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Title: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: mecwales on September 21, 2008, 09:32:32 pm
I've been listening to a lot of the Super Furry Animals recently, and (to my eyes at least) they have some of the best, (or perhaps that should be the most obscure) lyrics, for example, from "Mario Man", there's this...

Quote
We honeymooned in Cyprus,
That's where she caught the virus,
I flew home alone.

So I bought myself a chip pan,
And sailed it to the Isle of Man,
For a holiday.

Struggling in a vortex,
With my jacket made of Goretex,
It fits wonderfully.

Which makes me smile every time I hear it :).

So what are your favourites?
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: border-rider on September 21, 2008, 09:41:42 pm
it's a small world and it smells funny
I'd buy another if it wasn't for the money
take back what I paid
for another motherfucker in a motorcade
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: bikenerd on September 21, 2008, 09:47:17 pm
I've been listening to a lot of the Super Furry Animals recently...
So what are your favourites?

Herman Loves Pauline:

Quote
Herman Loves Pauline and Pauline Loves Herman
They made love and gave birth to a little German
They call him MC squared 'cos he raps like no other
An asthma sufferer like Ernesto Guevara

Genius!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: JT on September 21, 2008, 10:09:43 pm
Quote
He could've played guitar better than Hendrix
He could've told the future
He could've baked the most delicious cake in the world
He could've scored more goals than Wayne Gretzky
He could've danced better than Barishnikov
Jesus could have been funnier than any comedian you can think of
Jesus was way cool

King Missile - Jesus Was Way Cool

Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Torslanda on September 21, 2008, 10:47:56 pm
'Sleeping very soundly on a Saturday morning,
I was dreaming I was Al Capone.
There's a rumour going round,
Gotta clear outa town,
Yeah I'm smelling like a dry fish bone.

Here come the law gonna break down the door,
Gonna carry me away once more.
I never, I never, I never want it any more,
Gotta getaway from this stone cold floor - CRAZY!

Stone cold crazy - You know.'

Don't care what you say, Freddie could write!

Nice one, Fred!
J

Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: teethgrinder on September 21, 2008, 11:05:04 pm
This feels good, nothing can stop me,
Every nerve, pumping hard through me,
Every thought, rushes at full speed,
This false smile, grates through babyteeth.

(Therapy?/Teethgrinder) ;D
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: tiermat on September 22, 2008, 10:10:47 am
I seem to recognize your face
Haunting, familiar, yet I cant seem to place it
Cannot find the candle of thought to light your name
Lifetimes are catching up with me
All these changes taking place,
I wish Id seen the place
But no ones ever taken me
Hearts and thoughts they fade, fade away

Elderly Woman behind the counter in a small town - Pearl Jam

I wish I were with you, I couldn't stay
Every direction leads me away
Pray for tomorrow, but for today
All I want is to be home

Stand in the mirror, you look the same
Just looking for shelter, from the cold and the pain
Someone to cover, safe from the rain
All I want is to be home

Echoes and silence, patience and grace
All of these moments I'll never replace
Fear of my heart, absence of faith
All I want is to be home

All I want is to be home

People I've loved, I have no regrets
Some I remember, some I forget
Some of them living, some of them dead
All I want is to be home

Home - Foo Fighters
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Frenchie on September 22, 2008, 11:07:52 am
Note: 'tis an analogy in my mind (think energy bars). Surely gets me going though.

Oh, on I burn
Fuel is pumping engines
Burning hard, loose and clean

Oh, and on I burn
turning my direction
Quench my thirst with gasoline

So gimme fuel
Gimme fire
Gimme that which I desire yeah yeahe!!!!


Fuel, Metallica (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=UKkSjgx_W30).
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Deano on September 22, 2008, 12:58:08 pm
I've been listening to a lot of the Super Furry Animals recently...
So what are your favourites?

Herman Loves Pauline:

Quote
Herman Loves Pauline and Pauline Loves Herman
They made love and gave birth to a little German
They call him MC squared 'cos he raps like no other
An asthma sufferer like Ernesto Guevara

Genius!  :thumbsup:

From Guacamole: "I need revolution cos I can't afford the price of cake".  Love it.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Deano on September 22, 2008, 12:59:20 pm
Quote
He could've played guitar better than Hendrix
He could've told the future
He could've baked the most delicious cake in the world
He could've scored more goals than Wayne Gretzky
He could've danced better than Barishnikov
Jesus could have been funnier than any comedian you can think of
Jesus was way cool

King Missile - Jesus Was Way Cool



Also - "He could've turned wheat into marijuana or sugar into cocaine, or vitamin pills into amphetamines.  That's so cool."  :)
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Deano on September 22, 2008, 01:01:33 pm
Quote
That was how Cyrus got sent to the school where they told him he'd never be famous
And that was why Jeff, in the letters he wrote to his friend, helped develop a plan to get even
When you punish a person for dreaming his dream, don't expect him to thank or forgive you. 
Hail Satan. *repeats*

The Mountain Goats - The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Regulator on September 22, 2008, 01:14:31 pm
Quote
That was how Cyrus got sent to the school where they told him he'd never be famous
And that was why Jeff, in the letters he wrote to his friend, helped develop a plan to get even
When you punish a person for dreaming his dream, don't expect him to thank or forgive you. 
Hail Satan. *repeats*

The Mountain Goats - The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton

You are DI Jack Frost AICMFP!
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: pcolbeck on September 22, 2008, 01:37:20 pm
I'm a legionnaire
Camel in disrepair
Hoping for a frigidaire to come passing by
I am on reprieve
Lacking my joie de vive
Missing my gay paris
In this desert dry

And I wrote my girl
Told her I would not return
Terribly taken a turn
For the worse now I fear

It's been a year or more
Since they shipped me to this foreign shore
Fighting in a foreign war
So far away from my home

If only summer rain would fall
On the houses and the boulevards
And the side walk bagatelles it's like a dream
With the roar of cars
And the lulling of the cafe bars,
The sweetly sleeping sweeping of the Seine.
Lord I don't know if I'll ever be back again.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Jaded on September 22, 2008, 01:38:48 pm
On Tuesdays, she used to do yoga
while I'd sit and watch the box
in a vegetable way,
but always ready to say
to myself that I was an artist,
implying that she was not.

It's funny the way that self-pity
can take over from self-esteem -
well, I was the prince of pride,
and though I'd cheat I never lied,
as if that were enough to make her happy,
as if that could satisfy her dreams.

Too late now to say that I'm so sorry,
too late to say that I can change and mend
the things that hurt.
She didn't need to worry,
she always knew I'd get there in the end.

Now I'm tying myself up in contortions,
don't know if yoga will do me any good.
It's about time I tried,
though I'd rather be inside from the cold,
studying tantra -
still, I never did that when I could.

I never did the things that really mattered,
there seemed to be some key I couldn't find
to unlock myself;
I could have done it with her help,
but I was too busy scrabbling for each moment -
now I don't know what I did with all the time.

Sometimes I'd play the wild rover,
sometimes I'd just get smashed all day...
on Tuesdays she used to do yoga,
on Tuesday she went away.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: pcolbeck on September 22, 2008, 01:39:34 pm
Oh what a rush of ripe elan
Languor on divans
Dalliant and dainty
But oh, the smell of burnt cocaine
The dolor and decay
It only makes me cranky
Oh great calamity,
Ditch of iniquity and tears
How I abhor this place
Its sweet and bitter taste
Has left me wretched, retching on all fours
Los Angeles, I'm yours
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: rower40 on September 23, 2008, 09:18:33 pm
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right;
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

Stealers Wheel.

(Springs into my head whenever I'm riding in traffic!)
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Torslanda on September 23, 2008, 09:40:38 pm
I've got a bike you can ride it if you like
It's got a basket a bell that rings
And things to make it look good.
I'd give it to you if I could but I borrowed it.

[Chorus]

I know a mouse and he hasn't got a house
I don't know why, I call him Gerald
He's getting rather old but he's a good mouse.

[Chorus]

J
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: tonyh on September 23, 2008, 09:52:00 pm

Eagles...

Still you’re coming back, you’re running back
You’re coming back for more

So put me on a highway
And show me a sign
And take it to the limit one more time
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on September 23, 2008, 10:05:30 pm
The most vitriolic song in the whole world, ever. Queen song, written by Freddie.

You suck my blood like a leech
You break the law and you preach
Screw my brain till it hurts
You’ve taken all my money
And you want more
Misguided old mule with your pig headed rules
With your narrow minded cronies
Who are fools of the first division
Death on two legs
You’re tearing me apart
Death on two legs
You’ve never had a heart of your own
Kill joy bad guy big talking small fry
You’re just an old barrow boy
Have you found a new toy to replace me?
Can you face me?
But now you can kiss my ass goodbye
Feel good are you satisfied?
Do you feel like suicide?
(I think you should)
Is your conscience all right
Does it plague you at night?
Do you feel good feel good?

You talk like a big business tycoon
You’re just a hot air balloon
So no one gives you a damn
You’re just an overgrown schoolboy
Let me tan your hide
A dog with disease
You’re the king of the ’sleaze’
Put your money where your mouth is
Mister know-all
Was the fin on your back
Part of the deal? (shark)
Death on two legs
You’re tearing me apart
Death on two legs
You’ve never had a heart (you never did) of your own
(right from the start)
Insane you should be put inside
You’re a sewer rat decaying in a cesspool of pride
Should be made unemployed
Then make yourself null and void
Make me feel good I feel good
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Fab Foodie on September 24, 2008, 12:09:49 am
She's a maid in heaven
At the 2 star hotel where breakfast in bed, good head
is just the price of a smile...

Be-bop Deluxe
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Rapples on September 24, 2008, 06:29:57 am
Don't tell me you don't know what love is
When you're old enough to know better
When you find strange hands in your sweater
When your dreamboat turns out to be a footnote
I'm a man with a mission in two or three editions

And I'm giving you a longing look
Everyday, everyday, everyday I write the book


Elvis Costello
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: CAMRAMan on September 24, 2008, 08:02:24 am
I heard a lovely rumour
That Bette Midler had a tumour
So gleefully I ran to tell my friends

But they said it was a lie
And she wasn't going to die
And by the way, have we got news for you

And they told me that the man
I had always known as dad
Hadn't met my mum when I was born

And they told me that I am
But I hope to god I'm not
The bastard son of Dean Friedman

...and you can thank your lucky stars, that
You're not the bastard son of Dean Friedman...

Half Man Half Biscuit
Very hard to choose one, as I was a teenage armchair Honved fan is a personal favourite for geographical reason, but I'll stick with Dean
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Regulator on September 24, 2008, 08:44:47 pm
My mum and I we live alone
A great apartment is our home
In Fairhome Towers
I have to keep me company
Two dogs, a cat, a parakeet
Some plants and flowers
I help my mother with the chores
I wash, she dries, I do the floors
We work together
I shop and cook and sew a bit
Though mum does too I must admit
I do it better
At night I work in a strange bar
Impersonating every star
I'm quite deceiving
The customers come in with doubt
And wonder what I'm all about
But leave believing
I do a very special show
Where I am nude from head to toe
After stripteasing
Each night the men look so surprised
I change my sex before their eyes
Tell me if you can
What makes a man a man

At 3 o'clock or so I meet
With friends to have a bite to eat
And conversation
We love to empty out our hearts
With every subject from the arts
To liberation
We love to pull apart someone
And spread some gossip just for fun
Or start a rumour
We let our hair down, so to speak
And mock ourselves with tongue-in-cheek
And inside humour
So many times we have to pay
For having fun and being gay
It's not amusing
There's always those that spoil our games
By finding fault and calling names
Always accusing
They draw attention to themselves
At the expense of someone else
It's so confusing
Yet they make fun of how I talk
And imitate the way I walk
Tell me if you can
What makes a man a man

My masquerade comes to an end
And I go home to bed again
Alone and friendless
I close my eyes, I think of him
I fantasise what might have been
My dreams are endless
We love each other but it seems
The love is only in my dreams
It's so one sided
But in this life I must confess
The search for love and hapiness
Is unrequited
I ask myself what I have got
Of what I am and what I'm not
What have I given
The answers come from those who make
The rules that some of us must break
Just to keep living
I know my life is not a crime
I'm just a victim of my time
I stand defenceless
Nobody has the right to be
The judge of what is right for me
Tell me if you can
What make a man a man

Tell me if you can
Tell me if you can
Tell me if you can
What makes a man a man


Jacques Brel/Marc Almond
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: clarion on September 24, 2008, 09:06:06 pm
Not sure if our Marc deserves a writing credit on that, as Charles Aznavour sang the same translation a couple of decades earlier.

But it's a brilliant song.  On the subject of Brel....

*Goes to Google*
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: clarion on September 24, 2008, 09:07:28 pm
Ne Me Quitte Pas

Ne me quitte pas
Il faut oublier
Tout peut s'oublier
Qui s'enfuit deja
Oublier le temps
Des malentendus
Et le temps perdu
A savoir comment
Oublier ces heures
Qui tuaient parfois
A coups de pourquoi
Le coeur du bonheur
Ne me quitte pas (4 fois)

Moi je t'offrirai
Des perles de pluie
Venues de pays
Où il ne pleut pas
Je creuserai la terre
Jusqu'apres ma mort
Pour couvrir ton corps
D'or et de lumière
Je ferai un domaine
Où l'amour sera roi
Où l'amour sera loi
Où tu seras reine
Ne me quitte pas (4 fois)

Ne me quitte pas
Je t'inventerai
Des mots insensés
Que tu comprendras
Je te parlerai
De ces amants là
Qui ont vu deux fois
Leurs coeurs s'embraser
Je te racont'rai
L'histoire de ce roi
Mort de n'avoir pas
Pu te rencontrer
Ne me quitte pas (4 fois)

On a vu souvent
Rejaillir le feu
De l'ancien volcan
Qu'on croyait trop vieux
Il est paraît-il
Des terres brûlées
Donnant plus de blé
Qu'un meilleur avril
Et quand vient le soir
Pour qu'un ciel flamboie
Le rouge et le noir
Ne s'épousent-ils pas
Ne me quitte pas (4 fois)

Ne me quitte pas
Je ne vais plus pleurer
Je ne vais plus parler
Je me cacherai là
À te regarder
Danser et sourire
Et à t'écouter
Chanter et puis rire
Laisse-moi devenir
L'ombre de ton ombre
L'ombre de ta main
L'ombre de ton chien
Ne me quitte pas (4 fois)
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Regulator on September 24, 2008, 09:33:41 pm
Not sure if our Marc deserves a writing credit on that, as Charles Aznavour sang the same translation a couple of decades earlier.

But it's a brilliant song.  On the subject of Brel....

*Goes to Google*

The Aznavour version was very slightly differently worded.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: clarion on September 25, 2008, 10:56:53 am
Was it?  It's a while since I heard Charles, so I maybe misremember, but it seemed the same.

If not, then full credit to the brilliant Marc Almond.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: bomber on September 25, 2008, 02:32:20 pm
it's a small world and it smells funny
I'd buy another if it wasn't for the money
take back what I paid
for another motherfucker in a motorcade

twenty five whores in the room next door
twenty five floors and I need more ;D

I'm far too young for this stuff really :P

Love the line from a Black Box Recorder song;

"Life is unfair.  Kill yourself, or get over it"
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: bikenerd on October 15, 2008, 04:08:46 pm
Quote
One two three
She's a real left winger 'cause she been down south
And held peasants in her arms
She said "I could tell you a story that could make you cry"
"What about you?"
I said "Me too"
"I could tell you a story that will make you cry"
And she sighed "Aaahh"
I said "I wanna be a singer like Lou Reed"
"I like Lou Reed" she said sticking her tongue in my ear
"Let's go, let's sit, let's talk"
"Politics go so good with beer"
"And while we're at it baby, why don't you tell me one of your biggest fears?"
I said "Loosing my penis to a whore with disease"
"Just kidding" I said "Loosing my life to a whore with disease"
I said "Please... I'm a humble guy with a healthy desire"
"Don't give me no shit because..."

I've been tired
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: rogerzilla on October 15, 2008, 06:19:29 pm
Quote
There's more to life than books, you know, but not much more
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Really Ancien on October 15, 2008, 07:36:46 pm
The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the empty skies, my love,
To the dark and the empty skies.

The first time ever I kissed your mouth
And felt your heart beat close to mine
Like the trembling heart of a captive bird
That was there at my command, my love
That was there at my command.

And the first time ever I lay with you
I felt your heart so close to mine
And I knew our joy would fill the earth
And last till the end of time my love
It would last till the end of time my love

The first time ever I saw your face, your face,
your face, your face


YouTube - Roberta Flack - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=nI7gzXz1cHo)

Damon.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: LEE on October 15, 2008, 07:42:08 pm
Now Ernie dragged him from his van and beneath the blazing sun,
They stood there face to face, and Ted went for his bun.
But Ernie was too quick, things didn't go the way Ted planned,
And a strawberry-flavoured yogurt sent it spinning from his hand


I loved it as a kid and I still love it now.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Ian H on October 15, 2008, 07:52:38 pm
The pump don't work,
Cos the vandals stole the handle.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: pcolbeck on October 15, 2008, 08:14:09 pm
So close and yet so far away
And all the things I'd hoped to say
Will have to go unsaid today
Perhaps until tomorrow
Your fears have built a wall between
Our lives and all that loving means
Will have to go unfelt it seems
And that leaves only sorrow
You built your tower strong and tall
Can't you see, it's got to fall someday

You close your eyes and speak to me
Of faith and love and destiny
As distant as eternity
From truth and understanding
The wind blows cold outside your door
It whispers words I've tried before
But you don't hear me anymore
Your pride's just too demanding
You built your tower strong and tall
Can't you see, it's got to fall someday

The end is coming soon it's plain
A warm bed just ain't worth the pain
And I will go and you'll remain
With the bitterness we've tasted
A mother's breast, a newborn child
A poet's tear and drunken smile
I can't help feelin' all the while
Their meaning won't be wasted
You built your tower strong and tall
Can't you see, it's got to fall someday

Tower Song - Townes Van Zandt
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 15, 2008, 08:48:52 pm
Quote from: David Byrne
When you see an accident do not turn your head and look away
I can see detectives are sifting through the wreckage we have made

It starts with only one kiss
It changes everything

TV crews arrive on the scene
They say "See the man who lost everything"
He lies shattered like a glass on the ground
They say "Only you can bring him around
& set me free"

I became delirious
Palm trees gently swaying in the breeze
On a desert island, I haven't seen a human being for years

The house where we used to live
Described by witnesses
TV crews arrive on the scene
& the anchormen they break down and weep
Living proof that things are not what they seem
It takes all these wild and wonderful things -
To set me free

and:
Quote from:  The Divine Comedy
My lovely horse, running through the field
Where are you going, with your fetlocks blowing in the wind?

I want to shower you with sugar lumps, and ride you over fences
Polish your hooves every single day, and bring you to the horse dentist

My lovely horse, you're a pony no more
Running around with a man on your back, like a train in the night...
  ;D
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: clarion on October 15, 2008, 08:57:13 pm
The first time ever I saw your face

YouTube - Roberta Flack - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=nI7gzXz1cHo)

Damon.

Yes - one of the most beautiful songs ever written.  But remember to give Ewan McColl a credit for writing it!
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: border-rider on October 15, 2008, 09:01:52 pm
The higher you build your barriers
The taller I become
The further you take my rights away
The faster I will run
You can't deny me
You can't decide to turn your face away
No matter 'cause there's

Something inside so strong
I know that I can make it
Though you're doing me wrong so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone
(oh-no)
Something inside so strong
Oh no something inside so strong

The more you refuse to hear my voice
(oo-way oo-way oo-way oo-way)
The louder I will sing
You hide behind walls of Jerricho
(oo-way oo-way oo-way oo-way)
Your lines will come tumbleing
Deny my place sometime
You squander wealth that's mine
My light will shine so brightly it will burn you
'Cause there's

Something inside so strong
I know that I can make it
Though you're doing me wrong so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone
(oh-no)
Something inside so strong
Oh no something inside so strong
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 16, 2008, 10:27:15 am
Pulling the ice axe from my leg
I staggered on
Spindrift stinging my remaining eye

I finally managed to reach the station
Only to find that the bus replacement service had broken down

After wondering to myself whether it should actually be called a train replacement service
I walked out onto the concourse and noticed the giant screen seemed to have been tampered with
Probably by a junior employee
Disgruntled commuters were being regaled with some dismal TVM
Involving a tug-of-love-custody-battle
Stockard Channing held sway

Down in the High Street somebody careered out of Boots without due care or attention
I suggest that they learn some pedestrian etiquette
i.e sidle out of the store gingerly
Embrace the margin

Fat kids with sausage rolls
Poor sods conducting polls

There’s a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Millets

I try to put everything into perspective
Set it against the scale of human suffering
And I thought of the Mugabe government
And the children of the Calcutta railways
This works for a while
But then I encounter Primark FM
Overhead a rainbow appears
In black and white

Shite Day
I guess this must be National Shite Day
This surely must be National Shite Day
Don’t tell me, it’s National Shite Day

Float… float on
Float… float on
Barry… Herpes

I got a letter from Stringy Bob
Still on suicide watch
Screws not happy
Spotted a Marsh Fritillary during association
Was roundly ignored
What news you
I felt sorry for him
He’d only been locked up for public nuisance offences
One of which saw him beachcombing the Dee Estuary
Found a dead wading bird
Took it home, parcelled it up, and sent it off to the rubber-faced irritant Phil Cool
With a note inside which read: “Is this your Sanderling?”

Another time saw him answering an advert in the music press
“Keyboard player required: Doors, Floyd, etc.
Must be committed, no time wasters”
You can guess the rest

I always imagined he would simply wander off some day into the hills
To be found months later
His carcass stripped by homeless dogs
His exposed skull a perch for the quartering crow

I folded away the letter and put it in my inside pocket
All of a sudden I felt brushed by the wings of something dark
May the Lord have mercy on Stringy Bob

Shite Day
I do believe it’s National Shite Day
It all points to National Shite Day
Someone’s declared it National Shite Day

Shite Day
My birthday! On National Shite Day
No bogroll, it’s National Shite Day
Cue drumroll, it’s National Shite Day
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Really Ancien on October 16, 2008, 10:52:16 am
The first time ever I saw your face

YouTube - Play misty for me - The first time ever I saw your face (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ypSPbIAApuQ)

Damon.

Yes - one of the most beautiful songs ever written.  But remember to give Ewan McColl a credit for writing it!

There are certain things that people ought to just know, and that's one of them. it also gives me a chance to recommend the version which Clint Eastwood used in his first film as a director, Play Misty for Me, where he set a romantic sequence to Roberta Flack's original album version, bringing the song to a wider audience and prompting the release of a shorter version which spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard Chart in the US.
YouTube - Play misty for me - The first time ever I saw your face (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ypSPbIAApuQ)
 There are plenty of interpretations of the song, but most follow the Flack version, as the original was half the length. Roberta can't really be beaten because of her modulation and the way she gets round the difficult sibilants in the title. I quite like the version by Johnny Cash, which transforms it into a leave-taking song revealing the tenderness behind a tough exterior, very affecting when you know how soon he died after his beloved wife.

Damon..
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: tiermat on October 16, 2008, 10:58:02 am
Revelry - Kings Of Leon

What a night for a dance,
you know, i'm a dancing machine
put the fire in my bones
with the sweet taste of kerosene

i get lost in the lights(?),
so high, i don't want to come down
to face the loss of the good thing that i found

woo hoo hoo
woo hoo hoo

in the dark of the night
i can hear you calling my name
with the hardest of hearts
i still feel full of pain

so i drink and i smoke
and i ask
if you're ever around
even though it was me
who drove us right in the ground

see, the time we shared
it was precious to me
all the while i was dreaming of revelry

on a run, baby, run
like a steam down a mountainside
with the wind in my back
i don't ever even bat an eye
just know it was you all along
who had a hole in my heart
but the demon in me
was the best of friends from the start

so the time we shared
it was precious to me
all a while i was dreaming of revelry
dreaming of revelry

and i told myself
for the way you go
it rained so hard
it felt like snow
everything came
a' tumbling down on me
in the back of the woods
in dark of the night
careless, --(?), your moonlight
everything just felt so empty
dreaming of revelry

Daughter - Pearl Jam

Alone...listless...breakfast table in an otherwise empty room
Young girl...violins...center of her own attention
The, mother reads aloud, child, tries to understand it
Tries to make her proud

The shades go down, its in her head
Painted room...cant deny theres something wrong...

Dont call me daughter, not fit to
The picture kept will remind me
Dont call me daughter, not fit to
The picture kept will remind me
Dont call me...

She holds the hand that holds her down
She will...rise above...ooh...oh...

Dont call me daughter, not fit to } the picture kept will remind me } (2x) dont call me
Daughter, not fit to be } the picture kept will remind me } dont call me...

The shades go down (2x) the shades go, go, go...

Better Man - Pearl Jam (again)

Waitin, watchin the clock, its four oclock, its got to stop
Tell him, take no more, she practices her speech
As he opens the door, she rolls over...
Pretends to sleep as he looks her over
She lies and says shes in love with him, cant find a better man...
She dreams in color, she dreams in red, cant find a better man...
Cant find a better man (2x)
Ohh...

Talkin to herself, theres no one else who needs to know...
She tells herself, oh...
Memories back when she was bold and strong
And waiting for the world to come along...
Swears she knew it, now she swears hes gone
She lies and says shes in love with him, cant find a better man...
She dreams in color, she dreams in red, cant find a better man...
She lies and says she still loves him, cant find a better man...
She dreams in color, she dreams in red, cant find a better man...
Cant find a better man (2x)
Yeah...

She loved him, yeah...she dont want to leave this way
She feeds him, yeah...thats why shell be back again
Cant find a better man (3x)
Cant find a better...man...
Ohh...ohh...
Uh huh... (5x)
Ohh...

And one last one, Seeing Things - Black Crows

I find it hard to shed a tear
You brought it all on yourself my dear
Wrong, yes I may be
Dont leave a light on for me
cause I aint comin home
It hurts me baby to be alone
Yes, it hurts me baby

A hundred years will never ease
Hearing things I wont believe
I saw it with my own two eyes
All the pain that I cant hide
And this pain starts in my heart
And this love tears us apart
You wont find me bent down on my knees
Aint bendin over backwards baby
Not to please

cause Im seeing things for the first time
Im seeing things for the first time, oh yeah
Im seeing things for the first time
In my life, in my life

I used to dream
Of better days that never came
Sorry aint nothin to me
Im gone and thats the way it must be
So please Ive done my time
Lovin you is such a crime
You wont fine me down on, on my knees
Wont fine me over backwards baby
Just to please

cause Im seeing things for the first time
Im seeing things for the first time
Seeing things for the first time
Oh Im seeing things for the first time
Yeah, seeing things for the first time
Im seeing things for the first time
Yeah, Im seeing things for the first time
In my life, in my life
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Really Ancien on October 16, 2008, 11:21:37 am
many of the finest lyrics have the cadences of the King James Bible, Prince was quite good at that, I think of ' Nothing compares 2 U' and especially 'Love, thy will be done' by Martika, occasionally the King James Bible makes it to the charts itself, with minor adaptations.

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose, under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose, under heaven

A time to build up,a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose, under heaven

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose, under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time for peace, I swear its not too late

YouTube - The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn! (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=MWg3b15ITS8)


Damon.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: pcolbeck on October 16, 2008, 11:22:18 am
The first time ever I saw your face

YouTube - Play misty for me - The first time ever I saw your face (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ypSPbIAApuQ)

Damon.

Yes - one of the most beautiful songs ever written.  But remember to give Ewan McColl a credit for writing it!

There are certain things that people ought to just know, and that's one of them. it also gives me a chance to recommend the version which Clint Eastwood used in his first film as a director, Play Misty for Me, where he set a romantic sequence to Roberta Flack's original album version, bringing the song to a wider audience and prompting the release of a shorter version which spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard Chart in the US.
YouTube - Play misty for me - The first time ever I saw your face (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ypSPbIAApuQ)
 There are plenty of interpretations of the song, but most follow the Flack version, as the original was half the length. Roberta can't really be beaten because of her modulation and the way she gets round the difficult sibilants in the title. I quite like the version by Johnny Cash, which transforms it into a leave-taking song revealing the tenderness behind a tough exterior, very affecting when you know how soon he died after his beloved wife.

Damon..

It's amazing how fast people forget and credit songs to so someone who covered them.  Was watching X-Factor last week and a girl group did Wonderwall and credited it to Ryan Adams not Oasis ! Mind you at least they showed some taste knowing who Ryan Adams was :)
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: tiermat on October 16, 2008, 11:28:58 am

It's amazing how fast people forget and credit songs to so someone who covered them.  Was watching X-Factor last week and a girl group did Wonderwall and credited it to Ryan Adams not Oasis ! Mind you at least they showed some taste knowing who Ryan Adams was :)

Despite it sounding more like Mike Flowers Pops than either of those two.....
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: clarion on October 16, 2008, 11:29:57 am
I wasn't suggesting for a moment that Damon didn't know, and I share his view that Roberta Flack's performance is electrifying - I can feel a tingle in my fingers just thinking about it.  I just felt that the sculptor who crafted such a brilliant piece should be acknowledged.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Really Ancien on October 16, 2008, 11:37:06 am
Sorry to give the impression that I'd taken the hump, It's merely that I think there are certain things we ought to just know as part of our common heritage, like the verse of Ecclessiastes which Pete Seeger turned into 'Turn Turn Turn'.

Damon.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Ian H on October 16, 2008, 01:30:36 pm
I'm afraid that nearly always I treat the voice as another instrument and seldom listen to or even notice the words. But these lyrics always amuse me. The song's great, but the words, especially on their own, are on that borderline between mad and daft.

If it matters how you do it,
And how you do it it's your thing.
If it matters which way you go,
That's your way to go.
And if you get it like that,
That's the way you get it,
'Cause you get it like that
When you want to be that way,
When you wanna be that way,
That's the way you wanna be, see.

Hey! It's all right.
Hey!
Yeah, its all right.

Now that you try to do to me
Out there a-walkin' doesn't matter, baby
Ain't no question, no suggestion
Nothin' in my mind that can't be
Shut out when I want it to be
Nothin' in yours that can't be kept in
When you open it up and lose it
And nothin' you can't let out
If it's got to be let out, just let it out
And don't worry which way it goes.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: ChrisO on October 16, 2008, 02:36:26 pm

From Green Day's Dookie album...

I went to a shrink
To analyze my dreams
He said it's lack of sex
That's bringing me down

I went to a whore
Who said my life's a bore
So quit my whining cause
It's bringing her down

... and the line I love most, from Longview...

When masturbation's lost its fun
You're fucking lonely


Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Really Ancien on October 16, 2008, 02:54:17 pm
Probably the 21st Century lyric that has had the biggest impact is this.

Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize - we're floating in space -
Do You Realize - that happiness makes you cry
Do You Realize - that everyone you know someday will die

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do You Realize - Oh - Oh - Oh
Do You Realize - that everyone you know
Someday will die -

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize


I read an essay on what it meant to one person.

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: "Do You Realize??" by the Flaming Lips (http://www.mcsweeneys.net/links/song/21TedJillson.html)


Damon.


Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: bikenerd on October 16, 2008, 03:26:37 pm
Probably the 21st Century lyric that has had the biggest impact is this.

The Happy Death Song! :)
I love the Flaming Lips.  If you ever get the chance to see them live then do.  I've seen them twice and both times were life-affirming moments.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: oncemore on October 16, 2008, 09:39:33 pm
"Ever tell your kids you're glad that they can think?
Ever said you love 'em? Ever let 'em watch you drink?
Ever wonder why your daughter looks so sad?
It's such a drag to have to love a plastic mum and dad."

And so on...

Text for bringing up your children, courtesy of Frank Z.

Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: clarion on October 16, 2008, 09:44:31 pm
Advice on parenting from the guy who called his kids Dweezil & Moon Unit? ;D
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: nicknack on October 16, 2008, 09:45:34 pm
Surprised that no one's come up with this yet, by Mr Costello

Shipbuilding

Is it worth it
A new winter coat and shoes for the wife
And a bicycle on the boy's birthday
Its just a rumour that was spread around town
By the women and children
Soon we'll be shipbuilding
Well I ask you
The boy said dad theyre going to take me to task
But I'll be back by christmas
Its just a rumour that was spread around town
Somebody said that someone got filled in
For saying that people get killed in
The result of this shipbuilding
With all the will in the world
Diving for dear life
When we could be diving for pearls
Its just a rumour that was spread around town
A telegram or a picture postcard
Within weeks theyll be re-opening the shipyards
And notifying the next of kin
Once again
It's all we're skilled in
We will be shipbuilding
With all the will in the world
Diving for dear life
When we could be diving for pearls
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: clarion on October 16, 2008, 09:51:24 pm
 :'(
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: border-rider on October 16, 2008, 10:08:05 pm
and..spot the connection to Shipbuilding:

Stalin wasn't stallin'
When he told the beast of Berlin
That they'd never rest contented
Till they had driven him from the land
So he called the yanks and english
And proceeded to extinguish
The fuhrer and his vermin
This is how it all began

Now the devil, he was reading
In the good book one day
How that lord created Adam
To walk the righteous way
And it made the devil jealous
He turned green unto his toes
And he swore by things unholy
That he'd make one of his own

So he packed two suitcases
Full of greed and misery
And he caught the midnight special
Going down to Germany
Then he mixed his lies and hatred
With fire and brimstone
Then the devil sat upon it
That's how Adolf was born

Now Adolf got the notion
That he was the master race
And he swore he'd bring new order
And put mankind in its place
So he set his scheme in motion
And was winning everywhere
Until he upped and got the notion
For to kick that Russian bear

Stalin wasn't stallin'
When he told the beast of berlin
That he'd never rest contented
Till they had driven him from the land
So he called the yanks and english
And proceeded to extinguish
The fuhrer and his vermin
This is how it all began

Yes he kicked that noble russian
But it wasn't very long
Before adolf got suspicious
That he had done something wrong
Cause that bear grabbed the fuhrer
And gave him an awful fight
Seventeen months he grabbed the fuhrer
Tooth and claw, day and night

Then that bear smacked the fuhrer
With a mighty armored paw
And adolf broke all records
Running backwards to Krakow
Then Goebbels sent a message
To the people everywhere
That if they couldn't hit the fuhrer
Godamn hit that Russian bear

Stalin wasn't stallin'
When he told the beast of Berlin
That they'd never rest contented
Till they had driven him from the land
So he called the yanks and english
And proceeded to extinguish
The fuhrer and his vermin
This is how it all began

Then this bear called on his buddy
The noble fighting yank
And they sent the fuhrer running
With their ships and planes and tanks
Now the fuhrer's having nightmares
Cause the fuhrer knows damn well
That the devil's done wrote welcome
On his residence in hell

modern American spiritual from 1943
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: nicknack on October 16, 2008, 10:12:01 pm
Good old Robert!
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: LindaG on July 13, 2011, 09:44:19 pm
My mum and I we live alone
A great apartment is our home

 &c

Jacques Brel/Marc Almond

Reg those words are wonderful.

What is the song?
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Karla on July 13, 2011, 09:49:41 pm
"Ever tell your kids you're glad that they can think?
Ever said you love 'em? Ever let 'em watch you drink?
Ever wonder why your daughter looks so sad?
It's such a drag to have to love a plastic mum and dad."

And so on...

Text for bringing up your children, courtesy of Frank Z.



That's a great song.  Are those the best lyrics on the album though, or is Zappa at his best when adding a larger dose of his trademark puerile humour?

What's the ugliest part of your body?
What's the ugliest part of your body?
Some say your nose
Some say your toes
But I think it's your mind.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: clarion on July 13, 2011, 10:13:14 pm
My mum and I we live alone
A great apartment is our home

 &c

Jacques Brel/Marc Almond

Reg those words are wonderful.

What is the song?

What Makes A Man A Man, or I think Comme Ils Disent in French
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: LindaG on July 13, 2011, 10:14:33 pm
Cheers clarion.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: pcolbeck on July 14, 2011, 08:51:02 am
and his sisters weird - she drives a lorry

Jethro Tull - Mother Goose

Always makes me smile for some reason.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: essexian on July 14, 2011, 09:02:33 am
The best song they: Carter USM ever did and a song that makes me cry everytime I hear it live:

"Girls can keep a secret
Can't they
And they didn't know
For almost thirty weeks
Before she started to show
She'd always seem to grow so fast
And all they ever had to do
Was ask

Boys can be such stupid bastards
For a superior race
Mistaking all her tears for laughter,
I rest my case
Maybe they were going steady
But the baby,
She just wasn't ready
For this world

This world can be cruel sometimes
For the easily led
Don't let yourself
Be fooled by sunshine
And what the Bible says
I'm not saying the Bible lies
It's just that some things don't apply
To this world
And all this comes to pass
When a child is born at last
Into the world at The Hotel Fleapit
How could this girl keep her secret

The prosecution and defence
Stepped down
And approached the bench
As she lay the body on the table
She wasn't ready fit or able
For this world

And all this comes to pass
When a child is born at last
In this world"


Carter USM, so underated IMHO.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: tiermat on July 14, 2011, 09:06:20 am
Strangely I REALLY like "Betterman" by Pearl Jam, reminds of bad times (just reverse the genders)....

Waitin', watchin' the clock, it's four o'clock, it's got to stop
Tell him, take no more, she practices her speech
As he opens the door, she rolls over...
Pretends to sleep as he looks her over
She lies and says she's in love with him, can't find a better man...
She dreams in color, she dreams in red, can't find a better man...
Can't find a better man (2x)
Ohh...

Talkin' to herself, there's no one else who needs to know...
She tells herself, oh...
Memories back when she was bold and strong
And waiting for the world to come along...
Swears she knew it, now she swears he's gone
She lies and says she's in love with him, can't find a better man...
She dreams in color, she dreams in red, can't find a better man...
She lies and says she still loves him, can't find a better man...
She dreams in color, she dreams in red, can't find a better man...
Can't find a better man (2x)
Yeah...

She loved him, yeah...she don't want to leave this way
She needs him, yeah...that's why she'll be back again
Can't find a better man (3x)
Can't find a better...man...
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: LindaG on July 14, 2011, 09:24:41 am
Probably the 21st Century lyric that has had the biggest impact is this.

Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize - we're floating in space -
Do You Realize - that happiness makes you cry
Do You Realize - that everyone you know someday will die

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do You Realize - Oh - Oh - Oh
Do You Realize - that everyone you know
Someday will die -

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize


I read an essay on what it meant to one person.

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: "Do You Realize??" by the Flaming Lips (http://www.mcsweeneys.net/links/song/21TedJillson.html)


Damon.




That's a great song.  Curse you ancien.  You made me ring my (estranged) mother. 
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Biggsy on July 14, 2011, 09:32:46 am
"Do You Realize" is one of my favourites as well.  And well done, Linda!


The Cocteau Twins are famous for their indecipherable and secret lyrics, but they're wonderful when you find out what they are, or might be.

Iceblink Luck

I'm seeming to be glad a lot
I'm happy again
Caught, caught in time
Expose the doubter, arm yourself with me
And defend your prize

You're the match of Jericho
That will burn this old madhouse down
And'll not throw open like a wall-not-safe
More like a love that's a bottle of exquisite stuff has

You, yourself and your father
Don't know so, but in your own ways
You're really both bonesetters
Thank you for mending me, babies

You're the match of Jericho
That will burn this old madhouse down
And'll not throw open like the wall-not-safe
You would seem more like being from
That same bottle of exquisite stuff is
You are the match of Jericho that will burn
This old madhouse down
And not throw open like the wall-not-safe

You yourself and your father
Don't know so, but in your own ways
You're really both bonesetters
Thank you for mending me, babies
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Biggsy on July 20, 2011, 11:34:20 am
Strange Fruit

Southern trees bear strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees

Pastoral scene of the gallant south
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop
Here is a strange and bitter cry
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: clarion on July 20, 2011, 12:05:37 pm
Just chilling.

btw, you have a rogue 'u' in the fourth line.  US poplars have much wider, stronger, branches than our UK ones.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 20, 2011, 12:08:37 pm
I, met a boy, wearing Vans, 501s, and a
Dope Beastie-tee, nipple rings,
New tattoos that claim that he
Was OGT,
back in '92,
from the first EP.

And in between
Sips of Coke
He told me that
He thought
We were sellin' out,
Layin' down,
Suckin' up
To the man.

Well now I've got some
Advice for you, little buddy.
Before you point your finger
You should know that
I'm the man,

And if I'm the man,
Then you're the man, and
He's the man as well so you can
Point that fuckin' finger up your ass.

All you know about me is what I've sold you,
Dumb fuck.
I sold out long before you ever even heard my name.

I sold my soul to make a record,
Dip shit,
And then you bought one.

I've got some
Advice for you, little buddy.
Before you point your finger
You should know that
I'm the man,

If I'm the fuckin' man
Then you're the fuckin' man as well
So you can
Point that fuckin' finger up your ass.

All you know about me is what I've sold you,
Dumb fuck.
I sold out long before you ever heard my name.

I sold my soul to make a record,
Dip shit,
And you bought one.

All you read and
Wear or see and
Hear on TV
Is a product
Begging for your
Fairly dirty
Dollar

Shut up and

Buy, buy, buy, my new record
Buy, buy, buy, send more money
Fuck you, buddy.
Fuck you, buddy.
Fuck you, buddy.
Fuck you, buddy.

"Hooker With A Penis" - Tool
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Biggsy on July 20, 2011, 12:22:21 pm
Just chilling.

btw, you have a rogue 'u' in the fourth line.  US poplars have much wider, stronger, branches than our UK ones.

Ta, corrected.

I'd need as much opiates as Billy Holiday consumed herself to listen to a whole album of her's, but listening to this one song occasionally is fantastic (in a dark way).
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: perpetual dan on July 20, 2011, 12:31:12 pm
Thanks for resurrecting this...

I'd be hard pushed to pick a favourite, but this comes close:
I don't believe in an interventionist God
But I know, darling, that you do
But if I did I would kneel down and ask Him
Not to intervene when it came to you
Not to touch a hair on your head
To leave you as you are
And if He felt He had to direct you
Then direct you into my arms
(Nick Cave)

and this came into my head as I walked home from the hospital after Miss Dan the Elder was born, so has become quite special to me:
Then he turned smiling
And said
I realise a miracle is due
I dedicate this melody to you
But is this the stuff dreams are made of?
If this is the stuff dreams are made of
No wonder I feel like I'm floating on air
Everywhere
It feels like I'm everywhere
(The Chameleons)

and posts up-thread make me think of a couple of wise lines:
Pain looks great on other people, that's what they're for
and
Be sure to leave your underpants with someone you can trust
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: CAMRAMan on July 20, 2011, 01:58:42 pm
So you found a girl who thinks really deep thoughts
What's so amazing 'bout really deep thoughts
Boy, you'd best pray that I bleed real soon
How's that thought for you?

-------------------------------------

I try to put everything into perspective
Set it against the scale of human suffering
And I thought of the Mugabe government
And the children of the Calcutta railways
This works for a while
But then I encounter Primark FM
Overhead a rainbow appears
In black and white

------------------------------

There's a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Milletts!

Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 20, 2011, 03:42:10 pm
There once was a man with purple and orange stripes
And the papers said he might promote purple and orange stripes
And then our children would have purple and orange stripes
And though that's fine you wouldn't want one in the family.

There once was a man with purple and orange stripes
And the papers said he might get in a position of influence
And then he would do favours for other men with purple and orange stripes
And then the country would be run by the purple and orange mafia.

There once was a man who was white
And the papers said he's really purple and orange stripes
And we're doing you a favour by telling you this
Coz then he won't get blackmailed.

"Purple And Orange Stripes" - Kimberley Rew
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Guy on July 21, 2011, 01:20:05 pm
When I was a young man I carried me pack and I lived the free life of a rover
From the Murray's green basin to the dusty outback  I waltzed my Mathilda all over
Then in nineteen-fifteen my country said son
It's time to stop ramblin' cos there's work to be done
And they gave me a tin-'at and they gave me a gun
And they sent me away to the war

And the band played Waltzing Mathilda as we sailed away from the quay
And amidst all the cheers
And the shouts and the tears
We sailed off for Gallipoli

How well I remember that terrible day when our blood stained the sand and the water
And how in that Hell that they called Suvla Bay we was butchered like lambs at the slaughter
Johnny Turk ‘e was ready, ‘e’d primed ‘imself well
‘E showered us with bullets and ‘e rained us with shells
And in five minutes flat we was all blown to Hell
Nearly blew us right back to Australia

And the band played Waltzing Mathilda as we stopped to bury our slain
And we buried ours
And the Turks buried theirs
Then it started all over again

Then those who were living did their best to survive in that mad world of dust, blood and fire
And for seven long weeks I kept meself alive while the corpses around me piled higher
Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over tit
And when I awoke in my ‘ospital bed
And saw what it ‘ad done Christ! I wished I was dead
Never knew there were worse things than dyin’

And no more I’ll waltz my Mathilda to the green bushes so far and near
For to hump tent and pegs
A man needs two legs
No more Waltzing Mathilda for me

They collected the cripples, the wounded and maimed and they shipped us back home to Australia
The legless, the armless, the blind and insane, those proud wounded heroes of Suvla
And as our ship pulled into Circular Quay
I looked down at the place where me legs used to be
And thanked Christ there was nobody waiting for me
To grieve and to mourn and to pity

And the band played Waltzing Mathilda as they carried us down the gang-way
But nobody cheered
They just stood and stared
Then they turned their faces away

And now every April I sit on my porch and I watch the parade pass before me
I see my old comrades, how proudly they march, reliving the thoughts of past glory
I see the old men all twisted and torn
The forgotten 'eroes of a forgotten war
And the young people ask me what are they marching for?
And I ask meself the same question

And the band plays Waltzing Mathilda and the old men still answer the call
But year after year
Their numbers get fewer
Some day no one will march there at all

Waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda
Who’ll go a-waltzin’ Mathilda with me…
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: jogler on July 21, 2011, 07:30:14 pm
I dreamed I saw the bombers riding shotgun in the sky
turning into butterflies above our nation
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: LindaG on September 01, 2011, 12:12:48 am
These are the days
These are days you’ll remember
Never before and never since, I promise
Will the whole world be warm as this
And as you feel it,
You’ll know it’s true
That you are blessed and lucky
It’s true that you
Are touched by something
That will grow and bloom in you

These are days that you’ll remember
When May is rushing over you
With desire to be part of the miracles
You see in every hour
You’ll know it’s true
That you are blessed and lucky
It’s true that you are touched
By something that will grow and bloom in you

These are days
These are the days you might fill
With laughter until you break
These days you might feel
A shaft of light
Make its way across your face
And when you do
Then you’ll know how it was meant to be
See the signs and know their meaning
It's true
Then you’ll know how it was meant to be
Hear the signs and know they’re speaking
To you, to you
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: LindaG on August 09, 2012, 09:56:50 pm
I drew a map of Canada
Oh Canada
With your face sketched on it twice
Oh you're in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet

Oh I could drink a case of you darling
Still I'd be on my feet
oh I would still be on my feet




Always makes me think of my beautiful daughter, who I miss terribly  ;D
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Peter on August 09, 2012, 09:59:06 pm
Yes, L, all the lyrics on Blue are great.  (You know about Joni's child?)
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: LindaG on August 09, 2012, 10:27:26 pm
Yes, L, all the lyrics on Blue are great.  (You know about Joni's child?)

No?
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: LindaG on August 09, 2012, 10:44:58 pm
Yes, L, all the lyrics on Blue are great.  (You know about Joni's child?)

Just googled it.  Wow.  Thanks Peter.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Basil on August 10, 2012, 12:29:26 am
Now my Brother lays upon the Rocks
He could be dead, He could be not
He could be You
He's Camelian, Comedian, Corinthian and Caricature.

Sorry to be a downer, but although I'd always loved the lyrics of the whole song "The Bewlay Brothers", it sort of became more significant to me when my kid brother suicided.

Don't concern.  It was a long time ago.

Do you know?  Until tonight, I thought it was "Corinthian in Caricature".  Made good sense to me.

*wanders off to youtube for a cry*
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Peter on August 10, 2012, 12:32:27 am
All the best, Basil.  Long time or not, grief never departs, just lurks.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Basil on August 10, 2012, 12:37:27 am
Thanks Peter.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: matthew on August 10, 2012, 08:57:07 am
Quote from: Bob Dylan - Masters of War
How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
That even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do.

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul.


The whole thing is great but these two verses always stuck in my mind as a young child.

Maybe it needs adapting for the bankers, though these two verses could remain unchanged.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: rafletcher on August 10, 2012, 02:11:36 pm
On a lighter note, a paean to convenience food...

TV dinners there's nothin' else to eat
TV dinners they really can't be beat
I like 'em frozen but you understand
I throw 'em in and wave 'em and I'm a brand new man oh yeah!

TV dinners they're goin' to my head
TV dinners my skin is turnin' red
Twenty year old turkey in a thirty year old tin
I can't wait until tomorrow.... and thaw one out again oh yeah!

TV dinners I'm feelin' kinda rough
TV dinners this one's kinda tough
I like the enchiladas and the teriaki too
I even like the chicken if.... the sauce is not too blue.

And they're mine, all mine, oh yeah
And they sure are fine.
Gotta have 'em
Gimme somethin' now.



Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Ruth on November 06, 2013, 10:55:24 pm
The bed's too big without you
The cold wind blows right through that open door
I can't sleep with your memory
Dreaming dreams of what used to be.
When he'd left I was cold inside
That look on my face was just pride
No regrets, no love, no tears.
Living on my own was the least of my fears.
The bed's too big without you.
The bed's too big without you,
The bed's too big
Without you.

Since that day when you'd gone
Just had to carry on
Get through the day, but late at night
Made love to my pillow but it didn't feel right.
Every day just the same
Old rules for the same old game
All I gained was heartache
All I made was one mistake.
Now the bed's too big without you.
The bed's too big without you
The bed's too big
Without you.







Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: pcolbeck on November 07, 2013, 11:09:07 am
I've been the one who has been frightened
And almost borne away
By the very thoughts that I feared yesterday
And it must be dust or smoke that's in my eyes
How can I cry about something from someone that I won't see

Oh my friends all say she had her chance
Let's go shoot some pool
You know a fool is just a fool
And I've tried everything that whiskey cures
But the pain endures
And now I'm feeling that pain
I put my pride in my pocket
That's how I'll spend my loneliest days
And it must be dust or smoke that's in my eyes

Don't know what to do
Hold the lamp above the rafters
These smoke-filled rooms will not replace her

I've been the one who has been frightened
And almost borne away
By the very thoughts that I feared yesterday
And it must be dust or smoke that's in my eyes

The great Lowell George
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: sg37409 on September 20, 2014, 11:15:21 am
Bit of serendipity, I looked for this thread to post Willin' by little feat and the last post was also from lowell george.
These are ace.

I been warped by the rain
Driven by the snow
I'm drunk and dirty, don't ya know
And I'm still, oh, I'm still
I'm out on the road late at night
I see my pretty Alice in every headlight
Alice, Dallas Alice

I've been from Tucson to Tucumcari
Tehachapi to Tonapah
Driven every kind of rig that's ever been made
Now I've driven the back roads
So I wouldn't get weighed
And if you give me weed, whites, and wine
Then you show me a sign
I'll be willin' to be movin'

Now I smuggled some smokes
And folks from Mexico
Baked by the sun
Almost every time I go to Mexico
And I'm willin'

And I've been kicked by the wind
Robbed by the sleet
Had my head stoved in
But I'm still on my feet
And I'm willin', oh, I'm willin'

And I been from Tuscon to Tucumcari
Tehachapi to Tonapah
Driven every kind of rig that's ever been made
Driven the back roads
So I wouldn't get weighed
And if you give me weed, whites, and wine
And then you show me a sign
I'll be willin' to be movin'
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 21, 2014, 03:33:23 am
I'm only missing Tucumcari from that song ;D

Also it's Tonopah.  I got stopped for speeding there in 2008.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: sg37409 on September 21, 2014, 09:59:22 am
Yeah, great sounding place names. These are really evocative lyrics, I,d love to do a road trip off the standard tourist routes in USA.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: sg37409 on May 02, 2015, 05:13:55 pm
Another favourite.
Flower by the Eels


Turn the ugly light off god
Wanna feel the night
Everyday it shines down on me
Don't you think that i see
Don't you think that i see what it's all about
Hard to look the other way
While the world passes me by
And everyone is trying to bum me out

It's a pretty big world god
And i am awful small
Everyday they rain down on me
Flower in a hailstorm
Flower in a hailstorm
I'm living for the drought
I could throw it back at them
But then i play their game
Everyone is trying to bum me out
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Otto on May 02, 2015, 05:29:42 pm
Where was I? I forgot
The point that I was making
I said if I was smart that I would
Save up for a piece of string
And a rock to wind the string around

Everybody wants a rock
To wind a piece of string around
Everybody wants a rock
To wind a piece of string around

Throw the crib door wide
Let the people crawl inside
Someone in this town
Is trying to burn the playhouse down
They want to stop the ones who want
A rock to wind a string around
But everybody wants a rock
To wind a piece of string around

Throw the crib door wide
Let the people crawl inside
Someone in this town
Is trying to burn the playhouse down
They want to stop the ones who want
A rock to wind a string around
But everybody wants a rock
To wind a piece of string around

If I were a carpenter I'd
Hammer on my piglet, I'd
Collect the seven dollars and I'd
Buy a big prosthetic forehead
And wear it on my real head

Everybody wants prosthetic
Foreheads on their real heads
Everybody wants prosthetic
Foreheads on their real heads

Throw the crib door wide
Let the people crawl inside
Someone in this town
Is trying to burn the playhouse down
They want to stop the ones who want
Prosthetic foreheads on their heads
But everybody wants prosthetic
Foreheads on their real heads

Throw the crib door wide
Let the people crawl inside
Someone in this town
Is trying to burn the foreheads down
They want to stop the ones who want
A rock to wind a string around
But everybody wants a rock
To wind a piece of string around
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: mattc on August 16, 2019, 06:47:50 pm
Here's some wonderfully silly lyrics, from a band I feel I should have known about. The first line certainly made me prick up my ears just now ...

I wanna masticate with you
I wanna watch you while you chew
I wanna lick beans off that tooth
Two tongues at home under one roof

https://genius.com/The-lovely-eggs-food-lyrics

The rest:
(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: slope on August 16, 2019, 07:20:21 pm
Now you say you ain't never met my wife, you ain't never seen her befo,'
Say you ain't been hangin' roun' my crib; well here's somethin' I wanna know...
I wanna know what in the worl' is goin' down,

How come my dog don't bark when you come around?

I got the baddest dog, he'll bite anybody.
He bit my little brother, took a chunk out of my ol' sweet li'l mother.
He bit the mailman - he sees him every day; he takes one look at you, he wanna jump up and play.
Now I ain't got a clue as to what you puttin' down, but

How come my dog don't bark when you come around?

My dog's dangerous; tried to set people straight;
I even bought a "BAD DOG" sign an' hung it on the gate.
Here you come trippin' up 'bout a quarter of nine
Fulla dat Night Train wine, tryin' to slide past the sign...

My dog been noddin' off, ain't payin' you no mind.
That's my dog, when I come home he don't sleep THAT sound!

How come my dog don't bark when you come around?

I still don't like it, I don't dig it one damn bit,
The way you an' my dog's so tight, somethin' don't fit!
I slipped through the alley, I called my dog,
Said, "get off your rusty duster, move a little faster to your ol' master, you old cayute, you."

He took one look at me, an' he growled an' he ran straight to you.
Now somebody's been confusin' my po' hound.
An I wanna know what's goin' down.

How come my dog don't bark when you come around?

Maybe I better call up Jacoby & Myers, an' you can take the fifth, amendment, that is.
You better stand up fo' your rights, 'cause you might not be standin' too long.
I'm gonna stop all this confusion. I'm gon' fire that hound., shoot that dog down.
Then I'm gonna get busy mutilatin, strangulatin' operatin', an' crematin' my Ol' Lady down at the cremation station.
Then I'm gonna torch that, too, and come right on after you!

You can give you heart an' soul to charity; all the rest gonna belong to me.

I'm goin' straight down to dat barber supply shop, get me a pearl handle, double edge, hollow ground, super blue blade, adjustable, stainless steel, honed edge, both blades on the same side so when I cut you once, you gonna bleed twice, goin' an' comin'. An' if you don' believe me, shake yo' head; it'll be singin' "I ain't got no body."

'Cause one night I did a little FBI, 007-type investigatin'. You an' my Ol' Lady thought I was gone, but I wasn't gone. Dat's why I have to separate you from your ground. An the only soun' you gonna hear when you six feet in the ground:

How come my dog didn't bark when you came around?

https://youtu.be/KfDjOEWghIo
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: MockCyclist on August 17, 2019, 08:26:15 am
Priceless one-liners:

And when he died, all he left us was alone

I once loved a maid, a spot welder by trade

If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all  
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: slope on August 17, 2019, 04:32:50 pm
Here's an old, old story
Bout a man and a woman
Gone off to California
Cause they just got married
All their friends in Boston
Are so very happy
They're dancing in the doorways
Cause their friends got married
He gets a job
Working in a car wash up in Santa Cruz
She gets a job
Teaching at a nursery school
Oh, they're so nice
What's gonna happen to 'em?
Soon they have a little white-haired baby
Looks just like his daddy
And they're all real happy
A couple of year go by
She's going to see the doctor
It's just a regular checkup (oh no)
Plus she thinks she might be pregnant
Anyway, she dies
And he moves down to Los Angeles
Meets a foolish girl with lots of money
Now they're getting married

https://youtu.be/ZFUIDw9P_Vg
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: slope on August 31, 2019, 01:29:40 pm
I came into town
I was looking for a job
I couldn’t find nothin'
So I started looking for someone to rob

I took my ski mask
And I put it over my face
Walked into the feed store
And I shot everyone in the place

First there was a funeral and
Then there was a trial
Hung me in a courtyard and
They let me hang up there a while
Let me hang up there a while

I bought a new shirt
So soft to touch
And a new pair of beetle boots
They didn’t cost me too much

I went to the movies
I couldn’t get a date
Women on the silver screen
Are the only ones to which I can relate

First there was a funeral and
Then there was a trial
Hung me in a courtyard and
They let me hang up there a while
Let me hang up there a while

My eyes got heavy
I fell asleep
Usher came by and said
"Get outta here you creep"

I pulled out my .38
I blew him away
If you disrespect me
That’s the price you’ll pay

First there was a funeral and
Then there was a trial
Hung me in a courtyard and
They let me hang up there a while
Let me hang up there a while

https://youtu.be/EutAUk96EB8
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: citoyen on August 31, 2019, 02:57:55 pm
Ne Me Quitte Pas

My favourite is Les Vieux - a song to make you fear getting old if ever there was one...

“Les vieux ne meurent pas,
Ils s'endorment un jour
Et dorment trop longtemps,
Ils se tiennent la main,
Ils ont peur de se perdre,
Et se perdent pourtant
Et l'autre reste là,
Le meilleur ou le pire,
Le doux ou le sévère,
Cela n'importe pas,
Celui des deux qui reste
Se retrouve en enfer.”

Also the line “le muscat de dimanche ne les fait plus chanter” - funny but chilling
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Peter on September 01, 2019, 09:20:42 am
THat is great, Citoyen.

From Bob:-

A change in the weather can be extreme
But what's the point of changing horses in midstream
I'm going out of mind with a pain that stops and starts
Like I corkscrewed up my heart
Ever since we've been apart.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: T42 on September 01, 2019, 10:36:25 am
I particularly like the touchingly sympathetic lyric:

...In the dress she used to wear
Faded feathers in her hair
She sits there so refined
And drinks herself half-blind
She lost her youth and she lost her Tony
Now she's lost her mind.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: T42 on September 01, 2019, 10:45:27 am
Ne Me Quitte Pas

My favourite is Les Vieux - a song to make you fear getting old if ever there was one...

“Les vieux ne meurent pas,
Ils s'endorment un jour
Et dorment trop longtemps,
Ils se tiennent la main,
Ils ont peur de se perdre,
Et se perdent pourtant
Et l'autre reste là,
Le meilleur ou le pire,
Le doux ou le sévère,
Cela n'importe pas,
Celui des deux qui reste
Se retrouve en enfer.”

Also the line “le muscat de dimanche ne les fait plus chanter” - funny but chilling

There's very little of Brel that I don't like.  Orly (https://youtu.be/Lq5iD-xV9wI) in particular is superb.


Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: andytheflyer on September 01, 2019, 12:48:46 pm
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over,
Thought I'd something more to say.



As I've grown older, but no wiser, and lost friends, parents and family, the lyrics to Floyd's Time become ever more relevant.  So relevant they are pinned on my workshop wall.  And it goes on, my FiL died this morning. He was 94.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Peter on September 02, 2019, 12:56:08 pm
Condolences, Andy.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Torslanda on September 29, 2019, 03:21:05 am
I am the one who guided you this far
All you know and all you feel
Nobody must know my name
For nobody would understand
And you kill what you fear

I call you for I must leave,
You're on your own until the end.
There was a choice but now it's gone,
I said you wouldn't understand,
Take what's yours and be damned.
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: Torslanda on September 29, 2019, 03:23:27 am
As far as my eyes can see
There are Shadows approaching me
And to those I left behind
I wanted you to Know
You've always shared my deepest thoughts
You follow where I go

And oh when I'm old and wise
Bitter words mean little to me
Autumn Winds will blow right through me
And someday in the mist of time
When they asked me if I knew you
I'd smile and say you were a friend of mine
And the sadness would be Lifted from my eyes
Oh when I'm old and wise

As far as my Eyes can see
There are shadows surrounding me
And to those I leave behind
I want you all to know
You've always Shared my darkest hours
I'll miss you when I go

And oh, when I'm old and wise
Heavy words that tossed and blew me
Like Autumn winds that will blow right through me
And someday in the mist of time
When they ask you if you knew me
Remember that You were a friend of mine
As the final curtain falls before my eyes
Oh when I'm Old and wise

As far as my eyes can see
Title: Re: Favourite Song Lyrics
Post by: JonJo on September 29, 2019, 10:36:29 am
Quote
Well you're built like a car
You've got a hub cap diamond star halo
 
Marc Bolan