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« on: August 05, 2008, 12:00:10 AM »
What are some of you favorite lyrics?
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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2008, 11:44:05 AM »
Pick almost any Kimya Dawson song, and the lyrics stand alone as poetry. http://www.kimyadawson.com/

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THE BEER

the beer i had for breakfast was a bottle of mad dog
and my 20/20 vision was fifty percent off
you said punch-buggy red and punched me right in my left eye
i said don't you mean pediddle? and i lit his house on fire
he came home on acid i was holding his shotgun
i was dressed like tina turner in beyond thunder dome
he said don't shoot, i said i won't i love you you're my friend
i handed him my wig and shot myself in the head
then i stuffed a box of tissues in the hole in my skull
i got in my mazda and i drove to the mall
i got a big johnson shirt and some silicone tits
when i pulled out the tissues they were covered with shit
and the beer i had for breakfast was a box of cheap white wine
and the boom box on my shoulder was a box of clementines
i ate every single one without noticing the mold
you said you're gross my darling, i said no i'm rock and roll
even though i'd never ever been in a band
i got cool as black ice tattooed on my hand
and the christians gave me comic books as if i would be scared
of burning in hell well i was already there
and the beer i had for breakfast silver bullet in the brain
and the beer i had for lunch was a bottle of night train
and the beer i had for dinner was my crazy neighbor's pills
we had to sit down on skateboards jut to make it down the hill
then i peed my pants and you stole the groom's cigar
and some old man made me watch him masturbate locked in his car
when i got back to the apartment you were face down on the floor
you said don't go to bed yet let's go get a 64
and the beer i had had for breakfast was a pint of jim beam
and a fifth of peach schnapps and some warm sunny d
and you said bottoms up just as i bottomed out
i tried to scream fuck you but blood was pouring out my mouth
evan dando never planned on telling you the truth
and your leonardo i.d. card is your fountain of youth
you can be a teenager for your whole fucking life
just find some pretty sucker and make that bitch your wife
i guess by now you all know my friends danny broke his neck
he was driving home from sirens when he got into a wreck
first i cried for him and then i cried for me
haunted by the ghost of the girl i used to be
but the rocks with holes are warm in my hands
and i buried my toes in the hot hot sand
and the silver pink pony kisses me and says
you've come a long, long way and you deserve to be really happy

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12/26

one of her babies is rotting in the sun and the other one was found drowned in the ocean
her mom and dad are in their van crushed and bloated and her husband was thrown from his fishing boat
so please give me a break from all your complaining about who was mean to you and how your stepdad is a pain
- i care, i swear, but i just can't take it, not today
all i can think about are tsunamis and earthquakes

everything she's ever known is gone, gone, gone,
everyone she's ever loved is gone, gone, gone,
the only reason she's alive is she grabbed a palm frond, and held on
and held on

you can call me crazy but it seems to me we could have sent more than we spend in one day killing iraqis
to help the hundreds of thousands who are injured and diseased and hungry and homeless and without families
i'm appalled by our government's initial reaction and the fact that they asked for a verbal retraction
from the folks who called them stingy they're just covering their assets
well they think they're greedy god for wiping out the lower class

everything she's ever known is gone, gone, gone
everyone she's ever loved is gone, gone, gone
the only reason she's alive is she grabbed a palm frond, and held on
and held on

one of her babies is rotting in the sun and the other one was found drowned in the ocean
her mom and dad are in their van they're crushed and bloated and her husband was thrown from his fishing boat
we'd have 12/26 tattoed across our foreheads if something this atrocious happened on our coast instead
well a tragedy's a tragedy no matter where it happens close your eyes really tight and imagine
that everything you've ever known is gone and everything you've ever loved is gone
and the only reason you're alive is you were lucky and you were strong enough to hold on
while you watched your family die
while you watched your family die
while you watched your family die
while you watched your family die

everything she's ever known is gone, gone, gone
everyone she's ever loved is gone, gone, gone
the only reason she's alive is she grabbed a palm frond, and held on
and held on
"It's easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled." Mark Twain

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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2008, 07:12:00 PM »

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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2008, 12:53:12 AM »
One of my all time favorite lyricists is David Berman of the Silver Jews. He just has these ridiculously brilliant one liners. Unfortunately I can't think of too many at the moment.. here's a few:
"Windex tears flowed down the robot's face/he'd never felt a lover's embrace.."
"In 27 years I drunk fifty thousand beers, and they just wash against me, like the sea into a pier."
"Why can't monsters get along with other monsters? Sois disentre"
"How can I love you if you don't lie down?"
".. but before I go I gotta ask you dear about that tan line on your ring finger.. no one should have two lives..."

Looking at them they probably sound kinda stupid individually, but there isn't too much more context in the songs, I just love them all.

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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2008, 03:35:30 AM »
One of my all time favorite lyricists is David Berman of the Silver Jews. He just has these ridiculously brilliant one liners. Unfortunately I can't think of too many at the moment.. here's a few:
"Windex tears flowed down the robot's face/he'd never felt a lover's embrace.."
"In 27 years I drunk fifty thousand beers, and they just wash against me, like the sea into a pier."
"Why can't monsters get along with other monsters? Sois disentre"
"How can I love you if you don't lie down?"
".. but before I go I gotta ask you dear about that tan line on your ring finger.. no one should have two lives..."

Looking at them they probably sound kinda stupid individually, but there isn't too much more context in the songs, I just love them all.
I fucking love David Berman. "Candy Jail," about his friend who committed suicide, gives me the chills every time:

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Pain works on a sliding scale
So does pleasure in a candy jail
True love doesn't come around any more than fate allows on a Monday in Ft. Lauderdale
I came all this way to see your grave
To see your life as written paraphrased
I have tried be it is written in the furnace of affliction
This is what you couldn’t face

Life in a candy jail
Peppermint bars
Peanut brittle bunk beds and marshmallow walls
Where the guards are gracious
And the grounds are grand
And the warden keeps the data on your favorite brands

Jelly beans and cookie dough
Country restroom on a radio
I got a number on my name
It’s hard to rise above the shame
I’m a branded man made in the mold

These terms engulf the waking mind.
Like cherry, grape and lemon-lime
Like candy corn and licorice
Like bubble gum and Swedish fish
It happens to me all the time

Living in a candy jail
With peppermint bars
Peanut brittle bunk beds
And marshmallow walls

Where the guards are gracious
And the grounds are grand
And the warden really listens
And he understands



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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2008, 01:09:46 AM »
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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2008, 08:21:26 AM »
DOG DON'T BITCH

Lost my job,
but I still find money to buy my beer.
She comes in every day from work
and all I hear... (yeah)
is this and that about how I'm fat,
with no job and "We ain't rich."
That's why I like drinkin' with my dog
'cause my dog don't bitch.

'Cause drinkin' with a K-9
is like drinkin with your best friend.
You drink a half of your beer
and pour half in his bowl
and then you do it all over again.
Well, he might mess on the carpet
but hell, I'd take that twice
Over a big mouth woman
all up in my face
tryin' to tell me how to live my life.

On the couch
is where this man is gonna stay.
Ya see, my dog bought a 24-pack
gonna drink all day...(yeah)
Discuss the finer points
of honky-tonk joints,
and why we ain't gettin' hitched
That's why I like drinkin' with my dog
'cause my dog don't bitch.

'Cause drinkin' with my K-9
is like drinkin with your best friend.
You drink a half of your beer
and pour half in his bowl
and then you do it all over again.
Well, he might mess on the carpet
but hell, I'd take that twice
Over a big mouth woman
all up in my face
tryin' to tell me how to live my life.

My old lady says
it's time for me to choose
between my dog and her,
ya know someone's got to lose...(yeah)
She wants a lovin' husband,
she's got that wedding itch.
But I love that dog
and I never did love that bitch.

So now I'm drinkin' with a K-9.
He's my only friend.
We got a bottle of Jack.
I'll just pat him on the back,
and we'll do it all over again.
Well, he might mess on the carpet
but hell, I'd take that twice
Over a big mouth woman
all up in my face
tryin' to tell me how to live my life.

Yeah, he might mess on the carpet
but hell, I might mess too...

But I'll be dammned
if I'm gonna let a woman tell me
and my dog
just what to do....

(One Two Three Four!)

"Come here boy!"

(whistle)

"Good dog"
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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2008, 12:46:27 PM »
Johnathan Coulton

Skullcrusher Mountain (Thanks Danny)

"I made this half monkey half pony monster to please you. But I get the feeling that you don't like it. What's with all the screaming? You like monkeys. You like ponies. Maybe you don't like monsters so much. Maybe I used too many monkeys. It's it enough to know I ruined a pony making a gift for you?"

Pretty and freaking hilarious.
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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2008, 04:44:59 PM »
I went to a Springsteen concert a few years ago where he sang this then unreleased song acoustically. It is about a strip club at Christmas time. It's not like many other songs the man has done...

Hey, Santa gets a blow job...



It was christmas eve, I was standin in the parking lot
Of fabulous girls, nude - nude - nude
In the car next to me there was a young lady givin a blow-job
To a man in a santa claus suit
His beard was crooked, his hat askew
Embarrassed, I turned to go
When from the back seat of that mazda I heard somebody shout oh baby, dont
Stop

And a merry ho-ho-ho

When I walked inside, I ordered a beer and a double shot of whisk
And in three minutes I had fallen in love
The dj announced ladies and gentlemen, from forth worth, texas: lady godiva
And I sat and worshipped neath the angel above
At the end of her set she brushed her hair
Came and sat on the stool to my right
And said will you buy me a drink?
My heart beats fast, my trousers grew tight
And wittily I replied uhhh....

She showed me a picture of her kid
Said during the day shes an art student
She dances six nights a week for slobs and idiots like this
Of course, present company excluded.

On donner, on dancer, on comet, on blitzen
Im lost in the valley of the supervixens
Worshippin at the feet of the goddess above
Im a pilgrim in the temple of love, ma, just a pilgrim in the temple
Of love

Well then santa came stumblin in, and somebody shouted
Hey santa, wheres your elves?
He sat down on the stool to my left
And the bartender took a vodka bottle of the shelf
He asked if mrs. claus had called
To tell her he worked on the late shift at the mall
And he was sorry, but he just got through
I turned and I asked him:
Hows the kid this year, santa?
Beneath his breath he whispered a merry fuck you

Well then the owner come over and he was a short gfat ugly guy
With a funny kind of pushed-in face
He shook my hand and said it was the first time
Theyd ever had a real superstar in this place
Lady godiva bought me a few drinks
And words came out of my mouth
What they were, I couldnt guess
But it was something about showgirls, lapdancing, motley crue
You can guess the rest

Well I walked outside, snow was falling
I had some toys to put together - it was christmas time
Santa followed me into the parking lot
And threw up on the hood of the car next to mine
I gave him my handkerchief, pulled out onto the highway
And as I sat at the light
I swear I saw a sleigh with a dozen of reindeers
Pull up out of the parking lot and cut across the mall
And a voice shouted merry christmas to all you assholes
And to all a good fucking night!
I'm a Pareidoliaologist.

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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2008, 03:38:48 PM »
Radiohead  - No Surprises

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A heart that's full up like a landfill,
a job that slowly kills you,
bruises that won't heal.
You look so tired-unhappy,
bring down the government,
they don't, they don't speak for us.
I'll take a quiet life,
a handshake of carbon monoxide,

with no alarms and no surprises,
no alarms and no surprises,
no alarms and no surprises,
Silent silence.

This is my final fit,
my final bellyache,

with no alarms and no surprises,
no alarms and no surprises,
no alarms and no surprises please.

Such a pretty house
and such a pretty garden.

No alarms and no surprises,
no alarms and no surprises,
no alarms and no surprises please.

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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2008, 04:10:40 PM »
It's odd I hate Country for the most part but I love:

The devil went down to Georgia, he was looking for a soul to steal.
He was in a bind 'cos he was way behind: he was willin' to make a deal.
When he came across this young man sawin' on a fiddle and playin' it hot.
And the devil jumped upon a hickory stump and said: "Boy let me tell you what:
"I bet you didn't know it, but I'm a fiddle player too.
"And if you'd care to take a dare, I'll make a bet with you.
"Now you play a pretty good fiddle, boy, but give the devil his due:
"I bet a fiddle of gold against your soul, 'cos I think I'm better than you."
The boy said: "My name's Johnny and it might be a sin,
"But I'll take your bet, your gonna regret, 'cos I'm the best that's ever been."

Johnny you rosin up your bow and play your fiddle hard.
'Cos hells broke loose in Georgia and the devil deals it hard.
And if you win you get this shiny fiddle made of gold.
But if you lose, the devil gets your soul.

The devil opened up his case and he said: "I'll start this show."
And fire flew from his fingertips as he resined up his bow.
And he pulled the bow across his strings and it made an evil hiss.
Then a band of demons joined in and it sounded something like this.
When the devil finished, Johnny said: "Well you're pretty good ol' son.
"But if you'll sit down in that chair, right there, and let me show you how its done."

Fire on the moun, run boys, run.
The devil's in the house of the risin' sun.
Chicken in the bread pin, pickin' out dough.
"Granny, does your dog bite?"
"No, child, no."

The devil bowed his head because he knew that he'd been beat.
He laid that golden fiddle on the ground at Johnny's feet.
Johnny said: "Devil just come on back if you ever want to try again.
"I told you once, you son of a bitch, I'm the best that's ever been."

And he played fire on the mount, run boys, run.
The devil's in the house of the risin' sun.
Chicken in the bread pin pickin' out dough.
"Granny, does your dog bite?"
"No, child, no."
People are so used to criticizing religion in whispers, that a normal voice, sounds like a shout.

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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2008, 09:14:03 PM »
There's a line in Of Montreal's 'The Party's Crashing Us' that makes me laugh out loud every time I hear it...

"Well we made love like a pair of black wizards"

I think it's a wonderful non-sensical image.

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« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2008, 10:15:32 PM »
"With God On Our Side"

Oh my name it is nothin'
My age it means less
The country I come from
Is called the Midwest
I's taught and brought up there
The laws to abide
And the land that I live in
Has God on its side.

Oh the history books tell it
They tell it so well
The cavalries charged
The Indians fell
The cavalries charged
The Indians died
Oh the country was young
With God on its side.

The Spanish-American
War had its day
And the Civil War too
Was soon laid away
And the names of the heroes
I's made to memorize
With guns on their hands
And God on their side.

The First World War, boys
It came and it went
The reason for fighting
I never did get
But I learned to accept it
Accept it with pride
For you don't count the dead
When God's on your side.

When the Second World War
Came to an end
We forgave the Germans
And then we were friends
Though they murdered six million
In the ovens they fried
The Germans now too
Have God on their side.

I've learned to hate Russians
All through my whole life
If another war comes
It's them we must fight
To hate them and fear them
To run and to hide
And accept it all bravely
With God on my side.

But now we got weapons
Of the chemical dust
If fire them we're forced to
Then fire them we must
One push of the button
And a shot the world wide
And you never ask questions
When God's on your side.

In a many dark hour
I've been thinkin' about this
That Jesus Christ
Was betrayed by a kiss
But I can't think for you
You'll have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot
Had God on his side.

So now as I'm leavin'
I'm weary as Hell
The confusion I'm feelin'
Ain't no tongue can tell
The words fill my head
And fall to the floor
If God's on our side
He'll stop the next war.
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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2008, 07:22:38 AM »
@ seaotter: w00t!!
@ davidsverse:  that's not country, that's actual music.
@ johnny red: OMG <3 <3 <3  i c ur no surprises and raise you

Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Rows of houses all bearing down on me
I can feel their blue hands touching me
All these things into position
All these things we'll one day swallow whole
And fade out again and fade out

This machine will not communicate
These thoughts and the strain I am under
Be a world child, form a circle
Before we all go under
And fade out again and fade out again

Cracked eggs, dead birds
Scream as they fight for life
I can feel death, can see it's beady eyes
All these things into position
All these things we'll one day swallow whole
And fade out again and fade out again

Immerse your soul in love
Immerse your soul in love.


also:
Fake Plastic Trees

A green plastic watering can
For a fake chinese rubber plant
In the fake plastic earth

That she bought from a rubber man
In a town full of rubber plans
To get rid of itself

It wears her out, it wears her out
It wears her out, it wears her out

She lives with a broken man
A cracked polystyrene man
Who just crumbles and burns

He used to do surgery
On girls in the eighties
But gravity always wins

And it wears him out, it wears him out
It wears him out, it wears him out

She looks like the real thing
She tastes like the real thing
My fake plastic love

But I can't help the feeling
I could blow through the ceiling
If I just turn and run

And it wears me out, it wears me out
It wears me out, it wears me out

And if I could be who you wanted
If I could be who you wanted
All the time, all the time

o, and....

Knives Out


I want you to know
He's not coming back
Look into my eyes
I'm not coming back

So knives out
Catch the mouse
Don't look down
Shove it in your mouth

If you'd been a dog
They would have drowned you at birth

Look into my eyes
It's the only way you'll know I'm telling the truth

So knives out
Cook him up
Squash his head
Put him in the pot

I want you to know
He's not coming back
He's bloated and frozen
Still there's no point in letting it go to waste

So knives out
Catch the mouse
Squash his head
Put him in the pot

(i am such a whore for radiohead  ;D)
I am become destroyer of biology.

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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2008, 01:40:01 AM »
One of my all time favorite lyricists is David Berman of the Silver Jews. He just has these ridiculously brilliant one liners. Unfortunately I can't think of too many at the moment.. here's a few:
"Windex tears flowed down the robot's face/he'd never felt a lover's embrace.."
"In 27 years I drunk fifty thousand beers, and they just wash against me, like the sea into a pier."
"Why can't monsters get along with other monsters? Sois disentre"
"How can I love you if you don't lie down?"
".. but before I go I gotta ask you dear about that tan line on your ring finger.. no one should have two lives..."

Looking at them they probably sound kinda stupid individually, but there isn't too much more context in the songs, I just love them all.

Good call.  My favorite of his is "My Pillow is the Threshold."  So haunting...

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I take decaf coffee
Two sugars and one cream
I don't see the use in staying up
Just to watch tv

I unplug all the neon
Turn the ringer off the phone
Throw my thoughts like tomahawks
Into this world which I disown

Because the pillow that i dream on
Is the threshold of a kingdom
Is the threshold of a world
Where I'm with you

Its a dark and snowy secret
And it has to do with heaven
And what looks like sleep
Is really hot pursuit

I hold your picture in my mind
It makes me warm when I'm cold
It gets me up, it makes me walk
It makes me question what I'm told

Somewhere in a foggy atlas
Lookout mountain, lookout sea
First life takes time, then time takes life
Now the next move's up to me

Because the pillow that I dream on
Leads to some fantastic glory
It's a threshold of a world
I can't ignore

Like thine unspooled from heaven
Did you find me sleeping in your doorway
Now I'm here for good
I won't leave you anymore