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Posted 02 October 2011 - 08:22 PM

Given the nature of this forum, I'd thought I'd add this old favourite of mine from Ian Anderson (it's helped overcome a lot of situations when the b*lls%$t detectors were screaming in my head:

I'd rather look around me, compose a better song
Cause that's the foremost measure of my worth'

Never trust a smile, it's the first lie we learn.

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 01:24 AM

Fading into obscurity by Sloan (aka Canada's Beatles?)

"and for that matter
This caked is baked, but I much preferred the batter
Perhaps in part because it had so much potential
To be delicious and still be influential"

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 10:06 AM

Canada's Beatles...... :)

I always liked this opening to Cowboy Junkies Common Disaster off of Lay It Down


A candle burning for everything I've ever wanted
A tattoo burned for everything I've ever wanted and lost


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Posted 10 October 2011 - 03:52 PM

You, You can be mean
And I, I'll Drink all the time


David Bowie
Heroes

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 06:34 AM

I fell behind on these, but got caught up the other day... good to see some Roger Waters hit the board...

I like the last two here in particular. I should have known the Bowie, but don't remember it... love it though... i have to stash that one away - i can see where that could come in handy in real-time situations!

Recent events got me scrambling to dig up Queensryche's Operation: Mindcrime from 1988; it's as poignant now as it was then:

"Fighting fire with empty words
While the banks get fat
And the poor stay poor
And the rich get rich
And the cops get paid
To look away
As the one percent rules America

Spreading the disease
Everybody needs
But no one wants to see
The way society
Keeps spreading the disease
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- Spreading the Disease (Tate/Wilton)

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 01:22 PM

I always remember this opening line, it won the song the "Best opening lyric of all time" in something like NME a while back

"Pretty women out walking with Gorilla's down my street"

I wont give away the singer/songwriter, but he was massive in the 80's (so my Dad says!)

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 10:45 PM

Aha!! Joe Jackson! "Is She Really Going Out With Him?"

Immensely popular once upon a time...

I almost forgot about this one... but heard it tonight, and growing up Catholic, I suppose i should never forget it...

And they say there's a Heaven,
And those who will wait.
And some say it's better,
But I say it ain't!
I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.
The sinners are much more fun...

You know that only the good die young!


- Billy Joel, "Only the Good Die Young"

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 05:25 AM

Correct - Score 1 point to Gordon!

Love Izzy

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 05:57 AM

As a Catholic myself, I always wondered if I should like that song :ph34r: :P , but it is written so well.......... :)

And Joe Jackson - love him.

Geraldine and John
See the happy couple, so inseparable
And the beat goes on
And for better or for worse
They are married, but of course
Not to each other


-Geraldine and John

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 12:38 PM

Townes Van Zandt - To Live Is To Fly:

Days up and down they come
Like rain on a conga drum
Forget most, remember some
But don't turn none away
Everything is not enough
Nothing is too much to bear
Where you been is good and gone
All you keep's the getting there


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Posted 31 October 2011 - 02:15 PM

Nice Queensryche reference...

Rush - Territories - Power Windows

They shoot without shame
In the name of a piece of dirt
For a change of accent
Or the colour of your shirt
Better the pride that resides
In a citizen of the world
Than the pride that divides
When a colourful rag is unfurled
(Queue heavy guitar riff)

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 12:25 PM

Bodeans - Looking For Me Somewhere off of Love and Hope and Sex and Dreams

To live and die, it seems
Is a waste without a dream
She's looking for
She's looking for me somewhere


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Posted 03 November 2011 - 02:36 PM

View Postfeegis, on 31 October 2011 - 05:38 PM, said:

Townes Van Zandt - To Live Is To Fly:

Days up and down they come
Like rain on a conga drum
Forget most, remember some
But don't turn none away
Everything is not enough
Nothing is too much to bear
Where you been is good and gone
All you keep's the getting there


amazing. i was just coming on here to post

Townes Van Zandt - Flyin Shoes
"Days full of rain,
The stars coming down again
I get so tired of these same old blues
Same old songs,
Baby it won't be long
Til I'll be tying on my flyin shoes"

These opening lines have been coming back again and again, their sound on the record is astonishing.
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 12:48 PM

Good thread - as usual The Thinman gets there late:

I think the start lines of songs are really important and can anyone ever top

"I decree today that life is simply taking and not giving
England is mine and it owes me a living"


??

Maybe

"God said to Abraham kill me a son
Abe said man - you must be putting me on"


????

"I feel lucky - I just feel that way
I'm on the bus to Atlantic City - later on today"


"Perhaps it's the colour of the sun cut flat
and coverin' - the cross roads I'm standing at
Or maybe it's the weather or somethin' like that ?"

"Ain't it just like the night
To play tricks when you're tryin' to be quiet"

"If I venture in the slipstream
Between the viaducts of my dream"

"Outside the takeaway - Saturday Night
A bald adolescent asked me out for a fight
He was no bigger than a two penny fart
He was a deft exponent of the martial art"
(Best in a Manchester accent !)

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 09:48 PM

Woo-hoo! I got a point!! Thanks, Izzy...

And... better late than never Thinman!!! Thanks for joining in - when i saw your name i KNEW you'd have something good to post!

Scotto - nice Rush... been a while since i thought of them! and thanks for acknowledging Queensryche - even one of my best friends who is a metal guy says nobody likes Queensryche (can you believe that??)

Did anyone post a Knopler/Dire Straits yet?? Knopler is awesome, somebody should have...

I go down to Speaker's Corner I'm thunderstruck
They got free speech, tourists, police in trucks
Two men say they're Jesus, one of them must be wrong
There's a protest singer he's singing a protest song - he says
"They wanna have a war to keep their factories
They wanna have a war to keep us on our knees
They wanna have a war to stop us buying Japanese
They wanna have a war to stop Industrial Disease"


-- Industrial Disease, Dire Straits

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 12:33 AM

@ Gordon

I saw that Empire Queensryche tour back in the day. Operation Live crime they called it. Maybe it's trapped in that 80's lame hairspray metal thing but it was better than that. To this day one of the best concerts I've ever seen. Well maybe just "The eye's of a stranger"! ha ha ha.

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 10:45 AM

Yes, Thinman, awesome selections. Opening lines can almost define the whole song.

And, Gordon,"Two men say they're Jesus, one of them must be wrong" - That line made me chuckle in the midst of a more serious sentiment.


Just for fun, with some of the lively debates that have taken place on this site - maybe the greatest line ever written anywhere:

"I could be wrong
But, I'm not"



Eagles, Victim of Love

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 02:34 AM

I just mentioned these lines elsewhere. Elvis Costello, Talking in the Dark

We can talk like we're in love
Or talk like we're above it
We can talk and talk
Until we talk ourselves out of it


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Posted 19 November 2011 - 12:24 PM

"Then the lights go out and it's just the three of us
You me and all that stuff were so scared of
Gotta ride down baby into this tunnel of love
"


....Springsteen - "Tunnel of Love"

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 01:03 AM

Thanks, Tunesmithth for hitting this thread again...

i spent a little time going back through the thread earlier... lots of good lines...

I kind of missed a Lou Reed posted on page 1... he's got a lot of great songs...

Vicious
You hit me with a flower
You do it every hour
Oh, baby, you're so vicious


(Vicious)

or how about...

the ozone layer has no ozone anymore
and you're gonna leave me for the guy next door?


(Sick of You)

and perhaps in light of some of the recent demonstrations, and the upcoming Collaboration Contest with a protest song theme... this one off of New York is still relevant...

This is no time for congratulations
This is no time to turn your back
This is no time for circumlocution
This is no time for learned speech


(There is no Time)

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 09:40 AM

.....not a problem, good topic!

"So you don't hang your hat
On the knife in my back
Cause nobody treats me like that!"


from "The Turning Point" by Toto

.....excellent tune too!

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 12:43 PM

The Shadow of your smile
When you are gone.
Will color all my dreams
And light the dawn.

Look into my eyes
My love and see
All the lovely things
You are to me.

Our whistful little star
Was far too high,
A teardrop kissed your lips
And so did I.

Now when I remember Spring,
All the joy that love can bring...
I will be remembering,
The Shadow Of Your Smile.

(I tried to stop after the first two lines, but found I couldn't. If I could even approach this perfection, I would be happy.)

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 05:12 PM

Very cool Kenneth, but it's probably better for the site if eveyone includes the artist & song...with the lyric. That way no one can imply that the poster's attempting to pass it off as his own. Anyway, I'm curious...who's that by?


"And she walked away in silence,
It's strange, how you never know,
But we'd both gotten what we'd asked for,
Such a long, long time ago.
You see, she was gonna be an actress
And I was gonna learn to fly.
She took off to find the footlights,
And I took off for the sky.
And here, she's acting happy,
Inside her handsome home.
And me, I'm flying in my taxi,
Taking tips, and getting stoned"


"Taxi" by Harry Chapin

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 05:28 PM

I am sorry. I thought this was such a classic that anything I said would be redundant.

This is from Wikipedia:

"The Shadow of Your Smile", also known as "Love Theme from The Sandpiper", is a popular song. The music was written by Johnny Mandel with the lyrics written by Paul Francis Webster.[1] The song was introduced in the 1965 film The Sandpiper,[1] with a trumpet solo by Jack Sheldon and later became a minor hit for Tony Bennett (Johnny Mandel arranged and conducted his version as well). It won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year and the Academy Award for Best Original Song.[1]

Webster also wrote Secret Love, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, and Somewhere My Love, from Dr Zhivago.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 06:10 PM

Charlie Manson was taught to play guitar by Alvin Karpis at McNeil Island Penitentiary in Washington state.
Karpis had run with the Barkers, the last of an era, and ended up at McNeil when Alcatraz closed.
He said "The Shadow Of Your Smile" was Charlie's favourite tune.

(every time the song gets to the line "Look into my eyes.....", I think of Manson)
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Posted 22 November 2011 - 10:40 PM

oh! Harry Chapin... seems like he should have come up by now... one of my favorite by him was Corey's Coming...

That's another story song that is hard to take out a line or two because you need it all in context... but i do like this...

So I chided the old man 'bout the truth that I had heard
He smiled and said - Reality is only just a word.


then a sort of cult classic, i suppose:

Hey, St. Peter
Before you ring your bell
Just been down in New York town
Done my time in hell


Flash and the Pan, "Hey, St. Peter"

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 05:02 AM

Yes, Harry Chapin!! I always liked these lines from Taxi:

And she said we must get together
But I knew it'd never be arranged
Then she handed me twenty dollars for a two-fifty fare
She said, "Harry, keep the change"

Well, another man might have been angry
And another man might have been hurt
But another man never would have let her go
I stashed the bill in my shirt


....and then I love how the music softens leading into the lines tunesmith posted. A classic song!

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 10:01 PM

....may as well keep it going a while longer

"I am the entertainer, the idol of my age
I make all kinds of money when I go on the stage
You see me in the papers, I've been in the magazines
But if I go cold, I won't get sold
I get put in the back in the discount rack
Like another can of beans"

The Entertainer / Billy Joel

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 11:09 AM

From Blue Rodeo's Already Gone

And every time we walk away we lose a little time
Pretending to each other now that everything is fine
I know whatever lies I use to get myself to sleep
I wake up to the promises I know we couldn't keep


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Posted 08 December 2011 - 12:38 AM

Blue Rodeo???

No way!!!

One of my best friends gave me the CD single It Could Happen to You many years ago... i'd forgotten all about them... had to look for the CD, and will have to play it again, haven't heard it in years!

Looking for it, i came across a CD i used to like and also haven't listened to in forever...

Here's the chorus from a strange, but addictive tune...

But right now there's dust on my guitar, you f***
And it's all your fault
You paralyzed my mind and for that, you suck


- The Murmurs
You Suck

Another fun one i haven't listened to in far too long...

John killed a lime-green tree frog
With a single blasted Black Cat
First heard of some secret Family jewels as
You kicked Tim for calling Barbara fat


--Sara Hickman
The Place Where the Garage Used to Stand

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 07:12 AM

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But right now there's dust on my guitar, you f***
And it's all your fault
You paralyzed my mind and for that, you suck

- The Murmurs
You Suck

Of all the great lines posted here so far, I think I got a bigger kick out of these than any others!! Just outstanding!


These lines that follow don't have the same kick, but I always loved the picture they paint and the underlying emotion. From Lyle Lovett's "She's Already Made Up Her Mind":


Now there is nothing so deep as the ocean
And there is nothing so high as the sky
And there is nothing unwavering as a woman
When she's already made up her mind

So now she's sitting at one end of the kitchen table
And she is staring without an expression
And she is talking to me without moving her eyes
Because she's already made up her mind


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Posted 10 December 2011 - 09:50 AM

I've have a few favorite lines. John Hiatt stuff is up there...

"I always thought my house was haunted, cuz' no body said boo to me
I never did get what I wanted, but now I get what I need" JOHN HIATT

"I think somebody better turn out the big light, cuz' I can't stand to see you this way" ELVIS COSTELLO

"She used to wear her hair like you except when she was sleeping and then she'd weave it on a loom of smoke and gold and breathing" LEONARD COHEN

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 07:41 PM

Feegis - yeah, the Murmurs won't ever make the rock and roll hall of fame, but that particular lyric caused me to buy their whole CD... and they aren't bad... i used to like to listen to it fairly often...

Lyle Lovett? My friend that gave me the Blue Rodeo CD took me to a Lyle Lovett concert about the same time... he had quite a wit and some pretty cool songs, but i didn't follow up by staying in touch with what he did... probably should... he's clever and talented...

Ah, porcupine - more Elvis Costello... he is good! the older i get, the more i love that guy!

Okay...

i'll just throw up some Love and Rockets - An American Dream:

We all stand next to Jesus
Close to Satan we're both the same


not witty or humorous... more somber... but realistic, in many ways, i think...

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 01:19 PM

The Jayhawks - Angelyne

I tried to fake it
But you wouldn't play along
I watched you naked
Innocent and holding on


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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:28 PM

Greg Brown - Pound It On Down:

I loved some women more than I should have,
I loved some others less than was right.
Some loved me madly, and some done me badly,
I'm drinkin' one drink for each one tonight.
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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:16 PM

Aimee Mann, the Fourth of July

Today's the fourth of July
Another june has gone by
And when they light up our town I just think
What a waste of gunpowder and sky



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Posted 15 January 2012 - 02:13 AM

Len and Sharon - a couple of nice entries.

This is from Springsteen's Straight Time off of Ghost of Tom Joad. It's about a guy trying to adapt to life after prison:

Kitchen floor in the evening
Tossin' my little babies high
Mary's smiling, but she's watching me
Always out the corner of her eye
Seems you can't get any more than half free
Step out onto the front porch
Suck the cold air deep inside of me

Got a cold mind to go tripping 'cross that thin line
I'm sick of doing straight time


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Posted 02 February 2012 - 11:53 PM

Springsteen... wasn't he once called the "Great American Storyteller" or sommat by someone?

He does have some nice, gritty lyrics.

Ironknee's January lyric entry reminded me of Alan Parsons Project, "Time"...

Goodbye my love,
Maybe for forever
Goodbye my love,
The tide waits for me
Who knows when we shall meet again
If ever
But time
Keeps flowing like a river (on and on)
To the sea, to the sea


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Posted 03 February 2012 - 04:27 PM

Gordon - yes - Time. A song with a perfect feel for the subject matter.

Who knows when we shall meet again......if ever.

Beautiful.


Another Lyle Lovett - Step Inside This House (written by Guy Clark)

This book of poems was given me
By a girl I used to know
I guess I read it front to back
Fifty times or so
It's all about the good life
And staying at ease with the world
Funny how I loved that book
And I never loved that girl


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Posted 03 February 2012 - 10:30 PM

YMCA
It's fun to stay at the
YMCA

-The Village people. Written by Bob Dylan's third cousin's friends, aunt's best friend.
Great line.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 12:52 AM

We're All Alone - Boz Scaggs

"Once a story's told it can't help but grow old
Roses do, lover's too, so cast your seasons to the wind
And hold me dear, oh hold me dear.

Fragile - Sting

"If blood will flow when flesh and steel are one
Drying in the color of the evening sun
Tomorrow's rain will wash the stains away
But something in our minds will always stay..."

Shower The People
- James Taylor

"You can run but you cannot hide
This is widely known
And what you plan to do with your foolish pride
When you're all by yourself alone
Once you tell somebody the way that you feel
You can feel it beginning to ease
I think it's true what they say about the squeaky wheel
Always getting the grease."
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can only be measured by
the integrity of yourself and the friends
that take the trip with you."

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:14 AM

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The Village people. Written by Bob Dylan's third cousin's friends, aunt's best friend.

:lol:

I actually listened to all of Sgt. Pepper's today for the first time in I don't know how many years. I've always loved these lines:

Would you believe in a love at first sight?
Yes, I'm certain that it happens all the time
What do you see when you turn out the light?
I can't tell you, but I know it's mine


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Posted 26 February 2012 - 06:31 AM

A couple of lines from two verses of The Tragically Hip's song "Opiated"

V1
He bought a nice blue suit with the money he could find
If his bride didn't like it, St. Peter wouldn't mind

V2
Well the medicine man started seeing red
You think the snake just dreams up the poison in his head



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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:29 PM

OH! Very nice, Bruce... i loved Tragically Hip, and Gordon Downie has an awesome voice!

Of course, i am likely biased in favor of people named Gordon...

But, i don't think i've posted this yet, from another song that i think absolutely every line could be posted, but i'll post the verse that Gordon Downie sings for City and Colour (Dallas Green) on Sleeping Sickness...

I've become a simple souvenir of someone's guilt
And like the sea, I'm constantly changing from calm to ill
Madness fills my heart and soul, as if the great divide could swallow me whole
Oh, how I'm breaking down


oh, Downie's voice is positively haunting on this. i've made this song my ring tone and wake up alarm on my blackberry...

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 02:58 AM

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oh, Downie's voice is positively haunting on this. i've made this song my ring tone and wake up alarm on my blackberry...


Good stuff, I'd never have guessed you were a "Hip" fan.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:24 AM

The awesome power of this verse and chorus are quadrupled by the melody.


While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay,
There are frail forms fainting at the door.
Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say
"Oh, hard times, come again no more."

'Tis the song, the sigh of the weary,
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door...
Oh, hard times, come again no more.

- Stephen Foster

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 12:23 AM

Last verse of Robert Johnson's "Preachin' Blues (Up Jumped the Devil)":

Let the blues
is a low-down achin' heart disease
Like consumption
killing me by degrees
I can study rain
oh, ohm drive, oh, oh, drive my blues
I been studyin' the rain and
I'm 'on drive my blues away
Goin' to the 'stil'ry
stay out there all day


A verse from Woody Guthrie's "Grand Coulee Dam":

Now in Washington and Oregon you hear the factories hum,
making chrome and making manganese and light aluminum.
And there roars a flying fortress now to fight for Uncle Sam,
spawned upon the King Columbia by the big Grand Coulee Dam.


A verse from the Clash's "Clampdown" by Joe Strummer:

The judge said five to ten but I say double that again
I'm not working for the clampdown
No man born with a living soul
Can be working for the clampdown


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 04:57 PM

Clampdown - great song. London Calling - great album. Few wrote them like Joe Strummer.

Was listening to 10,000 Maniacs today. Always liked these lines in particular from Candy Everybody Wants:

If love and hate is the candy,
If blood and lust taste so sweet,
Then we give 'em what they want.


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Posted 14 March 2012 - 05:10 AM

I don't know how 'great' they are, but these lines from the Beatles' 'Hey Jude' have always resonated with me....

For well you know that it's a fool who plays it cool
by making his world a little colder

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:19 AM

I've always loved this part of Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits. It kind of hits home for me from my cover band days but the whole song is smooth and cool that way...

You check out Guitar George he knows all the chords
Mind he's strictly rhythm he doesn't want to make it cry or sing
And an old guitar is all he can afford
When he gets up under the lights to play his thing

And Harry doesn't mind if he doesn't make the scene
He's got a daytime job he's doing alright
He can play honky tonk just like anything
Saving it up for Friday night
With the Sultans with the Sultans of Swing

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