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The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies

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Subject: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Mbo
Date: 26 Feb 00 - 08:23 PM

Alright! I know the older folks covered this subject a while ago...but there are a lot more of us now (including myself) who did not get the chance to participate. I'd like to hear from all the newbies--at least the ones since last May! What do YOU think the best (most beautiful, inspiring, heart-thumping, sad, etc) lyric lines from songs are? LET THE PEOPLE SPEAK!!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Ed Pellow
Date: 26 Feb 00 - 08:34 PM

Hip fol the day fol the digee oh


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Susan A-R
Date: 26 Feb 00 - 11:39 PM

I still like

As through this world I travel, I've seen some funny men Some will rob you with a six gun and some with a fountain pen. As through this world I travel, as through this world I roam I've never seen an outlaw drive a family from their home

Woody's Pretty Boy Floyd. (approximate)


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Mary G
Date: 26 Feb 00 - 11:39 PM

Donald was the bravest man and Donald he was mine...from Highland Widow's Lament....

mg


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: sophocleese
Date: 26 Feb 00 - 11:53 PM

There's whiskey in the jar! Moves me, usually closer to the bar, every time.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Crowhugger
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 12:06 AM

referring to the Mississippi River:

...It's too thick to navigate and it's too thin to plow."

John Hartford, if what's left of my memory serves.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Chocolate Pi
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 12:57 AM

argh; I can't pick just one!

"The earth will soon dissolve like snow, the sun forbear to shine" from one of the later verses to Amazing Grace.

"Love, like the yellow daffodil is coming through the snow" Julian of Norwich, Sydney Carter "Si me quieres escribir, ya sabes mi paradero, en el frente de Gandesa, primera linea del fuego" (If you want to write to me, you already know my address, in the Gandesa front in the first line of fire) Si Me Quieres Escribir, Spanish Civil War song

"And they danced by the light of a sparkling bobby sock, cause the theme of the prom was the history of rock." The Ballad of Erica Levine, Bob Blue

"Hearts starve as well as bodies, give us bread but give us roses." Bread and Roses

"I'll fight them as a woman, not a lady/ I'll fight them as an engineer" I'm Gonna Be an Engineer, Peggy Seeger

Chocolate Pi (trying to shut out the 'music' from the party next door)


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Benjamin
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 04:48 AM

If it's only lyrics, Earth Wind and Fire's "I'll write a song for you" is a great tune. "Spirt" by the same band is also a great lyrical tune. Maybe "Bleeker Street" by Simon and Garfunkel.

It's hard for me to say what song would be my favorte.

As for traditional, John Jackson's "Boats up the River" would probably be it.

Almost anything done by Brownie McGhee is a favorte of mine. Especially when he did "Midnight Special" with Sonny Terry.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Osmium
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 07:29 AM

Perhaps not one of the best but maybe one that most men have felt from time to time;

I wish I was in some lonesome valley
Where womankind they cannot be

from Peggy Gordon


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Osmium
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 07:32 AM

PS.Ther's no underlying disrespect to women here; any more than there is in the song!


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Lonesome Dave
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 09:04 AM

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 09:47 AM

Surely some of the best lines ever were in Imagine by John lennon. Eric


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Liam's Brother
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 10:22 AM

There is a line in The West Rutland Marble Bawn that I like...
"The sound of his sledge on an iron wedge, like a shot when the trigger is drawn."

And then there's Woody Guthrie's...
"In the misty crystal glitter of that wild and windward spray."

When First I Came To Caledonia has a lovely image...
"If I had pens from Pennsylvania
And I had paper of snowy white
And I had ink from a rosy morning
A true love letter to you I'd write."

Many years ago, Patrick Sky remarked to me about
The Green Linnet that it was the only song in his experience thaat starts with the word "curiosity."
"Curiosity drove a young native of Erin
For to view the gay banks of the Nile."

All the best,
Dan Milner


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Peter T.
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 10:25 AM

"Black girl, black girl, don't lie to me: Where did you sleep last night? In the pines, in the pines, Where the sun never shines, I shivered the whole night through."

Makes me shiver every time I hear it, for the 1000th time.
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Pixie
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 10:29 AM

This maybe not the greatest line ever written, but tickles me every time I hear it:

Lyle Lovett: From "She's No Lady She's My Wife"

"the preacher asked her, and she said I do the preacher asked me, and she said he does too"


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Abby Sale
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 11:04 AM

I'll sort of make a challenge of it. I first heard the on its own in the course of normal conversation with Martin Carthy, although I don't know that he ever put the song on record. I sing it to myself - I've never been cruel enough to sing it in public (Carthy or any good ballad singer could get away with it but that's different.) It's a good song & the longest I know. I actually first started learning the song in 1960 from Ewan MacColl's _English & Scottish Popular Ballad_ series but it took 25 years. About 2 verses per year.

I don't know that it's my favorite line anywhere but it certainly says something on its own and says more about ballodic use of language.

Sorry to run on. Nostalgia.

Nae wyte a man wi' violence, That ne're wyte you wi' nane.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: TheOldMole
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 11:15 AM

Big Joe Turner: I'm like a one-eyed cat, peepin' in a sea food store.

A line so dirty that the censors didn't get it, and allowed it to go into the "cleaned-up" Bill Haley version.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Ali_UK
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 11:43 AM

Oh so many!

One that always moves me is a line from 'She Moves Through the Fair.' which goes...

"She's gone her way homeward with one star awake. Like a swan in the evening moves over the lake."

Don't know why but it gives me a really beautiful tingle in the heart.

One that amazes me with it's audacity and the fact that it became popular is from a Guns 'n' Roses song ( and I use that nomenclature advisedly).

"....I used to love her, but I had to kill her, now she's buried in ma bayck yaarrrddd." Sheesh! Who gets off on that crap?


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Art Thieme
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 11:59 AM

I aint no sin 'cause you ain't no kin to your daddy anyhow.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Art Thieme
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 12:02 PM

That should read, "IT ain't no sin 'cause you ain't no kin to your daddy anyhow."

Art


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Amos
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 12:08 PM

She was winsome and fair as the dew upon the meadow... But 't was not her beauty alone that won me... Oh, no, 'twas the truth n her eyes, ever shining
That made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee!


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: BlueJay
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 12:22 PM

Oh my name is Penney Evans and I've just gone twenty-one,
A young widow of the war that's being fought in Vietnam,
And I have two infant daughters, I thank God I have no sons,
Now they say the war is over, but I think it's just begun
Steve Goodman, "The ballad of Penney Evans"


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Mary G
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 12:41 PM

here's the second best...I often thought that God made the mixer and the hod so that Paddy could know hell above the ground...from Building up and tearing England down...


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: catspaw49
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 12:56 PM

dan Milner mentioned Pat Sky, and I've always loved one his lines that is the sond title too.......

"Reality is bad enough, Why should I tell the truth?"

Spaw


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Wavestar
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 01:45 PM

Revealing my poetic heart, I'd have to say probably my identifiably favourite lines almost all come from Gordon Bok songs, particularly "Turning Toward the Morning"

Oh my Joanie don't you know that stars are swinging slow, and the seas are rolling easy as they did so long ago, And if I had a thing to give you, I would tell you one more time that the world is always turning toward to morning....

-Jessica


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Marymac90
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 02:52 PM

Show us the length of your cock

Are you hung like a beaver, or hung like a bear?

Let us check the weight of your rocks

So we can have a standard by which to compare.

You men! Don't worry if it's small or bent or slender

The personality is as important as the member!

So drop your trousers, and make the news,

And don't judge, lest we judge you!

I think the name of the song is Terranova High School. It was recorded by Bright Morning Star. I can't remember the author's name right now, but I put it into the Funny Song thread we had a while back, so it's there.

Mary McCaffrey


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Ebbie
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 04:17 PM

"...and the moon came up, so quiet in the sky", Bill Staines, Roseville Fair


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Willie-O
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 05:20 PM

If anyone really wants to know, "Show Us the Length" was written by Bob Bossin and/or Marie-Lynn Hammond (the latter I think) and recorded first by their (Canadian) band Stringband. And it's not their best, or necessarily even funniest, song.

But personally I'm partial to our very own Aine's:

And though London may be quaint
Going back I never ain't
I'm as Irish as a Texas girl can be!

(in the Mudcat songbook, the last line is the title)

W-O


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Ely
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 06:12 PM

"When Bob Ford fired the ball that pulled Jesse from the wall . . . " from the ballad about Jesse James.

"The fall don't hurt, honey--it's when you land." from 'Scamp' by Freakwater.

[NOT FOLK but good anyway] "If I only had a dollar for every song I've sung, every time I had to play while people sat there drunk . . . " from 'Lodi' by CCR.

All of the Red Clay Ramblers' "Hot Buttered Rum". One of the only love songs I actually like.

Most of the Cowboy Junkies' "Powderfinger". I have no idea what the literal situation of that song is, but the emotions are wonderful.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Mbo
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 06:23 PM

I've got a ticket to the moon
But I'd rather see the the sunrise
In your eyes

I've got a ticket to the moon
I'll be rising high above the Earth so soon
And wiil the tears I cry turn into the rain
That falls so gently on your window?
You'll never know

From ELO's "Ticket to The Moon"

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Bradypus
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 06:48 PM

When I've done the work of day, and I row my boat away
Down the waters of Loch Tay as the evening sun is sinking
Then I look toward Ben Lawers, where the after glories glow
And I dream on two bright eyes with a merry mouth below.

The Loch Tay boat song - so relaxing

Bradypus


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 07:26 PM

Two, neither Folk, both Klassic Kuntry. "I'd give all I own, if I could telephone that Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" and "We'll name her after the rainbow, because she reminds me of you", Ernest Tubb, Rainbow at Midnight.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 10:29 PM

While I second "Hot Buttered Rum" and "Turning Toward the Morning" I tend to lean toward the funnier favorites. Si Kahn, in "Fresh Water Whaling" (I've never seen proof that he wrote this; if anyone knows yea or nay, I'd like to know--I love the song):

We didn't want to scare the whales, we muffled oars with care
Rowed out to the horizon, and we dropped our anchor there

And anything by Mark Graham.

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Susan A-R
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 11:12 PM

Austin Lounge Lizzards I come from the shallow end of the gene pool And a favorite in our house while I was growing up Work your fingers to the bone Whadayou get? Boney fingers. (I know, I'm cheating, but I put in a SERIOUS one first, and besides, it's a new day!)

Susan


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Arkie
Date: 28 Feb 00 - 12:51 AM

There is nothing that can charge my emotions like the line from Wildwood Flower "I'll twine with my mingles".


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 28 Feb 00 - 09:30 AM

Fom Dylans' "Shelter From the Storm"

Beauty walks a razors edge, someday I'll make it mine

And Mississippi John Hurts' "Spike Driver Blues"

This is the hammer that killed John Henry, but it won't kill me, no it won't kill me.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: jeffp
Date: 28 Feb 00 - 10:21 AM

Rise again, rise again
Though your heart may be broken and life about to end.
No matter what you've lost,
Be it a home, a love, a friend.
Like the Mary Ellen Carter rise again!

Always tears me up.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Aldus
Date: 28 Feb 00 - 12:35 PM

Two from Bob Dylan are among my favourites.. "You don't need the weathermen to know which way the wind blows..."" and "Money Dosen't talk it swears." Bruce Cockburn also has some great ones.. I think his three best are...The trouble with normal is it always gets worse ", Everybody like to see justice done.....to somebody else and ,finally from Bruce,Civilization is more than a toilet and a telephone'. Traditionally... From the Lass of Loch Royal (Lord Gregory) I'll take down this mast of gold set up a mast of tree, for it becomes not a forsaken maid to sail so Royally ".


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Osmium
Date: 28 Feb 00 - 01:19 PM

JeffP
If you want to hear the Mary Ellen Carter given the full treatment by on of the finest British acapello trio's going they are touring the USA July 12th to Aug 13th. To date they have always finished every performance with said anthem. Tour details at artisan@artifact.demon.co.uk


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Amos
Date: 28 Feb 00 - 01:23 PM

My love, she laughs like the flowers...


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: canoer
Date: 28 Feb 00 - 02:15 PM

Second the recommendation of Artisan. Saw them a few years ago. Excellent, and yes, they ended with Mary Ellen, powerfully.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 10:32 AM

"I took me a woman late last night, I was three fourths drunk, she looked allright, 'til she started peeling off her onion gook, took off her wig, said how do I look? I was high flyin', bare naked, out the window."

Bob Dylan, from "I Shall Be Free."


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Hyperabid
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 11:09 AM

He's a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land, making all his nowhere plans for nobody....

Hyp


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Neil Lowe
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 02:37 PM

"...And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make." -Paul McCartney, Abbey Road

"...The lady then
She covered me with roses
She blew my nose, then
She blew my mind." - Mick Jagger, Honkey Tonk Woman

"...Outside in the cold distance
A wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching
And the wind began to howl." -Bob Dylan, All Along The Watchtower

"..He got feet
Down below his knees
Hold you in his armchair
You can feel his disease." -John Lennon, Come Together

"...I want to feel the light, the heat...
I want to be that complete.
I want to feel the light, the heat I see
In your eyes." -Peter Gabriel, In Your Eyes

Among others.

Neil


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 04:05 PM

I turned on the record player, it was Rockaday Johnny singing tell your ma, tell your pa, our love's a gonna grow, wah wah.

Bob Dylan, Talkin' World War III Blues.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Art Thieme
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 04:20 PM

Ain't it enough to break your heart,
You gotta work all day--and at night, it's dark...

Hard times, Cotton Mill Girls


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Lanfranc
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 06:11 PM

"I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now" Bob Dylan "My Back Pages"

"How much will you pay to live in the attic, The shavings of your mind are the only rent I left some would there if you thought you coudn't Or if the shouldn't that you brought has all been spent" Peter Paul & Mary "House Song"

"She's like the sunrise on a lee shore" Trad "She's like a swallow"

"Your past is a canyon, I'm a stranger on the rim Looking down below to where it's misty and dim." Harry Chapin "I wonder what happened to him"

"Marcie's faucet needs a plumber, Marcie's sorrow needs a man" Joni Mitchell "Marcie"

"I feel like some old engine, lost my drivin' wheel" Tom Rush "Driving Wheel"


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: kendall
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 06:37 PM

...no gem of womankind will make me 'ere whisper loves words again..


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: kendall
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 06:39 PM

Dark eyed Molly... Archie Fisher


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Pete Peterson
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 10:14 PM

I would rather ride a wagon and go to Heaven than to Hell in an automobile. (Uncle Dave Macon, From Earth to Heaven, Brunswick 325. Covered by LOTS of us Uncle Dave fans out there)


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Bill D
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 11:03 PM

ah, kendall..yes.."Dark Eyed Molly"..

also, this, from "I've Rambled This Country Both Earlye and Late"...........

"Since it is no better, I'm glad that it is no worse-
Brandy in my bottle, and money in my purse."

and, almost all of "The Twa Corbies"...."..naebody kens that he lies there, but his hawk, his hound and his lady fair"

and more, I'm sure...too late to think....


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Midchuck
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 11:09 PM

The well known and popular (in the Adirondacks, anyway) Chris Shaw wrote a great song (his best IMO) called "The Year of '88," about the hardships of life in the Adirondacks in the year of the great blizzard, when many of the younger adults had left to seek their fortunes in the west. We learned it and sung it for years, before I heard Chris's wife Bridget introduce it. She explained that it was actually an extended metaphor, comparing the above problems in 1888 to Chris and Bridget's own experiences in 1988, when they decided to quit singing in the bars and live on concert and educational work. Bridget said, "And you know, almost immediately after we quit singing in the bars, the bars quit paying us!"

Anyway, I told you that to tell you this: Shortly after I heard this explanation, I was singing the song and I flashed on what one line meant, that had seemed obscure:

"The news had come by some time back,
When a rider stopped to say,
Big North, Young Kate, and the Goody boy
Had up and passed away.

Leaving me and darlin Rosie,
and our kind to carry on....

Duh.

If you still miss the point, think of important singer-songwriters who died prematurely in the few years prior to 1988....

Peter.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: simon-pierre
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 12:26 AM

Well I got a bad liver and a broken heart yea I drunk me a river since you tore me apart and I don't have a drinkin problem 'cept when I can't get a drink

Tom Waits, not folk, but always good


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Troll
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 01:10 AM

I started out runnin' but I changed my mind. A friend of the Devil is a friend of mine. (approx.)

troll


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Neil Lowe
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 07:51 AM

"...Is there nothing
A man don't stand to lose
When the Devil wants to
Take it all away?" - Grateful Dead, Mexicali Blues

"Their wives all have psychiatrists
At fifty bucks an hour
It's all because their husbands
Think they're crazy
But when it's hard times at the office
It's only twenty dollars
To tell your troubles to
The back room ladies." -Si Kahn, Back Room Ladies

"...Sometimes the cards
Ain't worth a dime
If you don't lay them down." -Grateful Dead (Robert Hunter?), Truckin'

"...Hey Bobba Reebop Ba Lop Bam Boom." (with acknowledgement to Ed Pellow's post above) Little Richard, Tutti Fruitti


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,aldus
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 08:02 AM

A gem from leonard Cohen.... I lit a thin green candle to make you jealous of me, but the room just filled up with mosquitoes, they heard that my body was free.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: annamill
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 08:31 AM

GEEZ MARY!!

Right now I'm caught up in

"I'll change my life to better suit your mood" "Give me your heart, make it real, else forget about it"

Smooth, Santana I like the beat. Good for dancin'. I'll give it a 9.

(Now who remembers that)

Love, annap


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Callie
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 09:05 AM

It's not open to discussion anymore
She's out again tonight, and I'm alone once more.
She's all I have worth waiting for
But baby plays around.

And so it seems I've always been the last to know
To hold on to that girl I had to let her go
I wish to god I didn't love her so
But baby plays around

I try to be strong, hold on to my pride
She doesn't even know she's wrong how much i hurt inside
And heaven knows I've tried
But baby plays around - just a plaything
It's hard to reconcile the facts I'm facing

It's not open to discussion any more
She walks those shiny streets, I walk the worn out floor
She's all I have worth living for
But baby plays around.

-Elvis Costello

AND

Wierd nightmare, Why must you torment me? Wierd nightmare, pain and misery. Can it be that you're a part of a lonely borken heart?

Can't sleep at night, twist turn in fright For a fear that I'll live it all again in my dreams ...

from Charles Mingus' "Wierd Nightmare"

AND

Joni Mitchell:"Oh I could drink a case of you and still be on my feet".

AND

Ray Davies: "I wish today could be tomorrow. The night is dark, it just brings sorrow, Let it wait ..."

AND

Everything But the Girl: "I'll sings songs to my father, I'll sing songs to my child, It's time to hold your loved ones while the chains are loose And the world runs wild ..."

AND

Mose Allison: "I don't worry 'bout a thing Coz I know nothing's gonna turn out right".

and a million others!

--Callie


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Neil Lowe
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 09:15 AM

"Be careful where you lie down, boy,
In this bed of roses
Promises of petals and
You wake up on the other end." -Richard Buckner, Bloomed


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Clifton53
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 09:20 AM

"Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over head,

And when I woke up in me hospital bed,

And saw what it had done, well I wished I was dead,

Never knew there were worse things than dyin'"

And the band played Waltzing Matilda.

Clifton53


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Genie
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 04:17 AM

I know it's an old thread and this is a long list, but reading the other entries 'inspired' my own list. Not all are "folk," but I wonder how many of you share my appreciation of some or all of the following: A. From thomas Moore's "Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms," "... No, the heart that has truly loved ne'er forgets, but as surely lives on to the close As the sunflower turns on her god when he sets, the same look which she turned when he rose."

B. From "Love Potion #9" (Lieber & Stoller?) - "She jumped down, turned around, and gave me a wink. She said, "I'm gonna mix it up right here in the sink. It smelled like turpentine, it looked like India ink; I held my nose, I closed my eyes --- I took a drink!" And the last verse of the song, too.

C. Bob Dylan, "Love Minus Zero," "In dimestores and bus stations, people talk of situations, Read books, repeat quotations, draw conclusions on the wall."'

D. Kate Wolf; "He's gone away, yesterday, and I find myself on a mountainside, Where the rivers change direction across the Great Divide."

E. All of Johnny Mercer's lyrics for "The Glow Worm,"especially "Glow, little glow worm, fly of fire, Burn like an incandescent wire. Burn for the female of the species, Turn on the AC and the DC. This night could use a little bright'nin'; Light up, you little ol' bug of lightnin'. When ya gotta glow, ya gotta glow ..." F. Nanci Griffith ( and her keyboardist) - "Gulf Coast Highway." "And when we die, we say we'll take some blackbird's wing And we will fly away to heaven, come some sweet bluebonnet spring."

G. Merle Travis's "sixteen tons" St. Peter, don't ya call me, 'cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the company sto'.

H. All the words to Irving Berlin's "You Can't Get A Man With A Gun," e.g., "... they don't look for spouses with buckshot in their trousers, and you can't shoot a male in the tail like a quail, ..."

I. Tom Paxton's chorus to "Saturday Night," especially the line, "Whoever is running her foot up my leg, I love you!"

J. Brian Bedford: 'What's the use of roots if you can't spread them, And what's the use of wings if you can't fly."

K. Pat Donohue's parody of "Would You Like to Swing On a Star," "Would You like to play the guitar / for a living -- har-de-har-har!"

L. Townes Van Zandt, Pancho and Lefty "All the Federales say they could've had him any day, They only lef him slip away out of kindness, I suppose."

M. Two from Hoyt Axton: •"You're the hangnail in my life and I can't bite you off."

•"If that cat could talk, what a tale he'd tell, 'Bout Della and the dealer and the dog, as well, But the cat was cool and he never said a mumblin' word."

N. Bob Shepherd blue -- Ballad of Erica Levine "A happy-ever-after life was not the one they got, But they tended to be happy, more often than not."

O. Mason Williams: "You done stompt on my heart and mashed that sucker flat!" ... "Sweetheart, you just sorta stompt on my aorta."

P. Kris Kristofferson, "Me and Bobby McGee" "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose; Nothin' ain't worth nothin', but it's free."

Q. Joni Mitchell, "They've paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

R. Carly Simon: "You're so vain you prob'ly think this song is about you."

S. All of Paul Simon's "Sounds of Silence," especially, "the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls, echoed in the sounds of silence."

T. Amanda McBroom, "The Rose," "It's the ones who won't be taken who cannot seem to live and the soul afraid of dyin' that never learns to live."

U. The Dutchman --"Long ago, I used to be a young man, and dear Margaret remembers that for me."

V. John Prine, "The Speed of The Sound of Loneliness," especially, "...you come home late and you come home early /... / You come home straight and you come home curly .../"

W. Roger Miller: "You can't roller skate in a buffalo herd, but you can be happy, if you've a mind to."

Y. Kate Wolf, "Cornflower Blue," -- "...if love came in colors, I'd choose this one for you."

Z. "The water is wide; I cannot cross o'er, and neither have I wings to fly. Build me a boat that can carry two and both shall row, my love and I."


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: shankmac
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 04:42 AM

I stood on Dingle Beach and cast
In wild foam and found Atlantic bass

Song for Ireland


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: shankmac
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 04:50 AM

Just had a look in DT. This is one of the all time great songs with stunning images.
Song for Ireland


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: rube1
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 06:59 AM

What am I living for? Why am I living, why am I giving all of my time Bring up a family, children and wife Tell me my friend, hasn't that been done before?

Mark-Almond Band


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 10:09 AM

you will have a cinderella snow white alice wonderlanded gown..from Violets of dawn

and

just thinking of this in a good rain yesterday...I'll work on the towboats in my slippery city shoes....from Ian Tyson...Summer Wages..

mg


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Celtic Soul
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 10:14 AM

"And if I built this fortress around your heart, encircled you in trenches and barbed wire, then let me build a bridge, for I cannot fill this chasm. Let me set the battlements on fire"

Sting :::sigh:::


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Celtic Soul
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 10:17 AM

Forgot this one:

"I try to (something I don't remember) but it comes out wrong, I try to live, but I don't belong, I close my eyes and I see blood and roses"

I can't remember who done that one.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 12:36 PM

So many so many

1. Stan Rogers Make and Break Harbour. What a way to set a scene!

How still lies the bay, in the light western air
Which blows from the crimson horizon
Once more we tack home, with a dry empty hold
Saving gas with the breezes so fair

2. Tom T. Hall, Old Dogs... can't you just picture him?

"When this Old, grey, black gentleman, was cleanin up the lounge"

3. Jim Croce, Roller Derby Queen,

She was six foot two, two fifteen, a bleached blonde bomber with a streak of mean
She knew how to knuckle and she knew how to muscle and fight

4. Traditional, Drunkin Sailor,

Put 'em in the scuppers with a running bow line

5. Woody Guthrie, Ingrid Bergman (Mermaid Ave.)

You'd make any Mountian quiver/You'd make fire fly from the crater/Ingrid Bergman

6. Willie Nelson, Crazy

Crazy, Crazy for feeling so lonely.

7. The Gerswhins, Summertime

Summertime and the livin is easy, fish are jumpin and the cotton is high


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Kim C
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 01:18 PM

There were spaces between Donald and whatever he said
Strangers had forced him to live in his head

--John Prine, Donald & Lydia

If dreams were lightning, and thunder was desire
This old house would have burned down a long time ago

--John Prine, Angel from Montgomery

Close your eyes, hold your breath, and always trust your cape.

--Guy Clark, The Cape

I can still feel the eyes of those blue-bellied devils
As I walk around tonight through the concrete and metal

--Tom Petty, Rebels

I'm Lord and Master of a Fool's Taj Mahal
Who says you can't have it all

--Alan Jackson recorded it, don't know who wrote it


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: SharonA
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 01:56 PM

Just about every line from "Kilkelly".


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 02:15 PM

"Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin"
-Leonard Cohen-

"And my very sweet companion gets me stoned and get me laughing
She's a hundred but she's wearing something tight
-Leonard Cohen-

"By the way that's a cute hat and your smile's so hard to resist
What's a sweetheart like you doin' in a dump like this"
-Bob Dylan-

"I am restless tonight my body's just a bag of bones
And a cheap suit feels like a poor mans home"
-Stephen Fearing-

"But me I'm not stopping there, I got my own row left to hoe
Just another line in the field of time
When the thrasher comes, I'll be stuck in the sun,
Like the dinosaurs inshrined
And I'll know the time has come to get what's mine"
-Neil Young-

"Do I count myself lucky
I was home, the phone was ringing
What of others wifes who missed it
Came home to red lights blinking"
-James Keelaghan-

And that's just on half a cup of coffee...

;-)


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Deda
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 02:48 PM


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 02:52 PM

Kim I have to concur on your line from Angel From Mongomery"

How about?

As I lie in my bed in the morning
Without you, Without You
Each song in my breast dies a borning
Without you, Without You
The Last Thing on My Mind

I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will
The Marvelous Toy

Pants are so old that they shine/ I ride the rods a trustin in God/ won't ya buy me a bottle of wine
Bottle of Wine

all by Tom Paxton,

Man of means by no means, King of the Road.

Woman won't you weep for me (Dang Me)

Engaland swings like a pendulum do (England Swings)

Roger Miller

I'm gonna lay down my head on that lonesome railroad line and let the 219 pacify my mind.
Trouble in Mind (1930's blues song I don't recall the author's name)


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Deda
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 02:52 PM

Like most, I have too many and I feel as though I should not respond for a week or two or three while I make a list. But I've always loved one line from "Kevin Barry", "You can kill the sons of Ireland But you cannot keep them down." (Please don't correct me if I have it wrong.)

I also love Tom Paxton's "My son John, John my son". That chiasmic juxtaposition just yanks a response out of me.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 03:48 PM

I saw a Werewolf drinkin' a Pina Colada at Trader Vic's, His hair was perfect.

Warren Zevon


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: iamjohnne
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 04:22 PM

I dont even know where to start with my favorite best song ever.....

Sit by my side come as close as the air..phil ochs

"I'm goin' where the sun keeps shinin' thruogh the poorin' rain, goin' where the weather suits my clothes.... bankin' off of the northeast wind. Sailin' on a summer breeze. Skippin' over the ocean like a stone."...Fred Neil

"and the seasons they go round and round the painted ponies go up and down".......Joni Mitchell

"Sometimes I takes a great notion to jump in the river and drown"....leadbelly

Mud mud glorius mud. Nothings quite like it for soothing the blood. So follow me follow. Down to the hollow and there let us whallow in glorius mud"....Flanders and Swan

And I could go on and on and on and on .....

Johnne "goin where the weather suits my clothes"


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: fat B****rd
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 04:25 PM

All of "May You Never by John Martyn and "The pummp don't work 'cos the vandals took the handles"


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Kim C
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 05:01 PM

I hate reading old love letters
For they always bring me tears
I can't forgive the way they rob me
Of my sweetheart souvenirs

--John Prine, who else?, Souvenirs

I knew that topless lady had something up her sleeve

(ditto) Spanish Pipe Dream

Goodnight, goodnight, wherever you are sleeping
And I hope when you dream, you dream of me

--Cliff Eberhardt, Goodnight

The presence of your absence follows me

--Pierce Pettis, You're not There

Be courageous and be brave
And in my heart you will remain
Forever young

--needing no explanation

Every moment marked with apparitions of your soul

--Sarah McLachlan, Do What You Have To Do

If you want to be somebody else, change your mind

--Sister Hazel, Change Your Mind


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: jaze
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 06:23 PM

"Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose" Me And Bobby McGee-Kris Kristoferson. "On a quiet street where old ghosts meet, I see her walking now... Raglan Road.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: gus C
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 07:30 PM

Aint no devil just God when he's Drunk - Tom Waits
Sometimes I believe you too sweet to die, and another time I think , you oughta be buried alive." - Richard Rabbit Brown
See here how everyday leads up to this day and it's just like any other day that's ever been- R. Hunter
and too many Bob Dylan Lyrics to even consider approaching
here is one at random-
If tommorrow weren't such a long time then lonesome would me nothin to you at all


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Coyote Breath
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 08:25 PM

I always liked:

Do you remember our days of courtin' When you'd lay your head all on my breast? You could make me believe By the movin' of your arm That the sun rose in the West.

(from a version of "Come all you Fair and Tender Ladies")


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: kendall
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 10:29 PM

I wish I'd learned to run before she made me crawl.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,PEJSanchez
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 11:38 PM

"Sometimes she sees her unborn children in his eyes." --Michael Smith, "The Dutchman"


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 11:58 PM

another..

I remember the day when the Bear O'Shea fell down the concrete stair...and the words he used when he heard the news it wasn't what the rich call prayer..

MacAlpine's Fusiliers..

did I do this one already?

I put my head into a cask of brandy..Peggy Gordon


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: ponytrax
Date: 23 Aug 01 - 12:57 AM

Never bet 17 when you play against the dealer--Summer wages (Ian tyson?)

I have no idea why that moves me so, I don't play cards and I don't bet, but it seems like some summation of bitter wisdom.

Like a bird on the wire, like a drunk in midnight choir, I have tried, in my life, to be free--(Leonard Cohen?)

Love has no pride, when I call out your name (no idea about the author, but it's Linda Ronstadt thatI hear)

As I think about it, the best song lines EVER depends upon my state of mind, where I am in my life. The EVER sound track when I was desparate and hurting was a lot different from the EVER sound track when life is good and sweet


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Jimmy C
Date: 23 Aug 01 - 01:50 AM

Where Flora waits Aurora,
advancing from the Orient
from Napoleon Bonaparte, and also
The crickets sing ye lullaby
Beside the dying fire
from GartaN Mother's Lullaby.
Both these songs and especially these phrases do it for me.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Lee Shore
Date: 23 Aug 01 - 02:49 AM

Aint nobody loves me but my mother, and I think she may be jivin' too.-BB King

See him wasted on the corner in his jacket and his jeans, wearing yesterdays misfortune for a smile. Once he had a future, Lord, of money, love and dreams, which he spend like it was goin' out of style. = Kris Kristofersen

And pret' near any other lyric Kris ever wrote.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: JenEllen
Date: 23 Aug 01 - 04:35 PM

My love is like a wishing well
Your love is like the clear blue sky
Sometimes it takes a thunderstorm
To fill me when I'm dry
(shocked)


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Kim C
Date: 23 Aug 01 - 05:42 PM

You mean as a snake when you got booze in your blood.

---Marshall Chapman

And when our money is all gone
We'll boldly go to sea

--Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: kendall
Date: 23 Aug 01 - 09:40 PM

the clock in the kitchen says quarter past three, as the gates are flung open from hell.
But, time here is frozen, the clock ticks no more
Just the ashes the cinders and smell... "Fire" by Dave Mallett.

And all through the night
A faded yellow light
Would burn inside the room where he would stand,
And play the old Victrola, and drink his rusty wine
And, conduct the Mozart music with his hard and shaking hand,
Phil Brown Dave Mallett


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: DebC
Date: 23 Aug 01 - 09:46 PM

"Teach me to see with your innocent eyes, luv"

-Richard Thompson "How Will I Ever Be Simple Again"


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: dwp
Date: 23 Aug 01 - 10:34 PM

I have two:

John Prine "We are living in the future, I'll tell you how I know. I read in a paper, fifteen years ago."

Austin Lounge Lizards " ...all her friends were non-conformists, so she became a non-conformist too"


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,hutzul
Date: 24 Aug 01 - 12:51 AM

Greatest seafaring lyrics: gives me chills

Round Cape Horn one morning And our sails were full of snow Clear your sheets and sway your halyards Swing 'er out and let 'er go.

From "Rolling Home"


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 24 Aug 01 - 01:06 AM

This is a fun topic!

There's a hole in daddy's arm where all the money goes! ...Prine

Little old lady got mutilated late last night...Zevon

I won't hang upon no lover's cross for you... Croce Steadily depressin low down mind messin workin at the carwash blues... Croce


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: dougboywonder
Date: 24 Aug 01 - 04:08 AM

My favorites - ahem!...."Warm summer days spent indoors, writing frightening verse to a bucktoothed girl in luxemburg"

or "She said 'I know you and you cannot sing', I said 'thats nothing you should hear me play piano'" (incidentaly 'piano' is rhymed with 'rusty spanner' in that one) both Morrissey

Or Billy Braggs "I look like Robert De Niro, I drive a Mitsubishi zero"....actually, at Sid. last year he changed that to "I look like Terry Wogan, I drive a Mitsubishi Shogun"


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: The Walrus at work
Date: 24 Aug 01 - 07:39 AM

"More beer and bugger the Band of Hope..."

Walrus


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Grab
Date: 24 Aug 01 - 08:48 AM

Everybody knows the boat is sinking, everybody knows the captain lied.
Everybody got that broken feeling like their father or their dog just died.
-- Leonard Cohen

And all the roads jam up with credit, and there's nothing you can do,
And it's all just bits of paper, flying away from you.
-- Chris Rea

Well you can fall for chains of silver, you can fall for chains of gold,
You can fall for pretty strangers and the promises they hold.
I promised you everything, you promised me thick and thin,
Now you just say "Oh Romeo, yeah, you know I used to have a scene with him".
-- Mark Knopfler

You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.
-- Trad (I think)

Graham.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: ard mhacha
Date: 24 Aug 01 - 09:21 AM

And as the famed Poet penned, when referring to Davy Crockett, "What is life though full of care, if you haven`t time to kill a Bear".Slan Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Midchuck
Date: 24 Aug 01 - 10:48 AM

You horsehair-braiding sons of bitches
Stole my claim to earthly riches.
Someone go and dig a ditch,
There may well be a hangin'!

Tom Russell, The Sky Above, the Mud Below


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Beadie
Date: 24 Aug 01 - 02:26 PM

" All over this great big city, can't find a woman who's nice and pretty, they all look like a page in a magazine, Legs are long and they eat like a sparrow, Figure's a stick, its straight and narrow Top and bottom are the same as in between."

Tom Paxton; "The Natural Girl for Me"


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 24 Aug 01 - 02:30 PM

That's a great one Beade! What album is it on?


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Beadie
Date: 24 Aug 01 - 04:43 PM

The lyric appears on the Digitrad under "Show me a pretty little number."

I have never actually heard Mr. Paxton sing it, I got the song off an old (ca. 1967) Chad Mitchell Trio album, "Typical American Boys."


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Joe_F
Date: 24 Aug 01 - 05:31 PM

Married girl, married girl, rocks the cradle and cries

The sun shines o'er the westlin' hills by the lamplicht o' the moon

And I seem to hear it still -- Oh,
Vive l'amour, vive l'armadillo!

Who from danger and darkness bring power and light.

If I am forsaken, I'll not be forsworn,
And he's surely mistaken if he thinks that I'll mourn.
I'll get myself up in some right high degree
And pass as light by him as he can by me.

When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Too late! but never mind.

We drank in the kitchen, held no competition,

When we've been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we first begun.

I hear the noise of wings.

Alle Menschen werden Brueder
Wo dein sanfter Fluegel weillt.

And she said, "I don't know, but you kiss just fine"

I reckon there's more things told than are true,
And more things true than are told.

She makes a small hole in the frost on the window.

Schon rief der Posten, "Sie blasen Zapfenstreich --
Es kann drei Tage kosten." "Kam'rad, ich komme gleich."

Just see what the boys in the backroom will have --

Say, don't you remember? I'm your pal.
Brother, can you spare a dime?

Way down yonder in a wooden trough,
An old woman died of the whooping cough.

Chickens crowing on Sourwood Mountain.

Where many a rooster like himself sat waiting for his tea.

Walking in his footsteps in the sweet delta dawn.

Signs of scurvy in their eyes and only mermaids on their minds

No clear-cut beginnings, and so far no dead ends.

Freight yards full of old black men
...
Thru the Mississippi darkness rolling down to the sea.

I sent all my kids to school.
Now they think that I'm a fool.
They don't like me 'cause I spit.
Man, this love's a crock of shit.

I have seen a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My Grace shall deal.
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel....


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: CRANKY YANKEE
Date: 24 Aug 01 - 06:04 PM

Last line of "The Spaniard who blighted me life.

I'll raise a bunion on his spanish onion, if I catch him vending tonight.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Andytwodogs
Date: 24 Aug 01 - 07:00 PM

First line:-- When I was drunk and handsome - from the Oysterband

A2D


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: iamjohnne
Date: 25 Aug 01 - 09:18 AM

HE borrowed me money for to buy me a ring and he and the jewler went off on a fling but still I love him I'll for give him I'll go with him where ever he goes.

Nail your shoes to the kitchen floor lace em up and bar the door and thank the stars for the roof that's over you.

Don't wait up for the shrimp boats mama cause papa's coming home with crabs.

IN the bar we're gin and scotching while the FBI is watching they are tape recording every other word.

There but for fortune go you or I.....

the rain is Tess the fire's Joe and they call the wind Mariah.

try to remember and follow.

I can go on and on and on but now I will stop and let some others post too

Johnne "goin where the weather suits my clothes"


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Joe_F
Date: 25 Aug 01 - 06:44 PM

Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow

Look on yonder, see that eagle rise.
He was born on land, but he sure enjoys the skies.

Dillan bay, laddie-o, Dillan dau, laddie-ay.

If I done listen to what my mammy said,
I'd be at home in my mammy's bed.

Grind, children, grind, for a clear and wakeful mind

If you don't love me, love whom you please.
Throw your arms round me, give my heart ease.

First flower of their wilderness, star of their night

They'll hug you and kiss you, and tell you more lies
Than the crossties in the railroad or the stars in the skies.

It's love for love that I hae got,
Love for love again,
So turn your high horse heid about,
And we will ride for hame.

Feel the trickle in you clothes,
Blow the dust cake from your nose

Oh, it's knock out your pipes and follow me,
And it's finish up your swipes and follow me,
Oh, hark to the big drum calling --
Follow me, follow me home.

For a' that, and a' that,
Their riband, star, and a' that,
The man o' independent mind,
He looks and laughs at a' that.

Please keep them safe below
Till the rain comes tumbling down.

Venit mors velociter,
Rapit nos atrociter,
Nemini parcetur.

Numquam amans sequi volo
vices temporum
bestiali more.
...
Dum salutat me loquaci
Flora supercilio,
mente satis iam capaci,
gaudio concipio,
glorior labore.

O quam felix est
antidotum soporis,
quot curarum tempestates
sedat et doloris!

Sunt in grege parvulo
Ovis et asella,
Vitula cum vitulo,
Caper et capella.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: iamjohnne
Date: 25 Aug 01 - 10:55 PM

I cant imagine why I left this song out:

Harry Chapin's I'm in the dance band on the Titanic Playing Nearer my God to Thee The iceberg's on the starboard bow Won't you dance with me.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: cetmst
Date: 26 Aug 01 - 06:40 AM

Sounds like it should be "Top 40" or "Hundred Best"

The cares of tomorrow must wait 'til this day is done, from Come By the Hills

Can I find my sweet resting place somewhere near you, Cathy Fink's Midnight Prayer Light

And since it falls unto my lot that I must go and you must not, Come lift to me the parting glass; Good night and God be with you all

I'm sorry my son but you'e too late in asking. Mr. Peabody's coal train has hauled it away, John Prine's Paradise

All the previously mentioned lines from Ballad of Erica Levine

Ditto from Godon Bok's Turning Toward the Morning

Rosemary's sister will be dancing

With Bill Brewer, Jan Strewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davy, Dan'l Whidden, Harry Hawk, Old Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all

The fox and his wife without any strife cut up the goose with a fork and knife. They never had such a supper in their life and the lottle ones chewed on the bones O


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 27 Aug 01 - 06:32 AM

..and the laughing drunken rats who left her to a sorry grave
They wont be laughing in another day...

and

..with smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go...

Maryellen Carter Stan Rogers


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,genie
Date: 03 Sep 01 - 10:25 PM

How about:

"Will they have Mogen David in Heaven, sweet Jesus?

If they don't, who the hell wants to go?" (From Larry Gatlin's "The Midnight Choir")

or

"The woman piaba and the man piaba and the tun-tun coral buckle lemon grass,

The lily root, gully root, belly root - ooh! -- and the famous granny scratch, scratch" -- (the answer to "the story 'bout the birds and bees" as sung by Harry Belafonte -- "Man Piaba")


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Willie
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 03:15 PM

"There's no place that I'd rather be than right here, . . With my red neck, and white socks, and Blue Ribbon beer.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Walking Eagle
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 05:12 PM

'If we weren't all crazy, we'd all go insane,' Jimmy Buffett, Changes in Lattitudes.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Doc Rock
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 05:35 PM

I like Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas:

"Un cheval doucement et une femme vite ca va casser toi." (A slow horse and a fast woman is going to break you).

I guess it loses a bit in the translation.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: richlmo
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 08:47 PM

" There's only two things that money can't buy, and that's true love and home grown tomatoes. " Guy Clarke

Maybe not the best lines ever , but this time of year that really hits home!!

Great thread!!, Hate I missed it the first time around.

Will get back to you.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Guest - MC Fat
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 08:40 AM

All of 'Galway to Graceland' by Richard Thompson. Michael Marra's ' Hermless' and 'Song for the Life' - Rodney Crowell


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: 1979
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 10:10 AM

Your the foxy Devil when you like
you set me mind a tease and then you strike
you set me heart a reelin', you make me shout and sing
My memory flees, I get no ease, till I have a little drink


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Annie
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 11:03 AM

"I wish the Northern Lights were mine, to hem and sew with ease. I'd make a coat for you to wear, to keep you from the breeze."

James Keelaghan, "I Would I Were"

When my husband sings it to me, it makes me cry. What a softie!


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Annie
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 11:16 AM

"I wish the Northern Lights were mine, to hem and sew with ease. I'd make a coat for you to wear, to keep you from the breeze."

James Keelaghan, "I Would I Were"

When my husband sings it to me, it makes me cry. What a softie!


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Pete Dodenhoff
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 01:09 PM

"Even the President of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked."

-- Bob Dylan (from "It's Alright Ma..."

Just one of many possible submissions on this theme.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: LR Mole
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 01:36 PM

Alone for years you sailed around; at last, your ship come in
Well, charge admission on her deck, or sail her out again. --Arlo
But I'll see you in the sky above;in the tall grass;
In the ones I love,
You're gonna make me lonesome, when you go. --Bob D


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Dunkle
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 02:10 PM

What can you do with each moment of your life, but love 'til you've love it away...? Thanksgiving Eve, by Bob Franke.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Richard L. Hess
Date: 04 Dec 02 - 05:12 PM

From: Willie-O
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 05:20 PM
In The Mudcat Shop: Texas Girl

If anyone really wants to know, "Show Us the Length" was written by Bob Bossin and/or Marie-Lynn Hammond (the latter I think) and recorded first by their (Canadian) band Stringband. And it's not their best, or necessarily even funniest, song.

====

To set the record straight, it was Bob's song. It's now available on their 2-CD compilation "The Indespensible Stringband" see www.stringband.net

Cheers,

Richard


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Treewhale- Guest
Date: 04 Dec 02 - 06:27 PM

Oh, here's a few,

THe Handsome Family, Weightless Again
"This is why people OD on pills, And jump from the Golden Gate Bridge, Anything to feel weightless again."

Also, from the song "Up Falling Rock Hill"
"Up falling rock hill, where the leaves swoop like bats, I shot my brother William five times in the back. Have mercy, have mercy dear brother he cried, but the wind has no mercy and neither did I."

"Last night at the pub, I say my cousin Rory, couldn't believe my eyes when I saw he had a babe. The bastard had my wife, that's not the end of the story, the dirty drunken bastard drinks twice as much as me!" -Drunken Lazy Bastard, The Mahones-

"You'll have to excuse me, I'm not at my best, I've been gone for a month, I've been drunk since I left" -Home for a Rest- Spirit of the West-

"And even afloat, she's the hole in the water where his money goes, every dollar goes, and it's driving him crazy. He pounds his fist white on the dock in the night and cries 'I'm gonna win'and licks the blood away, and he's going to raise the dolphin" The man with the Blue Dolphin- Stan Rogers

"When they drain the blood from my body, and the flowers and greiving are all for me, and when I've gone into Hell, or to Heaven, Jenny, Jenny Gray, cry for me." Jenny Gray- Traditional

"We're gonna drink and fight and drink and fight and drink and fight some more. When the drinking's done, grab anyone, and go and fight some more, and grab your friends and neigbours, and punch 'em in the eye, and raise another glass and sing the Dublin Lullaby"-Dublin Lullaby- Captain Tractor-

"Stand your ground, it's too late, the excise men are at the gate, Jesus Christ they're drinking it straight, in the hills of Connemara."
Hills of COnnemara, Traditional

"We've captured Captain Maxwell, Sir, Spare yourself his tears. Says I 'I'll not but send you shot, to buzz about your ears'."
The Nancy- Stan Rogers

Yeah, those should do for now.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Passin' thru
Date: 04 Dec 02 - 06:54 PM

Flanders & Swan's "Have some Madiera, m'dear." Not just funny - WITTY.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Neighmond
Date: 04 Dec 02 - 07:46 PM

"and when the parson gathers 'round your head
you think of what your dear old mother said
with a pain in your back and heart and head
It'll aggrevate your soul!"


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,jannert
Date: 17 Sep 11 - 01:49 PM

It's a long way to the delta from the north Georgia hills
And a tall sack full of ginseng won't pay no travellin' bills
And I'm too old to ride the rails or thumb the road alone
I guess I'll never make it back to home
To my muddy-water-Mississippi-delta home

Norman Blake, from the song: Ginseng Sullivan


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,dwditty
Date: 17 Sep 11 - 05:09 PM

From Dave Van Ronk's ANother Time and Place

I'd trade my time in heaven for a day with you, my dear.


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Cyparissa
Date: 17 Sep 11 - 10:10 PM

Good thread! Though I think I'll only be able to list a few of my favorites...

"Men may strip you to the skin
but the wolves will strip you to the bone." -Death of Young Andrew

"They couldn't do to me no harm
So they slew my baby in my arm
Left me naught to wrap him in
But the bloody sheet that he lay in." -Famous Flower of Serving Men

"No gypsy, slut nor doxy
Shall win my mad Tom from me
I'll weep all night, with stars I'll fight
The fray shall well become me." -Bedlam Boys

"Pretty flowers was made to bloom, love.
Pretty stars was made to shine.
Pretty girls was made for boys to love,
And maybe you was made for mine." -Awake, Awake

"Well, I wished I was a turtle dove
Had wings and could fly
Far away to my lover's lodgings
Tonight I'd draw nigh
And there in her lily-white arms I'd lay there all night
and watch through them little windows
for the dawning of day." -Pretty Saro


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 01:31 AM

"Now I raise my sons in a small caravan
For the cottage where my roots were put down
Has been sold by the farmer to a rich city man
Where he spends a few weekends from town"

   Peter Bellamy Farewell To The Land


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 01:48 AM

If they ever black your eyes, put me wise
If they ever cook your goose, turn me loose
And if they ever put a bullet through your brain, I'll complain

...I you're in a sawmill and cut in half, I won't laugh

... That's Friendship...

&c &c &c

    Cole Porter Friendship

...or any other verse from that or a dozen or more of Porter's witty lyrics


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 01:55 AM

You can talk about your Birkenhead girls like Up-In-The-Corner Sally
Way haul away we'll haul away for Rosie
Way haul away we'll haul away for Rosie O
But they can't do that roll-and-go like the girls of Booble Alley ...


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Allen in Oz
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 04:02 AM

" I'd trade all my tommorrows for a single yesterday
To be holding Bobby's body next to mine"


Me and Bobby McGee


AD


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Elmore
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 09:08 AM

I was born like this, I had no choice, I was born with the gift of a golden voice. - Leonard Cohen "tower of song".


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: StephenX
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 10:38 AM

So so many!

After my wife 0f 23 years left me, these lines had stinging meaning:

"They say that death is a tragedy
It comes once and it's over
But my only wish is for that deep dark abyss
'Cause what's the use of living with no true lover"


Kate & Anna McGarrigle


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: East Texas Red
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 06:16 PM

Red went to his knees and he hollered "please!
don't pull that trigger on me,
I never did get my business fixed"
But Red never got his say

A gun wheeled out of an overcoat
And it played the old one-two
And Red lay dead while the other two men
Set down to eat their stew

Woody Guthrie
The Ballad of East Texas Red


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: Midchuck
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 07:51 PM

When I'm too damned old to sit a horse, I'll steal the warden's car;
Break my ass out of this prison, leave my teeth there in a jar.
You don't need no teeth for kissin' girls or smokin' cheap cigars.
I'll sleep with one eye open, 'neath God's celestial stars...


- Tom Russell, Tonight We Ride

(His record of this only came out in '04, so I couldn't very well post it on this thread when it was up before.)

Peter


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,999
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 09:15 PM

"Well, as through the world I've rambled,
I've seen lots of funny men,
Some rob you with a sixgun,
Some with a fountain pen"

From 'Pretty Boy Floyd' by Woody Guthrie


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,sailor ron
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 06:05 AM

"Blaspheming saints,and splendid drunken heroes" from John Connely's 'Trawlertown requiem' [+ numerous other great lines].


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Don Wise
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 06:57 AM

"And poor priests like to walk in chains
And God likes to forsake them"
                   Robin Williamson, "October Song"


"Baby, I've been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you....."
                     Leonard Cohen, "Allelujah"

"You will strand on deck and watch them throw the hawser
You will see the men who catch it on the pier.
And you feel a chill as you leave the railing
Down the gangway the town is very near...."
                      Kari Bremnes,"Song for a town"

I thought about quoting various lines from some of my own songs but, since virtually no-body knows them, that would be unfair!


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Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
From: GUEST,Nancy Schimmel
Date: 19 Jul 17 - 01:39 PM

There is a ship sails upon the sea
It's loaded deep as deep can be
But not so deep as the love I'm in
I know not if I sink or swim

from "The Water Is Wide"


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