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Title: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: pcolbeck on May 14, 2014, 02:01:53 pm
Today's favourite:

Rock and Roll means well, but it can't help tellin' young boys lies

You can always bet on the Drive by Truckers to come up with a good one.

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Post by: Steph on May 14, 2014, 05:24:36 pm
I know this one from the singing of Mabsant with the late Siwsann George.

"Ac yn Nhrawsfynydd, ar lan y llyn, yr oen yn araf marw"

(And in Trawsfynydd, by the lake, the sheep slowly die)
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Post by: hatler on May 14, 2014, 11:43:14 pm
I'm not a great Oasis fan, but I do like their line (I think this is it) : -

'Cos the brains you said I had went to my head.

Edit:  Just checked, it's : -

Cos you said the brains I had went to my head
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Post by: Deano on May 14, 2014, 11:53:53 pm
I keep meaning to listen to the Drive by Truckers. Someone I like (can't remember who mind) name checked them onstage.

The one that comes to mind is:

"Your mouth has a more complicated history than the American South".

The Mountain Goats.
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Post by: Ian H on May 15, 2014, 12:01:36 am
"The pump don't work cos the vandals took the handle."
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Post by: PaulF on May 15, 2014, 06:42:45 am
"It's the side effects that save us"

And

"The followers of chaos, out of control"
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Post by: gibbo on May 15, 2014, 07:32:26 am
They let you think you're king but you're really a pawn - The Jam, When You're Young.
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Post by: Jaded on May 15, 2014, 07:59:09 am
Smash the system with the song!
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Post by: Steph on May 15, 2014, 08:29:06 am
There will be bleeding from orifices! Do not panic.
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Post by: Juan Martín on May 15, 2014, 08:36:36 am
Think only of yourself.
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Post by: Vince on May 15, 2014, 11:07:56 am
Your missus is a nutter, She's got curly teeth and walks with a stutter
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 15, 2014, 01:22:39 pm
There is nothing better in life than writing on the sole of your slipper with a biro.
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Post by: tiermat on May 15, 2014, 02:22:35 pm
"The pump don't work cos the vandals took the handle."

Sounds like it may the genesis of, or inspired by:

"Heads you win, 'cos the dog chewed the handle"

Others I like are:

"I came as a rat, came as a whore"

"I seem to recognise your face, haunting familarity, I can't seem to place"

"If all the people in the world were in your back garden, would you call the police, or grab a plate and join them?"

And, of course, my sig line.

Out of them, 3 are Terrorvision, one Pearl Jam and one Modest Mouse, all good for one liner lyrics.
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Post by: rogerzilla on May 16, 2014, 10:41:39 pm
The Smiths (well, Morrissey wrote the lyrics) were masters at this.

"There's more to life than books you know, but not much more"

"She said, 'I know you and you cannot sing'.  I said, 'That's nothing; you should hear me play piano'"

"And if you ever need self-validation, just meet me in the alley by the railway station"

"Two lumps please, you're the bee's knees - but so am I"

but the ultimate is from Happy Mondays.

"I might be the honky, but I'm hung like a donkey"  ;D

Shaun Ryder was, of course, the "poet" in the infamous 24 Hour Party People poster; Ian Curtis being the "genius" and Tony Wilson being the "twat".

(http://anencounter.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/bso_24_hour_party_people-frontal2.jpg)
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Post by: spesh on May 16, 2014, 11:05:11 pm
From Jacques Brel's "Au Suivant":

"Je jure sur la tête de ma première vérole"  ("I swear on the head of my first pox").

Scott Walker and Alex Harvey cranked it up a notch with "I swear on the wet head of my first case of gonorrhea"
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Post by: Ian H on May 16, 2014, 11:06:05 pm
"The pump don't work cos the vandals took the handle."

Sounds like it may the genesis of, or inspired by:

"Heads you win, 'cos the dog chewed the handle"



Here you are. (http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bobdylan/subterraneanhomesickblues.html)
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Post by: Exit Stage Left on May 17, 2014, 02:16:35 pm
It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty, delta day


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Post by: rogerzilla on May 17, 2014, 10:43:26 pm
The Doors, of course...Jim Morrison's drug-fuelled poetry.  Most of "The WASP" could be great single-line quotes, but the best is

"Out here we is stoned - immaculate"

Jars a little these days because the bad grammar is supposed to be from "the negroes in the forest, brightly feathered".  Compare Tom and Jerry cartoons and "Where am dat cat?".
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Post by: citoyen on May 18, 2014, 08:24:54 am
"I used to want to plant bombs at the Last Night of the Proms" - Brickbat, Billy Bragg.

"I get the news I need from the weather report" - Only Living Boy In New York, Simon & Garfunkel
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Post by: citoyen on May 18, 2014, 08:28:02 am

From Jacques Brel's "Au Suivant":

"Je jure sur la tête de ma première vérole"  ("I swear on the head of my first pox").

That is a great line. Brel is full of them. One of my favourites is from Les Vieux:

"Le muscat de dimanche ne les fait plus chanter"
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Post by: Woofage on May 19, 2014, 11:43:24 am
"I have words that do not come from children's books"
- from Everything I've Got Belongs To You by Rodgers & Hart
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Post by: clarion on May 19, 2014, 02:16:38 pm
"Je crache a la gueule de tout ce systeme" - Trust.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 20, 2014, 11:36:40 am
More conventional but tells a story in a single line

"She had a good-looking momma, who never was around"

Mary Jane's last dance, by Tom Petty.
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Post by: Steph on May 20, 2014, 01:32:32 pm
Think only of yourself.
;D
If you are making love, it is imperative to bring all bodies to orgasm simultaneously.
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Post by: Woofage on May 20, 2014, 03:04:29 pm
Think only of yourself.
;D
If you are making love, it is imperative to bring all bodies to orgasm simultaneously.

Use your wheels. It is what they are for.
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Post by: Steph on May 20, 2014, 06:16:01 pm


If no wheels are available, metal, not organic limbs should be employed wherever possible...


Sod it; the whole piece is superb!
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Post by: Peter on May 20, 2014, 08:23:22 pm
It's hard to chose a single line of Bob Dylan, who hs probably written more great lines then the rest of the world's lyricists put together (Cole Porter and Ira Gershwin just didn't write enough songs!) but how about these:-

They're selling postcards of the hanging; they're painting the passports brown

and

The ghost of electricity howls in the bones of her face
?

On second thoughts, maybe we should ban Bob Dylan or the internet might break.
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Post by: nicknack on May 20, 2014, 08:30:50 pm
Yes and every bloody emperor's got his hands up history's skirt
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Post by: Steph on May 20, 2014, 09:58:58 pm
VDGG?

Of course it must be. You ever play two at once? I prefer Boleas Panic from that album.
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Post by: Valiant on May 21, 2014, 04:45:03 am
Don't marry her, fuck me.
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Post by: nicknack on May 21, 2014, 03:24:57 pm
You ever play two at once?
Wondered what you meant for a sec.

I used to when I played in a prog band about 35 years ago. Occasionally toy with the idea of tenor and bari together (Dana Colley in Morphine) but haven't plucked up the nerve yet.
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Post by: Steph on May 21, 2014, 05:54:09 pm
I do believe the man I was speaking about now goes by the name 'Jaxen' or 'Jaxon'. I used to have a great y**tube link to a performance of "Darkness'. Wonderful stuff.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on May 21, 2014, 06:05:39 pm
There's a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Millets
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Post by: rogerzilla on May 21, 2014, 06:18:50 pm
Think only of yourself.
;D
If you are making love, it is imperative to bring all bodies to orgasm simultaneously.
Says who?  In all pornos, she comes first ;-)
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Post by: tiermat on May 21, 2014, 06:46:25 pm
If rain makes Britain great, then Manchester is greater...
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Post by: Kim on May 21, 2014, 07:06:32 pm
But it's really not that you can't see the forest for the trees, you've never been out in the woods alone.
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Post by: citoyen on May 21, 2014, 07:08:19 pm
There's a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Millets

"Nero fiddles while Gordon burns"

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Post by: CAMRAMan on May 21, 2014, 08:25:08 pm
And they reckon that the last thing she saw in her life was Sting, singing on the roof of the Barbican
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Post by: NHRC Chris on May 22, 2014, 12:23:17 am
How can you lie there and think of England when you don't even know who's in the team?

Billy Bragg - Greetings to the new brunette
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Post by: Nethypete on May 22, 2014, 12:34:41 am
So I cut off my hair and I rode straight away for a wild unknown country where I could not go wrong.
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Post by: Steve GT on May 26, 2014, 03:53:26 pm
"People had worries from when the dead sea was only critical" - Lucky Dube.
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Post by: clarion on May 26, 2014, 03:57:39 pm
Je ne suis qu'un bulletin qu'on intoxique et qu'on glisse dans un urne - Trust
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Post by: J.Y.Kelly on May 26, 2014, 07:33:04 pm
"You smell like a field, ..cow-shit in the mid-summer sun".
From the song "One eyed trouser snake rumba" by Humble Pie. (Greatest song title ever).From the album 'As Safe As Yesterday'
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Post by: CAMRAMan on May 26, 2014, 08:45:22 pm
På bara Fyra sekunder, underbart är kort - Magnus Uggla

In only four seconds, wonderful is short.

A song about a premature ejaculation sufferer who eventually meets a girl who comes as quickly. I love a happy ending. It got to the top of the Swedish charts in '94.
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Post by: citoyen on May 26, 2014, 10:23:56 pm
"He lost poetic ethic and his songs were pathetic"

"If he made me in his image then he's a failure too"

Both from Failure by Laura Marling
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Post by: citoyen on May 27, 2014, 06:56:35 pm
"On a vu souvent rejaillir le feu de l'ancien volcan qu'on croyait trop vieux"
- Brel, Ne Me Quitte Pas
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Post by: Peter on May 27, 2014, 08:31:24 pm
Wonder if they use that on French (or Brelgian) packets of Viagra?
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Post by: Deano on May 27, 2014, 10:56:52 pm
More HMHB:

"I could have been like Lou Barlow, but I'm more like Ken Barlow".
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Post by: Pedaldog on May 28, 2014, 12:02:29 am
Don't marry her, fuck me.

She "Left the band" soon after that performance! Paul Heaton managed to uncomfortable face of the year on thAT GIG.
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Post by: Pedaldog on May 28, 2014, 12:05:23 am
Riding along in their Big old Chryslers, with the Big under inflated white tyres...

Moe Tucker.. Blue all the way to Canada....
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Post by: citoyen on May 28, 2014, 08:45:08 am
"It's only when you're trying to stay afloat that you find the cracks in yourself"
-Ruth Theodore, Psychosis & The Willow
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Post by: spesh on June 02, 2014, 01:15:00 am
"I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand" ~ Warren Zevon - 'Werewolves of London'

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Post by: citoyen on June 02, 2014, 08:08:31 am

"I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand" ~ Warren Zevon - 'Werewolves of London'

"A little old lady got mutilated late last night"
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Post by: Redlight on June 11, 2014, 07:48:36 pm
Could pick any number of Joe Jackson lines (including that one), but for now...

I'd like to fight apartheid, I wish that I could fight the guy upstairs
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Post by: citoyen on June 13, 2014, 08:47:32 am
Stockard Channing held sway
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Post by: microphonie on June 13, 2014, 02:30:28 pm
OK, not all that great, but listening to Human League's Reproduction has reminded me of:

"'Dehumanisation' is such a big word - it's been around since Richard the Third"
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Post by: rabbit on June 13, 2014, 02:49:08 pm
"my moral standing is lying down"

NIN - The Only Time from Pretty Hate Machine
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Post by: rogerzilla on June 16, 2014, 07:10:25 pm
Billy Bragg: "A little black cloud in a dress".
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Post by: CAMRAMan on June 16, 2014, 07:23:23 pm
Boy, you'd best pray that I bleed real soon.
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Post by: Redlight on June 17, 2014, 09:10:35 pm
I think a no, I mean a yes, but it's all wrong.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 27, 2014, 10:56:38 pm
Invoice me and then your mother ~ "Panzer", Amplifier.

Even Marilyn Monroe was a man, but this tends to get overlooked by our Mother-fixated, overweight, sexist media ~ "Uncorrected Personality Traits", Robyn Hitchcock.

Wear the grudge like a crown of negativity ~ "The Grudge", Tool.
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Post by: Andrij on July 18, 2014, 07:01:54 pm
But in your trunk he left you some treasure - a pint of rye and a case of slim jims for your masticating pleasure.
'Friday the 13th', Royal Crown Revue
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Post by: Steph on July 19, 2014, 10:00:26 am
Every man's a captain; men know how to drown.
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Post by: T42 on July 19, 2014, 11:20:52 am
There was Della and a dealer and a dog named Jake
And a cat called Kalamazoo.
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Post by: Peter on July 19, 2014, 12:05:33 pm
Good old Hoyt!  There's a lot of good lines in that song.  I'm trying to remember the title of his song that includes "Well, I never been to Spain, but I kinda like the music".  Do you know it?

Peter
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Post by: perpetual dan on July 19, 2014, 12:20:30 pm
Pain looks good on other people - that's what they're for - Sisters of Mercy

Are my dreams your nightmares? i hope they all come true - Stone Roses
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Post by: Jaded on July 19, 2014, 11:51:55 pm
Dictators, saviours, refugees........
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Post by: Wobbly John on July 20, 2014, 01:27:27 am
"Being a bad boy ain't that bad - had me more dirty women than most men ever had..." AC/DC
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Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on July 23, 2014, 05:45:25 pm
"You lack lust, you're so lacklustre"   Elvis Costello.

He's got sooo many more.
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Post by: citoyen on July 26, 2014, 03:16:18 am
Because it came up on my ipod this evening...

"Why pamper life's complexities when the leather runs smooth on the passenger seat?"

Which is pure fucking poetry.

Then, of course, there's the ne plus ultra of bedroom angst lyricism:

"If a ten ton truck kills the both of us, to die by your side, well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine"
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Post by: citoyen on July 26, 2014, 03:17:46 am
Billy Bragg: "A little black cloud in a dress".

"The temptation to take the precious things we have apart to see how they work must be resisted for they never fit together again"
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Post by: citoyen on July 26, 2014, 03:21:14 am
"The pump don't work cos the vandals took the handle."

"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows"

Which, of course, reminds me of:

"I get the news I need from the weather report" - which is surely the motto of any audaxer, right? [edit: I realise I have already mentioned this line upthread. But it's such a great line that it bears repeating]
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Post by: citoyen on August 19, 2014, 11:49:59 pm
"You've got the horn so why don't you blow it" - Prince, Cream
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Post by: TheLurker on August 23, 2014, 10:20:02 pm
"It's wrong to wish on space hardware."

"Hearken to the barking of the dog fox, gone to ground."  But that might be two; difficult to tell.

"I'm broke and hungry, ragged and dirty too."  Very nearly an entire musical genre summed up in one line.
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Post by: pcolbeck on October 24, 2014, 12:28:55 pm
"Be my lover don't play no game, just play me John Coltrane."  Lucinda Williams - Righteously
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Post by: Redlight on October 25, 2014, 08:55:11 pm
Mr Costello again:

You might not be an old-fashioned girl but you're going to get dated
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Post by: Deano on May 22, 2016, 11:20:01 pm
"Send lawyers, guns and money, the shit has hit the fan" - Warren Zevon.
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Post by: sg37409 on May 23, 2016, 08:01:39 am
This here's a zoo and the keeper aint you   -- Lou Reed   (I'm sick of you)
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Post by: sg37409 on May 23, 2016, 08:21:33 am
"Send lawyers, guns and money, the shit has hit the fan" - Warren Zevon.

beezer !
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Post by: Redlight on May 23, 2016, 11:10:32 am
Jesus and his lawyer are coming back

(Grammatically incorrect but still good)
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Post by: Oaky on May 23, 2016, 11:36:54 am
"my moral standing is lying down"

NIN - The Only Time from Pretty Hate Machine

I was about to post this one, but decided to read through the previous posts to see if I had already done so and then forgotten about the thread.  Turns out I hadn't!  ;D
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 24, 2016, 09:46:46 am
"I know that the cannibals wear smart suits and ties"
Midnight Oil - Sometimes
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Post by: T42 on May 24, 2016, 10:28:36 am
"Messieurs les Flamagands, je vous emmerde"

Jacques Brel, "Les F..."
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Post by: Torslanda on May 24, 2016, 12:36:59 pm
'Tatterdemallion and a junketer, there's a thief and a dragonfly trumpeter, he's my hero'

Freddie at his most grandiose . . .
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Post by: caerau on May 24, 2016, 12:57:30 pm
How did you work out the lyrics to that song?  I've been listening to that since forever and always just la la through it....  :-D


That simply has to be the Fairy Feller's Masterstroke...




(google I suppose but who looks up songs you've been listening to before the internet existed)
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Post by: Torslanda on May 24, 2016, 02:01:41 pm
If you have the original 1974 vinyl the lyrics were printed on the inner sleeve.

That and a photographic memory . . .

<Casual aside> In last week's pub quiz the final music track was 'Brighton Rock' which I answered as soon as I heard the fairground organ.
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Post by: caerau on May 24, 2016, 02:04:25 pm
Well I've got the original vinyl (well an 80s reprint) and I do (iimssm) have a reasonably photographic memory - but then it's got to be about 30 years since I've looked at it to be fair.  I've always heard 'junketter' as 'drum guitar'  ::-)


I used to have just about every Queen track memorised for lyrics - except that one I guess  :-[
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Post by: Torslanda on May 24, 2016, 02:09:06 pm
Not to derail the topic but I used to be the biggest Queen fan.

When they quit working with Roy Thomas Baker I still bought all the albums - with the notable exception of 'Hot Space' - but most of what they made after 'A Day At The Races' was dire...
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Post by: caerau on May 24, 2016, 02:13:47 pm
I only got into them as a teenager in the 80s.  My brother bought The Works in '84 and I was hooked.  I spent many months trying to work out what that mad track they did years ago with the weird video was from my deepest childhood. It took a piss take on Radio 4s 'Radio-active' to reveal its title and from that moment I was *really* hooked. Bohemian Rhapsody was so memorable (apart the title apparently) that I remember it clearly as a 5 year old :D


I love Hot Space but it is an acquired taste for sure.


My love started to fade from the Miracle onwards personally.  Pretty obvious it was all an epitaph from that moment on although they still had their moments.


Hmm, an afternoon of office-bound marking is in the offing - *looks at iPhone and my Queen collection on it...*


I was very impressed with the last episode of Vinyl recently where they feature several songs from their eponymous album during the show  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Post by: Deano on January 10, 2017, 03:03:41 am
Grand pianos crash together when my boy walks down the street

(One of many from) The Magnetic Fields
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Post by: Ham on January 10, 2017, 08:25:54 am
How has this thread got this far without

"How can you lie there and think of England when you don't even know who's in the team"

 ???
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Post by: Legs on January 10, 2017, 08:50:03 am
"Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then." - Bob Seger, Against the Wind
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Post by: Redlight on January 10, 2017, 10:26:51 am
Dory Previn's response to an offer of a one night stand:

"By tomorrow you'll have come, and gone"
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Post by: T42 on January 10, 2017, 01:21:59 pm
If you haven't prepaid to use the steps you'll have to feckin' jump - Fascinating Aida.
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Post by: spesh on January 10, 2017, 01:54:20 pm
"Soon we'll be sliding down the razor blade of life" (Tom Lehrer - Bright College Days)
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Post by: citoyen on January 10, 2017, 02:02:07 pm
How has this thread got this far without

"How can you lie there and think of England when you don't even know who's in the team"

 ???

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=82467.msg1689123#msg1689123

HTH ;)

Looking back over the thread, there's quite a healthy dose of the big-nosed bard, which is gratifying.
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Post by: Ham on January 10, 2017, 03:44:05 pm
I blame  ctrl-F
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Post by: Woofage on January 10, 2017, 05:30:03 pm
She said "I know you and you cannot sing"
I said "That's nothing, you should hear me play piano"

The Queen is Dead by The Smiths
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Post by: rogerzilla on January 21, 2017, 07:23:04 pm
The Macc Lads "Boddies":

"You've got to get some ale inside thee, cause you're a f***ing twat"
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Post by: ElyDave on January 21, 2017, 07:45:21 pm
"can you tell me why, they make a good bowl of chilli at the jazz club, they play a good game of football in mucron"

Probaby two, or even three lines being strict about it.

Moody Blues, Top Rank Suite
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Post by: Mr Larrington on January 21, 2017, 08:05:29 pm
The Macc Lads "Boddies":

"You've got to get some ale inside thee, cause you're a f***ing twat"

Ah, what a poet young Muttley was!

"She smelt of rotting fish-heads. And old and crispy sick!"
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Post by: rafletcher on January 21, 2017, 10:51:48 pm
"Shorter of breath, and one day closer to death" Pink Floyd "Time"
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Post by: Ham on January 26, 2017, 09:45:18 am
From Country Joe & The Fish, Moviola, a Pekinpah critique:

"It was all piss and shit and cock and tit and in the end everyone's dead"
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Post by: LEE on January 26, 2017, 01:05:25 pm
Are you gonna realize the class war's real and not mythologized

Style Council - Walls come tumbling down.
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Post by: rafletcher on January 26, 2017, 02:11:19 pm
From Country Joe & The Fish, Moviola, a Pekinpah critique:

"It was all piss and shit and cock and tit and in the end everyone's dead"

Reminds me of my wife's explanation of Madame Butterfly (though can be applied to many an opera)

"After a lot of singing, she dies"  ;D
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Post by: rower40 on January 26, 2017, 02:30:52 pm
"If you want my view on history, then there's something you should know
The three men I admire most are Curly, Larry, Mo"

(Sorry, it's two lines...)
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Post by: Ruthie on January 26, 2017, 05:22:59 pm
And all the fat-skinny people, and all the tall-short people. And all the nobody people, and all the somebody people. I never thought I'd need so many people.
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Post by: rafletcher on January 26, 2017, 08:59:19 pm
And all the fat-skinny people, and all the tall-short people. And all the nobody people, and all the somebody people. I never thought I'd need so many people.

Ah, now we're talking.

We don't talk much, we just ball and play, but we move like tigers on Vaseline.
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Post by: rogerzilla on January 27, 2017, 08:51:14 pm
Life is short and love is always over in a moment, black wind come carry me far away
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Post by: rogerzilla on January 27, 2017, 08:52:09 pm
And in the same nihilistic vein:

The future's uncertain and the end is always near
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: rogerzilla on January 27, 2017, 08:53:13 pm
And since I've invoked the drug-addled spirit of Jim Morrison:

Out here we is stoned, immaculate
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: IanDG on January 27, 2017, 10:18:31 pm
...and I was drinking clear cool water just to quench my thirst.
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: fimm on January 30, 2017, 03:13:08 pm
"I seem to have left an important part of my brain somewhere in a field in Hampshire"
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Post by: spesh on January 30, 2017, 03:32:23 pm
"Now nothing's left here, but the stains"
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: pcolbeck on January 30, 2017, 04:37:34 pm
So take me down to your dance floor,
and I won't mind the people when they stare
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Post by: Woofage on January 30, 2017, 05:15:47 pm
I’ve just looked at myself, and from here to here it ain’t far enough, but from here to here it’s too short.

Hey Garland I Dig Your Tweed Coat - Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: Legs on February 01, 2017, 08:10:10 pm
...and I was drinking clear cool water just to quench my thirst.
"I wanna rock your gypsy soul..."
I want that to be played after I'm gone as I go into the mystic.
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Post by: TheLurker on February 02, 2017, 07:52:26 pm
Help save the youth of America

It seems topical once again.
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: IanDG on February 02, 2017, 10:32:40 pm
...and I was drinking clear cool water just to quench my thirst.
"I wanna rock your gypsy soul..."
I want that to be played after I'm gone as I go into the mystic.

 :thumbsup:

and mine will be

'And take me disappearing through the smoke rings of my mind'
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: Peter on February 02, 2017, 10:35:41 pm
That's from the prescient song about the President:  "Hey, Mister Tangerine Man".
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: IanDG on February 02, 2017, 10:39:47 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: Peter on February 03, 2017, 12:29:05 am
Don't mention it!  Sorry not to meet you at Malham.
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: rogerzilla on February 05, 2017, 09:59:39 pm
Old men in stripey trousers rule the world with plastic smiles
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Post by: Torslanda on February 06, 2017, 12:04:41 pm
Old men in stripey trousers rule the world with plastic smiles

You're SO 80s...  ;D
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: CAMRAMan on February 06, 2017, 07:41:26 pm
As for me, I’ll take the TGV to Zurich and jump off the roof of Dignitas
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: Redlight on February 06, 2017, 10:25:23 pm
Old men in stripey trousers rule the world with plastic smiles

Please put me out of my misery and tell me the source.

Nik Kershaw?
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: spesh on February 06, 2017, 10:37:28 pm
Old men in stripey trousers rule the world with plastic smiles

Please put me out of my misery and tell me the source.

Nik Kershaw?

Correct - it's from "I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"

And to pre-empt Torslanda, yes, I am so very 80s...  :P
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: IanDG on February 06, 2017, 10:44:39 pm
'Times when the day is like a play by Sartre'
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: rogerzilla on February 07, 2017, 09:36:45 pm
Hard to pick a line from Carter USM's finest song, but I'll go for:

Quote
Butchered bakers, deaf and dumb waiters, Marble Arch criminals and clause 28'ers
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: Redlight on February 07, 2017, 10:17:51 pm
'Times when the day is like a play by Sartre'
Crash Test Dummies?
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Post by: IanDG on February 08, 2017, 02:26:34 am
'Times when the day is like a play by Sartre'
Crash Test Dummies?

Yep - 'Afternoons and Coffespoons'
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: Pedaldog on February 08, 2017, 04:41:36 am
All you ever do is blabber and smoke - Captain Beefheart.
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: rogerzilla on February 08, 2017, 07:59:53 am
Oh well, just give me an easy life and a peaceful death
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: IanDG on February 08, 2017, 08:03:06 am
"If you want my view on history, then there's something you should know
The three men I admire most are Curly, Larry, Mo"

(Sorry, it's two lines...)

Well, if you can quote 2-liners

Is when you're left alone with your memories
That hold your life together, like glue
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: citoyen on February 08, 2017, 11:50:26 am
"Though I put you on a pedestal you put me on the pill"
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Post by: IanDG on February 08, 2017, 11:54:06 am
"Though I put you on a pedestal you put me on the pill"

or Billy Bragg's lyric

'Tho I put you on a pedestal, They put you on the pill'
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: rogerzilla on February 08, 2017, 08:27:42 pm
Since we're on the Bard of Barking:

Quote
And there's you; a little black cloud in a dress
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Post by: rr on February 09, 2017, 12:26:39 am
And I am the milkman of human kindness,
I will leave you an extra pont
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: IanDG on February 09, 2017, 06:38:45 am
With my own hands when I make love to your memory.
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: rr on February 09, 2017, 07:23:40 am
It's wrong to wish on space hardware
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: TheLurker on February 09, 2017, 07:11:20 pm
It's wrong to wish on space hardware
*cough* (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=82467.msg1729518#msg1729518) :)
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: rr on February 09, 2017, 07:29:21 pm
It's wrong to wish on space hardware
*cough* (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=82467.msg1729518#msg1729518) :)
what can i say, age
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: tiermat on February 13, 2017, 01:14:31 pm
Considering what I do for a living, one of my favourites has to be a simple one:

"I'm banned in DC"* - Bad Brains**

*Though, for work reasons I need to add a "the"
**I was reminded of these guys whilst reading "This is a Call", a book about Dave Grohl.
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: citoyen on February 19, 2017, 08:07:10 am
A propos of nothing, this one popped into my head this morning:

"If you ever wondered how you get triangles from a cow
You need butter, milk and cheese
And an equilateral chainsaw."
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: onb on February 22, 2017, 06:39:05 am
" Tears arn't like the tide they never ebb just flow "
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Post by: rogerzilla on February 27, 2017, 09:48:26 pm
There's an all-night chicken takeaway which is finger-lickin' closed
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Post by: clarion on February 28, 2017, 03:54:50 pm
May be already upthread, but I have had an earworm of:

Bless my cotton socks, I'm in the news!

(Teardrop Explodes - Reward)
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: hatler on February 28, 2017, 04:23:38 pm
Oh no !   I'd always heard that as "Bless my cotton socks I'm in the nude."
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: citoyen on March 01, 2017, 09:20:18 am
Oh no !   I'd always heard that as "Bless my cotton socks I'm in the nude."

Not an entirely unreasonable assumption when it comes to Julian Cope.
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: citoyen on March 02, 2017, 01:00:36 pm
"You leave a ring around the basin
 When you wash your face in...
 In my sink"
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: Pedaldog on March 03, 2017, 06:43:22 am
"From the first 12 inch I made to the colour of my underwear"
Beautiful South - Song for whoever.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on March 03, 2017, 08:27:03 am
"I spill my tea- oh silly me"
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: clarion on March 03, 2017, 10:22:17 am
Oh no !   I'd always heard that as "Bless my cotton socks I'm in the nude."

Not an entirely unreasonable assumption when it comes to Julian Cope.
Indeed

And, sorry, Hatler :(
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: rr on March 03, 2017, 12:33:17 pm
"I spill my tea- oh silly me"
"You drink your coffee, I sip my tea"

"Or will you just politely say good night"

Theme tune to my youth.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on March 03, 2017, 12:59:25 pm
I have tickets for her gig tonight. Really looking forward to it :thumbsup:
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Post by: Deano on March 04, 2017, 09:28:32 pm
I have tickets for her gig tonight. Really looking forward to it :thumbsup:

That's a rubbish line, fuzzy ;D
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: Deano on March 04, 2017, 09:31:02 pm
I beat myself off when I sleep on your futon.

(from Religious Songs by Withered Hand)
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: citoyen on March 08, 2017, 09:30:18 pm
Just heard on the radio...

"Husker Du-Du-Du, Captain Beefheart, ELO
Chris De Burgh, Sun Ra, Del Amitri, John Coltrane"
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: T42 on March 09, 2017, 08:53:18 am
Reminds me of:

"Disparus Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Eddy Cochran, Buddy Holly,
idem Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, T.Rex, Elvis"

- Serge Gainsbourg, sung by Jane Birkin
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 09, 2017, 10:04:27 am
Which in turn reminds me of:

Quote
And you wish you could be Brian Jones
But now he's just a heap of bones
That's one better than you, you're a loser

Trash ~ Robyn Hitchcock
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: pcolbeck on March 09, 2017, 12:42:01 pm
Just heard on the radio...

"Husker Du-Du-Du, Captain Beefheart, ELO
Chris De Burgh, Sun Ra, Del Amitri, John Coltrane"

Reminds me of the excellent "Righteously" by Lucinda Williams

Flirt with me don't keep hurtin' me
Don't cause me pain
Be my lover don't play no game
Just play me John Coltrane

https://youtu.be/H4jliHBepyk
Title: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: citoyen on March 13, 2017, 08:23:30 am
'And the christening party arsehole who hitherto had blurred / my conception of man as nature's final word / was fleeing from the lava, his satnav pleading thus: / "I'm not from round here, mate, you should have caught the bus"'

Best song about the apocalypse ever.

'Your charmless associates' is a beautiful putdown too.
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: rogerzilla on March 23, 2017, 09:34:14 pm
I was listening to The Bluetones' first album for the first time in ages.  Some of their lyrics are poetry.

"Time rolls along and teaches us nothing"

"You've walked between the raindrops for far too long"

"Everything she had, she handed to you, and what she didn't give you, you stole"

Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on March 24, 2017, 01:56:08 pm
"I am not in love.... but I'm open to persuasion"
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: pcolbeck on April 06, 2017, 04:46:38 pm
"And the man in the suit has just bought a new car from the profit he's made on your dreams"

Traffic - The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
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Post by: Ham on April 06, 2017, 06:20:26 pm
Forgiven the fact it is two lines for and because it is a contender for best title ever. And Steve Winwood.

Sometimes the only quarters between you and a rainstorm are the quarters of the moon.


Might be two lines, too, Working Week.
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: Steph on April 13, 2017, 08:33:18 pm
"I'm your friend until you need me, and then be sure I won't be there"

RT, Great Valerio.
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: IanDG on April 14, 2017, 12:35:14 am
'The smell of the bakery from across the street got in my nose'
Title: Re: Great single lines from lyrics
Post by: T42 on April 14, 2017, 08:14:42 am
"Its very own breath/Of brandy and death" - Cohen the Terpsichorean