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19 Jul 2004 09:38 AM
    What do ye think deserves to be called the best song lyric ever and why? I reckon it's got to be the final lines in "Black" by Pearl Jam: "I know some day you'll have a beautiful life I know you'll be a star But why, why can't it be mine?" Powerful stuff, like
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    19 Jul 2004 09:45 AM
    This isn't exactly off the beaten track but I have to say I love a line in the Otis Reading song sitting on the dock of the bay: "sitting here resting my bones and this loneliness won't leave me alone"
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    19 Jul 2004 10:21 AM
    I have to echo that as I think that 'Sittin On The Dock Of A Bay' by Otis Reading is one of the best songs ever. Best lyric, hmmmm. Monty Python 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life': 'Life's a piece of s**t, when you look at it' Guy Clark 'Too Much': 'Too much money will make you lazy, too much whiskey will drive you crazy' John Lennon 'Working Class Hero': 'They hate if you're clever and they depise a fool'
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    19 Jul 2004 10:23 AM
    how aboutAir hostess I like the way you dress Though I hate to fly But I feel much better Occupied my mind Writing you a love letter I messed my pants When we flew over France Will I see you soon In my hotel room For a holiday romance? Air hostess I rest my case
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    19 Jul 2004 10:28 AM
    I'm not even going to ask how you know the lyrics to that "song"!! I'm going to presume you surfed the net for my own sanity and the sanity of those around me
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    19 Jul 2004 10:31 AM
    indeed i did, cut and copy im bad but not that bad how about: "I hurt myself today To see if I still feel I focus on the pain The only thing that's real The needle tears a hole The old familiar sting Try to kill it all away But I remember everything " I think the lyrics are some of the most sad and depressing but some of the most beautiful I love it
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    19 Jul 2004 10:35 AM
    What song is that and by whom?
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    19 Jul 2004 10:40 AM
    "Hurt" written by Trent Reznor and as made famous by Johnny Cash. Great song, but I think Mr Cashs own songwriting can easily rival if not better it, check out the apocalyptic yet optimistic language of "The Man Comes Around" from the same album. Of course it helps that much of it was lifted straight from the good book itself.
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    19 Jul 2004 10:56 AM
    yeah Johhny Cash is unbelievable, The way he sings "hurt" is unbeliveable. The video is just as good, so sad.watch it at http://www.markromanek.com/video/14.html I must admit though that i feel it doesnt matter how good the lyrics are or how wrote them, it is nothing until the song is sang. Johnny Cash should be given the most credit for the song, The Nne Inch Nails i think buthered a brilliant piece of writing, while Cash delievered the must heartfelt of singing (and acting in the video!
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    19 Jul 2004 11:07 AM
    sorry about the spelling
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    19 Jul 2004 12:41 PM
    "Lonely is the room the bed is made The open window lets the rain in Burning in the corner is the only one Who dreams he had you with him My body turns and yearns for a sleep That won't ever come It's never over, My kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder It's never over, all my riches for her smiles when I slept so soft against her... It's never over, All my blood for the sweetness of her laughter It's never over, she's the tear That hangs inside my soul forever Oh, but maybe I'm just too young to keep good love From going wrong"
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    19 Jul 2004 12:44 PM
    I've just realised that I mis-quoted those lines from "Black" It should be: "I know some day you'll have a beautiful life I know you'll be a star In somebody else's sky But why, why can't it be mine?" Apologies
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    19 Jul 2004 12:49 PM
    it shouldnt matter Pearl Jam are rubbish Eddie Vedder couldnt write his way out of a wet paper bag
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    19 Jul 2004 12:51 PM
    Many a great man has failed to write his way out of a wet paper bag. My great great grandfather died trying
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    19 Jul 2004 01:01 PM
    i heard about that he was a friend of my granny's who tried to catch a cold, she died of phneumonia
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    19 Jul 2004 02:32 PM
    Sorry, I'm a bit of a lyrics freak. I never felt magic crazy as this I never saw moons knew the meaning of the sea I never held emotion in the palm of my hand Or felt sweet breezes in the top of a tree But now you're here Brighten my northern sky. - Nick Drake Time will come when we know what happened here Change will come in time and make it clear We learn one thing if we learn at all In the secret wars we call our lives Anything can happen - Jackson Browne I stay unseen by the light I stay untold by the truth I'm sold by a lie By this I am able in all of my travels To make these memories quit But tonight I clearly recall every little bit - Patty Griffin Nick Cave's "The Mercy Seat:" http://www.nick-cave.net/rec.php?id=18#43 In my early years I hid my tears And passed my days alone Adrift on an ocean of loneliness My dreams like nets were thrown To catch the love that I'd heard of In books and films and songs Now there's a world of illusion and fantasy In the place where the real world belongs Still I look for the beauty in songs To fill my head and lead me on -Jackson Browne THE GIRL WHO LIVES ON HEAVEN HILL there's a girl who lives on heaven hill I go up to her cabin still she keeps a lantern lit for me and a bottle up on her mantelpiece she's the girl who lives on heaven hill she's got a big room and it's always a mess worn out shoes and a worn out dress a worn out smile that she'll wear some more and a worn out welcome mat by her door I'd trade big mountains and rooms full of gold for just one look at the beauty of this woman's soul up on heaven hill is where I wanna be that girl that bottle that mattress and me - Husker Du
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    19 Jul 2004 02:38 PM
    Sorry, just one more I have to add--these lines just kill me: Words long gone, lost on journeys we walked on Lost are voices heard along the way Sorry for never going by your door Never feeling love like that anymore - Sun Kil Moon
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    19 Jul 2004 04:15 PM
    anyone ever heard the version of queen' "one vision" where they had no lyrics so it was a shopping list that he sang? doesnt count but its funny , or metallica's version of sad but true without words, jim hetfield just goes, "hey, nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah nha nhanahahaahja./.." on the demo just like me when im langers in bruxelles of an evening!
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    20 Jul 2004 04:33 PM
    just thought of my serious nomination, from a pair of brown eyes by the pogues, just one line "You're the measure of my dreams" within the context of the tune and lifestyle of the writer, it is brilliant. Another one that pops into my head often is a line from Steve Earle's last song on his latest CD, talkin about his younger wilder days, when he was a street fightin man, shall we say "...my hands were thunder and my legs were stone" just like the way he puts it. Delivery is all important though, some lines need a rusted southern US accent, whilst only a few need a Tipp accent.;)
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    20 Jul 2004 10:24 PM
    Being a big Bruce Springsteen fan he wins most of my internal lyrics competitions - "well Papa go to bed now it's getting late, nothing we can say can change anything now" (Independence Day) "and my car's out back if you're ready to take that long walk from your front porch to my front seat - The door's open but the ride ain't free" and "show a little faith, there's magic in the night - You ain't a beauty, but hey you're alright" (Thunder Road) "seems you can't any more than half free" (Straight Time) "smokestacks reaching like the arms of God into a beautiful sky of soot and clay" and "once I made you rich enough, rich enough to forget my name" and "when I die I don't want no part of heaven, I would not do heavens work well, I pray the devil comes and takes me to stand in the fiery furnaces of hell" (Youngstown which is my all time favorite song ever!) And all the lyrics of "the ghost of tom joad", "downbound train", "you're missing" and most of his other songs. Bob Dylan - Ring them Bells - the entire song is just superb Townes Van Zandt - to live's to fly - Won't say I need you babe But, I'm gonna get you babe And I will not do you wrong Livin's mostly wastin' time I waste my share of mine But it never feels too good So let's don't take too long You're soft as glass And I'm a gentle man We got the sky to talk about And the world to lie upon. And Simon and Garfunkel who did a brill version of "keep the customer Satisfied" in the RDS on Saturday - "It's the same old story, yeah Everywhere I go I get slandered, libeled I hear words I never heard in the Bible And I'm one step ahead of the shoe shine Two steps away from the county line Just trying to keep my customers satisfied"
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