View Full Version : best song lines ever

03-15-2009, 01:39 PM
well everyone on here has a thread with 'best love poem', 'best quotes', etc. well i have one for songs.. an i was going to start one with songs... an i have a line for you...

"when i see your smile tears run my face, i cant replace, and now that im strong i have figured out how this world turns cold and it brakes through my soul, an i know ill find deep inside me i can be the one" - red jumpsuit apparatus "my guardian angel"

"seasons are changing an waves are crashing and stars are falling all for us. Days grow longer and nights grow shorter" - red jumsuit apparatus "my guardian angel"

post all the ones you believe are amazing also.. there a more than just one line in each song you listen to.

The Comedian
03-15-2009, 02:47 PM
Best song lines? There are so many. . .

"Mommas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys" -- the title line from the best duet ever, from arguably the best country song ever. I love this song because it romanticizes the cowboy life by arguing against it. By describing it as dirty and contradictory, they make it glorious and proud.

That and no one can sing a song like Waylon (RIP).

03-15-2009, 08:08 PM
"Thor, Odin's son, protector of man kind, rise to meet your fate, your destiny awaits"


03-15-2009, 08:13 PM
"Thor, Odin's son, protector of man kind, rise to meet your fate, your destiny awaits"


:D STANNIE!!!!!!! Where the heck have you been???

03-15-2009, 08:17 PM
:D STANNIE!!!!!!! Where the heck have you been???

I have been all over the place questing for a place to settle, and I found that home, where I started, was the destination.

Its great to be back and see familiar peoples! :D

03-16-2009, 12:00 PM
holy cow!! Stan! Welcome back!
So many blast from the past returning! good to see!

03-16-2009, 12:20 PM
Hmmmm.. overall that's a tough pick for me...

But for an Opening line , I don't think that this one could be beat...:lol:

"I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand
Walking through the streets of Soho in the rain"
Warren Zevon

03-16-2009, 12:33 PM
Hmmmm.. overall that's a tough pick for me...

But for an Opening line , I don't think that this one could be beat...:lol:

"I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand
Walking through the streets of Soho in the rain"
Warren Zevon

Nice one.

03-16-2009, 04:27 PM
and my time is a piece of wax falling on a termite, who's choking on the splinters - Beck, Loser

03-16-2009, 05:13 PM
One of my favourite songs. "Safeguard To Paradise" by Epica.

"Your engine was so strong, but the road was just too long, hope is not the end, so never lose the faith. As long as we can say they could never take away our freedom, the most precious thing we've ever had. The reward for all the blood we've ever shed."

03-16-2009, 05:35 PM
Its the little things that make this life so beautiful, so glorious, so divine.

Mark F.
03-16-2009, 06:42 PM
So long, Marianne, it's time we began
To laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again

So long, Marianne - Leonard Cohen

03-16-2009, 06:47 PM
"Well I heard there was a secret chord, that Daniel played and it pleased the Lord.."

03-16-2009, 08:32 PM
You never count your money when you're sitting at the table
There'll be time enough for counting when the dealing's done.

03-16-2009, 09:31 PM
God is in my fingers
God is in my head
God is in the trigger
God is in the lead

God is freedom, God is truth
God is power and God is proof
God is fashion, God is fame
God gives meaning, God gives pain

- 'Halo' by Porcupine Tree

03-17-2009, 12:43 AM
And the bartender's practicing politics,
As the businessmen slowly get stoned,
They're all sharing a drink we call lonliness,
But it's better than drinking alone

03-17-2009, 04:38 PM
Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said we are all just prisoners here, of our own device
And in the masters chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just cant kill the beast

03-17-2009, 06:09 PM
And other wonderful lines from Kamelot's "Anthem" :

"And so another page is turned, I pray I understand what's happening, but if anything, I do know this, I'll be the best I can."

kilted exile
03-17-2009, 06:18 PM
From Liar's Bar by the beautiful South

If I look rough I am rough
If I look sad I am
If I look broke I am broke
Just a broke down piece of man

I've turned over enough leaves
to fill an autumn
and if I had one final wish
I'd be your slave for a decade
if you could take me away from this
If you took me away from this
I'd be different you'd see
'Cause I didn't choose the drink
a drink just chose me

03-17-2009, 07:07 PM
Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said we are all just prisoners here, of our own device
And in the masters chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just cant kill the beastI simply love this song.

03-22-2009, 07:56 AM
And same does your life by
Please don't die on me

Wings won't take me
Eyes closed face me
So take a step
But don't look down

- Rise against, Ready to fall

03-22-2009, 08:20 AM
There she was just-a walking down the street
Singing; Do-ah-diddy diddy-dum diddy-dee.

The simple ones are the best.

03-22-2009, 08:54 PM
Off the top of my head, some Bob Dylan, since I have been listening to him a lot lately:

"The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keepin on like a bird that flew,
Tangled up in blue."


"A lone soldier on the cross, smoke pouring out of a box car door."

From 'Tangled up in Blue' and 'Idiot Wind.'

These are only of the top of my head, however...

04-12-2009, 09:19 PM
From Pearl Jam's Black:

I know someday you'll have a beautiful life,
I know you'll be a sun in somebody else's sky, but why
Why, why can't it be, can't it be mine

(they might not be such great lyrics in type, but when you hear them sung with such drama, they're much better)

And Grateful Dead's Ripple:

Reach out your hand if your cup be empty,
If your cup is full may it be again,
Let it be known there is a fountain,
That was not made by the hands of men

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned somewhere on here before how much I like these lyrics -

and then for funniness I'm going with Sublime's Santeria:

Believe me when I say that I've got something for his punk (arse) (the lyrics are best appreciated when heard)

04-21-2009, 10:49 PM
"Saiba que os poetas, como os cegos, podem ver na escuridão"

(it translates as "Know that poets, like blindmen, can see in the dark", but it definitely carries not the poetry of the original tongue ...)

Edu Lobo, e Chico Buarque,
the song is "Choro bandido", I call it "Canção do aqueu apaixonado", the "Song of the Achaean inlove"~

04-22-2009, 07:40 AM
You open your eyes, look around
You feel the earth it wanders -
Out, from under your feet - the ground
Is not firm but soft and weak - like skin
Under the touch, cannot stop to falter

~ Sarah McLachlan, Back door Man
(actually, the whole song is wonderful, difficult to choose a few lines)

04-23-2009, 07:25 AM
Been up all night staring at you
wondering what's on your mind
i've been this way with so many before
but this feels like the first time

-Schuyler Fisk and Joshua Radin, Paperweight

04-24-2009, 06:57 AM
"Born from silence, silence, full of it
Perfect concert my best friend
So much to live for, so much to die for
If only my heart had a home."

Nightwish- "Dead Boy's Poem"

04-24-2009, 10:32 AM
'Saying goodbye knowing this is the end' Chris Isaak - Life will go on

Can you imagine this? As human beings NO MATTER what we always always have hope but saying goodbye to someone KNOWING this is the end...waaaahhhh...

04-24-2009, 11:47 AM
Don't wear your heart on your sleeve
When your remarks are off the cuff.

Riot Act, Elvis Costello

04-25-2009, 10:07 AM
Reading this thread i can tell which of you are old timers and which of you are new age monkeys.

Because the old timers like all the old, corny lines.
Sorry baby cakes

04-26-2009, 07:52 PM
If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

04-27-2009, 04:15 PM
Epica, "Cry For The Moon":

Eternal silence cries out for justice
Forgiveness is not for sale, nor is the will to forget.

04-27-2009, 10:05 PM
this is war.
every line is about who i don't wanna write about anymore.
hope you come down with something they can't diagnose,
don't have the cure for.
holding on to your grudge.
oh it's so hard to have someone to love.
and keeping quiet is hard.
'cause you can't keep a secret
if it never was a secret to start.
at least pretend you didn't wanna get caught.

Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't ~ Brand New

04-28-2009, 08:13 AM
And the train that I ride has nothing aside
From the Phantom Conductor with a dog at his side
And the ghost of a weeping, weddingless bride
Who should have been married but never arrived
And I see through the windows like I see through the lies
Like I see through every useless disguise that
Everyone wears but everyone swears that they don't
Ah but don't mind me baby, I'm only dying slow

04-29-2009, 03:02 PM
We've got love and hate, it's the oooooooonllllly waaaaaaaay.

04-30-2009, 06:20 AM
You steal a gun
To kill time

Porcupine Tree - 'Fear of a Blank Planet'

05-03-2009, 06:29 PM
Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
Ate a slice of wonder bread
and went right back to bed
We couldn't break the columns down
No, we couldn't destroy a single one
and the history books forgot about us
and the bible didnt mention us
not even once

'Samson' Regina Spektor

05-04-2009, 09:00 PM
What is this, that stands before me?
Figure in black, which points at me.
Turn around quick and start to run.
Find out I'm the chosen one.

-Black Sabbath

05-05-2009, 07:54 AM
"Who wants to separate the world we know from our beliefs,
and who sees only black and white, distinguish loss from sacrifice.
Some day we may come to peace with the world within ourselves,
and I will await you until I close my eyes."

Kamelot- "Memento Mori"

05-05-2009, 05:11 PM
Hook in Mouth - Megadeth

A cockroach in the concrete, courthouse tan and beady eyes.
A slouch with fallen arches, purging truths into great lies.
A little man with a big eraser, changing history
Procedures that hes programmed to, all he hears and sees.

Altering the facts and figures, events and every issue.
Make a person disappear, and no one will ever miss you.

Rewrites every story, every poem that ever was.
Eliminates incompetence, and those who break the laws.
Follow the instructions of the new ways evil book of rules.
Replacing rights with wrongs, the files and records in the schools.

You say you've got the answers, well who asked you anyway?
Ever think maybe it was meant to be this way?
Don't try to fool us, we know the worst is yet to come.
I believe my kingdom will come.

F is for fighting
R is for red, ancestors blood in battles they've shed.
E, we elect them
E, we eject them, in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
D, for your dying
O, your overture
M, they will cover your grave with manure.

This spells out freedom, it means nothing to me,
As long as there's a P.M.R.C.

kilted exile
05-08-2009, 09:11 PM
from Vincent Black Lightning 1952

And I've seen you at the corners and cafes it seems
Red hair and black leather, my favourite colour scheme"

what you do with what you've got

What's the use of two good legs if you only run away
What's the use of the finest voice if you've nothing good to say
What good is strength and muscle if you only push and shove
And what's the use of two good ears if you can't hear those you love

Between those who use their neighbours and those who use a cane
Between those in constant power and those in constant pain
Between those who run to evil and those who cannot run
Tell me which ones are the cripples and which ones touch the sun

02-24-2010, 04:59 PM
So who's the one who smokes barefoot Contessas
Gonna tell 'em where she can roam
Who's the one that walks down Milano Street
And leaves 'em shouting, Yankee go home!

-New York Dolls, "Who Are the Mystery Girls?"



02-25-2010, 01:13 PM
You have never been in love,
Until you've seen the stars,
reflect in the resevoirs

And you have never been in love,
Until you've seen the dawn rise,
behind the home for the blind

We are the pretty petty thieves,
And you're standing on our street..

- Morrissey First of the Gang to Die

02-25-2010, 02:40 PM
who's seen jezebel?
she was born to be the woman we could blame
make me a beast half as brave

~ Iron and Wine

03-14-2010, 03:13 PM
From Pearl Jam's Black:

I know someday you'll have a beautiful life,
I know you'll be a sun in somebody else's sky, but why
Why, why can't it be, can't it be mine

(they might not be such great lyrics in type, but when you hear them sung with such drama, they're much better)

Great track...:yesnod:

Shall I tell you about my life
They say I'm a man of the world
I've flown across every tide
And I've seen lots of pretty girls

I guess I've got everything I need
I would't ask for more
And there's no one I'd rather be
But I just wish that I'd never been born

And I need a good woman
to make me feel like a good man should
I don't say I'm a good man
Oh, but I would be if I could

I could tell you about my life
And keep you amused I'm sure
About all the times I've cried
And how I don't want to be sad anymore
And how I wish I was in love

03-15-2010, 05:15 AM
" But when ye come, and all the flowers are dying
If I am dead, as dead I well may be
You'll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an "Ave" there for me.
And I shall hear, tho' soft you tread above me
And all my grave will warmer, sweeter be
For ye shall bend and tell me that you love me
And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me."

Danny Boy.

04-10-2010, 02:14 AM
"Slip inside the eye of your mind
Don't you know you might find
A better place to play
You said that you'd never been
But all the things that you've seen
Will slowly fade away
So I start a revolution from my bed
'Cause you said the Brains I had went to my head
Step outside the summertime's in bloom
Stand up beside the fireplace
Take that look from off your face
You ain't ever gonna burn my heart out
So Sally can wait, she knows it's too late as we're walking on by
Her soul slides away, but don't look back in anger
I heard you say"

Oasis "Don't Look Back in Anger"

And from Elbow's "The Bones of You"

"So I'm there
Charging around with a juggernaut brow
Overdraft, speeches and deadlines to make
Cramming commitments like cats in a sack
Telephone burn and a purposeful gait
When out of a doorway the tentacles stretch
Of a song that I know
And the world moves in slow-mo
Straight to my head
like the first cigarette of the day
And it's you, and it's May
And we're sleeping through the day
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away
Do I have
time? A man of my calibre
Stood in the street like a sleepwalking teenager
And I dealt with this years ago
I took a hammer to every memento
But image on image like beads on a rosary
pulled through my head as the music takes hold
and the sickener hits; I can work till I break
but I love the bones of you
That, I will never escape"

04-10-2010, 12:22 PM
From Venus in Furs - The Velvet Underground:

I'm so tired, I'm so weary
I could sleep for a thousand years
A thousand dreams that would awake me
Different colors made of tears

04-10-2010, 02:47 PM
"But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow."

Beatles- "Revolution"

04-11-2010, 09:38 AM
"And she'll look right through you
With just one eye"

-Fiona by Lyle Lovett

04-11-2010, 09:48 AM
'All thats sacred comes from youth;
dedication, naive and true.
With no power, nothing to do.
I still remember, why dont you,
dont you?'
-- 'Not for you' by Pearl Jam

01-17-2011, 12:37 AM
Well I'm living in a foreign country but I'm bound to cross the line
Beauty walks a razor's edge someday I'll make it mine
If I could only turn back the clock to when God and her were born
"Come in" she said
"I'll give you shelter from the storm".

Bob Dylan

01-17-2011, 12:46 AM
Old pirates, yes, they rob I;
Sold I to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit.
But my hand was made strong
By the 'and of the Almighty.
We forward in this generation
Won't you help to sing
This songs of freedom
'Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Have no fear for atomic energy,
'Cause none of them can stop the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look? Ooh!
Some say it's just a part of it:
We've got to fullfil the book.

Won't you help to sing
This songs of freedom-
'Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.

Bob Marley

01-25-2011, 07:07 PM
I was singing this to myself and chuckling today as it reminds me of my Dad who used to sing bits of it - and the violence is appropriate to him too. He had his last big fight in his fifties.

Well I hit him right between the eyes
And he went down, but to my surprise,
He came up with a knife and cut off a piece of my ear.

Well I busted a chair right across his teeth
And we crashed through the wall and into the street-
Kicking and a-gouging
In the mud and the blood and the beer.

Boy Named Sue - Johnny cash

01-25-2011, 07:32 PM
Your socks they smell, your feet they stink,
You never take a bath.
Your nose it runs, you bust your buns,
You always finish last.

Sick! Of! Youuuuu.
I'm so sick, so sick of you.

Your face is gross, you eat white toast,
You don't know what to do.
It's just your luck, you really suck,
That's all - I'm sick of you

Don't ya know? So sick of you.
Things you say, and all the things you do.

(sick of you, gwar <3 )

01-25-2011, 08:11 PM
My God.

Jethro Tull.

People what have you done
locked him in his Golden cage.
Made him bend to your religion
Him resurrected from the grave.

He is the God of nothing
if that's all that you can see.
You are the God of everything
He's inside you and me.

So lean upon him gently
and dont call upon him to save you
from your social graces
and the sins you used to waive.

The bloody church of England
in chains of history
requests your earthly presense
at the Vicerage for tea.

And the graven image, you know who,
with his plastic crucifix
He's got him fixed
confuses me to where and why
as to how he gets his kicks.

Confessing to the endless sin
the endless whining sounds.
you'll be praying till next Thursday to
all the Gods that you can count.

Sionn Harrow
01-25-2011, 08:58 PM
"Did you write the book of love,
And do you have faith in God above,
If the Bible tells you so...
Do you believe in rock ’n roll,
Can music save your mortal soul,
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?"

Don McLean-- American Pie;)

Gilliatt Gurgle
01-25-2011, 09:09 PM
Boy Named Sue - Johnny cash

Great choice Paul, I'll second that.


01-25-2011, 11:54 PM
"**** L. Run Hubbard and **** all his clones." ~ Tool

02-07-2011, 04:16 AM
"I'm just another rhyme-rider, spittin' my diatribe on synthesizers" - The Melodics, Donkey Kong Suicide

This lyric has such a sweet rhythm.

02-15-2011, 08:48 AM
And Jesus was a sailor when He walked upon the water,
And He spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower,
And when He knew for certain that only drowning men could see Him,
He said “all men will be sailors then, until the sea shall free them.”
- Leonard Cohen – “Suzanne” (Check out Nina Simon’s version It’s *amazing*)

Armel P
02-15-2011, 04:06 PM
Best song lines... just about everything from Tom Waits. :)

That Book Nerd
02-20-2011, 02:21 AM
You checked yourself out when you put me to bed
And tore that old band off your wrist
But you came back to see me for a minute or less
And left me your ring in my fist
My hair started growing, my face became yours
My femur was breaking in half
The sensation was scissors and too much to scream
So instead, I just started to laugh

- The Antlers, "Shiva"