Post the Best Song/Lyrics You've ever heard

Discussion in 'Music Discussion' started by Pira C, Oct 2, 2007.

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    I honestly feel like being raised how i was, i have missed alot of musical beuty i guess u can say, and i wanted to get some other ppl in other situations idea of good music. I recently heard john lennons working class heroe:eek: that was exquisite, please partake in broadening my horizon
     
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    iSaint

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    twoodcc

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    i like this one:

    BON JOVI
    DRY COUNTY

    "Across the border they turn Water into wine.
    Some say it's the devil's blood
    They're squeezing from the vine.
    Some say it's a saviour
    In these hard and desperate times.
    For me it helps me to forget
    That we're just born to die.
    I came here like so many did
    To find the better life.
    To find my piece of easy street.
    To finally be alive.
    And I know nothing good comes easy
    And all good things take some time
    I made my bed I'll lie in it
    To die in it's the crime
    You can't help but prosper
    Where the streets are paved with gold
    They say the oil wells ran deeper here
    than anybody's known
    I packed up on my wife and kid
    And left them back at home
    Now there's nothing in this paydirt
    The ghosts are all I know
    Now the oil's gone
    The money's gone
    And the jobs are gone
    Still we're hangin' on
    Down in dry county
    They're swimming in the sand
    Praying for some holy water
    To wash the sins from off our hand
    Here in dry county
    The promise has run dry
    Where nobody cries
    And no one's getting out of here alive
    In the blessed name of Jesus
    I heard a preacher say
    That we are God's children
    And He'd be back someday
    And I hoped that he knew
    Something as he drank his cup of wine
    I didn't have too good of a feeling
    As I head out to the night
    I cursed the sky to open
    I begged the clouds for rain
    I prayed to God for water
    For this burning in my veins
    It was like my soul's on fire
    And I had to watch the flames
    All my dreams went up in ashes
    And my future blew away
    Now the oil's gone
    And the money's gone
    And the jobs are gone
    Still we're hangin' on
    Down in dry county
    They're swimming in the sand
    Praying for some holy water
    To wash the sins from off our hand
    Here in dry county
    The promise has run dry
    Where nobody cries
    And no one's getting out of here alive
    Men spend their whole lives
    Waiting praying for their big reward
    But it seems sometimes
    The payoff leaves you feeling
    Like a dirty whore
    If I could choose the way I'll die
    Make it by the gun or knife
    'Cause the other way there's too much pain
    Night after night after night
    Down in dry county
    They're swimming in the sand
    Praying for some holy water
    To wash the sins from off our hand
    Here in dry county
    The promise has run dry
    Where nobody cries
    And no one's getting out of here alive"
     
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    MattG

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    Anything from Bloodhoung Gang's Hooray for Boobies seems oddly intelligent. And make me giggle from time to time.
     
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    twoodcc

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    as far as funny/clever lyrics....i always liked nelly's from nellyville.

    things like "sit down, you know you can't stand me" and such
     
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    tobefirst

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    Guys,

    Rather than posting lyrics to entire songs (which likely aren't going to get read) or just posting links to songs that we like, I think it would make the thread a lot more interesting if we say more about *why* we like them, and which lines in particular grab us.

    That said, I'm amazed to find an Arrested Development reference pretty much anywhere. :) Love Mr. Wendal!
     
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    rockosmodurnlif

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    As far as really good lyrics "Yesterday" by the Beatles is always a standout for me. Really just captures the essence of heartbreak. And "53rd and 3rd" by the Ramones, who took the essence of rock and reintroduced it to us after the over indulgences of the 60s and 70s.

    Iron Maiden and Dio are great for epic stories as songs as well.
     
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    LizKat

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    I surprised myself by liking Delbert McClinton's "Down into Mexico" from his Cost of Living Album. I was ripping CDs belonging to one of my brothers into his ibook's iTunes library for him, just as a favor. I was listening to a few of them trying to figure why the hell he liked them. I ended up later buying from iTunes for myself that song and a few others I heard that night. Most of them I don't listen to very often but this one I keep on my iPods.

    It's a classic tale of greed, scheming, stealing, getaway... and betrayal!

    I like the lines of the denouement because up to then he's just got the whole thing laid out like clockwork, singing with a certain arrogance about pulling it off, and then...

    Me and Cherie were countin' the money
    When that little gun slid outta her purse,
    Yeah that little gun slid outta her purse.
    That's when she told me 'bout her lover
    That's when i knew i was in a, a terrible mess!
    She took the blame and he took the money
    And I took a bullet in my chest!
     
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    I used to play it for my youth group and talk about. Now I play it for my English classes. I tell them I listen to rap, then play this song. Tennessee is great as well.
     
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    sunfast

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    Everything from MC Hawking is outstanding. Get some if you've never heard it - hard to convery the genius (and hilarity) in words. Some classics...

    I'm from the streets, it's true
    My homies are all dead
    F*ck with me you'll join them too
    I'll cap you in the head

    ***

    In the beginning there was nothing, not even time
    No planets, no stars, no hip-hop, no rhyme
    But then there was a bang like the sound from my gat
    The universe began and the sh*t was phat

    ***

    I roll straight pimping to the room of my lecture
    Prepared to enrapture students with a mixture
    Of hard ass science and smooth ass thymes
    So phat you can't fit in my class some times

    ***

    Dropping science like Gallileo and Pisa
    Dropping punk b*tches everytime I squeeze a
    Round from my gat
    I'm sick like that
    I tear through the track like sh*t through a rat
     
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    phillipjfry

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    Their song "Right Turn, Clyde" really hits me too :)
     
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    Killyp

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    Joni Mitchell - People's Parties

    Joni Mitchell in general writes some of the best lyrics IMO.
     
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    Melrose

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    I Can See Clearly Now ~ Jimmy Cliff.

    This is just about my all-time favourite song. I know it's a bit silly, but every time I hear it it makes me smile and picks me up - and I've heard it a million times but it never changes (unusual for a song to continue to have that effect on me)
     
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    wwooden

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    I've always loved the opening (and the rest for that matter) to Bob Segers "We've Got Tonight".

    I know its late, I know you're weary
    I know your plans don't include me
    Still here we are, both of us lonely
    Longing for shelter from all that we see
    Why should we worry, no one will care girl
    Look at the stars so far away
    We've got tonight, who needs tomorrow?
    We've got tonight babe
    Why don't we stay?

    For me, it's the combination of the words and the way he sings them that grips me.
     
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    jodelli

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    I Am The Walrus. It doesn't make any sense but the lyrics are almost music themselves.
     
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    Bfat567

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    Society is a loaded weapon - Ill Nino - Start a War

    You cannot kill what you did not create - Slipknot - Duality


    Why does everyone feel like my enemy,
    Don't want any part of depression or
    Darkness, I've had enough
    sick and tired, bring the sun, or I'm gone,
    Or I'm gone

    Mudvayne - World so Cold

    Just to name a few
     
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    MrSmith

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    Ha ha ha, hee hee hee
    "I'm a laughing Gnome and you can't catch me"
    Ha ha ha, hee hee hee
    "I'm a laughing Gnome and you can't catch me"

    David Bowie
    Pure genius. :cool:
     
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    Here's one from one of our local rock and roll heroes in my country; the song's entitle RAGE and the artist is THE JERKS.

    "And the names and the faces of the tyrant change
    but poverty stays and murder remains...
    Go not gently into the night, RAGE! against the dying of the light
    sing a song about this terrible sight, RAGE until the lightning strikes"
     
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    apsterling

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    The Girl's A Straight Up Hustler - All Time Low - Put Up Or Shut Up

    Lipstick has a way of leaving more than just a mark on my sheets,
    coloring my senses cherry red; at least for this week...
    Kisses under starry night skies, talked about in song,
    we play along, so bitter sweet by our design.
    I'm sick and tired of writing songs about you,
    This is it, this is the end...

    Take off your makeup and put down the camera,
    choke on the drama that makes me want to,
    tear up the pictures, the pages you've saved,
    creating a life of trends and make believe...

    I've got no place in my heart for a criminal like you to dwell,
    in this endeavor, make this last forever...
    I'm just delirious,
    You can't be serious,
    You're so infamous for leaving me a mess...

    Take off your makeup, put down the camera,
    choke on the drama that makes me want to,
    tear up the pictures and pages you've saved,
    creating a life of trends and make believe...

    She gets what she wants and she breaks what she gets,
    get out while you can or she'll tear you to pieces /
    "Are you having a good time sweetheart?"

    Take off your makeup, put down the camera,
    choke on the drama that makes me want to,
    tear up the pictures and pages you've saved,
    creating a life of trends and make believe...

    Carry on home,
    I'll be waiting miles and miles away,
    leaving you to be forever seventeen,
    cleaning up the messes that you've made.


    The song came at the perfect time to be relevant to me, and there's so much good lyric work that it's insane. It's just a high energy song in general
     
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    robanga

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    This one ranks pretty high;

    1. How Can I Keep From Singing?
    There is an endless song
    Echoes in my soul
    I hear the music ring
    And though storms may come
    I am holding on
    To the rock I cling

    How can I keep from singing Your praise?
    How can I ever say enough?
    How amazing is Your love?
    How can I keep from shouting Your name?
    I know I am loved by the King
    And it makes my heart want to sing

    I will lift my eyes
    In the darkest night
    For I know my Savior lives
    And I will walk with You
    Knowing You see me through
    And sing the songs You give

    How can I keep from singing Your praise?
    How can I ever say enough?
    How amazing is Your love?
    How can I keep from shouting Your name?
    I know I am loved by the King
    And it makes my heart want to sing

    I can sing in the troubled times
    Sing when I win
    I can sing when I lose my step
    And I fall down again

    I can sing 'cause You pick me up
    Sing 'cause You're there
    I can sing 'cause You hear me, Lord
    When I call to You in prayer

    I can sing with my last breath
    Sing for I know
    That I'll sing with the angels
    And the saints around the throne

    How can I keep from singing Your praise?
    How can I ever say enough?
    How amazing is Your love?
    How can I keep from shouting Your name?
    I know I am loved by the King
    And it makes my heart
    I am loved by the King
    And it makes my heart
    I am loved by the King
    And it makes my heart want to sing
    I can sing
     
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    calculus

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    I absolutely agree with this.

    For me her lyrics on the whole of The Hissing of Summer Lawns album are just about as good as things get...
     
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    skunk

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    You know it makes sense.
     
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    Plymouthbreezer

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    Demosthenes X

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    ^ Agreed. I recently discovered this cover - just heartbreaking.

    I'm quite partial to a lot of Coldplay - they have some of the best lyrics in modern music, imo - but I think A Rush of Blood to the Head is particularly striking:

    He said I'm gonna buy this place and burn it down
    I'm gonna put it six feet underground
    He said I'm gonna buy this place and watch it fall
    Stand here beside me baby in the crumbling walls
    Oh I'm gonna buy this place and start a fire
    Stand here until I fill all your hearts desires
    Because I'm gonna buy this place and see it burn
    Do back the things it did to you in return
    Ah,ah,ah
    He said oh I'm gonna buy a gun and start a war
    If you can tell me something worth fighting for
    Oh and I'm gonna buy this place, that's what I said
    Blame it upon a rush of blood to the head
     

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