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III
04-12-2007, 01:05 AM
What line from a song immediately comes to mind? For the best line, it doesn't have to be the most profound, but what touched you profoundly. For the worst line, what makes you want to smash your fist through the radio?

Best: "One day you're waiting for the sky to fall, the next you're dazzled by the beauty of it all."
- "Lovers in a dangerous time" by Bruce Cockburn (the Barenaked Ladies version)

Worst: "When I'm feeling blue, all I have to do is stop and think of you, then I'm not so blue."
- "Groovy kind of love" by Phil Collins

benbradley
04-12-2007, 01:16 AM
What line from a song immediately comes to mind? For the best line, it doesn't have to be the most profound, but what touched you profoundly. For the worst line, what makes you want to smash your fist through the radio?

Best: "One day you're waiting for the sky to fall, the next you're dazzled by the beauty of it all."
- "Lovers in a dangerous time" by Bruce Cockburn (the Barenaked Ladies version)

Worst: "When I'm feeling blue, all I have to do is stop and think of you, then I'm not so blue."
- "Groovy kind of love" by Phil Collins
Don't blame Phil for the words, he only did it as a remake.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groovy_Kind_of_Love
And from the time period his version came out, I've always thought the "groovy" word of the sixties should be replaced, and the title changed to "yuppie kind of love." But no one asked me.:)


"best" might be Stephen Stills (actually I like his music and the sound of his voice mor than I think about the lyrics), but I took my subtitle line/whatever it is above my avatar from "Sit Yourself Down", the line is "I'm only just growing a little each day."

WORST: Any line from, I hate to even give the song title but you asked, "Afternoon Delight."

III
04-12-2007, 01:22 AM
Don't blame Phil for the words, he only did it as a remake.

Can I blame Phil for "I'm comin' down, comin' down like a monkey, but it's alright?" :)

jnesvold
04-12-2007, 01:42 AM
I don't know about best, but here are two of my least favorite lines from songs:

Switchfoot-Dare You To Move-"I dare you to move/Like today never happened/Today never happened before." Um, it didn't, did it?

Shaggy-Angel-"Closer than my peeps you are to me." Is that really a compliment?

Anything the Black Eyed Peas write is pretty crappy.

Lyra Jean
04-12-2007, 02:41 AM
Best Line
Aquabats "Lovers of Loving Love"
I can't walk, I can't move, 'cause I'm paralyzed by your love, but that's okay with me.

Worst Line
Shania Twain "I Feel Like A Woman"
Pretty much the whole song. I hope she feels like a woman cause that is what she is.

billythrilly7th
04-12-2007, 02:50 AM
Best:
"Poor man want to be rich. Rich man want to be king. And the king ain't satisfied 'till he rules everything."
Badlands
Bruce Springsteen

Worst:
"Everybody wang chung tonight. Everybody have fun tonight."
Frasier Crane
Cheers
re: Wang Chung

poetinahat
04-12-2007, 03:05 AM
SUBLIME: "You can pin and mount me like a butterfly" -- The Smiths, "Reel Around the Fountain"

RIDICULOUS: "I am the Lizard King/I can do anything/I made the blue cars go away" -- The Doors, some song on the Waiting for the Sun album

[eta: Hi, Rob. Go on... free shot.]

giftedrhonda
04-12-2007, 03:25 AM
Worst line: "Your eyes touch me physically." EWWWW!

Gotta think about best line...

Perks
04-12-2007, 03:30 AM
Gag - God laid me down into your rose garden of trust Live, The Dolphin's Cry

ButILike - I dream of Vegas and the trancendental wild card Live, The Sanctity of Dreams

Mud Dauber
04-13-2007, 12:26 AM
Ooooh, one of my very favorites from Mr. Bob Dylan:

"I wish for just one time you could stand inside my shoes. You'd know what a drag it is to see you..." (Positively 4th Street)

I'll have to think about the worst. Off the top of my head, it's the dumb song about My Humps but I don't know a specific lyric!:rolleyes:

Ol' Fashioned Girl
04-13-2007, 12:41 AM
Best? Far too many to choose. But take your pick for 'Worst' from the WHOLE bloody song below (I'm partial to the yellow custard, dripping from a dead dog's eye, m'self):

I Am the Walrus, Beatles

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.
See how they run like pigs from a gun, see how they fly.
I'm crying.

Sitting on a cornflake, waiting for the van to come.
Corporation tee-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday.
Man, you been a naughty boy, you let your face grow long.
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen.
I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob.

Mister City Policeman sitting
Pretty little policemen in a row.
See how they fly like Lucy in the Sky, see how they run.
I'm crying, I'm crying.
I'm crying, I'm crying.

Yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog's eye.
Crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess,
Boy, you been a naughty girl you let your knickers down.
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen.
I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob.

Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun.
If the sun don't come, you get a tan
From standing in the English rain.
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen.
I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob g'goo goo g'joob.

Expert textpert choking smokers,
Don't you thing the joker laughs at you?
See how they smile like pigs in a sty,
See how they snied.
I'm crying.

Semolina pilchard, climbing up the Eiffel Tower.
Elementary penguin singing Hari Krishna.
Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe.
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen.
I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob g'goo goo g'joob.
Goo goo g'joob g'goo goo g'joob g'goo.

thedrafthorse
04-13-2007, 02:46 AM
Worst line EVER:

"'I am,' I said / To no one there / And no one heard at all / Not even the chair." (emphasis added)
~Neil Diamond, "'I Am,' I Said" (1971)

T Knight
04-13-2007, 03:14 AM
Best line: I had somebody/Somebody who loved me/Someone so good to me/You were my angel/Your were my heaven but I was too blind to see/I let you slip away/I guess I never knew/I had the world with you/I'd be there still be there in your arms/If not for my careless heart you would still be loving me/If not for my careless heart you'd still be mine/I wouldn't have this hurt inside/I wouldn't have these tears to cry if not for my careless heart.

Worst line: ANY SONG BY MIKA - he is bloody awfull!

Serena Casey
04-13-2007, 06:47 AM
I love this line from "Chasing Cars" (Snow Patrol): "Those three words - are said too much - and not enough." I don't know, I just think it's deep.

Worst line: Any song that relies on "yeah, ooh, baby" in place of real lyrics.

Pagey's_Girl
04-13-2007, 07:14 AM
Best: "All of us get lost in the darkness; dreamers learn to steer by the stars..." Rush, "The Pass."

The worst? "Girl I Wanna Sex You Up" by Color Me Bad. Very appropriate name for the band, if you ask me - yuck. "We can do it till we both wake up/making love until we drown"? :eek:

Siddow
04-13-2007, 04:39 PM
I don't have one, but this thread reminded me of this:
http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2006/7/11moe.html

III
04-13-2007, 05:13 PM
Best: "All of us get lost in the darkness; dreamers learn to steer by the stars..." Rush, "The Pass."

The worst? "Girl I Wanna Sex You Up" by Color Me Bad. Very appropriate name for the band, if you ask me - yuck. "We can do it till we both wake up/making love until we drown"? :eek:

Brav-freaking-o. Good choices!

jnesvold
04-13-2007, 08:56 PM
The worst? "Girl I Wanna Sex You Up" by Color Me Bad. Very appropriate name for the band, if you ask me - yuck. "We can do it till we both wake up/making love until we drown"? :eek:

Don't forget: Bad in the band's name has 2-count 'em two-D's, which must mean something, right?

benbradley
04-13-2007, 09:39 PM
...
Worst line: Any song that relies on "yeah, ooh, baby" in place of real lyrics.

There were a lot of those in the sixties, here's just two:

"She loves you yeah, yeah, yeah"
"Ooh I need your love babe, eight days a week."

The Beatles really sucked, didn't they?
[/totally joking sarcasm :D :D :D]

III
04-13-2007, 09:46 PM
I don't have one, but this thread reminded me of this:
http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2006/7/11moe.html

Just read the Sweet Child O' Mine link. That is classic (and frighteningly realistic). Thanks for posting it!

David Erlewine
04-13-2007, 09:54 PM
best: "I shot the sheriff and the motherf**king deputy. Test me." Some
rapper on a mix-tape I heard about 20 years ago.
"The moment I found you, I was lost." Volebeats; Annabel
"You can travel along 10,000 miles and still stay where you are." Harry
Chapin; WOLD
"Wouldn't you like to be with me, watching the snow come down?" Lori
Carson, Snow Come Down

Worst:
"I feel like a woman" (I concur with that choice)
The entire "Snow" song "Informer", which is one of the most unintentionally hilarious songs ev-ah!

Lyxdeslic
04-13-2007, 10:57 PM
Best: "Get yourself afraid...get yourself alone...get yourself contained...get your self-control." Soundgarden

Worst: "All I wanna do is uhma zoom zoom zoom and a boom boom, just shake your rump." Never bothered to find out artist's name. :)

rtilryarms
04-13-2007, 11:17 PM
If I said you had a beautiful body Would you hold it against me

Bellamy Brothers

jnesvold
04-13-2007, 11:23 PM
Best: "Get yourself afraid...get yourself alone...get yourself contained...get your self-control." Soundgarden

Worst: "All I wanna do is uhma zoom zoom zoom and a boom boom, just shake your rump." Never bothered to find out artist's name. :)

If I tell you, will you promise not to hate me? I typed it below in white for ya.

Wreckx-N-Effect, "Rump Shaker."

Stew21
04-13-2007, 11:35 PM
Best: From Wilco in their song "Hummingbird" - So he slept on a mountain In a sleeping bag underneath the stars He would lie awake and count them And the gray fountain spray of the great Milky Way Would never let him Die alone

Worst: BonJovi - shot through the heart and you're too blame darlin you give love a bad name.

cray
04-13-2007, 11:45 PM
way too many good ones around,...
how about:

"I don't need no one to tell me about heaven
I look at my daughter and I believe
I don't need no proof when it comes to God and truth
I can see the sunset and I perceive"

Live, "heaven"

RJLeahy
04-14-2007, 12:08 AM
Best--

The ending always comes at last/Endings always come too fast/They come too fast but they past too slow/I love you and that's all I know .

--Art Garfunkel

Worst--

Snot is running down his nose

--Jethro Tull

Albedo of Zero
04-14-2007, 06:23 AM
Snot is running down his nose

--Jethro Tull


it's an icky line but a very good one to portray aqualung

Albedo of Zero
04-14-2007, 06:24 AM
best lines: almost anything from barenakedladies or pink floyd


worst lines: almost anything from kiss or aqua

martand
04-14-2007, 08:14 AM
best: your youth may be gone , but you're still a young man
so phone me , phone me phone me- The Smiths ofcourse
worst: I'm your friend. your father, your confidante....... BITCH
50 cent

Actually the worst isnt't that bad really..

Tymolee
04-14-2007, 08:37 AM
I have to agree with the Barenaked Ladies lovers here... just about anything by them is awesome, but my favorite song is "When You Dream" (heck, any song that has the word fontanelle in it is just impressive for that).

"What do you dream about? Are they colour or black and white, Yiddish or english, or languages not yet conceived? Are they silent or boisterous? Do you hear noises just loud enough to be perceived? "

Worst? Anyone remember LFO? "New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits, Chinese food makes me sick and I think it's fly when girls stop by for the sumer, the summer."

The worst part about those lyrics? The song is a guilty pleasure. I'll probably have it stuck in my head all night.


-Leesa

Zoombie
04-14-2007, 09:15 AM
Best: "And I bite into those buns/ And I just can't believe it/ They forgot the onions!" -Weird Al, Trapped in the Drive Thru. It's funny because it's true. And it's a 10 minute long song about someone in a Drive Thru and covers every single possible thing that can go wrong in a Drive Thru.

Worst: "Someone better tell me whats going on/ or I'm gonna shoot someone"
-R. Kelly, "Trapped in the Closet". It's never adequately explained as to WHERE R. Kelly got his gun. And the fact that I hate that song.

Strange that I hate the original, but love the parody. Maybe because the parody at least makes sense. What's the chances of six relationships being tangled up and being revealed all at the same time. And what's the chance of me listening to a half hour long song?

A ten minute song, yes. Fifteen minuets, maybe. Thirty...no. The only thing I could listen to for thirty minuets would be an audio book.


Oh and another line I will remember fondly forever would be the opening line to Karn Evil 9, second impressions: "Welcome back my friends/ to the show that never ends/ We're so glad you could attend/ come inside, come inside!"

I played Karn Evil 9, Ce La Vi and Canario in my latest year of marching band. And spending about 150 or so extra, out of school hours on something like a field show has a way of connecting you to a song. Add to that that this was one of the best years in Marching Band ever. Made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

ShapeSphere
04-14-2007, 10:43 AM
Best: "I'm bored. I'm the chairman of the bored." Iggy Pop.

Worst: "We all live in a yellow submarine."

Devil Ledbetter
04-14-2007, 08:13 PM
Best: Eddie Vedder. I'm a thief, I'm a liar. There's my church, I sing in the choir.


Worst: Celine Dion. I drove all night, to get to you. Is that alright? :eek:

TheGaffer
04-17-2007, 05:48 AM
Just a couple off the top of my head, for the "best" category:


"I've got so much honey, the bees envy me." -- Four Tops, My Girl
I love that line. Such a great boast, and so simply rendered. Awesome.

"She said, 'Don't I know you from the cinematographer's party? And I said, 'Who am I to blow against the wind.'" -- Paul Simon, I Know What I Know
Just because Paul Simon is the only person who can work "cinematographer" into a song.

"Forget about the check, we'll get hell to pay." -- AC/DC, Have a Drink on Me
It's a nice pun, and a kick-ass song.

More when I have time.

poetinahat
04-17-2007, 06:05 AM
Best: "I'm bored. I'm the chairman of the bored." Iggy Pop.

Worst: "We all live in a yellow submarine."
Yes! Iggy!

I'm only five foot one
I got a pain in my neck
From lookin' up at the world
What the hell? What the heck?

And I'm doin' the things a five-foot-one man can do

And I wish life could be Swedish magazines

-- "Five Foot One"

pamelajo
04-17-2007, 06:30 AM
Best
"We are all of us in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
The Pretenders, but I think that is actually an Oscar Wilde line.

Worst
"s-s-s-s-a-a-a-a-f-f-f-f-e-e-e-e-t-t-t-t-y-y-y-y" What the hell is that song about anyway?

Anya Smith
04-17-2007, 06:44 AM
Best: "I'll take the shot for you, I'll be the shield for you.... "Shot" by THE RASMUS, a Finnish band.

Worst: gee, I just drew a blank. I suppose I always forget bad lines. Why clutter up my mind with them.

limitedtimeauthor
04-17-2007, 07:04 AM
worst: Karma karma karma karma karma chameleon... BLECH!

best: Ooh, so many...some bring tears to my eyes every time I hear them. And wouldn't you know it - I can't think of a one of 'em. ;)

Maybe later... (But I have nothing against 'oooh's and 'baby's when they're just right. Like Climax Blues Band "Oooh I love you." <swoon>)

ltd.

Soccer Mom
04-17-2007, 05:52 PM
I can't believe no one has mentioned MacArthur Park yet! Worst Song Evah!



Spring was never waiting for us, girl, it ran one step ahead as we followed in the dance,

Between the parted pages that were pressed,

A love hot fevered like a striped pair of pants,

MacArthur Park is melting in the dark, all the sweet, green icing flowing down.

Someone left the cake out in the rain,

I don't think I could take it, `cause it took so long to bake it,

And I'll never have that recipe again, oh no!


WTF?

newmod
04-18-2007, 05:30 AM
Worst (well one of, there are so many): Take me down to the paradise city, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty

Best I need to think about ...

newmod
04-18-2007, 05:34 AM
Just thought of one from The Queen is Dead by The Smiths

So, I broke into the palace
With a sponge and a rusty spanner
She said : "Eh, I know you, and you cannot sing"
I said : "That's nothing - you should hear me play piano"

poetinahat
04-18-2007, 05:37 AM
True, true, true. The Smiths should almost be excluded; it's not fair to everyone else.

I didn't realise that you wrote poetry
I didn't realise you wrote such BLOODY AWFUL poetry, Mr. Shankly

scarletpeaches
04-18-2007, 05:39 AM
I can't believe no one has mentioned MacArthur Park yet! Worst Song Evah!



Spring was never waiting for us, girl, it ran one step ahead as we followed in the dance,

Between the parted pages that were pressed,

A love hot fevered like a striped pair of pants,

MacArthur Park is melting in the dark, all the sweet, green icing flowing down.

Someone left the cake out in the rain,

I don't think I could take it, `cause it took so long to bake it,

And I'll never have that recipe again, oh no!


WTF?

How very DARE you diss The Harris!!!!!!!!

Gravity
04-18-2007, 07:26 AM
Snot is running down his nose--Jethro Tull

Tull's my band, brah. Don' be dissin' Tull...

Gravity
04-18-2007, 07:33 AM
Oh yeah

Best: "She love me like the rock of ages, she love me..." Paul Simon

Worst: "Mah nah mah nah" (repeated like eleventy-million times) The Pipkins

Lyra Jean
04-18-2007, 09:15 AM
because eleventy is a real number. :)

Gravity
04-18-2007, 05:34 PM
You're just asking for a ramen brick, Rose...:D

Devil Ledbetter
04-18-2007, 05:49 PM
True, true, true. The Smiths should almost be excluded; it's not fair to everyone else.

I didn't realise that you wrote poetry
I didn't realise you wrote such BLOODY AWFUL poetry, Mr. ShanklyPunctured bicycle on a hillside desolate. Best opening line of a song evah!

Bmwhtly
04-18-2007, 07:08 PM
Best? well, one that sums up what the song is about really well (fighting for civil rights), also the way it's sung.. makes me tingle: Standing in the way of Control

I also like the contrived rhyme, if I like the song it'll make me smile.
Buy us some shoes and maybe take us for Cola / We'll get you there in some filthy big Gondola. Only the Fratellis could get away with rhyming Cola and Gondola.


Worst? Girls Aloud (naturally) leap to mind:
Let's Go / Eskimo. I don't know why, but it angries up the blood

newmod
04-18-2007, 07:28 PM
Lots of Nick Cave lyrics too, some great stuff.

Hereīs a sample:

Well, I thought about my friend, michel
How they rolled him in linoleum
And shot him in the neck
A bloody halo, like a think-bubble
Circling his head
From Papa Wonīt Leave You Henry

Your face has fallen sad now
For you know the time is nigh
When I must remove your wings
And you, you must try to fly

From Straight to You

I hold this letter in my hand
A plea, a petition, a kind of prayer
I hope it does as I have planned
Losing her again is more than I can bear
I kiss the cold, white envelope
I press my lips against her name
Two hundred words. We live in hope
The sky hangs heavy with rain

From Love Letter

Right Iīll stop there now with Nick.

Devil Ledbetter
04-18-2007, 07:36 PM
Speaking of Nick Cave, I love this one from Ship Song:

Come loose your dogs around me
And let your hair hang down
You're a mystery to me
Every time you come around

We talked about it all night long
Define our moral ground
But when I crawl into your arms
Everything comes tumbling down

robeiae
04-18-2007, 08:28 PM
SUBLIME: "You can pin and mount me like a butterfly" -- The Smiths, "Reel Around the Fountain"

RIDICULOUS: "I am the Lizard King/I can do anything/I made the blue cars go away" -- The Doors, some song on the Waiting for the Sun album

[eta: Hi, Rob. Go on... free shot.]


True, true, true. The Smiths should almost be excluded; it's not fair to everyone else.

I didn't realise that you wrote poetry
I didn't realise you wrote such BLOODY AWFUL poetry, Mr. Shankly*sigh*

OKay, there many different kinds of best lines, imo.

Rush--Best philosophical line: And the men who hold high places/ Must be the ones to start/ To mold a new reality/ Closer to the heart

AC/DC--Best rock line, in a teenage-boy sort of way: Taking more than her share/ Had me fighting for air/ She told me to come but I was already there

Neil Young--Best depressing line: Helpless, helpless, helpless/ Baby can you hear me now?/ The chains are locked and tied across the door/ Baby, sing with me somehow.

Lynyrd Skynyrd--Best sing-along line: Sweet home Alabama/ Where the skies are so blue/ Sweet Home Alabama/ Lord, I'm coming home to you

Otis Redding--Best line, all the way around: I left my home in Georgia/ Headed for the 'Frisco bay/ 'Cause I had nothin to live for/ And look like nothing's gonna come my way

Tone Loc--Worst line, hands down: I asked the guy, "why you so fly?"/ He said "funky cold medina"

blacbird
04-18-2007, 11:44 PM
Neil Young--Best depressing line: Helpless, helpless, helpless/ Baby can you hear me now?/ The chains are locked and tied across the door/ Baby, sing with me somehow.


I'll take issue with this, only because there's this, from the same song:

"Blue, blue windows behind the stars,
Yellow moon on the rise,
Big birds flying across the sky
Throwing shadows on our eyes,
Leave us helpless, helpless . . . helpless"

Dam, what a good song that is.

caw

robeiae
04-19-2007, 12:04 AM
I'll take issue with this, only because there's this, from the same song:

"Blue, blue windows behind the stars,
Yellow moon on the rise,
Big birds flying across the sky
Throwing shadows on our eyes,
Leave us helpless, helpless . . . helpless"

Dam, what a good song that is.

cawIt was an either-or. I flipped a coin. Really.

Soccer Mom
04-19-2007, 02:20 AM
Most depressing lyric ever: Alone is all we are--Kurt Cobain.

Inkdaub
04-19-2007, 10:23 AM
Best - "What is he building in there?" - Tom Waits

Worst - "There's a party at your house cuz your mama is a stripper!" - Qurashi

Bmwhtly
04-19-2007, 05:47 PM
"Thou shalt not use music and poetry to get into girls pants.
Use it to get into their heads"

jodiodi
04-19-2007, 09:15 PM
For some reason the Bon Jovi song (can't remember the name) had a line in it that just rubbed me the wrong way:

Remember that time when we lost the keys?
And you lost more than that in my backseat.

Completely cringe-worthy and I recall loathing BonJovi from then on out.

jnesvold
04-19-2007, 10:57 PM
For some reason the Bon Jovi song (can't remember the name) had a line in it that just rubbed me the wrong way:

Remember that time when we lost the keys?
And you lost more than that in my backseat.

Completely cringe-worthy and I recall loathing BonJovi from then on out.

"Never Say Goodbye."

III
04-19-2007, 11:07 PM
For some reason the Bon Jovi song (can't remember the name) had a line in it that just rubbed me the wrong way:

Remember that time when we lost the keys?
And you lost more than that in my backseat.

Completely cringe-worthy and I recall loathing BonJovi from then on out.

Bon Jovi was gawdawful, but I think they were doing an homage to Poison's "Talk Dirty To Me". Why do we have 3 pages of posts and nobody's mentioned Poison yet?

jodiodi
04-19-2007, 11:24 PM
Poison had some really bad lines. Although they did have a line that I really liked from (I think) "Something to Believe In":

Sometimes I wish I didn't know now
The things I didn't know then.

I could relate to that one line.

ETA: And what about Motley Crue? In fact, 80s hair metal is a fertile breeding ground for bad lyrics.

blacbird
04-20-2007, 12:11 AM
Poison had some really bad lines. Although they did have a line that I really liked from (I think) "Something to Believe In":

Sometimes I wish I didn't know now
The things I didn't know then.

I could relate to that one line.



It's a great line. Maybe too great. I've heard it in at least one country song, in identical wording. I wonder what's the original version.

caw

jodiodi
04-20-2007, 12:23 AM
I don't listen to country so I don't know when it came out there, but the Poison version was in the late 80s, I think, or early 90s at the latest.

Devil Ledbetter
04-20-2007, 01:20 AM
Why do we have 3 pages of posts and nobody's mentioned Poison yet?Perhaps because it goes without saying?

III
04-20-2007, 01:27 AM
Sometimes I wish I didn't know now
The things I didn't know then.



They actually ripped that line off from Bob Seeger's classic "Against The Wind". Seeger was such a fantastic lyricist.

Inkdaub
04-20-2007, 11:53 AM
Poison sez...

"Instead of makin' love...we both...made our seperate ways."

III
04-20-2007, 05:00 PM
"CC Pick up that git-tar and tawk to me!"
(CC Deville proceeds to play a C major scale)

newmod
04-20-2007, 05:16 PM
Iīm back again, another fine lyricist (for my tastes) Mr. Andrew Eldritch (Sisters of Mercy)

What you have lost can never be found
Words are just dust in deserts of sound
Everything is lost and your choice lies broken
And the truth is drowned

I will return with more lyrics, be warned!!!

C.bronco
04-20-2007, 05:26 PM
There are so many contenders, but I posit that any song that includes "loveley lady lumps" should be a medalist in the worst category.

jnesvold
04-20-2007, 05:57 PM
It's a great line. Maybe too great. I've heard it in at least one country song, in identical wording. I wonder what's the original version.

caw

"Something to Believe In" came out in 1990, I believe. The country song you refer to is probably Toby Keith's "Wish I Didn't Know Now," which was released in 1993.

newmod
04-20-2007, 06:45 PM
There are so many contenders, but I posit that any song that includes "loveley lady lumps" should be a medalist in the worst category.

Have you seen Alanis Morissetteīs version of that song? The video is classic, and the way she does it sounds even more painful, deliberately so Iīm sure, than the original. Itīs on youtube, if I can find it Iīll post the link.

newmod
04-20-2007, 06:49 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZw-8RSyvh8

Hereīs the link

Devil Ledbetter
04-20-2007, 11:44 PM
"Something to Believe In" came out in 1990, I believe. The country song you refer to is probably Toby Keith's "Wish I Didn't Know Now," which was released in 1993.Yes, and Bob Seager wrote Against the Wind sometime during the Carter administration. 1976.

Of course, IMO Eddie Vedder said it most succinctly in 1996 in Red Mosquito: If I had known then, what I know now.

poetic peony
04-20-2007, 11:56 PM
One of the worst in a really good song is Ten Years After's "I'd Love to Change the World". The lines -"Life is funny, skies are sunny, Bees make honey, who needs money." If it wasn't for the bees line it would be fine, but that sounds so much like someone just stuck that in it's not even funny.

As far as good lyrics I'm partial to all things Strawbs or Moody Blues. Especially from Seventh Sojourn. I'm pleased as punch to say I've seen them both in concert.

from "Nice to See You"

Silver minnows were devising
Water ballet so surprising
A mouse played a daffodil
A mole came up blinking
Underneath an owl who's thinking
How he came to be sat on a hill

and

"You Can Never Go Home"
Weep no more for treasures you've been searching for in vain.
'Cos the truth is gently falling with the rain,
High above the forest lie the pastures of the sun,
Where the two that learned the secret are now one.

I don't know what I'm searching for
I never have opened the door,
Tomorrow might find me at last,
Turning my back on the past,
But, time will tell, of stars that fell,
A million years ago.
Memories can never take you back, home, sweet home.
You can never go home anymore.

And by Strawbs

from "Tears and Pavan"
Where are the tears
That you should be crying right now
I see the world weariness
In your eyes
I hear your voice
Soft and sad
Yet your laughter rings
Like carillons of bells
In my ears
I feel your heart
Beat like the wings of the wild goose
I smell your love
On me
I can still taste the tears
That you should be crying right now.

and

from "Witchwood"
The witchwood started singing
With a strange unearthly sound
My fingers grew like branches
I stood rooted to the ground
And the spell is still unbroken
I am still her bidden slave
Till a casket from the witchwood
Bears my body to the grave.



I could go on with both forever. Arlo Guthrie and Alex Bevan, too. Almost forgot Carol King!!!

jnesvold
04-21-2007, 12:45 AM
Just about anytime a band mentions their own name ruins a song. Perfect example is Limp Bizkit, who suck in their own right, in the song "Behind Blue Eyes." It's a good song untl the robot voice guy starts spelling:

"L...I...M...P..."

Devil Ledbetter
04-21-2007, 01:21 AM
Just about anytime a band mentions their own name ruins a song. Perfect example is Limp Bizkit, who suck in their own right, in the song "Behind Blue Eyes." It's a good song untl the robot voice guy starts spelling:

"L...I...M...P..."Fergalicious.

jnesvold
04-21-2007, 01:50 AM
Fergalicious.

Good call.

jodiodi
04-21-2007, 07:29 AM
Another of my favorites:

And when you lose control, you'll reap the harvest you have sewn.
And as the fear grows, the bad blood slows and turns to stone.
And it's too late to lose the weight you used to need to throw around.
So have a good drown as you go down all alone.
Dragged down by the stone.

Dogs--Pink Floyd (who also have some of the best lines ever).

newmod
04-21-2007, 08:20 AM
Okay, time I chipped in with some bad lyrics, so here goes:

"Young, black, and famous, with money hangin out the anus."
Mase ("Can't Nobody Hold Me Down")

civilian chic
04-22-2007, 01:38 AM
The Good: "Oh, I can tell your future/ Just look what's in your hand..." (Grateful Dead)
The Bad: "More human than human"... What does THAT look like, Rob Zombie?

newmod
04-22-2007, 05:04 AM
The Bad: "More human than human"... What does THAT look like, Rob Zombie?

That, I believe, is a reference to Bladerunner and the NExus Corporationīs slogan about their androids More human than human.

Joe270
04-24-2007, 10:59 AM
My contribution is from the Killers from Las Vegas:

I heard you had a boyfriend
who looks like a girlfriend
I had in February of last year.

I dunno for sure, but that almost, might just trump Dylan's 'Positively 4th Street' as the ultimate cut song.

chartreuse
05-04-2007, 07:32 AM
From "Radio Radio" by Elvis Costello:

Radio is a sound salvation
Radio is cleaning up the nation
They say you better listen to the voice of reason
But they don't give you any choice
'cause they think that it's treason.
So you had better do as you are told.
You better listen to the radio.

I wanna bite the hand that feeds me.
I wanna bite that hand so badly.
I want to make them wish they'd never seen me.

Some of my friends sit around every evening
and they worry about the times ahead
But everybody else is overwhelmed by indifference
and the promise of an early bed
You either shut up or get cut up;
they don't wanna hear about it.
It's 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



P.S. Joe270 - I love that Killers song too.