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Your songs to ponder by (w/lyrics if you wish)

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by dooley_womack1, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    I thought of this topic after seeing That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be by Carly Simon on YouTube. You're So Vain is her most famous song, but this one is probably her best. Yeah, it was clearly of its time (1970-71) regarding the changing world of women, a world where they often went to college but still became housewives. And it also reflects Carly's upper-class upbringing a bit. But it has timeless themes about our priorities and how life can become stale, and how individual dreams and wants match with sharing your world; does sharing necessarily take a big bite out of you?

    Sometimes before I go to sleep, I just hope I haven't been the father in the dark (well, I don't smoke, anyway), or haven't led to magazine reading. And I wonder to what extent I am (or should want to be) "just me first."
  2. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty New Member

  3. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Is a dream a lie if it don't come true, or is it something worse?
  4. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Probably my favorite Springsteen line of them all.
  5. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    That one ranks up there, but perhaps his most haunting or emotional group of lines is:

    Now all her pretty dreams been torn
    she stares off alone into the night
    with the eyes of one who hates for just being born
  6. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    "Behind Blue Eyes."

    Though I have brown eyes.
  7. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    And a rock feels no pain.
    And an island never cries.
  8. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    "Hello in There," by John Prine. Getting old does not sound like much fun.

    "Fountain of Sorrow" and "Late for the Sky" by Jackson Browne.

    And for the last five years at my old shop, I felt like the lady in James Taylor's "Millworker."

    It be me and my machine
    For the rest of the morning
    And the rest of the afternoon
    Gone for the rest of my life
  9. albert77

    albert77 Well-Known Member

    Riptide referred to one of mine, "I Am A Rock." Another one is "Brokedown Palace," and this:

    "I've seen better days, and the bottom drops out."
  10. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Same group, different song.

    "The Boxer."

    I am leaving, I am leaving/But the fighter still remains.
  11. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    While them that defend what they cannot see
    With a killer's pride, security
    It blows the minds most bitterly
    For them that think death's honesty
    Won't fall upon them naturally
    Life sometimes
    Must get lonely.

    My eyes collide head-on with stuffed graveyards
    False gods, I scuff
    At pettiness which plays so rough
    Walk upside-down inside handcuffs
    Kick my legs to crash it off
    Say okay, I have had enough
    What else can you show me ?

    And if my thought-dreams could been seen
    They'd probably put my head in a guillotine
    But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only.
  12. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Holy shit, Dick.
    Twice in one week. :)
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