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This week or since forever!


I played I know You Rider tonight over and over, til my fingers hurt. It's one of my all-time favourite songs. I absolutely love the line(s):

"I wish I was a headlight, on a northbound train

I'd shine my light through the cool Colorado rain"


That produces such a visual image for me. I can see the pitch blackness and the subtle outline of evergreen trees in the background from the solitary light of the train. The rain is just a slight drizzling mist, illuminated by the lone light, as the train forges on through the night. Beautiful!

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Good idea for a thread, Karen. I can think of quite a few, but I've always loved the first verse to "Cold Autumn Sunday" by my friend Ken Hensley:


When the leaving birds fill the stone-grey sky

And the green leaves turn away and die

And the once-warm sun has to run and hide

And the winter clouds begin their stormy ride

Cold black shadows cross my eyes

And help to make me realise

You've gone

O cold autumn Sunday

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The summer had inhaled and held its breath too long


the winter looked the same as it never had gone


and through an open window where no curtain hung


I saw you......I saw you


Coming back to me



Marty Balin , Jefferson Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow album.

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" Welcome to my life Tatoo,

I'm a man now thanks to you.

I suspect I'll regret you, with a skin graft i won't get you,

be there when I die........ Tatooooooooooo....."


The Who Live at Leeds

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Two of my favourites:


"Sorrow and solitude, these are the precious things/and the only words that are worth remembering"

('Nothin'', Townes Van Zandt)


"Through the lemon trees, the diamonds of light break in splinters, on the pages where I write/that if I lost you, I don't know what I'd do/just burn forever"

('Flame Turns Blue', David Gray)


This could go on forever, those are just the first two that came to mind!

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This is the song about a rose

or perhaps it's the song about the shadow of a rose

in the mornining the apple sellers congregate on corners of their own

but you and I we sing our song about a rose or perhaps the shadow

of a rose


Tom Rapp (Pearls Before Swine) ........................ once more

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There’s a road to heaven for every soul on earth

Lord I believe that for what it's worth

So Lord if you're listening I’m east of Mobile

Rolling down highway 10 with the devil behind the wheel


- Chris Knight 'Devil Behind The Wheel'



Some folks say if you keep rolling

And you keep it on the yellow line

It'll take you to the big highway

But there's a toll to pay, if your going

The keeper at the gate is blind

So you better be prepared to pay


- Steve Earle 'Nowhere Road'


Agree with Jinder, this could go on forever. Got road songs on my mind this morning because...I'm on the road;)

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Two immediately come to mind:


when the rooster crows at the break of dawn

look out that window and I'll be gone

you're the reason I'm traveling on

don't think twice it's alright


- Don't Think Twice, It's Alright. Bob Dylan



I wish I was the brakeman on a hurtlin' fevered train

crashing headlong into the heartland like a cannon in the rain

with the beating of the sleepers and the burning of the coal

counting towns flashing by me in a night that's full of soul

with light in my head, and you in my arms


- Fisherman's Blues, The Waterboys

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"He said 'I'll love you 'till I die.'

She told him 'You'll forget in time.'

As the years went slowly by,

She still preyed upon his mind."

(I guess I like my music sort of simple and straightforward. So the audience won't get lost. If I want stuff to think about - provide me with insight... I prefer lyrics without music. AKA poetry. "Sonnets From The Portuges" would suffer if accompanied by D, A7 and greasy G. IMHO!

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I couldn't settle on just one verse so...


Well there's gonna be a freakers ball

Tonight at the freakers hall

And you know, you're invited one and all


Come on babies grease your lips

Grab your hats and swing your hips

Don't forget to bring your whips

We're going to the freakers ball


Blow your whistle and bang your gong

Roll up something to take along

It feels so good it must be wrong

We're freakin at the freakers ball


Where all the fags and the dykes they're boogyin' together

The leather freaks are dressed in all kinds of leather

The greatest of the sadists and the masochists too

Screaming "Please hit me, and I'll hit you"


The FBI are dancing with the junkies

All the straights, are swinging with the funkies

Across the floor and up the wall

We're freakin at the freakers ball

Yall, we're freakin at the freakers ball


Everybody's kissing each other

Brother with sister, son with mother

Smear my body up with butter

Take me to the freakers ball


Pass that roach please and pour the wine

I'll kiss yours if you'll kiss mine

I'm gonna boogie till i go blind

We're freakin at the freakers ball


White ones, black ones, yellow ones, red ones

Necrophiliacs looking for dead ones

The greatest of the sadist and the masochists too

Screaming "Please hit me, and I'll hit you"


Everybody's ballin' in batches

Pyromaniacs striking matches

I'm gonna itch me where it scratches

Freaking at the freakers ball

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Jamey Johnson - album - " That Lonesome Song"

song - The High Cost of Livin'


"That Southern Baptist parking lot was where I'd go to smoke my pot and sit there in my pickup truck and pray.

And staring at that giant cross just reminded me that I was lost and it just never seemed to point the way.

As soon as Jesus turned his back I'd find my way across the tracks looking just to score another deal. With my back against that damned eight-ball I didn't have to think or talk..........................or feel."


"My whole life went through my head, laying in that motel bed watching as the cops kicked in the door. I had a job and a piece of land and my sweet wife was my best friend but I traded that for cocaine and a whore."

"The high cost of livin' aint nothin' like the cost of livin' high."

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It's hard to narrow this down, but I can tell you one favorite that leapt to mind. Well, more or less tell you, after I set it up a bit.


It's from a hi-larious song "H-A-T-R-E-D" by Tonio K that starts off calmly enough, in acoustic-singer-songwritery mode


I know it's not unusual

It's nothing so unique

There's probably hundreds of wonderful love affairs

That go bad in this town every week

[spoken:] It's a big town!


But all of them others

Those sad hearted lovers

They cry in their beers with the pain

It didn't concern me

Was none of my business

I never had nothin' to say


But suddenly, Darlin'

The table has turned

You have left me for somebody new

And now it's hard to express

The resentment I feel

For the years that I've wasted on you


But then he gets a tad worked up -- Let me put this another way, okay? -- and goes electric, which eventually leads to the screamed Great Line:


I wish I was a mellow

As, for instance, Jackson Browne

But "Fountain of Sorrow" my a**, m*****f***er

I hope you wind up in the ground!!


His record company was convinced this song would be a huge hit if he'd just change that one word so it could get some radio airplay. But he wouldn't.


-- Bob R

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These are great!


I've had this thing for John Hartford's Steamboat Whistle Blues,


"Well the city's grown up where it looks all square

Like a crossword puzzle on the landscape

Looks like an electric shaver now

Where the courthouse used to be.".....

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"We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year" - Pink Floyd "Wish You Were Here"


"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans" - John Lennon "Beautiful Boy"


"And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make" - The Beatles "The End"

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Sorry I've been vacant from this thread most of the day.... I've got a nasty headcold, yuck. Woke up with it this morning.


I'm sure enjoying reading these entries, tho'.


Terry, I heard Joan Baez's version and agree. The song (according to Wiki) is a 'traditional woman's blues song'. Joan Baez is not doing it bluesy enough for me. My fav version is Jorma's, but the version I play is this guy's. I've got his arrangement nailed down note for note, and I just love playing it!


Oh, where's the Kleenex..... boohoo....... sniff....

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