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Favourite Lyrics Thread

Post by tom_cas1 » 20 Sep 2014, 15:10

Brought over from the old forum. Some of mine:

The Rolling Stones - Plundered My Soul

"I thought you needed my loving, but it's my heart that you stole.
I thought you wanted my money, but you plundered my soul."


The Cardigans - In The Round

"I am one but I asked for two, I didn't get anything.
This puppet's lonely without you, it's tough to walk without strings."


Derek and the Dominos - Anyday

"You were talking and I thought I heard you say, "Please leave me alone.
Nothing in this world can make me stay. I'd rather go back, I'd rather go back home.""


Bob Dylan - Thunder On The Mountain

"Thunder on the mountain, and there's fires on the moon,
A ruckus in the alley and the sun will be here soon,
Today's the day, where I'm gonna grab my trombone and blow,
Well, there's hot stuff here and it's everywhere I go."
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Post by tom_cas1 » 27 Jul 2015, 21:44

The Rolling Stones - Thru And Thru

I only found out yesterday
I heard it on the news
What I heard really pissed me off
Cause now I got those fucking blues


The Allman Brothers Band - Come And Go Blues

People say that you're no good
But I wouldn't cut you loose, baby, if I could
Well, I seem to stay down on the ground
Baby, I'm too far gone to turn around
Oh, if only you would make up your mind
Take me where you go, you're leaving me behind
Lord, you got those come and go blues
Lord, you got those some and go blues
Yes, you do, oh and you got me feelin' like a fool
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Post by AdvertBreak » 27 Jul 2015, 22:06

Elvis Costello - Beyond Belief

History repeats the old conceits
The glib replies the same defeats
Keep your finger on important issues
With crocodile tears and a pocketful of tissues
I'm just the oily slick
On the windup world of the nervous tick
In a very fashionable hovel
I hang around dying to be tortured
You'll never be alone in the bone orchard
This battle with the bottle is nothing so novel

So in this almost empty gin palace
Through a two-way looking glass, you see your Alice
You know she has no sense, for all your jealousy
In a sense she still smiles very sweetly

Charged with insults and flattery, her body moves with malice
Do you have to be so cruel to be callous
And now you find you fit this identikit completely
You say you have no secrets, and then leave discreetly

I might make it California's fault
Be locked in Geneva's deepest vault
Just like the canals of Mars and the great barrier reef
I come to you beyond belief

My hands were clammy and cunning
She's been suitably stunning
But I know there's not a hope in Hades
All the laddies cat call and wolf whistle
So-called gentlemen and ladies
dog fight like rose and thistle

I've got a feeling
I'm going to get a lot of grief
Once this seemed so appealing
Now I am beyond belief


Talk Talk - Happiness is Easy

Makes you feel much older
Sublime the blind parade
It wrecks me how they justify their acts
Of war they assemble, they pray
Take good care of what the priests say
"After death it's so much fun"
Little sheep, don't let your feet stray
Happiness is easy



The Talk Talk lyric is about making the most of life, but Beyond Belief puzzles me still. I did research a while ago but I forgot what I found out.

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Post by AdvertBreak » 27 Jul 2015, 22:46

Here's even more of mine. Great thread by the way.

Squeeze - Up the Junction

I never thought it would happen
With me and the girl from Clapham
Out on the windy common
That night I ain't forgotten
When she dealt out the rations
With some or other passions
I said "you are a lady"
"Perhaps" she said. "I may be"


...

This morning at four fifty
I took her rather nifty
Down to an incubator
Where thirty minutes later
She gave birth to a daughter
Within a year a walker
She looked just like her mother
if there could be another



Squeeze - Cool for Cats

The sweeney's doing ninety 'cause they've got the word to go
They get a gang of villains in a shed up at heathrow
They're counting out the fivers when the handcuffs lock again
In and out of Wandsworth with the numbers on their names
It's funny how their missus' always look the bleeding same
And meanwhile at the station there's a couple of likely lads
Who swear like how's your father and they're very cool for cats



Joy Division - Isolation

In fear every day, every evening,
He calls her aloud from above,
Carefully watched for a reason,
Painstaking devotion and love,
Surrendered to self preservation,
From others who care for themselves.
A blindness that touches perfection,
But hurts just like anything else.



The Smiths - Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before

Stop me, oh, oh-o, stop me
Stop me if you think
That you've heard this one before
Nothing's changed
I still love you, oh, I still love you
Only slightly, only slightly less
Than I used to, my love

I was delayed, I was way-laid
An emergency stop
I smelt the last ten seconds of life
I crashed down on the crossbar
And the pain was enough to make
A shy, bald, Buddhist reflect
And plan a mass murder
Who said lied I'd to her?
Oh, who said I'd lied? because I never, I never
Who said I'd lied? because I never



Prefab Sprout - King of Rock 'n 'Roll

All my lazy teenage boasts
are now high precision ghosts
And they're coming round the track
to haunt me.
When she looks at me and laughs
I remind her of the facts
I'm the king of rock 'n' roll
completely



Blur - Popscene

I'm leaving town to run away
Run into your twisted arms
No queues and there's no panic there
Just dangling your feet in the grass
My lack of natural lustre now
Seems to be losing me friends
So in the absence of a way of life
Just repeat this again and again and again



The Beautiful South - Good as Gold (Stupid as Mud)

I want my love, my joy, my laugh, my smile, my needs
Not in the star signs or palm she reads
I want my sun-drenched, wind-swept Ingrid Bergman kiss



U2 - Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

You're dangerous, 'cause you're honest
You're dangerous, you don't know what you want
Well you left my heart empty as a vacant lot
For any spirit to haunt

You're an accident waiting to happen
You're a piece of glass left there on the beach
Well you tell me things I know you're not supposed to
Then you leave me just out of reach



I also really like brief Bono lyrics such as "she's gonna dream up the world she wants to live in, she's gonna dream out loud" or better yet "at the moment of surrender, of vision over visibility".

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Re: Favourite Lyrics Thread

Post by TripleJay97 » 08 Feb 2016, 02:17

of Montreal - The Past is a Grotesque Animal

The past is a grotesque animal
And in its eyes you see
How completely wrong you can be
How completely wrong you can be

The sun is out, it melts the snow that fell yesterday
Makes you wonder why it bothered

I fell in love with the first cute girl that I met
Who could appreciate Georges Bataille
Standing at Swedish festival discussing "Story of the Eye"
Discussing "Story of the Eye"

It's so embarrassing to need someone like I do you
How can I explain, I need you here and not here too
How can I explain, I need you here and not here too

I'm flunking out, I'm flunking out, I'm gone, I'm just gone
But at least I author my own disaster
At least I author my own disaster

Performance breakdown and I don't want to hear it
I'm just not available
Things could be different but they're not
Things could be different but they're not

The mousy girl screams, "Violence! Violence!"
The mousy girl screams, "Violence! Violence!"
She gets hysterical because they're both so mean
And it's my favorite scene
But the cruelty's so predictable
It makes you sad on the stage
Though our love project has so much potential
But it's like we weren't made for this world
(Though I wouldn't really want to meet someone who was)

Do I have to scream in your face?
I've been dodging lamps and vegetables
Throw it all in my face, I don't care

Let's just have some fun
Let's tear this shit apart
Let's tear the fucking house apart
Let's tear our fucking bodies apart
But let's just have some fun

Somehow you've red-rovered the gestapo circling my heart
And nothing can defeat you
No death, no ugly world

You've lived so brightly
You've altered everything
I find myself searching for old selves
While speeding forward through the plate glass of maturing cells

I've played the unraveler, the parhelion
But even apocalypse is fleeting
There's no death, no ugly world

Sometimes I wonder if you're mythologizing me like I do you
Mythologizing me like I do you

We want our film to be beautiful, not realistic
Perceive me in the radiance of terror dreams
And you can betray me
You can, you can betray me

But teach me something wonderful
Crown my head, crowd my head
With your lilting effects
Project your fears onto me, I need to view them
See, there's nothing to them
I promise you, there's nothing to them

I'm so touched by your goodness
You make me feel so criminal
How do you keep it together?
I'm all, all unraveled

But you know, no matter where we are
We're always touching by underground wires

I've explored you with the detachment of an analyst
But most nights we've raided the same kingdoms
And none of our secrets are physical
None of our secrets are physical
None of our secrets are physical now
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Post by KingLouieLouie76 » 09 Feb 2016, 20:09

I still contend this is the most emotional song that the "Glimmer Twins" ever wrote:
"As Tears Go By"
-Rolling Stones-

It is the evening of the day
I sit and watch the children play
Smiling faces I can see
But not for me
I sit and watch
As tears go by

My riches can't buy everything
I want to hear the children sing
All I hear is the sound
Of rain falling on the ground
I sit and watch
As tears go by

It is the evening of the day
I sit and watch the children play
Doing things I used to do
They think are new
I sit and watch
As tears go by
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Post by JAIME » 09 Feb 2016, 20:26

The Beatles - We Can Work It Out

Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend...

Paul McCartney - Here Today

And if I said, I really knew you well what would your answer be? If you were here today Ooh ooh ooh, here to-day.
Well knowing you, You'd probably laugh and say that we were worlds apart. If you were here today. Ooh ooh ooh, here to-day.

But as for me, I still remember how it was before, And I am holding back these tears no more. Ooh ooh ooh. I love you, ooh.

What about the time we met? Well, I suppose that you could say that we were playing hard to get, I didn't understand a thing, but we could always sing.
What about the night we cried, because there wasn't any reason left to keep it all inside? Never understood a word, but you were always there with a smile.

And if I say, I really loved you and was glad you came along. If you were here today. Ooh ooh ooh, for you were in my song. Ooh ooh ooh, here to-day.
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Post by KingLouieLouie76 » 11 Feb 2016, 18:30

These two songs would be in my life's soundtrack for sure!

-Kinks-
"Where Have All the Good Times Gone"
Well, lived my life and never stopped to worry 'bout a thing
Opened up and shouted out and never tried to sing
Wondering if I'd done wrong
Will this depression last for long?

Won't you tell me
Where have all the good times gone?
Where have all the good times gone?
Well, once we had an easy ride and always felt the same

Time was on our side and I had everything to gain
Let it be like yesterday
Please let me have happy days
Won't you tell me

Where have all the good times gone?
Where have all the good times gone?
Ma and Pa look back at all the things they used to do
Didn't have no money and they always told the truth

Daddy didn't have no toys
And mummy didn't need no boys
Won't you tell me
Where have all the good times gone?

Where have all the good times gone?
Well, yesterday was such an easy game for you to play
But let's face it things are so much easier today
Guess you need some bringing down

And get your feet back on the ground
Won't you tell me
Where have all the good times gone?
Where have all the good times gone?
Where have all the good times gone?


-Kinks-
"I'm Not Like Everybody Else"
I won't take all that they hand me down
And make out a smile, though I wear a frown
And I'm not gonna take it all lying down
'Cause once I get started I go to town

'Cause I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else

And I don't want to ball about like everybody else
And I don't want to live my life like everybody else
And I won't say that I feel fine like everybody else
'Cause I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else

But darling, you know that I love you true
Do anything that you want me to
Confess all my sins like you want me to
There's one thing that I will say to you
I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else

I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else
And I don't want to ball about like everybody else
And I don't want to live my life like everybody else
And I won't say that I feel fine like everybody else
'Cause I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else

Like everybody else
Like everybody else
Like everybody else
Like everybody else

If you all want me to settle down
Slow up and stop all my running 'round
Do everything like you want me to
There's one thing that I will say to you
I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else

I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else
And I don't want to ball about like everybody else
And I don't want to live my life like everybody else
And I won't say that I feel fine like everybody else
'Cause I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else

Like everybody else (like everybody else)
Like everybody else (like everybody else)
Like everybody else (like everybody else)
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Re: Favourite Lyrics Thread

Post by Legless Owl » 28 Feb 2016, 18:34

Here are a couple of lines I love:

Beatles - Across the universe
> the whole song, really. But esp. "Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind, caressing and possessing me."

Don McLean - Vincent
> the whole song. Those lyrics really have a particular meaning to me, very powerful. Fav lines "For they could not love you, but still your love was true. And when no hope was left in sight on that starry starry night, you took your life as lovers often do. But I could have told you, Vincent, this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you."

Graham Coxon - This house
> "In this house, nothing keeps you warm. In this house, writings on the walls, felt like this before. In this house, vinegar and pain. In this house, loneliness again, nights without an end."

Gene - Olympian
> "I wanted to be there with you for I can only be normal with you."

Elliott Smith - Pitseleh
> "First time I saw you, I knew it would never last, I'm not half what I wish I was. I'm so angry, I don't think it'll ever pass. And I was bad news for you just because I never meant to hurt you."

The Smiths - There is a light that never goes out
> "And if a double decker bus crashes in to us, to die by your side, well the pleasure, the privilege is mine."

Nick Cave - By your side
> "From the deepest ocean to the highest peak, through the frontiers of your sleep, across valleys where we dare not speak, to be by your side. Every mile and every year, time and distance disappear, I cannot explain this, dear I will not even try. And I know one thing, love comes on a wing, and tonight I will be by your side, but tomorrow I will fly."

Joni Mitchell - Both sides now
> "Something's lost but something's gained in living every day. I've looked at life from both sides now, from win and lose, and still somehow, it's life's illusions I recall, I really don't know life at all."
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Post by AdvertBreak » 28 Feb 2016, 20:47

Talk Talk - Ascension Day
Bet I'll be damned
Built the debt I turned twos up today
Bet I'll be damned
Gets harder to sense to sail

Farewell, mother numb to and devout to
Reckon luck sees us the same

Talk Talk - The Rainbow
Oh yeah, the world's turned upside down
Jimmy Finn is out
Well how can that be fair at all

Talk Talk - Happiness is Easy
Makes you feel much older
Sublime the blind parade
It wrecks me how they justify their acts of war
They assemble, they pray
Take good care of what the priests say
"After death it's so much fun"
Little sheep, don't let your feet stray
Happiness is easy

Ween - Mutilated Lips
Laughing lady, living lover
Oh you sassy frassy lassie
Find me the skull of Haile Sellase, I
Give me shoes so I can tapsy
Tap all over this big world
Take my hand, you ugly girl

Ween - Exactly Where I'm At
You got a grip
Look at yourself
Your lips are like two flaps of fat
They go front and back and flappity flap

U2 - Until the End of the World
In my dreams, I was drowning my sorrows,
But my sorrows, they learnt to swim
Surrounding me, going down on me
Spilling over the brim

The Cure - Catch
You know I even think that she stared like you
She used to just stand there and stare
And roll her eyes right up to heaven
And make like I just wasn't there
...
You know I even think that she smiled like you
She used to just stand there and smile
And her eyes would go all sort of far away
And stay like that for quite a while
...
And she used to fall down a lot
That girl was always falling again and again
And I used to sometimes try to catch her
But I never even caught her name

R.E.M. - Near Wild Heaven
Whenever we hold each other
We hold each other
There's a feeling that's gone
Something has gone wrong
And I don't know how much longer I can take it
House made of heart, break it
Take my head in your hands and shake it
In this near wild heaven
Not near enough

Weezer - El Scorcho
I asked you to go to the Green Day concert
You said you never heard of them
How cool is that?, so I went to your room and read your diary
Watching Grunge leg drop New-Jack through a presstable
And then my heart stopped
Listening to Cio-Cio San, fall in love all over again.
...
I wish I could get my head out of the sand
Cause I think we'd make a good team
And you would keep my fingernails clean
But that's just a stupid dream that I won't realise
Cause I can't even look in your eyes,
without shaking, and I ain't faking
I'll bring home the turkey if you bring home the bacon

The Chemical Brothers - Elektrobank
Who is this doing this synthetic type of alpha beta psychedelic funking?

Fatboy Slim - Star 69
They know what is what, but they don't know what is what
They just strut. What the fuck?

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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 04 Mar 2016, 06:57

AdvertBreak wrote: Fatboy Slim - Star 69
They know what is what, but they don't know what is what
They just strut. What the fuck?
....the perils of the passive fan....

I like that :)
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Post by AdvertBreak » 08 Mar 2016, 16:57

It can be seen that way haha.

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Post by AdvertBreak » 08 Mar 2016, 17:09

More lyrics I like

The Beautiful South - Something That You Said

The perfect love song it has no words, it only has death threats
And you can tell a classic ballad by how threatening it gets
So if you walk into your house and she's cutting up your mother
She's only trying to tell you that she loves you like no other

The Beautiful South - You Play Glockenspiel, I'll Play Drums

You do English, I'll do sums
You break fingers, I'll break thumbs
You play dads, and I'll play mums
You play Glockenspiel, and I'll play drums

The Beautiful South - A Few Things That I Ain't

When you called me a useless druggie, at least you got half of it right
When you called me a hopeless alcoholic, I'm only hopeless after nine at night
And when I said you came staggering home blind drunk, if I didn't you'd get terrible fright
And if this is the land of hope and glory, where's the land of hope but not quite?

I've been scruff bag, dirt bag, always someone's binbag, but never been Bono or Sting
However I dressed, never really impressed, so they never got to hear a damn thing

I've been bad man, sad man, certified mad, but never 007 or Saint
Trendsetter, go getter, international jet setter are just a few things that I ain't
Trendsetter, go getter, international jet setter are just a few things that I ain't

The time you told class I was a half wit, it was my very first 50%
My previous best in any other test was either stolen, copied or lent
And when you branded me and every single one of my mates a waste of time and effort to teach,
then why d'you give us sums if our only hope was bums on someone else's deckchair and beach?

I've been smart arse, mardy arse, on and off a lard arse, but never been a legend to God
New thing, dumb thing, even last year's thing, Headbang? Not even a nod!

I've been left-wing, secure-wing, lost stripes, gained winged, we've never caused a lady to faint
Wideboy, ladyboy, read it in the paper boy, a few things they said that I ain't
Wideboy, ladyboy, read it in the paper boy, a few things they said that I ain't

When popularity soared, hometown and abroad, I spent most of it trying to breathe in
Always ill at ease, too willing to please, an inferior life's bargain bin
And when you come from a background of bargain bins, you're bound to fear it ends..where it begins
So when the nation adored, we felt more of a fraud, and too phoney to celebrate wins

Elvis Costello - Watching the Detectives

Long shot of that jumping sign
Visible shivers running down my spine
Cut the baby taking off her clothes
Close-up of the sign that says "We never close"
You snatch a tune, you a match a cigarette
She pulls the eyes out with a face like a magnet
I don't know how much more of this I can take
She's filing her nails while they're dragging the lake

...

You think you're alone until you realize you're in it
Now fear is here to stay. Love is here for a visit
They call it instant justice when it's past the legal limit
Someone's scratching at the window. I wonder who is it?
The detectives come to check if you belong to the parents
who are ready to hear the worst about their daughter's disappearance
Though it nearly took a miracle to get you to stay,
it only took my little fingers to blow you away

Elvis Costello - Shipbuilding
Is it worth it?
A new winter coat and shoes for the wife
And a bicycle on the boy's birthday

It's just a rumour that was spread around town
By the women and children
Soon we'll be shipbuilding

Well I ask you
The boy said "Dad they're gonna take me to task
But I'll be back by Christmas"
It's just a rumour that was spread around town
Somebody said that someone got filled in
For saying that people get killed in
The result of this shipbuilding

With all the will in the world
Diving for dear life,
when we could be diving for pearls

It's just a rumour that was spread around town
A telegram or a picture postcard
Within weeks they'll be re-opening the shipyards
And notifying the next of kin
Once again

It's all we're skilled in
We will be shipbuilding
With all the will in the world
Diving for dear life,
when we could be diving for pearls

The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again
Sweetness, sweetness
I was only joking when I said I'd like to smash every tooth in your head
Sweetness, sweetness
I was only joking when I said by right, you should be bludgeoned in your bed

And now I know how Joan of Arc felt
Now I know how Joan of Arc felt
As the flames rose to her Roman nose
And her Walkman started to melt

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Re: Favourite Lyrics Thread

Post by Foggy » 09 Mar 2016, 19:22

AdvertBreak wrote:
Squeeze - Up the Junction
You didn't include that "the devil came and took me, from bar to street to bookie" line. That there is about as good as it gets in my opinion.
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Post by AdvertBreak » 10 Mar 2016, 02:39

Yeah thats a great lyric. I guess I was just trying to not include all the lyrics, which I easily could have done haha

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