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17 minutes ago, kendall said:

I'm a huge fan of Andrew Eldritch (Sisters of Mercy)  when it comes to lyrics,  there are many.  But I've always loved the sting in the tail that he put at the end of Under The Gun.

forget the many steps to heaven 
it never happened and it ain't so hard 
happiness is a loaded weapon and a 
short cut is better by far 
explosive bolts, ten thousand volts 
at a million miles an hour 
abrasive wheels and molten metals 
it's a semi-automatic, get in the car 
corrosive heart and frozen heat 
we're worlds apart where we could meet 
where the street fold round and the motors start 
and the idiot wields the power 
where the chosen hold the highest card 
on the field of honour where the ground is hard 
so the highest hand is joking wild 
and the house soon fold and no-one stand 
I put my finger on and dialled 
the tower, the moon, the gun, and 
nine nine nine, singer down 
cloudburst and all around 
the first are last, the blessed get wired 
the best is yet to come 
I put my finger on and fired 
heat-seeking, out of the sun 
you can set the controls for the heart or the knees 
and the meek'll inherit what they damn well please 
get ahead, go figure, go ahead and pull the trigger 
everything under the gun 

That's got to be one of the longest couplets I have ever seen.

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50 minutes ago, SpondonBassed said:

That's got to be one of the longest couplets I have ever seen.

I saw it more as  "Luscious Lyrics"

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1 hour ago, kendall said:

I saw it more as  "Luscious Lyrics"

I'm going to have to admit the facetiousness of my earlier comment.  I have never listened to that tune.  I don't have SoM anywhere in my collection.

I'm listening to it now that you've said that.  Cheers!

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"Doctor's leaving for the holiday season
Got crystal ice picks, no gift for the gab
And in the parking lot, is the sedan he bought
He never, he never complains when it's hot"

A couple of couplets from 'Grounded' by Pavement. Pavement were always brimming over with superb lyrics, but the opening verse of this tale of the trials of well-heeled medical staff has a wonderful turn to it.

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WOT ! !  no Donald Fagen - I'll put that right immediately. 

From Steely Dan's  'Two Against Nature' album here's the last verse of "Cousin Dupree".  The whole story is told in the song, and the musical groove is Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat.

 

One night we're playin' gin by a cracklin' fire
And I figured I'd make my play
I said babe with my boyish charm and good looks
How can you stand it for one more day
She said maybe its the skeevy look in your eyes
Or that your mind has turned to applesauce
The dreary architecture of your soul
I said, but what is it exactly turns you off?
 
Edited by Chezz55
Inclusion of Album Title and grammar correction

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15 hours ago, davepb24 said:

"Love Under Will" Fields Of the Nephilim...their definitive track lyrically and musically to me

Althought that isn't to knock some of their other lyrics, such as "The flowers in your kitchen, they weep for you" :D

 

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I'm all lost in the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for that special offer
A guaranteed personality
 
I wasn't born so much as I fell out
Nobody seemed to notice me
We had a hedge back home in the suburbs
Over which I never could see
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Ian Dury - so many to mention, but three classics:

Van Gogh did some eyeball pleasers.
He must have been a pencil squeezer.
He didn't do the Mona Lisa,
That was an Italian geezer.

I could be a lawyer with strategems and ruses
I could be a doctor with poultices and bruises
I could be a writer with a growing reputation
I could be the ticket man at Fulham Broadway Station


Shall I mourn you decline with some thunderbird wine
And a black hankercheif?
 

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And a corker from Elvis Costello:

To tell the truth our mum ran off with someone else's father
Went for two weeks holiday in Taramasalata

 

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A Nobel prize, a piece of string
You know what's awesome? Everything.
Dogs with fleas, allergies,
A book of Greek antiquities,
Brand new pants, a very old vest
Awesome items are the best.
[Tegan and Sarah ft The Lonely Island, Everything Is Awesome. From The Lego Movie]

 

If you squeeze my lizard
I'll put my snake on you
[Motorhead, Killed By Death]


It's hard to walk in the dress,
It's not easy
I'm swinging over
Like a heavy loaded fruit tree
[Dress, PJ Harvey]

 
I like to move it, move it
I like to move it, move it
I like to move it, move it
Ya like to move it
[I Like To Move It, Reel 2 Reel ft Mad Stuntman]
Edited by nige1968

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Dropping through sky, 
Through the glass of the roof, 
Through the roof of your mouth, 
Through the mouth of your eye, 
Through the eye of the needle, 
It's easier for me to get closer to Heaven
Than ever feel whole again. 

 

Disintegration by The Cure.

I love Liz Taylors, I mean Robert Smiths little word plays and phrasing. There's many, many more from their back catalogue. 

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Again, a contribution from Mr Bragg from his version of "Walk away Renee".

"And every time I switched on the radio
There was somebody else singing a song about the two of us..."

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He's got the whole world in his hands

He's got the whole world in his hands

He's got the whole world in his hands

He's got the whole world in his hands

Excerpt from 'He's Got The Whole World In His Hands'.

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I'm also rather fond of "I never thought it would happen, with me and a girl from Clapham".

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From the dreams on the barbed wire at Flanders and Bilston Glen
From the Clydeside that rusts from the tears of its broken men
From the realisation that all we've been left behind
Is to stand like our fathers before us in the firing line

(Slàinte Mhath - Marillion)

You choose your leaders and place your trust
As their lies wash you down and their promises rust
You'll see kidney machines replaced by rockets and guns
And the public wants what the public gets
But I don't get what this society wants

(Going Underground - The Jam)

Edited by Rich

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A classic line from Dean Friedman's  Ariel

I picked her up in my new VW van
She wore a peasant blouse with nothing underneath
I said "Hi", she said, "Yeah, I guess I am"
Ariel, Ariel

 

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Sing me a song, you're a singer,

Do me a wrong, you're a bringer of evil.

The Devil is never a maker,

The less that you give...you're a taker.

 

 

I'll  probably be slapped about worse than Mussolini was for saying this, but the Black Sabbath Dio period was musically superb, and lyrically superlative.

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For me Bruce Springsteen has come up with some wonderful stuff - love this from 'The River'.

But I remember us riding in my brother's car
Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir
At night on them banks I'd lie awake
And pull her close just to feel each breath she'd take
Now those memories come back to haunt me
They haunt me like a curse
Is a dream a lie if it don't come true
Or is it something worse

That sends me down to the river

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15 hours ago, Jus Lukin said:

I'm also rather fond of "I never thought it would happen, with me and a girl from Clapham".

And an lot of Cool for Cats was up there.

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In The Horne Sections' joyful country tale of pea production down on Grandaddy's farm, specifically regarding his quality control, and his rejection of grade B and Grade C peas, ensuring the customer only ever receives grade A peas....

Grandaddy checks the A-ness, so you can taste the Pea-ness,

Grandaddy checks the A-ness, so you can taste the Pea-ness,

Grandaddy checks the A-ness, so you can taste the Pea-ness,

In your mouth.

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Son, I'm 30

I only went with your mother 'cause she's dirty

And I don't have a decent bone in me

What you get is just what you see, yeah

Poetry, that's what that is.

 

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And if California slides into the ocean
Like the mystics and statistics say it will
I predict this motel will be standing until I pay my bill

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22 minutes ago, MrCrane said:

And if California slides into the ocean
Like the mystics and statistics say it will
I predict this motel will be standing until I pay my bill

A band I was once in nearly called itself Arizona Bay, which is what So Cal would become if California fell away into the Pacific! 😄

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