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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2009, 12:06:28 AM »
Quote from: Jethro Tull
The rivers are full of crocodile nasties
and He who made kittens put snakes in the grass.
He's a lover of life but a player of pawns ---
yes, the King on His sunset lies waiting for dawn
to light up His Jungle
as play is resumed.
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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2009, 09:41:15 PM »
"I sure could use a vacation
from this bullshit, three ring
circus sideshow of freaks
here in this hopeless fucking hole
we call LA, the only way to fix it
is to flush it all away"

"Fuck L Ron Hubbard and Fuck all his clones"

-Tool, Aenima


"Not like you killed someone
Not like you drove a spiteful spear into his side
Talk to Jesus Christ as if he knows the reasons why
He did it all for you"

-A Perfect Circle, Judith

“God is dead
and no one cares
if there is a hell
I'll see you there”

-Nine Inch Nails, Heresy
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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2009, 11:25:59 PM »
Gimme the things that drive me insane
Teenage women and free cocaine
I want some free cocaine
From my man who went to high school
Abel said to Cain
Momma was a groupie out on Donovan's brain for
Free cocaine, free cocaine
Pussy, carbohydrates, sometimes acid rain
I just want a sniff of your free cocaine
You know the best things in life are free
And if they're free why don't you give it to me
Free cocaine, free cocaine
I want the 31 flavors, 69 years
I'll take 13 vials worth, I don't care.


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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2009, 01:23:12 PM »
"When you're lovers in a dangerous time
Sometimes youre made to feel as if your love's a crime
Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight
Gotta kick at the darkness til it bleeds daylight"

Lovers in a Dangerous Time - Bruce Cockburn

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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #19 on: May 30, 2009, 04:01:21 AM »


You really go past The Eagles' "Get Over It".


I turn on the tube and what do I see
A whole lotta people cryin' 'Don't blame me'
They point their crooked little fingers ar everybody else
Spend all their time feelin' sorry for themselves
Victim of this, victim of that
Your momma's too thin; your daddy's too fat

Get over it
Get over it
All this whinin' and cryin' and pitchin' a fit
Get over it, get over it

You say you haven't been the same since you had your little crash
But you might feel better if I gave you some cash
The more I think about it, Old Billy was right
Let's kill all the lawyers, kill 'em tonight
You don't want to work, you want to live like a king
But the big, bad world doesn't owe you a thing

Get over it
Get over it
If you don't want to play, then you might as well split
Get over it, Get over it

It's like going to confession every time I hear you speak
You're makin' the most of your losin' streak
Some call it sick, but I call it weak

You drag it around like a ball and chain
You wallow in the guilt; you wallow in the pain
You wave it like a flag, you wear it like a crown
Got your mind in the gutter, bringin' everybody down
Complain about the present and blame it on the past
I'd like to find your inner child and kick its little ass


Get over it
Get over it
All this bitchin' and moanin' and pitchin' a fit
Get over it, get over it

Get over it
Get over it
It's gotta stop sometime, so why don't you quit
Get over it, get over it
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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #20 on: May 30, 2009, 06:45:07 AM »
Based on a true story:

The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll

William Zanzinger killed poor Hattie Carroll
With a cane that he twirled around his diamond ring finger
At a Baltimore hotel society gath'rin'.
And the cops were called in and his weapon took from him
As they rode him in custody down to the station
And booked William Zanzinger for first-degree murder.
But you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears,
Take the rag away from your face.
Now ain't the time for your tears.

William Zanzinger, who at twenty-four years
Owns a tobacco farm of six hundred acres
With rich wealthy parents who provide and protect him
And high office relations in the politics of Maryland,
Reacted to his deed with a shrug of his shoulders
And swear words and sneering, and his tongue it was snarling,
In a matter of minutes on bail was out walking.
But you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears,
Take the rag away from your face.
Now ain't the time for your tears.

Hattie Carroll was a maid of the kitchen.
She was fifty-one years old and gave birth to ten children
Who carried the dishes and took out the garbage
And never sat once at the head of the table
And didn't even talk to the people at the table
Who just cleaned up all the food from the table
And emptied the ashtrays on a whole other level,
Got killed by a blow, lay slain by a cane
That sailed through the air and came down through the room,
Doomed and determined to destroy all the gentle.
And she never done nothing to William Zanzinger.
But you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears,
Take the rag away from your face.
Now ain't the time for your tears.

In the courtroom of honor, the judge pounded his gavel
To show that all's equal and that the courts are on the level
And that the strings in the books ain't pulled and persuaded
And that even the nobles get properly handled
Once that the cops have chased after and caught 'em
And that the ladder of law has no top and no bottom,
Stared at the person who killed for no reason
Who just happened to be feelin' that way without warnin'.
And he spoke through his cloak, most deep and distinguished,
And handed out strongly, for penalty and repentance,
William Zanzinger with a six-month sentence.
Oh, but you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears,
Bury the rag deep in your face
For now's the time for your tears.


Bob Dylan

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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #21 on: May 30, 2009, 08:12:52 AM »
God I love that song. See ya and raise you

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 that 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.

Oh 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 in their hands
And God on their side.

Oh the First World War, boys
It closed out its fate
The reason for fighting
I never got straight
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 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 starts
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.
"There is no use trying," said Alice; "one can't believe impossible things." Lewis Carroll

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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #22 on: May 30, 2009, 12:35:42 PM »
Hm, should I reply to this thread or bump seaotter's?  Maybe both?

GWAR is always great with the lyrics:

As we sit on our roofs
And cheer as your scuds fall like rain
Here at the ancient ziggaraunt Saddam is presiding there
Running around with a saxophone Where is the president, where?

And the Marx Brothers:

I don’t know what they have to say,
It makes no difference anyway --
Whatever it is, I’m against it!
No matter what it is or who commenced it,
I’m against it.

Your proposition may be good
But let’s have one thing understood --
Whatever it is, I’m against it!
And even when you’ve changed it or condensed it,
I’m against it.

I’m opposed to it --
On general principles I’m opposed to it!


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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #23 on: May 30, 2009, 01:41:28 PM »
From history to GWAR.  Hmm....ok.  I'll combine history with cannibalism:

A Tale They Won't Believe
We left Macquarie Harbour it was in the pouring rain
none of us quite sure if we would see England again
some fool muttered death or liberty
there was six of us together a jolly hungry crew
and as the days went by you know our hunger quickly grew
some fool muttered death or liberty

So that night we made fires out of twigs and out of bark
and our stomaches they were grumbling all through the night so dark
we were only trying to keep our selves alive
but when the sun came up next morning well the six had turned to five

And I said, right there’s another one, don’t you frown,
Chew the meat and hold it down, It’s a tale they won’t believe,
When I get down to Hobart town

All five of us were nervous and I'll tell you that’s a fact
bu you should have seen the bastard who was carrying the axe
He was a sick man he had murder in his heart

And then we reached the Franklin River, and it took two days to cross
we were wet and almost starvin’ and for food were at a loss
we were hungry men with murder on our minds.

So that night we made fires out of twigs and out of bark
and our stomachs they were rumbling all through the night so dark,
And they were making noises the deaf could not ignore
and when the sun came up next morning,
the five had turned to four!

And I said, right there’s another one, don’t you frown,
Chew the meat and hold it down, It’s a tale they won’t believe,
When I get down to Hobart town

Well the four of us kept on marching to a place called western teirs
A country full of tasty game but for us there was no cheer
we had no guns we were traveling without hope
but the axe it loomed so ominous, Gods hand was at play
a sick man is a type of game which can not run away
so stay easy, my good man your times at hand


So that night we made fires out of twigs and out of bark
and our stomachs they were grumbling all through the night so dark
I can't say I feel guilty, after all it wasn't me
but when the sun came up next morning the four had turned to three

And I said, right there’s another one, don’t you frown,
Chew the meat and hold it down, It’s a tale they won’t believe,
When I get down to Hobart town

well the three of us kept on moving but one was fading fast
he had been bitten by a snake and you could see he would not last
stay easy my poor man your time is at hand
and when he could march no longer, his time was here at last
we were far to weak to carry him subsistency it comes first
stay easy my good man your time is at hand

So that night we made fires out of twigs and out of bark
and our stomachs they were grumbling all through the night so dark
It was a messy job but it was one we had to do
but when the sun came up next morning the three had turned to two

And I said, right there’s another one, don’t you frown,
Chew the meat and hold it down, It’s a tale they won’t believe,
When I get down to Hobart town

Now he had been looking at me funny, sort of eyeing me for days,
And you would not need to be too bright to know that bastard’s ways:
He was a sick man, he had murder in his heart.
But even bastards have to rest, and even bastards have to sleep,
And when he was in the land of Nod straight over I did creep,
and the axe that he had wielded now was mine.

So that night, I made the fire, out of twigs and out of bark,
and my stomach it kept rumbling all through the night so dark.
I can’t say that I enjoyed it, and it wasn’t exactly fun,
but when the sun came up next morning, the two had turned to one!

And I said, right there’s another one, don’t you frown,
Chew the meat and hold it down, It’s a tale they won’t believe,
When I get down to Hobart town

Well now history is a pack of lies, as any fool can tell,
So when I got down to Hobart town I told my story well,
But do you think they would believe one word I said?
For they thought that I was covering for my mates still at large,
Said they’d be roaming in the bush so wild and free,
And back to old Macquarie Harbour they sent me


But I remember the fires made out of twigs and made of bark
and my stomachs it was grumbling all through the night so dark
And this young fool he just said to me it's liberty or death
and he looked so utterly tasty I just could not help it singing


And I said, right there’s another one, don’t you frown,
Chew the meat and hold it down, It’s a tale they won’t believe
When I get down to Hobart town
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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #24 on: June 06, 2009, 12:57:45 PM »
Martin Tielli

MY SWEET RELIEF 

All the secret life designs
that everyone is privy to,
missed me by a thousand miles -
I didn't mean to insult you.
There's a singer singing
proud and strong
to nobody at all.
Even though she's clear and true -
"she's very talented, too" -
she isn't wearin' the right boots.

All force resigned.
I'll take what's mine.
Y'all believe what you all believe.
My sweet relief.

All the secret ways to be,
hidden in that wayward glancing.
I'm happy being here all alone
while everybody's going dancing.
Empty music - crowded hall.
Loaded gestures crawl.
I'd like to take you somewhere else
- but who's got time for that
when your busy kissing ass?

All force resigned, I'll take what's mine.
Y'all believe what you all believe
my sweet relief.
All force resigned, take all of mine.
Y'all believe what you all believe.
My sweet relief.
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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #25 on: June 06, 2009, 01:59:32 PM »
Hm, should I reply to this thread or bump seaotter's?  Maybe both?

GWAR is always great with the lyrics:

Ah, a Richmond VA band....

But to return to Dylan... from "Visions of Johanna" ... one of my favorite lines of all time:

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The ghost of electricity
howls in the bones of her face

I have no idea what that means.


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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2009, 03:52:21 PM »
Hm, should I reply to this thread or bump seaotter's?  Maybe both?

GWAR is always great with the lyrics:

Ah, a Richmond VA band....

But to return to Dylan... from "Visions of Johanna" ... one of my favorite lines of all time:

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The ghost of electricity
howls in the bones of her face

I have no idea what that means.

Dylan uses cold reading techniques to establish profound lyrics.  ;D
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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #27 on: June 06, 2009, 04:28:45 PM »
too many to choose from, but I never tire of Imagine. 
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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2009, 01:49:37 PM »
Another good one.  I'll just put a line in here and embed a video.  The lyrics are great, but without the delivery they're not as good.

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There once lived a man named Oedipus Rex.
 You may have heard about his odd complex.
 His name appears in Freud's index
 'Cause he loved his mother.

http://www.youtube.com/watch/v/mScdJURKGWM
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Re: Best lyrics?
« Reply #29 on: August 07, 2009, 12:29:17 PM »

If you pursue revenge, dig many graves,
Be sure to add your name to the list that you've made


Normal life is not real,
we are just cogs in a wheel, we work we hurt we search we feel.


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Looking for Paradise, it only exists in the heart

 

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