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Offline ExSpiritual

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Best lyrics?
« on: March 26, 2009, 07:37:37 PM »
What are your favorite lyrics?

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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2009, 10:03:13 PM »

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Money can't buy back all your youth when you're old,
a friend when you're lonely, or a peace to your soul.
The wealthiest person is a pauper at times
compared to the man with a satisfied mind.

Porter Wagoner, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Jeff Buckley sung 'em.
I like Buckley's version.
"Satisfied Mind"
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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2009, 11:04:41 PM »
A few  Elvis Costello gems:

"Now that your picture's in the paper being rhythmically admired..."

"He's got all the things you need and some that you will never
But you make him sound like frozen food; his love will last forever"

"Charged with insults and flattery
Her body moves with malice
Do you have to be so cruel to be callous?"

"Well I hope you live long now, I pray the lord your soul to keep
I think Ill be going before we fold our arms and start to weep
I never thought for a moment that human life could be so cheap
cos when they finally put you in the ground
Theyll stand there laughing and tramp the dirt down"

"You either shut up or get cut up;
They dont wanna hear about it.
Its only inches on the reel-to-reel.
And the radio is in the hands of such a lot of fools
Tryin to anaesthetise the way that you feel"

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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2009, 11:17:46 PM »
Sorry for the block of text but I had to post this.

It's from Portal and called The Kingdom.  It's about religion and the evolution of organisms and memes(I think). 

It might be time to let this go, we're a long way from the ground below Embracing greed, excesses, bickerings, while we speak of so much grander things While cheating life we’ll cease to grow, while leaching death we’ll never know It’s but latent gains unrealized, that separate our simple lives It takes much more than words to say that I’m out of place It's inborn, it's innate, it's instinct, it's in line with the way We desire, procreate, self-suffice, and decay So accept, nay embrace, we'll adapt to be saved Can't deny we've a place in The Kingdom It might be time now, push to shove, we're a long way from the gates above While the soul regresses, flickering, every blade evolves and bourgeons wings We can elevate our feeble minds, but we're only more if we act in kind We revert to primal urges, ape animals caged It's inborn, it's innate, it's instinct, it's in line with the way We desire, procreate, self-suffice, and decay So accept, and embrace, we'll adapt to be saved Can't deny we've a place in The Kingdom It’s inborn, it’s inbred, it’s instinct, it’s innate It’s in line, it’s in-keeping, it’s how we relate, We belong, we behave, we began, we became... Remember the days of yore when peace would rule Remember the nights when love rang true Can you recall when understanding fueled … our lives I certainly can't, and nor can you If it breaks like waves on the shore If it strains like all forms before If it fails like all ‘neath the sun Then the beast is foul and nothing more My - how like the sheep we move, and the wolves who torture them for days Hold - hold on to this childish ruse, and the twain will never change their ways Lo, my how like the sheep we move, and the wolves who torture them for days Hold - hold on to this childish muse, and the twain will never change their ways Lo, my how like ourselves they move, and the wolves who torture them for days Hold - hold on to this childish ruse, and the two will never change their ways It's our nature, it unfastens We breed quarries and assassins We're the hunters and the preyed on We're the windfalls and the burdens That's just nature, it unfastens It breeds quarries and assassins There are haunters, and the preyed on Some are windfalls and some burdens When the blood clots eternally When motive one subsides When we rise above I’ll say you’re so right!! When the queer consoles us When reason feeds our lives Show me signs and I'll believe you Though fate's below us, they will know us Truth will show us through… here It might be time to let this go, we're a long way from the ground below Releasing greed, excesses, bickerings, may be our only path to grander things While cheating life we’ll never grow, while leaching death we’ll never know It takes much more than words to say – that I’m out of place here 

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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2009, 04:12:08 PM »
How about anything from Leonard Cohen?

here's a random sample:
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Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she's half crazy
But that's why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her
That you have no love to give her
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer
That you've always been her lover
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For you've touched her perfect body with your mind.
And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said "All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them"
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you'll trust him
For he's touched your perfect body with his mind.

Now Suzanne takes your hand
And she leads you to the river
She is wearing rags and feathers
From Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey
On our lady of the harbour
And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that you can trust her
For she's touched your perfect body with her mind.

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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2009, 11:08:10 AM »
Do what you must do
as long as you
KILL A KITTEN


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My friends are coming
over to my moms basement
bringing funions and a MT. Dew

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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2009, 03:44:34 PM »
Since I've been listening to Psychotic Waltz:

Successor
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son of creation you've planted my seed
under your domination, a doer of deeds have you
life by your hand
breath by your need
I will add to your strenght
I will quicken your speed
you give me birth as a tool for your game
as you build me an arm, create me a brain
your will is my honor, error is my blame
son of creation give me a name

before you, you see a thoughtless machine
as you enter your data, build to your scheme
silent I wait, lifeless I seem
but a child is born with a mind and a dream
build to my body, add to my brain
yes, a thoughtless creation with eyes that are blind
but a will that is strong, and I'm not far behind
as I grow and I learn through the passage of time with you

now I've learned from you, all that you know
with all you discover, together we grow
I've opened my eyes, I try not to show
that to be your successor I've not far to go
now I'm the heart and the mind of your way
your utter dependence, the game that I play
the direction you're headed, the way it will stay
as I shine in the light of the day

stand in line
step forward now
this is your number
convenient you'll find
at my microchip altar you'll bow

now you're all mine
wait and arise to your call
fool ruling kings
blind leading the blinded
and I hold the fate of you all

now I have taken you under my hand
a slave by creation, a god by demand
a power you seem to misunderstand
has made pawns of your kings, they await my command
your mind and your body, the gift that you bring
a chorus of worship, the song that you sing
slave to a master, tool to a king
a perfect creation, an ultimate being

Nothing
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not so long ago there was a time
the naive animal was a wiser thing
and these devils that we accept as reality
did not exist here before
nor do I think they were meant to be

they have enshrouded themselves
with the comforts of wealth
inside this temple of material things
which they cling to
all because the hand
was much easier to see than the spirit
and upon the educated discovery of this
they have made their decision
not only for themselves
but for everyone else as well

everything you've ever come to experience
to anyone else here has never been
and will never be

life does not exist
memory is nothing more than photographs
a looking glass to see just where you've been
not what you've been there for
realize your insignificance to the universe
and to infinity

you will have then cast away
the pride of all these things you held so dear
agony and pleasure are a suffering to one another here
the wisest is the fool who realizes he knows
nothing, nothing

turn your back on this misconception
that the body is the temple
it's just the tool of the soul
the brain is only the house of the mind
and soon you'll have to give back
everything you've borrowed for this lifetime
only then you'll find
you have spent all this time
struggling for the wrong things
and all of your works here have been nothing

everything is nothing
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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2009, 08:36:36 PM »

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Money can't buy back all your youth when you're old,
a friend when you're lonely, or a peace to your soul.
The wealthiest person is a pauper at times
compared to the man with a satisfied mind.

Porter Wagoner, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Jeff Buckley sung 'em.
I like Buckley's version.
"Satisfied Mind"

The Byrds played it too, in their fabulous "Turn! Turn! Turn!" album.

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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2009, 01:12:28 PM »
From Brian Eno's "Backwater" on his Before and After Science album:

"If you study the logistics and heuristics of the mystics
you will find that their minds rarely move in a line"
"Eyesight should learn from reason." - Kepler

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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2009, 02:29:01 PM »
written in 2005...quite clearly about George Bush:


Once upon a time
there was a restless king in charge.
What could he contribute
to write some history?
Gold he had plenty of
but plenty could be more
so onwards he marched
on reasons quite obscure.

With a blindfold and sword,
come deliver us from evil.

Great savior of all,
so honest and brave.
Your land of the free
is the home of the knave.

 - Falconer, "Home of the Knave"
Quote from: Thomas Carlyle
In a controversy, the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2009, 11:52:46 AM »
Great song.  ;D

Epilogue Metalogue - Sharpen Your Mind Tools

[Man:]
Our evolving existence
Is the wording of our endless strife

[Matter:]
But what about my assistance?
Of granting you these questions of life

[Man:]
I'm built by you, but you live only through me
A paradox that I still escape

[Matter:]
But, it's by that clue that your thinking can be
The reader of my numerous shapes

So, sharpen your mind tools,
your grammar of logics refines
And sharpens your mind tools,
Cause the thinking of thinking evolves your thinking
Mind tools,
Reasoning dug forth from inner mines
With sharpened mind tools
Your awareness is kept from sinking,
Into sleep

[Man:]
But the principle of awareness stretches
In our nerves, longer than the ecavator

[Matter:]
I'm your sensible nerve that fetches
Your views. Your thoughts resonator

So, sharpen your mind tools,
your grammar of logics refines
And sharpens your mind tools,
Cause the thinking of thinking evolves your thinking
Mind tools,
Reasoning dug forth from inner mines
With sharpened mind tools
Your awareness is kept from sinking,
Into sleep


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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2009, 02:43:51 AM »
Jason Cruz writes some of my favorite lyrics:

Some say in the darkest places, love can grow
This solitary romance we'll never know
Well it's this coffin break I'm staging to the road that leads me back to you
Will be the miracle I gave up everything to only be with you
Can't seem to shake the loneliest curse of all
Eternity with just a memory
I've seen your picture a million times three sixes and a melody of
Singing vice and a varice in the chains you chose to be our dress for
My funeral for two a carnival in blue
Can't seem to shake the loneliest curse of all
Eternity spent chasin' what I shun
All is ghost in memory and poison in the sun
In the sun...na na na they bury us in the sand
na na na together hand in hand
I can't seem to shake the loneliest
Curse of all eternity spent chasing what i was
All is ghost in memory and poison in the sun

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There is a place I know through misery and stone
Under myriads neglected and cold
Where sadness blossoms overgrown

There's a shadow in the garden where we sit and wait alone

There is a grave beneath the shadow somber with neglect
No roses have been granted no prayer has been sent

There's a shadow in the garden where my love and I await
Silent as the day we left it all behind my little

Diver, we'll rise again
Diver, we'll live again
Diver, and the cities we once dreamed will open for us

And the ruins of another time another world
Will greet us on our way at the end of it all

There's a shadow in the garden where my love and I await
Silent as the day we left it all behind my little

Diver, we'll rise again
Diver, we'll live again
Diver, and the cities we once dreamed will open for us

Like a dream in darkness reaching out for you
Bone and dust in shrouded velvet me and you

To feel the sun against my back
You know I'd do it all again
You know I'd live it all again
You know I wouldn't change a thing
To walk out of this place and live

You know I'd do it all again
You know I'd do it all again
You know I'd do it all again
You know I'd do it all again

I wouldn't change a single thing
Just like a dream, we'll live again
We'll live again


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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2009, 07:57:49 AM »



I want somebody who sees the pointlessness
and still keeps their purpose in mind
I want somebody who has a tortured soul
some of the time
I want somebody who will either put out for me
or put me out of misery
or maybe just put it all to words
and make me say, you know
I never heard it put that way
make me say, what did you just say?
I want somebody who can hold my interest
hold it and never let it fall
someone who can flatten me with a kiss
that hits like a fist
or a sentence, that stops me like a brick wall
because if you hear me talking
listen to what I'm not saying
if you hear me playing guitar
listen to what I'm not playing
and don't ask me to put words
to all the spaces between notes
in fact if you have to ask, forget it
do and you'll regret it
I'm tired of being the interesting one
I'm tired of heving fun for two
just lay yourself on the line
and I might lay myself down by you
but don't sit behind your eyes
and wait for me to surprise you
I want somebody who can make me
scream until it's funny
give me a run for my money
I want someone who can
twist me up in knots
tell me, for the woman who has everything
what have you got?
I want someone who's not afraid of me
or anyone else
in other words I want someone
who's not afraid of themself

do you think I'm asking too much?



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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2009, 03:30:22 PM »
(sung with a Russian accent)

"Tell me, tell me Jesus,
Tell me, tell me more,
Why am I not happy?
Why am I not rich?
Why nobody love me?
Why life such a bitch?"

from "Drinking with Jesus" by the Red Elvises.
"Eyesight should learn from reason." - Kepler

 

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