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
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