Memorable Lyrics

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  1. flux

    flux 594 & CU24

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    Great thread idea, I love seeing how just how deep our rabbit holes go.

    For me, nothing's more memorable than Ghost of a Chance, because its "our" song, and my sweetest means the world to me.
    (And if it weren't this Rush track, it'd be another... because, Peart. #2 would have to be Leonard Cohen.)

    Like a million little doorways
    All the choices we made
    All the stages we passed through
    All the roles we played
    For so many different directions
    Our separate paths might have turned
    With every door that we opened
    Every bridge that we burned
    Somehow we find each other
    Through all that masquerade
    Somehow we found each other
    Somehow we have stayed
    In a state of grace

    I don't believe in destiny
    Or the guiding hand of fate
    I don't believe in forever
    Or love as a mystical state
    I don't believe in the stars or the planets
    Or angels watching from above
    But I believe there's a ghost of a chance
    We can find someone to love
    And make it last
    And make it last


    Gets me right there every time the chorus resolves.^
     
  2. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenführer

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    You had me at
    One of my favourite lyricists ever.

    I can't really post some of the most hilarious lyrics ever, but I'll try to give enough information that you can look it up. It's by Momus, and it's called The P____ Song, and it's a bunch of puns, imagery, references and other things about a certain body part exclusive to males, and rhymes with "I wouldn't let a little thing like that come between us." XD

    My favourite lyrics of all time (it's about songwriting, for Pete's sake!), are the first two verses of Rob Dougan's "Drinking Song":

    I want to weave a musical spell
    That leaves you unwell
    and thinking of me everyday
    I want to play you a tune that leaves you marooned
    and troubled
    Each time I'm away

    I want to write a simple song that's so frequently sung
    That you call me to have the thing banned
    Who's sound so endears that whole nations cheer
    and sigh
    When you take my hand
     
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  3. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    A friend I play acoustic duo with, introduced me to this song. I love singing it and the chord progression is great too!
     
  4. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    When you hear Aisha in the background on that track, oh man!
     
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  5. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    Release
    Pearl Jam

    I see the world
    Feel the chill
    Which way to go
    Windowsill
    I see the words

    On a rocking horse of time
    I see the birds in the rain
    Oh dear dad
    Can you see me now
    I am myself

    Like you somehow
    I'll ride the wave
    Where it takes me
    I'll hold the pain
    Release me

    Oh dear dad
    Can you see me now
    I am myself
    Like you somehow

    I'll wait up in the dark
    For you to speak to me
    I'll open up
    Release me
    Release me
    Release me
    Release me

    One of my all time favorites...
     
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  6. goat-n-gitter

    goat-n-gitter Dismembered

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    From "Domino" by Masters of Reality:

    Well, I'm sh!t outta luck today man
    Now I'm callin' in my favors
    Seems that I can't chew on whipped cream
    Without me wakin' up some neighbor


    Not particularly profound, I just thought it was a good turn of phrase.
     
  7. dcm_guitar

    dcm_guitar New Member

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    This one has always stuck with me....especially the line "Just don't put me in a frame upon the mantle where memories turn dusty, old and gray".

    Twilight
    Over by the wildwood, hot summer night.
    We lay in the tall grass, til the mornin' light come shining

    If I had my way I'd never get the urge to roam.
    Sometimes to serve my country , Sometimes I stay at home.

    Just don't put me in the frame upon the mantel
    Where memories turn dusty old and grey.
    Don't leave me alone in the twilight.
    Twilight is the loneliest time of day .

    Never gave a second thought, never crossed my mind.
    What's right and what's not. I'm not the judgin' kind.
    I could take the darkness and the storms from the skies.
    But we all got certain trials burnin' up inside.
    Don't send me no distant salutations.
    Or silly souvenirs from far away.
    Don't leave me alone in the twilight.
    Twilight is the loneliest time a day.

    Don't put me in the frame upon the mantel.
    Where memories turn dusty old and grey.
    Don't leave me alone in the twilight.
    Twilight is the loneliest time a day.
     
  8. dcm_guitar

    dcm_guitar New Member

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    Oh one more.....My friend Dan Balog wrote this song years ago, and the story line of the lyrics has always stuck with me. I love how there's a really long and involved story with lots of depth captured in so few words:

    The Express
    She was a beautiful child
    Her daddy used to call her his miracle girl
    He used to say that one day she'd own the world

    But she always ran with the wrong crowd
    Billy came to town with his head shaved clean
    Something 'bout his leather jacket really turned her on

    [Chorus 1]
    You could hear the motorcycle long before it reached her street
    She was standing in her brand new summer dress
    She could hardly wait until she jumped on that machine
    If you're gonna go to Hell, may as well take the express

    They rode all night into the sunrise
    High on the horizon like a silver screen
    Through his coat she could feel the cold, steel .45

    Like a brand new drug she felt a rush when
    They held up the couple at the bank machine
    A pocket full of cash, they put it back in overdrive

    [Chorus 2]
    Even if she could, she wouldn't change a thing
    A former debutante, now her life's a mess
    Following along where destiny might lead
    If you're gonna go to Hell, may as well take the express

    [Bridge]
    The blue lights illuminated them
    Billy raced away
    It felt like it was a thousand miles an hour
    A south bound car quickly separated them
    Such a tragic day
    Where she came to rest, her Daddy lays a ring of flowers
     
  9. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    OK, call me sentimental...

    She’s a very special girl
    The kind of girl you want to know
    From her head down to her toenails
    Down to her feet!
    And she’ll wait for me at backstage with her girlfriends
    In a limousine.

    Going back in Chinatown
    Three’s not a crowd to her, she says
    Room 714 I’ll be waiting
    When I get there she’s got incense, wine and candles
    It’s such a freaky scene.

    The girl is pretty freaky
    The girl’s a super freak
    The kind of girl you read about
    In New Wave magazine

    — Rick James
     
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  10. mad monk

    mad monk New Member

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    Broken hearts and dirty windows,
    make life difficult to see
    That's why last night and this morning,
    always look the same to me.

    I hate reading old love letters,
    for they always bring me tears.
    I can't forgive the way they robbed me,
    of my sweetheart souvenirs.

    2nd verse of SOUVENIRS by John Prine
     
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  11. alantig

    alantig Sassyless pants

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    One line I always loved (and my wife used as a screen saver for a long time), from one of the best of all time.

    "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." - John Lennon
     
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  12. Tosca

    Tosca Death by a million mini-toggles...

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    It was nearly all summer, we sat on your roof
    Yeah, we smoked cigarettes and we stared at the moon
    I showed you stars you never could see
    It couldn't been that easy to forget about me

    Time meant nothing, anything seemed real
    Yeah, you kissed like fire and you made me feel
    Like every word you said was meant to be
    It couldn't been that easy to forget about me

    Baby, even the losers, get lucky sometimes
    Baby, even the losers, keep a little bit of pride, they get lucky sometimes

    Two cars park on the overpass, rocks hit the water like broken glass
    I shoulda' known right then it was too good to last
    God, it's such a drag when you’re livin’ in the past
     
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  13. Tosca

    Tosca Death by a million mini-toggles...

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    You've got a dangerous background
    And everything you've dreamed of
    Yeah you're the Dark Angel
    It don't show when you break up
    And I'm the one who oughta know
    I'm the one left in the dust
    Yeah I'm the broken hear ted fool
    Who was never quite enough
    I'm an insider, I been burned by the fire
    And I've had to live with some hard promises
    I've crawled through the briars
    I'm an insider
    It's a circle of deception
    It's a hall of strangers
    It's a cage without a key
    You can feel the danger
    And I'm the one who oughta know
    I'm the one you couldn't trust
    Yeah I'm the lonely silent one
    I'm the one left in the dust
    I'm an insider, I been burned by the fire
    And I've had to live with some hard promises
    I've crawled through the briars
    I'm an insider
    I'll bet you're his masterpiece
    I'll bet you're his self-control
    Yeah you'll become his legacy
    His quiet world of white and gold
    And I'm the one who ought to know
    I'm the one you left to rust
    Not one of your twisted friends
    I'm the one you couldn't love
    I'm an insider, I been burned by the fire
    And I've had to live with some hard promises
    I've crawled through the briars--I'm an insider
     
  14. Tosca

    Tosca Death by a million mini-toggles...

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    Well she was an American girl
    Raised on promises
    She couldn't help thinkin' that there
    Was a little more to life
    Somewhere else
    After all it was a great big world
    With lots of places to run to
    Yeah, an d if she had to die
    Tryin' she had one little promise
    She was gonna keep

    Oh yeah, all right
    Take it easy baby
    Make it last all night
    She was an American girl

    It was kind of cold that night
    She stood alone on her balcony
    She could the cars roll by
    Out on 441
    Like waves crashin' in the beach
    And for one desperate moment there
    He crept back in her memory
    God it's so painful
    Something that's so close
    And still so far out of reach
     
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  15. cubby61

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    RUSH is my favorite band and Neil Peart has written some insightful (and sometimes too deep for me) lyrics so it was hard to choose. I really like what flux posted above but since there is so much to chose from here are a couple of my favorites:

    Prime Mover - RUSH

    From the point of conception
    To the moment of truth
    At the point of surrender
    To the burden of proof
    From the point of ignition
    To the final drive
    The point of a journey Is not to arrive


    and

    Resist - RUSH

    I can learn to resist
    Anything but temptation
    I can learn to coexist
    With anything but pain

    I can learn to compromise
    Anything but my desires
    I can learn to get along
    With all the things I can't explain
     
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  16. TwelfthTangent

    TwelfthTangent Drop D Sonic Assault

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    I was going to say “Seventeen” by Winger, but it didn’t seem to fit the mood in this thread. :) So how about...

    “Round Here” by Counting Crows

    Step out the front door like a ghost
    Into the fog where no one notices
    The contrast of white on white.
    And in between the moon and you
    The angels get a better view
    Of the crumbling difference between wrong and right.
    I walk in the air between the rain
    Through myself and back again
    Where? I don't know
    Maria says she's dying
    Through the door I hear her crying
    Why? I don't know
    Round here we always stand up straight
    Round here something radiates
    Maria came from Nashville with a suitcase in her hand
    She said she'd like to meet a boy who looks like Elvis
    She walks along the edge of where the ocean meets the land
    Just like she's walking on a wire in the circus
    She parks her car outside of my house
    Takes her clothes off
    Says she's close to understanding Jesus
    She knows she's just a little misunderstood
    She has trouble acting normal when she's nervous
    Round here we're carving out our names
    Round here we all look the same
    Round here we talk just like lions
    But we sacrifice like lambs
    Round here she's slipping through my hands
    Sleeping children better run like the wind
    Out of the lightning dream
    Mama's little baby better get herself in
    Out of the lightning
    She says It's only in my head
    She says I know it's only in my head
    But the girl in car in the parking lot
    Says "Man you should try to take a shot
    Can't you see my walls are crumbling?"
    Then she looks up at the building
    And says she's thinking of jumping
    She says she's tired of life
    She must be tired of something
    Round here she's always on my mind
    Round here hey man got lots of time
    Round here we're never sent to bed early
    And nobody makes us wait
    Round here we stay up very, very, very, very late
     
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  17. IKnowALittle

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    There once was a man from Nantucket.
    ...

    I can't ascribe authourship to it.
    Let's just credit Mr. Iambic Pentameter.
    :)
     
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  18. drawshot

    drawshot Just one more...and that's it!

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    My dad tells me he heard this song on the radio, every time he headed out for a business trip...which was ALL THE TIME.

    20 years later, I seemed to find myself listening to this very same song, each time I deployed overseas...which was ALL THE TIME.

    Makes me blow snot bubbles, to this day.

    --------------
    My child arrived just the other day
    He came to the world in the usual way
    But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay
    He learned to walk while I was away
    And he was talking 'fore I knew it, and as he grew
    He'd say, I'm gonna be like you, dad
    You know I'm gonna be like you

    And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
    Little boy blue and the man in the moon
    When you coming home, dad?
    I don't know when
    But we'll get together then
    You know we'll have a good time then

    My son turned ten just the other day
    He said, thanks for the ball, dad, come on let's play
    Can you teach me to throw, I said, not today
    I got a lot to do, he said, that's okay
    And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed
    Said, I'm gonna be like him, yeah
    You know I'm gonna be like him

    And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
    Little boy blue and the man in the moon
    When you coming home, dad?
    I don't know when
    But we'll get together then
    You know we'll have a good time then

    Well, he came from college just the other day
    So much like a man I just had to say
    Son, I'm proud of you
    Can you sit for a while?
    He shook his head, and he said with a smile
    What I'd really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys
    See you later
    Can I have them please?

    And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
    Little boy blue and the man in the moon
    When you coming home, son?
    I don't know when
    But we'll get together then
    You know we'll have a good time then

    I've long since retired and my son's moved away
    I called him up just the other day
    I said, I'd like to see you if you don't mind
    He said, I'd love to, dad, if I could find the time
    You see, my new job's a hassle, and the kid's got the flu
    But it's sure nice talking to you, dad
    It's been sure nice talking to you
    And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me
    He'd grown up just like me
    My boy was just like me

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    Of note...this is the first real song I taught myself on acoustic, when I decided to start playing. Will always be the first one I play, whenever I pick up the guitar.
     
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  19. Dirty_Boogie

    Dirty_Boogie Still got the ol' tagger on it

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    Anything by Bob Marley. Very profound lyricist:

    Remember that:
    When the rain fall,
    It don't fall on one man's housetop.
     
  20. Shawn@PRS

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    Jason Isbell is one of the finest songwriters still in his prime IMHO.

    "If we were Vampires" written for his wife

    It's knowing that this can't go on forever
    It's likely one of us will have to spend some days alone
    Maybe we'll get forty years together
    But one day I'll be gone and one day you'll be gone


    Or "Life You Chose" written for an ex lover

    Are you living the life you chose?
    Are you living the life that chose you?
    Are you taking a grown-up dose?
    Do you live with a man who knows you
    like I thought I did back then
    But I guess I never did
     
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