
I must take what I see

Green earrings
I remember
The rings of rare design
I remember
The look in your eyes
I don't mind

Greek medallion
Sparkles when you smile
Sorry, angel
I get hungry like a child

Green earrings
I remember
The rings of rare design
I remember
The look in your eyes
I don't mind

Songwriters: DONALD JAY FAGEN, WALTER CARL BECKER
© Universal Music Publishing Group

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Here's another one. And especially verse three.
With the post above, these represent two favorite albums for lyrics.
- The Royal Scam, Steely Dan
- On Every Street, Dire Straits


Iron Hand, Dire Straits

With all the clarity of dream
The sky so blue, the grass so green
The rank and file and the navy blue
The deep and strong, the straight and true

The blue line they got the given sign
The belts and boots march forward in time
The wood and leather the club and shield
Swept like a wave across the battlefield

Now with all the clarity of dream
The blood so red, the grass so green
The gleam of spur on chestnut flank
The cavalry did burst upon the ranks

Oh the iron will and iron hand
In England's green and pleasant land
No music for the shameful scene
That night they said it had even shocked the queen

Well alas we've seen it all before
Knights in armor, days of yore
The same old fears and the same old crimes
We haven't changed since ancient times

Songwriters: MARK KNOPFLER
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Motorist Sketchbook wrote:
LongShadows wrote: Coyote sitting in a coffee shop
Staring a hole in his scrambled eggs
He picks up my scent on his fingers
While he's watching the waitress' legs
--Joni Mitchell

and after it rains, there's a rainbow
And all of the colors are black
It's not that the colors aren't there
It's just imagination they lack
--Paul Simon

For twenty two years we've sung the word
Since nineteen thirty one
Amen! Amen!
Now the young folks want to praise Lord
With guitar, bass and drum.
Amen! Amen!
Marc Knopfler

I recognize that Knopfler song. Baloney again

I'm a lyric reader.

- Sketch


Correct, of course. I think Knopfler is an underrated genius. Mostly because his best work is on the deep tracks and songs most have never heard of. As great as the hits on Brothers in Arms were, I have rarely heard Ride Across the River or The Man's Too Strong on even satellite radio, and never on FM. Walk if Life, however, I hear every day on some designer med commercial. Kinda goofy and kinda catchy gets remembered and gets air time.

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LongShadows wrote: Correct, of course. I think Knopfler is an underrated genius. Mostly because his best work is on the deep tracks and songs most have never heard of. As great as the hits on Brothers in Arms were, I have rarely heard Ride Across the River or The Man's Too Strong on even satellite radio, and never on FM. Walk if Life, however, I hear every day on some designer med commercial. Kinda goofy and kinda catchy gets remembered and gets air time.
Agreed. There is a lot of great material there. Some six or eight albums worth. I lost count.
I used to own four or five of them. Golden Heart, Sailing to Philadelphia, The Rag Picker's, Dream, Shangi-la...

I love deep tracks like, A Quality Shoe, Postcards from Paraguay, Vic and Ray, Done with Bonaparte,
Rudiger, Junkie Doll, Speedway at Nazareth, and Sands of Nevada.

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Golly, I just realized that I neglected to mention Dave Carter

Got himself married at seventeen
She looked real pretty,
but she talked kind of mean
He thought they'd work things out
In the fullness of time
Twenty years later he's headed south
A close range victim of her
Sawed off mouth
He's leaving them salad days behind

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It’s hard to pick a favorite lyric but I’ll have to start with one of my favorite books as a kid, or in this case epic poems; i.e., Homer’s Odyssey. When Cream came out with Tales Of Brave Ulysses, I was hooked. Lyrics by Martin Sharp:

And the colors of the sea blind your eyes with trembling mermaids
And you touch the distant beaches with tales of brave Ulysses
How his naked ears were tortured by the sirens sweetly singing
For the sparkling waves are calling you to kiss their white laced lips

And you see a girl's brown body dancing through the turquoise
And her footprints make you follow where the sky loves the sea
And when your fingers find her, she drowns you in her body
Carving deep blue ripples in the tissues of your mind

Not to mention: tiny purple fishes run laughing through your fingers.

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I remember that one.
There were two albums that had a huge impact on me in that day.
Best of Cream and Led Zeppelin II.
So much of the Cream album was in that psychedelic blues vein.
Like this one.


White Room
Cream

In the white room with black curtains near the station
Black roof country, no gold pavements, tired starlings
Silver horses ran down moonbeams in your dark eyes
Dawnlight smiles on you leaving, my contentment

I'll wait in this place where the sun never shines
Wait in this place where the shadows run from themselves

You said no strings could secure you at the station
Platform ticket, restless diesels, goodbye windows
I walked into such a sad time at the station
As I walked out, felt my own need just beginning

I'll wait in the queue when the trains come back
Lie with you where the shadows run from themselves

At the party she was kindness in the hard crowd
Consolation for the old wound now forgotten
Yellow tigers crouched in jungles in her dark eyes
She's just dressing, goodbye windows, tired starlings

I'll sleep in this place with the lonely crowd
Lie in the dark where the shadows run from themselves

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Jack Bruce / Pete Brown
White Room lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc


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Yea Sketch, White Room is pretty trippy. It’s my next best Cream song. Or how about As You Said, where Jack Bruce’s voice melds with the instrumentation. I love it!

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cmaja wrote: Yea Sketch, White Room is pretty trippy. It’s my next best Cream song. Or how about As You Said, where Jack Bruce’s voice melds with the instrumentation. I love it!

Charles

Yup.

And then there's Strange Brew and SWLABR. (the album was loaded)
And my personal favorite, Badge, with George Harrison on second guitar. (through a Leslie)

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PS --- The Cream song, As You Said, reminds me of Alice in Chains guitarist,
Jerry Cantrell's solo album - Boggy Depot - Track 05. Breaks My Back ---
uses the same effect. Actually that whole album is good.
Pretty dark though. Listener beware.

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Yea, that’s an awesome song by Jerry. When I was in the USAF and stationed at McChord AFB, we lived just down the street from the Cantrell’s. My son used to hang out with him. He was a nice kid.

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cmaja wrote: Yea, that’s an awesome song by Jerry. When I was in the USAF and stationed at McChord AFB, we lived just down the street from the Cantrell’s. My son used to hang out with him. He was a nice kid.

Charles

"It's a small world - after all..."

So, at some point you made the connection that Jerry had become famous? 
Did your son stay in contact, or reconnect at some point?

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Yea, we monitored his career from the start. My son reconnected with Jerry when they were both in Germany some ten years ago or so.

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Hey guys, sorry it's been a little while since I've been active on the forum but I am so glad to see so many great lyrics people have posted!
Another one I love is 'Wake up Alone by Amy Winehouse', particularly the chorus:
He's fierce in my dreams, seizing my guts
He floats me with dread
Soaked in soul
He swims in my eyes by the bed
Pour myself over him
Moon spilling in
And I wake up alone

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I just found this section on here. One of my favourite lyricists is Keith Reid who wrote the words for Brit band Procol Harum..best known for 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' in 1967 but who were really an early prog-rock band. They released a whole load of excellent albums over the years and a line-up still exists in 2019.

Keith Reid's lyrics were bizzaar to say the least and sometimes quite dark. 'I'll blacken your Christmas - and p*** on your door' was one of his more dramatic lines(!!) - 'Still There'll Be More' was nonetheless a great song. Their song 'The Dead Man's Dream' is a spine chilling and gruesome caper! No wonder the band's frontman Gary Brooker later became a Christian!!

One of Keith Reid's most poetic/psychedelic lyrics featured on the band's follow-up single to their big hit. 'Homburg' was more of the same. Again, the music was borrowed in no small part from JS Bach, but the words are just wonderful:

Homburg

Your multilingual business friend
has packed her bags and fled
Leaving only ash-filled ashtrays
and the lipsticked unmade bed
The mirror on reflection
has climbed back upon the wall
for the floor she found descended
and the ceiling was too tall

Your trouser cuffs are dirty
and your shoes are laced up wrong
you'd better take off your homburg
'cos your overcoat is too long

The town clock in the market square
stands waiting for the hour
when its hands they both turn backwards
and on meeting will devour
both themselves and also any fool
who dares to tell the time
And the sun and moon will shatter
and the signposts cease to sign

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I'm familiar with A Whiter Shade of Pale of course, but I don't think I've listened to much else of Procol Harum. I'll have to do so now.

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RainyDayMan wrote:
I'm familiar with A Whiter Shade of Pale of course, but I don't think I've listened to much else of Procol Harum. I'll have to do so now.

Definitely worth a listen. Some of their stuff was a bit off the wall but there's some great songs too. I saw them live a few times. First time was late 69 or early 1970 supporting Jethro Tull ( I was 16, hell - I'm old!!). I remember it well..they were really rough that night, but I saw them several times later on and they were wonderful.

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Great lyric. Been revisiting Procol Harum recently, and obviously WSOP is manditory fare, but Im finding their other music really great these days. I was more of a blues guy/ southern rock guy in those days and didnt really appreciate a lot other music. Wore out a lot of Allman Brothers vinyl back then.

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bunnythesinger wrote:
Great lyric. Been revisiting Procol Harum recently, and obviously WSOP is manditory fare, but Im finding their other music really great these days. I was more of a blues guy/ southern rock guy in those days and didnt really appreciate a lot other music. Wore out a lot of Allman Brothers vinyl back then.

Bunny


Nothing wrong with blues/southern rock Bunny. I love it. I wasn't really into progressive rock all that much, but I made the exception for Procol Harum who I thought were a bit special. Guitarist Robin Trower cut his teeth in this band and went on to great things after he left.
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I always liked Kurt's lyrics. But especially Drain you, from Nirvana.

[Verse 1]
One baby to another says, "I'm lucky to have met you"
I don't care what you think unless it is about me
It is now my duty to completely drain you
I travel through a tube and end up in your infection

[Chorus]
Chew your meat for you
Pass it back and forth
In a passionate kiss
From my mouth to yours
I like you

[Verse 2]
With eyes so dilated, I've become your pupil
You taught me everything without a poison apple
The water is so yellow, I'm a healthy student
Indebted and so grateful, vacuum out the fluids

[Chorus]
Chew your meat for you
Pass it back and forth
In a passionate kiss
From my mouth to yours
I like you

[Bridge]
You, you, you
You, you, you

[Verse 1]
One baby to another says, "I'm lucky to have met you"
I don't care what you think unless it is about me
It is now my duty to completely drain you
I travel through a tube and end up in your infection

[Chorus]
Chew your meat for you
Pass it back and forth
In a passionate kiss
From my mouth to yours
Sloppy lips to lips
You're my vitamins
I like you

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Hi Lou! Hope you are well. Looks like a fun topic you've started. :) This line of Stevie Nicks' "Landslide" chokes me up...
"Time makes you bolder, even children get older. Now I'm gettn older too".

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Coyote sitting in a coffee shop
Staring a hole in his scrambled eggs


Okay now guy's, I was just perusing and saw this! Really, this is a song?.....sounds more like somebody did too much orange barrel or dropped too much window pane!:Cool_Man:

Sorry, didn't mean to hijack this but this just caught my eye and made me laugh!

:laugh

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Motorist Sketchbook wrote:
I remember that one.
There were two albums that had a huge impact on me in that day.
Best of Cream and Led Zeppelin II.
So much of the Cream album was in that psychedelic blues vein.
Like this one.


White Room
Cream

In the white room with black curtains near the station
Black roof country, no gold pavements, tired starlings
Silver horses ran down moonbeams in your dark eyes
Dawnlight smiles on you leaving, my contentment

I'll wait in this place where the sun never shines
Wait in this place where the shadows run from themselves

You said no strings could secure you at the station
Platform ticket, restless diesels, goodbye windows
I walked into such a sad time at the station
As I walked out, felt my own need just beginning

I'll wait in the queue when the trains come back
Lie with you where the shadows run from themselves

At the party she was kindness in the hard crowd
Consolation for the old wound now forgotten
Yellow tigers crouched in jungles in her dark eyes
She's just dressing, goodbye windows, tired starlings

I'll sleep in this place with the lonely crowd
Lie in the dark where the shadows run from themselves

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Jack Bruce / Pete Brown
White Room lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc


I wish I had a dollar for every time I played that one on stage! Great song!...and I did get to see Jack Bruce do that live.

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moptop wrote: Coyote sitting in a coffee shop
Staring a hole in his scrambled eggs


Okay now guy's, I was just perusing and saw this! Really, this is a song?.....sounds more like somebody did too much orange barrel or dropped too much window pane!:Cool_Man:

Sorry, didn't mean to hijack this but this just caught my eye and made me laugh!

:laugh

Oh, yes. Real song.

Coyote, Joni Mitchell

- Sketch

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Motorist Sketchbook wrote:
moptop wrote: Coyote sitting in a coffee shop
Staring a hole in his scrambled eggs


Okay now guy's, I was just perusing and saw this! Really, this is a song?.....sounds more like somebody did too much orange barrel or dropped too much window pane!:Cool_Man:

Sorry, didn't mean to hijack this but this just caught my eye and made me laugh!

:laugh

Oh, yes. Real song.

Coyote, Joni Mitchell

- Sketch


Awesome song. Used to be a YouTube vid of her playing Coyote at Gordon Lightfoot’s house. Amazing!

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In tribute to the Allman Brothers Band

"Never seen a woman who could look so good
And be so doggone mean"

Angeline from the Album Reach For The Sky

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Wow Chris, I've never heard of this group but the lyric are a really interesting contribution to the discussion- perhaps more people will delve into more experimental lyric writing?

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You know I've heard about people like me,
But I never made the connection.
They walk one road to set them free
And find they've gone the wrong direction.
But there's no need for turning back
'Cause all roads lead to where I stand.
And I believe I'll walk them all
No matter what I may have planned.

My most favorite lyrics! From Don McLean‘s Song Crossroads.
I still don‘t know how he knew me before I was even born!
But there are many others I can „vanish“ in. I guess that’s my talent (even if it’s not useful) I can vanish into songs... :?

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Yep, that's a great song! Classic.


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