What's the best line in a song?

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  1. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Eve Of Destruction
    Artist Barry McGuire


    The eastern world, it is exploding
    Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’
    You’re old enough to kill, but not for votin’
    You don’t believe in war, but what’s that gun you’re totin’
    And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin’

    But you tell me
    Over and over and over again, my friend
    Ah, you don’t believe
    We’re on the eve
    of destruction.

    Don’t you understand what I’m tryin’ to say
    Can’t you feel the fears I’m feelin’ today?
    If the button is pushed, there’s no runnin’ away
    There’ll be no one to save, with the world in a grave
    [Take a look around ya boy, it's bound to scare ya boy]

    And you tell me
    Over and over and over again, my friend
    Ah, you don’t believe
    We’re on the eve
    of destruction.

    Yeah, my blood’s so mad feels like coagulatin’
    I’m sitting here just contemplatin’
    I can’t twist the truth, it knows no regulation.
    Handful of senators don’t pass legislation
    And marches alone can’t bring integration
    When human respect is disintegratin’
    This whole crazy world is just too frustratin’

    And you tell me
    Over and over and over again, my friend
    Ah, you don’t believe
    We’re on the eve
    of destruction.

    Think of all the hate there is in Red China
    Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama
    You may leave here for 4 days in space
    But when you return, it’s the same old place
    The poundin’ of the drums, the pride and disgrace
    You can bury your dead, but don’t leave a trace
    Hate your next-door neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace
    And… tell me over and over and over and over again, my friend
    You don’t believe
    We’re on the eve
    Of destruction
    Mm, no no, you don’t believe
    We’re on the eve
    of destruction.
    Send "Eve Of Des
     
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  3. CarpetDiem Burnin' hours, season days Registered Senior Member

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    Carry on my wayward son
    There'll be peace when you are done
    Lay your weary head to rest
    Don't you cry no more!

    Kansas
     
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  5. synthesizer-patel Sweep the leg Johnny! Valued Senior Member

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    Kill Kill Kill Kill Kill the poor!
     
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  7. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Lyin Eyes

    City girls just seem to find out early
    How to open doors with just a smile
    A rich old man
    And she won't have to worry
    She'll dress up all in lace and go in style

    Late at night a big old house gets lonely
    I guess every form of refuge has its price
    And it breaks her heart to think her love is
    Only given to a man with hands as cold as ice

    So she tells him she must go out for the evening
    To comfort an old friend who's feelin' down
    But he knows where she's goin' as she's leavin'
    She is headed for the cheatin' side of town

    You can't hide your lyin' eyes
    And your smile is a thin disguise
    I thought by now you'd realize
    There ain't no way to hide your lyin' eyes

    On the other side of town a boy is waiting
    with fiery eyes and dreams no one could steal
    She drives on through the night anticipating
    'Cause he makes her feel the way she used to feel

    She rushes to his arms, they fall together
    She whispers that it's only for awhile
    She swears that soon she'll be comin' back forever
    She pulls away and leaves him with a smile

    You can't hide your lyin' eyes
    And your smile is a thin disguise
    I thought by now you'd realize
    There ain't no way to hide your lyin' eyes

    She gets up and pours herself a strong one
    And stares out at the stars up in the sky
    Another night, it's gonna be a long one
    She draws the shade and hangs her head to cry

    She wonders how it ever got this crazy
    She thinks about a boy she knew in school
    Did she get tired or did she just get lazy?
    She's so far gone she feels just like a fool

    My, oh my, you sure know how to arrange things
    You set it up so well, so carefully
    Ain't it funny how your new life didn't change things
    You're still the same old girl you used to be

    You can't hide your lyin eyes
    And your smile is a thin disguise
    I thought by now you'd realize
    There ain't no way to hide your lyin' eyes
    There ain't no way to hide your lyin' eyes
    Honey, you can't hide your lyin' eyes
     
  8. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    He takes me everywhere he goes.
    And he goes everywhere!
    He likes to try on all my clothes.
    But not my underwear!
    Yeah, he really loves me,
    "Sweetheart's" and "Turtle Dove's" me.
    Now I know the secrets of the world.

    I am the girl, and he is the guy.
    I never thought I could be simple and wise.
    Surprise surprise--
    He opened up my eyes.

    I understand everything,
    And now I can die.

    "Now I Can Die"
    by Nina Gordon, formerly half of Veruca Salt
     
  9. Challenger78 Valued Senior Member

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    A door left open
    A woman walking by
    A drop in the water
    A look in the eye
    A phone on the table
    A man on your side
    Oh, someone that you think that you can trust
    Is just
    Another way to die
    -
    Alicia Keys & Jack White- Another way to die
     
  10. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Farewell Angelina words by Bob Dylan sung by Joan Baez


    Farewell Angelina
    the bells on the crown
    Are being stolen by bandits
    I must follow the sound
    The triangle tingles
    And the music plays slow
    But farewell Angelina
    The night is on fire
    And I must go

    There is use in talking
    And there's no need for blame
    There is nothing to prove
    Everything still is the same
    A table stands empty
    By the edge of the stream
    But farewell Angelina
    The sky is changing colors
    And I must leave

    The jacks and the queens
    They foresake the courtyard
    Fifty-two gypsies
    Now file past the guard
    In the space where the deuce
    And the ace once ran wild
    Farewell Angelina
    The sky is folding
    I'll see you after a while

    See the crosseyed pirates
    Sit perched in the sun
    Shooting tin cans
    With a sawed off shot gun
    And the corporals and the neighbors
    Clap and cheer with each blast
    But farewell Angelina
    The sky is trembling
    And I must leave fast

    King Kong, little elves
    And the roof-tops they dance
    Valentino-type tangos
    While the heroes clean hands
    Shut the eyes of the dead
    Not to embarass anyone
    Farewell Angelina
    The sky is flooding over and I must be gone

    [Harmonica break]

    The camoflaged parrot
    He flutters from fear
    When something he doesn't know about
    Suddenly appears
    What cannot be imitated
    Perfect must die
    Farewell Angelina
    The sky is flooding over
    And I must go where it is dry

    Machine guns are roaring
    The puppets heave rocks
    At misunderstood visions
    And at the faces of clocks
    Call me any name you like
    I will never deny it
    But farewell Angelina
    The sky is errupting
    And I must go where it is quiet

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=U&star...s63tBg&usg=AFQjCNG4Pgvmq28cuN61B1ycLh9aiLIlgw
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2008
  11. CarpetDiem Burnin' hours, season days Registered Senior Member

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    I must have been through about a million girls
    I'd love 'em and I'd leave 'em alone
    I didn't care how much they cried, no sir
    Their tears left me cold as a stone

    But then I fooled around and fell in love
    I fooled around and fell in love
    Since I met you baby
    I fooled around and fell in love...

    Elvin Bishop: Fooled around and fell in love
     
  12. Steve100 O͓͍̯̬̯̙͈̟̥̳̩͒̆̿ͬ̑̀̓̿͋ͬ ̙̳ͅ ̫̪̳͔O Valued Senior Member

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    Love, love is a verb. Love is a doing word.
     
  13. lucifers angel same shit, differant day!! Registered Senior Member

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    "Bald"

    It would appear that male pattern
    baldness has set in
    his hair, at an alarming pace
    running away from his face
    he's losing his virility
    and now his masculinity
    has been compromised
    and his libido down-sized

    Not for me, not for me, not for me, uh-uh
    not for me, not for me, heaven forbid
    it's not for me you understand

    Bald, slap headed and hairless
    bald he is destined to be
    bald, well tonight thank God it's him instead of me.

    From what I have been reading
    his scalp needs kneading
    to stimulate each follicle
    and reverse this diabolical
    condition that's afflicted he
    for years and has cruelly
    repulsed each potential mate
    and left him with a balding pate

    Not for me, not for me, not for me, uh-uh
    not for me, not for me, heaven forbid
    it's not for me you understand

    Bald, slap headed and hairless
    bald he is destined to be
    bald, well tonight thank God it's him instead of me.

    Sock it to me baby, yeah!

    Not for me, not for me, not for me, uh-uh
    not for me, not for me, heaven forbid
    it's not for me you understand

    Not for me, not for me, not for me, uh-uh
    not for me, not for me, heaven forbid
    it's not for me you understand

    Bald, slap headed and hairless
    bald he is destined to be
    bald, well tonight thank God it's him instead of me.
    Thank God!

    Bald, slap headed and hairless
    bald he is destined to be
    bald, well tonight thank God it's him instead of me.
    How?
     
  14. lucifers angel same shit, differant day!! Registered Senior Member

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    Please forgive me when I turn out the lights
    Watch this haunted day turn into a wasted night
    So cut me off throw me out
    Cause I’m a reckless, I’m a reckless god damn son of a bitch

    I’m reckless
    So reckless
    God save me from this madness
    I’m reckless
    So reckless
    God save me from this madness

    I’m walking on broken glass from the wreckage of my past
    I’m locked up in a cage ‘cause I’m a prisoner of my ways
    So cut me off throw me out
    ‘Cause I’m a reckless, I’m a reckless god damn son of a bitch

    I’m reckless
    So reckless
    God save me from this madness
    I’m reckless
    So reckless
    God save me, save me from this madness

    Thank God I’ve got a woman with my name across her heart
    Loving me ain’t easy loving me is hard
    I’m sorry about the madness but that’s the way its gotta be
    Cause it takes a crazy woman to love a reckless man like me

    I’m reckless
    So reckless
    God save me from this madness
    I’m reckless
    So reckless
    God save me, save me from this madness
     
  15. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Isn't it rich?
    Are we a pair?
    Me here at last on the ground,
    You in mid-air..
    Where are the clowns?

    Isn't it bliss?
    Don't you approve?
    One who keeps tearing around,
    One who can't move...
    Where are the clowns?
    Send in the clowns.

    Just when I'd stopped opening doors,
    Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours.
    Making my entrance again with my usual flair
    Sure of my lines...
    No one is there.

    Don't you love farce?
    My fault, I fear.
    I thought that you'd want what I want...
    Sorry, my dear!
    And where are the clowns
    Send in the clowns
    Don't bother, they're here.

    Isn't it rich?
    Isn't it queer?
    Losing my timing this late in my career.
    And where are the clowns?
    There ought to be clowns...
    Well, maybe next year.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5yG1Dy5b4A&feature=related
     
  16. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Suzanne takes you down to her place newer the river
    You can hear the boats go by
    You can spend the night beside her
    And you know that shes half crazy
    But thats 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 youve 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 youve 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 youll trust him
    For hes touched your perfect body with his mind.

    Now suzanne takes you 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 she will trust you
    For shes touched your perfect body with her mind.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czQoGSYBeHU&feature=related
     
  17. Liebling Doesn't Need to be Spoonfed. Valued Senior Member

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    Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering.
    There is a crack in everything, it's how the light gets in.


    Leonard Cohen - Anthem
     
  18. BenTheMan Dr. of Physics, Prof. of Love Valued Senior Member

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    Good taste. Cohen is great---my second favorite Canadian Jew (my girlfriend was born in Alberta.)

    ``Well, maybe there is a God above \ But, all that I've ever learned from love \ Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you''
     
  19. BenTheMan Dr. of Physics, Prof. of Love Valued Senior Member

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    I remember the first time I heard that song, it really cut me. It was on some PBS folk music special.

    Townes van Zandt was always my favorite singer/songwriter, but after hearing that Barry MgGuire song, I started listening to/writing a lot more folksy stuff.
     
  20. Liebling Doesn't Need to be Spoonfed. Valued Senior Member

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    The whole song is fantastic. Cohen is amazing and has a ton of brilliant lyrics, but most people don't like his voice. Nick Cave writes great stuff too, but his voice sets people off.

    My husband is also from Alberta.
     
  21. BenTheMan Dr. of Physics, Prof. of Love Valued Senior Member

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    Damn, that's a good one.

    I remember meeting a guy who lived with Kristofferson in Nashville, right after Janis Joplin cut the demo of Me and Bobby MaGee, then subsequently od'ed on heroine. Kris was a bit upset, it seems.

    Damn, that's a good one too. People just don't write deep song lyrics anymore.

    I love to play/sing this song on my guitar, but I always feel like such a tool singing about slavery.

    Those lines are pretty genius. I remember when I understood what it meant---how they would throw draft dodgers in prison during Vietnam.

    Not the best Johnny Cash line, by far. Man there are so many to choose from:

    ``I ain't cut out to be no Jesse James'' (that'll be the title of my first album)

    ``I met her accidentally in St. Paul, Minnesota / and it tore me up to hear her with that long southern drawl''
     
  22. BenTheMan Dr. of Physics, Prof. of Love Valued Senior Member

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    Damn now I can't get this thread out of my mind.

    Here's my first entry

    ``The name she gave was Carolina, the daughter of a miner \ Her ways were free, and it seemed to me \ that the sunshine walked beside her.''

    That's by Townes, ``Carolina''.
     
  23. Anti-Flag Pun intended Registered Senior Member

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    Ah, Dead Kennedys, now you're on my level.

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    "The Press Corpse" by Anti-flag.

    The {Downing Street} memo says...
    ...We gotta work to make the facts fit the false charges
    Pull the wool over the eyes of the filthy masses
    Stab the people in the back for the corporate choice
    Roll the propaganda out using The People's Voice

    We don't want to talk about it...

    The press scribble scribble every half-truth spoke
    Then shoot it round the country like an April Fools joke
    Hype the nation for a Desert Storm love affair
    Wave the stars and stripes like you just don't care!

    They talk it up all day, they talk it up all night
    They talk until their face turns blue - Red white and blue!
    But when the truth escapes the night and crawls into the day
    We find the picture still askew

    They don't want to... talk talk talk talk talk about it
    They wanna tiptoe, walk around it
    Wave the flag and mindlessly salute
    They don't want to talk about it
    They wanna tiptoe, walk around it
    Wave the flag and cowardly salute

    And on the TV screen...
    ...Diversion and aversion is the flavor of the day
    Was it WMDs? Or Democracy?
    Blame it on MI-6 or the CIA
    The White House Press Corpse only has one thing to say...

    "We don't want to talk about it!"

    The White House boils over, "Al Jazeera got it wrong!"
    The Press Corpse jumps onboard singing the White House song
    While over in Iraq thousands are dead because of lies
    The spineless war drumming-press corpse have taken lives

    They talk it up all day, they talk it up all night
    They talk until their face turns blue - Red white and blue!
    But when the truth escapes the night and crawls into the day
    We find the picture still askew

    They don't want to... talk talk talk talk talk about it
    They wanna tiptoe, walk around it
    Wave the flag and mindlessly salute
    They don't want to talk about it
    They wanna tiptoe, walk around it
    Wave the flag and cowardly salute

    Fires fueled on endless lies
    Black shrouds coat desert skies
    A nation's viewpoint blurred and led
    As embeds report what they're fed

    We don't want to talk about it...
    We don't want to talk about it...
    We don't want to talk about it...
    We don't want to talk about it...

    (We don't want to talk about it...)
    We don't, don't want to, we don't wanna talk about it
    (We don't want to...)
    We don't, don't want to, we don't wanna talk

    They don't want to... talk talk talk talk talk about it
    They wanna tiptoe, walk around it
    Wave the flag and cowardly salute
    They don't want to talk about it
    They wanna tiptoe, walk around it
    Wave the flag and cowardly salute
     

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