Brilliant lyrical couplets

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  1. tsar nicholas

    tsar nicholas Member

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    As the title says, post your favorite sharp, clever, or otherwise yummy couplets from song lyrics

    I'll start :


    "Like Finnegan, Christians repent and sin again
    Girls wanna be my friend again"

    - Lil' Kim in Missy Elliot's "Hit 'Em With The Hee" (1997)


    Not too often that you get a James Joyce shout-out in a major-label rap tune
     
  2. shg

    shg Senior Member

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    "Lose the dress.
    Keep the shoes."

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    hearmecrybaby Senior Member

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    "if you admire somebody you should go ahead tell 'em
    people never get the flowers while they can still smell 'em"

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    "We used to have a password, girl, that now I can't recall/
    You got to tell me was it love, or some high-grade alcohol?"

    Chris Whitley, "Kick The Stones"

    "And this time, the note on your pillow/
    Will go one line more than 'I'm through'/
    For the guilt that I'm feelin', this time over leavin'/
    Is that it's so easy to do."

    (Not officially a couplet, but too good to go unmentioned.)

    Lola Jean Dillion, "Somebody Led Me Away'
    covered by Neko Case
     
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    imonabuss Supporting Member

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    Patty Hearst
    heard the burst
    of Roland's Thompson gun
    and bought it

    OK, it's not a couplet, but God I love Zevon's lyrics

    What could roll off the tongue better than "A little old lady got mutilated late last night"?
     
  6. Scooter Burbank

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    Fantastic thread topic!

    Coming out of the Dylan thread, I'll go with this one:

    I’m listening to Neil Young, I gotta turn up the sound
    Someone’s always yelling turn it down
     
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    And soon enough the time will tell
    About the circus in the wishing well
     
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    Told my girl that I'd have to forget her,
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    Chops Gold Supporting Member

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    ´Gonna be a rock and roll star,
    Yes I are.............´

    Bon Scott - off the first album - best line ever and cracks me up every time.

    ´You may be a cheap date,
    But my therapy is as expensive as hell´

    Ben Harper - Why do you always dress in black?
     
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    Nurk2 "Ignore Everybody" ~Hugh MacLeod

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    - Elvis Costello

    I went home with the waitress
    The way I always do

    - Warren Zevon
     
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    We'll have a kid or maybe we'll rent one
    He's got to be straight, we don't want a bent one

    - Randy Newman
     
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    Best couplet ever:

    Do they take 'em for espresso?
    Yeah, I guess so.


    Name that one!!
     
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    Cole Porter could pretty much have this thread all to himself, but to pick a favourite:

    "Use your mentality,
    wake up to reality."

    From "I've Got You Under My Skin"
     
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    Now last year I was 21
    I didn't have a lot of fun.

    and

    Now I'm gonna be 22
    I say oh my and a boo hoo.

    I've always loved the way Iggy spits those two out.
     
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    I like

    "You're not a landmine.
    You're not a goldmine.
    No, you're not mine at all.
    "

    Ben Lee - Into the Dark.
     
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    I said I'm so happy I could die
    she said drop dead and left with another guy
    ElvisCostello (Red shoes)

    Great Queen reference from Chrome Dinette!
     
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    Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
    The time is gone, the song is over,
    Thought I'd something more to say.
     
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    Got nothing for you, I had nothing before
    Don't have anything for myself anymore

    Bob Dylan
     
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