A Few Favorite Lyrics

A (hopefully) fun once-in-a-while thing. I like lyrics but I can almost never remember the whole damn song. So these are snippets of songs that I like that stick in my head or I’m likely to throw out randomly in conversation as if they just came to me. These are a few that instantly came to mind. I actually quoted the Dylan one to somebody just yesterday.

What are yours?

Don’t let the sun go down on me
Although I search myself
It’s always someone else I see
–B. Taupin/E. John, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

Ah but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now
–B. Dylan, My Back Pages

There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night
And if you go no one may follow
That path is for your steps alone
–R. Hunter, J. Garcia – Ripple

Now is that a real poncho
Or is that a Sears poncho?
–F. Zappa, Cosmik Debris

Someday we’ll look back on this
And it will all seem funny
–B. Springsteen, Rosalita

When you own a big chunk
Of the bloody third world
The babies just come with the scenery
Chrissie Hynde, Middle of the Road

When he tried to hang that sign on me
I said
Take it down
–Becker/Fagen, Night by Night

And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run
You missed the starting gun.
-R. Waters, Time

And you read your Emily Dickinson,
And I my Robert Frost,
And we note our place with bookmarkers
That measure what we’ve lost.
P. Simon, The Dangling Conversation

But let me tell you I got some news for you
And you’ll soon find out it’s true
And then you’ll have to eat your lunch all by yourself
-Henley/Frey, Almost Gone

Ashes to ashes
Funk to funky
We know Major Tom’s a junkie
–Bowie, Ashes to Ashes

11 thoughts on “A Few Favorite Lyrics

  1. I like that one from Floyd’s ‘Time’. Though my favourite from that song is:
    ‘Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way’. So true.


  2. Yes!! That is a GREAT lyric. And if it is somewhat true, imagine being able to capture the soul of a people in one line. Although that said, we both know there’s more to the Brits that that, don’t we?


  3. First I’d like to say I am loving your blog so far, I think it is amazing you were able to see some of the great music icons of today in the 70’s, what an experience that must have been! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. As for lyrics, I think my favourite of the ones you chose is “Time”, beautiful song and lyrics.

    Now you did ask readers what their favourite lyrics are, and many come to mind. Mostly it’s also not just one or two sentences that appeal to me, but a lot of text. But I don’t want to clutter your page so I’ll try to keep it short! Here they are, starting with my most favourite one:

    “So pray to music, build a shrine, worship in these desperate times
    Fill your heart with every note, cherish it and cast afloat
    ‘Cause god is in these clef and tone, salvation is found alone
    Haunted by its melody, music it will set you free
    Let it set you free”
    – from Darkness Within by Machine Head

    “I’m a dreamer, with nothing left to dream
    trying to tear a hole in the seam, of reality”
    – from What A Sight by Matchbook Romance

    “fireflies dance in the heat of, hound dogs that bay at the moon
    my ship leaves in the midnight, can’t say I’ll be back too soon
    they awaken, far far away, heat of my candle show me the way”
    – from Seasons of Wither by Aerosmith

    “I’d like to fly, but my wings have been so denied”
    – from Down in a Hole by Alice In Chains

    “One day you’ll walk the world and keep in mind, the heart you’ve been given in winter time
    And through the bitter cold, with opened eyes, you’ll find the strength to fight and stand upright”
    – from Born in Winter by Gojira

    Hope I wasn’t too enthusiastic haha, either way I look forward to following your blog!


  4. Well, firstly, thanks. Glad you’re enjoying it. I tend to post whatever music or musical thing turns me on. Hopefully.to use music biz jargon, I wind up with more hits than flops. But some of both I think.

    As to seeing those musical icons, yes, it was – and continues to be – fantastic. We were just (relatively speaking) kids at the time. So who knew any of these bands would span generations much less still be playing? I was very fortunate to have friends with good taste from whom I learned quite a bit.

    Yes, I did ask for feedback. I am always looking for that and the 100% reason I started this blog was to talk about music. So I encourage feedback. It’s just fun. Comment at will.

    As to the lyrics you shared, very nice. I think the only one I know well is the Aerosmith one. I’ll make a note to listen to all those songs. Thanks for posting (and following).


  5. PS. Your blog looks interesting. You probably have heavier metal tastes than I do but I do like a good bit of head-banging rock. I’ll definitely check it out.


    1. Thanks for checking out! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am indeed quite a big metal fan, but also enjoy grunge and classic rock a lot. In fact, despite all the heavy stuff I listen to, Aerosmith remains my favourite band. I love the raw sound of the rock bands in the 70’s. Too bad I wasn’t alive at the time!


  6. I did listen to all your songs. Nothing I didn’t like to some extent but I especially liked Matchbook Romance – about whom I confess I don’t know much – and Alice in Chains.


  7. Paul Simon is a true poet. That’s been one of my favorites for many a year. Check out his lyrics sometime to a song called “Overs,” about a relationship that’s gone on too long.


Comments are closed.