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Good Lyrics Hall of Fame

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by MisterCreosote, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    Hi Bubbler! ;D

    I nominate Tangled Up in Blue, by Bob Dylan.

    Best part is the following:

    She lit a burner on the stove and offered me a pipe
    "I thought you'd never say hello" she said
    "You look like the silent type"
    Then she opened up a book of poems
    And handed it to me
    Written by an Italian poet
    From the thirteenth century
    And every one of them words rang true
    And glowed like burning coal
    Pouring off of every page
    Like it was written in my soul from me to you
    Tangled up in blue

    YGBFKM Guest

    A lot of Dylan's work always leaves me wondering if it's really good or really shitty. He uses "tax-deductible charitable organizations" to complete a rhyme in "Ballad of a Thin Man, a great song overall" But every time I get to that line, I don't know if that's incredibly stupid or genius.
  3. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    Bruce Springsteen has had a lot of great ones but this I feel is his best.

    You can hide 'neath your covers
    And study your pain
    Make crosses from your lovers
    Throw roses in the rain
    Waste your summer praying in vain
    For a saviour to rise from these streets
    Well now I'm no hero
    That's understood
    All the redemption I can offer girl
    Is beneath this dirty hood
    With a chance to make it good somehow
    Hey what else can we do now ?
    Except roll down the window
    And let the wind blow
    Back your hair
    Well the night's busting open
    These two lanes will take us anywhere
    We got one last chance to make it real
    To trade in these wings on some wheels
    Climb in back
    Heaven's waiting on down the tracks
    Oh-oh come take my hand
    We're riding out tonight to case the promised land
    Oh-oh Thunder Road oh Thunder Road

    YGBFKM Guest

    This lyric from my favorite poet/philosopher has been rattling around in my head since yesterday:

    And don't ever let 'em make you feel
    like sayin' what you want is unbecomin'
    If you were s'pposed to watch you're mouth all the time,
    I doubt your eyes would be above it
  5. HC

    HC Well-Known Member

    Really? I love the lyrics to this song. One of my all-time favourite lines is in this song... "I helped her out of a jam, I guess / But I used a little too much force".
  6. Zeke12

    Zeke12 Guest

    And every one of them words rang true and glowed like burnin' coals.

    YGBFKM Guest

    More Mike Cooley:

    You can lie to your mama
    You can lie to your race
    But you can't lie to nobody
    With that cold steel in your face

    And the same God you were so afraid
    Was gonna send you to Hell
    Is the same one you're gonna answer to
    When the pin hits the shell
  8. Zeke12

    Zeke12 Guest

    Well, I used to go out in a Mustang.
    A 302 Mach One in green.
    'Til me and your mama made you in the back,
    And I sold it to buy her a ring.

    That's a damn novel in four lines.

    YGBFKM Guest

    I was saving that one for you.
  10. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    Oh, man, I could name a whole shitload of great Cooley lines. To wit:

    The night the practice room caught fire, there were rumors of a dragon headed straight for Muscle Shoals
    A stoner tries to save an amplifier and it's like the dragon sighed or the story's never told
    When the dreamin' man and the girls hang around long enough to make you think it's comin' true
    It's easier to let it all die a fairy tale than admit that something bigger's passin' through

    or just a single line:

    I don't know how much good it does a man to keep on tellin' him how good it is he's free


    I think about you when I can, and sometimes when I don't, I probably should

    My favorite Cooley song, lyrically, is probably "Eyes Like Glue," which hits home pretty good right now.

    I see you watching me
    Your eyes are just like glue
    Stuck like glue to every foolish thing I say and do
    There's a safer distance, still not out of touch
    If Daddy's quiet, it probably means he's thinking way too much

    Someday you'll be a man
    You'll have a big old brain
    You won't need it, but you'll try to use it just the same
    But it's like any house, lonely people roam around
    Wasted empty space, a maze with only one way out

    Nobody ever told me half the things I'm telling you
    Even if they had, I'd have had the same look that you do
    Sometimes you think it and you want to hear it said out loud
    If no one else does, then it's up to you to shout it out

    You'll want to do it all and you'll believe you can
    But when the best that you can do becomes all you can stand
    You'll know you're just a man when you feel all the weight press down
    Next time you're watching me, remember that's all I am now
  11. YGBFKM

    YGBFKM Guest

    I guess I'll never grow a sideburn
    it's a shame with all I've got to go between
  12. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Short people got no reason
    Short people got no reason
    Short people got no reason
    To live
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