Lyric snips that are incredibly powerful

So many to choose from, but this Dylan lyric could have been written about me:

"She was married when we first met, soon to be divorced,

I helped her out of a jam, I guess, but used a little too much force,

We drove that car as far as we could, abandoned it out west,

We split up on a sad dark night, both agreeing it was best.

She turned around to look at me, as I was walking away,

I heard her say over her shoulder, we’ll meet again someday,

On the avenue, tangled up in blue."


Agree with anything Paul Simon

But, one out of many Jackson Browne songs/snippets that has always stayed with me is:

You were turning 'round to see who was behind you
And I took your childish laughter by surprise
And at the moment that my camera happened to find you
There was just a trace of sorrow in your eyes---


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The ones who love us best
are the ones we lay to rest
and visit their graves on holidays at best . . .

Paul Westerberg, Bastards of Young

(the next line completes the thought...)

the ones who love us least
are the ones will die to please
if it's any consolation
I don't begin to understand them

Phil M

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“I saw tiger, and tiger saw man”

- Shreibvogel


Here are a few that always get me:

The sun in your eyes
made some of the lies worth believing.

"Eye in the Sky" by Alan Parsons Project

Late at night when you call my name
The only sound you'll hear
Is the sound of your voice calling
Calling after me.

"Throwing It All Away" by Genesis

And for one desperate moment there
He crept back in her memory
God it's so painful
Something that's so close
And still so far out of reach

"American Girl" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers


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I don't think I've seen this one from Tom Petty yet:

"I should have known right then it was too good to last
God it's such a drag when you live in the past" from Even The Losers

My favorite song from my favorite artist.


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From the new Fiona Apple record:

I grew up in the shoes they told me I could fill
Shoes that were not made for running up that hill
And I need to run up that hill
I need to run up that hill
I will, I will, I will, I will, I will

Almost as good as this one:

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after

Jack got up, and home did trot
As fast as he could caper
To old Dame Dob, who patched his nob
With vinegar and brown paper

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after


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Good thread. Some of my favorite lyricists are Westerberg, Rhett Miller (Old 97s), and Tom Petty. Lately, it's been Isbell.

I'm calling time and temperature just for some company (R. Miller, "Big Brown Eyes")

If it's just a lull why am I bored right out of my skull? (P. Westerberg, "I'll Be You")

I'm taking control of my life (T. Petty, "Two Gunslingers")

I was riding on my mother's hip
She was shorter than the corn
All the years I took from her
Just by being born
(Isbell, "Children of Children")


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I always found this part from Telegraph Road (Dire Straits) particularly moving:

Well, I'd sooner forget, but I remember those nights
Yeah, life was just a bet on a race between the lights
You had your hand on my shoulder, you had your hand in my hair
Now you act a little colder like you don't seem to care

The whole song though is a masterpiece, lyrically and musically.


Screaming engines shooting flames
Dirty needles or cheap cocaine
Some gal's old man with a gun
To me it's all the same.

Dead is dead it ain't no different
Than walking around if you ain't living
Living in fear's just another way of dying before your time.

Cooley DBT

that whole song really

“your visions and you’re feelings bad dreams and intuitions are about as much use to me right now as a brand new set of gold clubs”

My team used to listen to that one while we were kitting up to get someone at night my last trip in Afghanistan.


In terms of McGowan, how about that poignant bridge from "Fairytale of New York":

"'I could have been someone.'
Well, so could anyone.
You took my dreams from me, when I first found you.
'I kept them with me, babe.
'I put them with my own.
'Can't make it out alone.
I've built my dreams around you.'"
The opening line to that tune might might be the most economical description of being down on your luck, at the bottom, that I ever heard.
“It was Christmas Eve, babe, in the drunk tank.”


“In a river the color of lead
Immerse the baby's head
Wrap her up in the News Of The World
Dump her on a doorstep, girl”

Stephen Patrick Morrissey
“..and I need you more than want you..and I want you for all time..” Wichita Lineman

Aching. Haunting.

But there's a million things to think about
When you're cutting off your ear

And on the subject of Vincent,

Sometimes you can't please everyone
Sometimes you can't please anyone at all
You sew your heart onto your sleeve
And wait for the ax to fall
(Bill Malloney)


The wind it was howlin' and the snow was outrageous.
We chopped through the night and we chopped through the dawn.
When he died I was hopin' that it wasn't contagious,
But I made up my mind that I had to go on.

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