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I was downloading some lyrics this morning and came across some great songs, that I would like to learn again. Thought it might be entertaining if anyone wanted to post a favorite lyrical line or verse from a song.

I'll go first...From John Hiatt's song 'Ethylene'


Now some men will drive

to the edges of nothing

So they can take a peak at the great abyss

Some men avoid love

Like it was a plague or something

So they can leave the seat down

When they piss


The whole song is full of brilliant lyrical content.

Here it is..

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I was watching a PBS special and they had a group of song writers sitting on chairs in a circle. Waylon and Willy were both there. When it was Waylon's turn he sang a tune he'd written. The best line I ever heard. The song was about a girl that had broken his heart,sold his dog and wrecked his truck, you know the standard country lament but the last line was; "If I'd killed you when I met you I'd be out of jail by now". Willy was laughing so hard he almost fell off his chair.


The other is from Bobby McGee. "I'm feelin' near as faded as my jeans".

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Then take me disappearin' through the smoke rings of my mind,

Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves,

The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach,

Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow.

Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,

Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands,

With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves,

Let me forget about today until tomorrow.

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I'm really enjoying this - so I threw you '+'.


Great stuff guys.


And a great idea for a thread. . [thumbup]




Thanks Big K ! I am enjoying it too. Have to go ouside though and enjoy this sunny 60 degree winter weather....Cause I know it won,t last....

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just one of many...


well i wish i was in Austin hmmm.. hmm..

down in the chilli parlour bar drinkin' mad dog magheritas

and not caring where you are...

here i sit in Dublin hmmm.. hmm..

just rollin' cigarettes, holdin' back and chokin' back the shakes with every breath..

So forgive me all my anger forgive me all my thoughts

for theres no point in forgiving for thinking what i thought

I loved you from the get go and i'll love you till i die

i loved you on the spanish steps the day you said goodbye..


Dam de da dum...dada le dum...


No prizes for knowing who wrote this one;)

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Looking out the door i see the rain fall upon the funeral mourners

Parading in a wake of sad relations as their shoes fill up with water

And maybe I'm too young to keep good love from going wrong

But tonight you're on my mind so you never know

When I'm broken down and hungry for your love with no way to feed it

Where are you tonight, child you know how much i need it

Too young to hold on and too old to just break free and run


Jeff Buckley

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And in the end, the love you take . . . is equal to the love you make.


I've never been sure what that even means or if Paul knows what that means. ....


It's definitely of the era - Make love, not war.


Good karma, the golden rule . . . by doing loving things for others, you, in turn, will receive love. And in the end, the love you take with you to whatever is next, will be equal to the love you have given.

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Pithy truths from the folk idiom....


As through this world you ramble, you meet some funny men,

some rob you with a six gun, some with a fountain pen

Woodrow Wilson Guthrie, Pretty Boy Floyd


"You can go to your college you can go to your school

If you dont have Jesus your an educated fool"

Washington Phillips, Denomination Blues


and, some memorable food metaphors. " I had some dreams they were clouds in my coffee."

Coyotes in a coffe shop, staring hole in his scrambled eggs." Nothing profound, but they paint a


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Now some folks they wait

And some folks they pray

For Jesus to rise up again

But none of these folks

In their holy cloaks

Ever took Billy on as a friend

For pity's a crime

And it ain't worth a dime

To a person who's really in need

Just treat 'em the same

As you would your own name

Next time that your heart starts to bleed

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Darkness at the break of noon

shadows even the silver spoon

the hand made blade the child's balloon

eclipses both the sun and moon

to understand you knew too soon

there's no sense in trying


- Dylan "It's alright,Ma (I'm only bleeding)"


Another one I feel I should mention


I'm just a kid of ill repute

and the skin I wear's my only suit

and you you're just a substitute

for the one that I hold dear


- Two Gallants "Despite what you've been told"


I am also enjoying this thread.

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