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Old 11-02-2011, 04:27 PM
What are the best lyrics ever written?

Obvsiously this is personal choise, but what do you think it the greatest lyrics ever wrote? I'm finding it hard to choose between a few songs I think have fantastic lyrics. American Pie comes to mind as one, and others likes the Sound Of Silence, Baba O Riley and Hallelujah. People may not agree, but I think Changes by 2pac has some of the best lyrics I've seen in a rap song, the raw emotion from them is something that puts the song up their with my favourite rap tunes.

What is your favourite Lyric or Lyrics?

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Old 11-03-2011, 12:51 AM
Desolation Row by Bob Dylan
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:19 AM
Personally, the song "Blister" by Our Lady Peace.

Not only for it's brilliant lyrics, but for being the most beautifully awesome piece of music I've ever heard.
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:32 AM
"Something Fine" by Jackson Browne. I'm not even sure if it's lyrically his best song but I absolutely love it. If I was decisive enough to have such a thing as a favorite song, this would be up there in the running.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:54 AM
"Positively 4th Street" by Bob Dylan
"The Card Cheat" by The Clash

Incredibly powerful lyrics.
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Old 11-04-2011, 06:21 PM
Time - Pink Floyd

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
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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Old 04-06-2012, 04:54 PM
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Personally, the song "Blister" by Our Lady Peace.

Not only for it's brilliant lyrics, but for being the most beautifully awesome piece of music I've ever heard.
Our Lady Peace is a highly underated band.

The best lyric ? i dunno .... i'm partial to A PERFECT CIRCLE - JUDITH.

Maynard James Keenan explains on the Amotion DVD how the song is about his mother Judith Marie Keenan, who suffered a stroke and was restricted to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She died in 2003

Anger towards religion and the unfairness of life .... hard to be more honest in 4 minutes.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:53 PM
I think Bjorn Ulvaeus from ABBA wrote some of the best lyrics.
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:06 PM

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Desolation Row by Bob Dylan
Thank god some one else thinks this. Also The Weight by The Band
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:10 PM
I'm Dominant, niggas call me faggot cause they closeted
I'm hot as shit, comin' outta the backside of a rocket ship
It's Monster shit, you dude's are the opposite of Lochnesses
Respond to this, we can squash the beef right now like sausages
Chillin' with my n-words, say that like a white kid
Yes you're booty's big as hers, say that to my white bitch
So she don't get embarrassed, my dick is made of carrots
Bunnies wantin' to be fed and I meant honeys, oh forget it
I have worked all Winter, I will not fail Summer
In the back of the bush, like Gavin Rossdale's drummer
Yeah, my stinger's in her flower, I hope she let's me pollenate
Workin' hard as shit, yeah this beat is made from concentrate
Nigga can't you tell that my sample of Adele
Was so hot, I got these hood niggas blowin' up my cell?
Swag out the ass, I'm the man, fuck chico
Took the G out your waffle, all you got left is your ego
Think about it for a second, man we eatin', where's your breakfast?
Man, you hungry have this sandwich, got my wallet, Cheese and Lettuce
An elephant never forgets, so my dick remembers everythin'
Green inside your wallet is that pussy open sesame
Runnin' the game, fuck am I sayin', runnin' the Earth, give me a month
Told all you niggas I'm in it to win it cause havin' an Emmy just wasn't enough
You get sloppy drunk, I stay whiskey neat
My clique should be cancelled, Freaks and Geeks

Childish Gambino - Freaks and Geeks
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:30 AM
It's cold comfort, to the ones without it
To know how they struggled, how they suffered about it.
If their lives were exotic and strange,
They would likely have gladly exchanged them
For something a little more plain,
Maybe something a little more sane.
We each pay a fabulous price, for our visions of paradise
But a spirit with a vision, is a dream, with a mission.
-Mission, Rush.

You can surrender without a prayer,
but never really pray without surrender.
You can fight without ever winning,
but never, ever win without a fight.
-Resist, Rush.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:07 PM
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It's cold comfort, to the ones without it
To know how they struggled, how they suffered about it.
If their lives were exotic and strange,
They would likely have gladly exchanged them
For something a little more plain,
Maybe something a little more sane.
We each pay a fabulous price, for our visions of paradise
But a spirit with a vision, is a dream, with a mission.
-Mission, Rush.

You can surrender without a prayer,
but never really pray without surrender.
You can fight without ever winning,
but never, ever win without a fight.
-Resist, Rush.

I have had a long going debate with a friend of mine over whether Neil Peart is a genius lyricist or insane. We frequently change sides, never actually agreeing.
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:52 PM
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Obvsiously this is personal choise.. [edit]

What is your favourite Lyric or Lyrics?
while the question is worthy , i find some of the answers pretty negligible.

you can [quote] all you want but without an explanation , doesn't mean much.

And since i QQ , i'll give you my answer

1. Placebo - Haemoglobin

I was hanging from a tree
Unaccustomed to such violence
Jesus looking down on me
I'm prepared for one big silence

How'd I ever end up here
Must be through some lack of kindness
And it seemed to dawn on me
Haemoglobin is the key

Haemoglobin is the key
To a healthy heart beat
Haemoglobin is the key
To a healthy heart beat


Whenever life deals me a big blow , this song reminds me that whatever doesn't kill you only make you stronger.

2. Death - Suicide Machine

Controlling their lives
Deciding when and how they will die
A victim of someone else's choice
The ones who suffer have no voice
Manipulating destiny
When it comes to living, no one seems to care
But when it comes to wanting out
Those with power, will be there
Prolong the pain
How long will it last?
Suicide machine
A request to die with dignity
Is that too much to ask?
Suicide machine


Euthanasia is always a touchy subject and often conflicting with the medical Hippocrat "do no harm" oath . But whenever i get to this point , i really don't want to be living on machines for 5 years.

Suicidal Tendencies - How Will I Laugh Tomorrow
2 versions : Video edit of original version or Accoustic version

Here I sit and watch my world come crumbling down
I cry for help but no one's around
Silently screaming I bang my head against the wall
It seems like no one cares at all
Always an emotion, but how can I explain
How can I explain
Kind of like the scent of a rose
With words I can't explain
The same with my pain
Caught up in emotion-Goes over my head
Goes over my head
Sometimes I got to think to myself is this life or death
Am I living or am I dead
The clock keeps ticking but nothing else seems to change
Problems never solved, just rearranged
And when I think about all the times that I've had
So few good-So many bad
I search for personality and I look for things I can not see

Love and peace flash through my mind
Pain and hate are all I find
Find no hope in nothing new
Never had a dream come true
Lies and hate and agony
Through my eyes that's all I see
If I'm gonna cry
Will you wipe away my tears?
If I'm gonna die
Lord please take away my fear
Before I drown in sorrow
Last thing that I'll say
How will I laugh tomorrow
If I can't even smile today
Today today--when I can't even smile today
Today today--when I can't even smile today
How will I laugh tomorrow--when I can't even smile today
How will I laugh tomorrow--when I can't even smile today



Everybody has shitty day .... this song not only acknowledges it but also give a glimpse that the future is not that dark. Shit happens , deal with it , everything will be fine. The band is called Suicidal Tendencies but that's a big misnomer since most of their song are about making the best of whatever curveball Life throws at you.
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:54 PM
Nothing Else Matters by Metallica
Fade To Black by Metallica
The Bad Touch by Bloodhound Gang
The Ballad of Chasey Lain by Bloodhound Gang
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:15 AM
Dirtyfrog is right: 'you can [quote] all you want but without an explanation , doesn't mean much.'

So here's mine: Moloko - Where Is The What If The What Is In Why (1995)

What is a god of phoney creation,
Where am I going with no destination,
What if the fish came from the sea,
What if my lover made me feel free,

What if my intake caused revelation,
What if the point was reincarnation,
What if my shoes don't match my jacket,
If it's not working why don't you smack it,
What if your mamma said you were fat,
If you are lost find where you're at,

What is a number without any time,
You can't get higher with nothing to climb,
Why have a body if you ain't got a mind,
What is a searcher with nothing to find,
Why is the traffic refusing to stop,
Why climb the ladder if you can't reach the top,

Why,
Where is the what if the what is in why,
Where is the what if the what is in why
Where is the what if the what is in why,

What do you dream of when you sleep at night,
See how the blind man fills up with light,
What is a bird with nowhere to fly,
How can you leave and not say goodbye,

What is a hunter with nothing to find,
What is the goodness without the unkind,
When did the outfit fall out of fashion,
When did the lover run out of passion,

My reincarnation time
a phoney creation rhyme,
With no destination mine
my information's fine

Why did the voice say don't step on the floor,
Why did the sign say so float through the door,
What is a god of phoney creation,
Where am I going with no destination,

What if the fish came from the sea,
What if my lover made me feel free,
What if my intake caused revelation,
What if the point was reincarnation,
What if my shoes don't match my jacket,
If it's not working why don't you smack it,
What if your mamma said you were fat,
If you are lost find where you're at

Where is the what if the what is in why,
Where is the what if the what is in why,
Where is the what if the what is in why,

How did the loser get to be rich,
What is a salesman with nothing to pitch,
When did the fool get to be king,
Why did you leave when they asked you to sing,

Why loose belief if you got a dream,
What is a train that ran out of steam,
what is a spy with no-one to spy on,
how do you sleep with nothing to lie on,

What if the fruit don't fall from the tree,
What if these questions just won't let you be,
Why waste your time looking for proof,
What if the answer is never the truth.



I am a person with a lot of questions. There are a few that will haunt me forever. This song reminds me that I need to stay calm, and that I need to accept that for some questions, I will never get an answer that will satisfy me. It's almost like I wrote these lyrics myself, and that was actually what I felt when I heard this song for the first time.To me, these are the best lyrics ever written, but it could mean nothing what so ever to the person next to me..

Nice question, cool thread!
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:53 PM
Clearly anything from Lou Reed & Metallica's LULU...



Actually, one of the first things that comes to mind is Original Sin written by Jim Steinman for The Shadow. It was originally performed by Taylor Dane, but Meatloaf has also done it. On paper it might not make sense, but when you hear it sung it that unique Jim Steinman cadence, it sounds awesome.

Original Sin (Theme From The Shadow)

I've been looking for an original sin
One with a twist and a bit of a spin
And since I've done all the old ones
Till they've all been done in
Now I'm just looking
And I'm gone with the wind
Endlessly searching for an original sin

You can dance forever
You've got a fire in your feet
But will it ever be enough
You know that it'll never be enough
And you can fly and never land
And never need to sleep
But will it ever be enough
You know that it'll never be enough

It's not enough to make the nightmares go away
It's not enough to make the tears run dry
And who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men today
It's a city of shadows
It's a city of lies
It's a city of secrets
It's a city of cries
It'll all be over now

All I wanted was a piece of the night
I never got an equal share
When the stars are out of sight
And the moon is down
The natives are so restless tonight
All I needed was a spot in the light
It never had to get so dark
When the stars are out of sight
And the moon is down
The natives are so restless tonight

I've been looking for the ultimate crime
Infinite victims, infinitesimal time
And I'm so, so very guilty for no reason no rhyme
So now I'm just looking and I'm killing some time
Endlessly searching for the ultimate crime

You can lose yourself in pleasure
Till your body's going numb
But will it ever be enough
You know that it'll never be enough
You can always take whatever
You can see them in the dark
But will it ever be enough
You know that it'll never be enough

It's not enough to make the nightmares go away
It's not enough to make the tears run dry
And who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men today
It's a city of shadows
It's a city of lies
It's a city of cruelty
It's a city of cries
It'll all be over now

All I wanted was a piece of the night
I never got an equal share
When the stars are out of sight
And the moon is down
The natives are so restless tonight
All I wanted was a spot in the light
It never had to get so dark
When the stars are out of sight
And the moon is down
The natives are so restless tonight

I've been looking for an original sin
One with a twist and a bit of a spin
And since I've done all the old ones
Till they've all been done in
Now I'm just looking
And I'm gone with the wind
Endlessly searching for an original sin
(Repeat)

I'm applying for a license to thrill
Going out on the edge, moving in for the kill
And there'll be hell to pay someday
Put it all on the bill
Cause we'll always be paying and paying until
We're beyond expiration with a license to thrill

I've been looking for an original sin
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:13 PM
Kid Cudi - Pursuit of Happiness
Crush a bit, little bit, roll it up, take a hit
Feelin’ lit feelin’ light, 2 am summer night.
I don't care, hand on the wheel, drivin drunk, I'm doin’ my thing
Rollin the Midwest side and out livin’ my life getting’ out dreams
People told me slow my roll I'm screaming out fuck that
Imma do just what I want lookin’ ahead no turnin’ back
if I fall if I die know I lived it to the fullest
if I fall if I die know I lived and missed some bullets

I'm on the pursuit of happiness and I know everything that shine ain't always gonna be gold
I'll be fine once I get it, I'll be good.

Tell me what you know about dreamin’ dreamin’
you don't really know about nothin’ nothin’
tell me what you know about them night terrors every night
5 am, cold sweats wakin’ up to the skies
tell me what you know about dreams, dreams
tell me what you know about night terrors, nothin’
you don't really care about the trials of tomorrow
rather lay awake in a bed full of sorrow

I'm on the pursuit of happiness and I know everything that shines ain't always gonna be gold
I'll be fine once I get it, I'll be good

I'm on the pursuit of happiness.
I know everything that shines ain't always gold
I'll be fine once I get it, I'll be good

I'm on the pursuit of happiness
And I know everything that shines ain't always gonna be gold, hey
I'll be fine once I get it, yeah
I'll be good

Pursuit of happiness, yeah
I don’t get it, I’ll be good


I'm no longer an angry teenage upperclass white kid. I don't have the anger I once did that groups like Metallica expressed so well. I don't have the same angst and frustration towards faith that Maynard propounds so frequently. I love all of those bands, and their music was a huge part of my life growing up, but I just don't relate anymore.

Kid Cudi especially with Pursuit of Happiness embodies how I felt in college and today (partially). The lyrics seem to find a balance between, shit sucks and party hard, which is rare. I like that he expresses the duality of that lifestyle. The guy who is super popular, goes out and has fun, but comes home and still battles his own demons. and he does all that while making a catchy fucking sweet song.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:11 AM
I think titanic song lyrics are the best
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