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YOUR Best original single lines.

The Shambles 05 May 99 - 02:28 PM
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Mudjack 05 May 99 - 04:10 PM
Vixen 05 May 99 - 04:20 PM
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Rick Fielding 05 May 99 - 05:33 PM
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Mudjack 05 May 99 - 07:00 PM
Max 05 May 99 - 07:09 PM
Charlie Baum 05 May 99 - 09:40 PM
Valentine (inactive) 05 May 99 - 10:42 PM
campfire 05 May 99 - 10:57 PM
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BK 06 May 99 - 12:45 AM
Bert 06 May 99 - 09:01 AM
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Peter T. 06 May 99 - 10:02 AM
folk1234 06 May 99 - 10:56 AM
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Subject: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: The Shambles
Date: 05 May 99 - 02:28 PM

The best single lines thread was good, but I thought it would be nice to have one for our best original lines.

The ones that you think of that would be a good song or a poem but just never seems to get written. It may even inspire you to finish it.


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: The Shambles
Date: 05 May 99 - 02:29 PM

Some people play, while others they slave away-


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Sheye
Date: 05 May 99 - 02:34 PM

Dear Sanity:

The next time you go, please don't stay away so long.


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: MMario
Date: 05 May 99 - 03:01 PM

I never knew what pain was, 'til I woke and you weren't there.


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 May 99 - 03:34 PM

No more, we, along the banks of the river meet; the memory in my heart lies sweet.

On leaves in a New England autumn: As a mother with her children, Nature let them play all day.

Meadowlark trills echoing far...Stormclouds gather, Spring's not far.

The meeting amounted to a lesson in masochism by way of intolerant political correctness in all its extremes.

Nice thread, Sham.

kat


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Alice
Date: 05 May 99 - 04:08 PM

I took a train from Paradise to Butte...

--------

my mantle opens, and your face impressed, sweet jungle savage, engraving flourished torments on my youth


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Mudjack
Date: 05 May 99 - 04:10 PM

Mudjack


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Vixen
Date: 05 May 99 - 04:20 PM

You can count on me \ to be \ undependable

V


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Songbob
Date: 05 May 99 - 05:08 PM

Here are several lines from songs of mine. I don't have a favorite, but these are some of the ones I like:

(I've interpreted "lines" to be "sentences," even when the sentence covers more than one line of the lyric.)

Then one lone voice began to sing, and others joined along,
Till from a thousand throats there came the notes of this one song:

(from: The Corliss Engine)


Ebeneezer is the focus of the fuss!

(from: The Scrooge In All of Us)


The change she saw within him then brought fear into her life --
Cold passion, without compassion's trace.

(from: Cold Passion)

When I was young, it seemed to me
There wasn't a thing I couldn't be.

(from: World of Time)


One last, long, lazy, looning laughing lark,
Before the winter comes so cold and dark.


That should be enough, I'd say.

Bob Clayton


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Songbob
Date: 05 May 99 - 05:10 PM

Ooops -- that last line above, the "lazy loony laughing lark," comes from "Labor Day."

Bob Clayton


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 05 May 99 - 05:33 PM

Favourite lines, eh? "Single girl, single girl, she goes where she please. Married girl, married girl, got a baby on her knees." I think Sarah Carter understood the dark humour. Can't say what the best line would be from one of my songs (that's for others) but the one that is the most hopeful comes from "Voices of Struggle". "til death machines and crimes against humanity have ceased, Wherever people gather, we must raise our voice for peace."

These days, for me that means assault rifles, bombs, AND destructive video games, films, and recordings sold to kids STRICTLY for monetary greed, and without conscience.

rick


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Greg Baker
Date: 05 May 99 - 05:46 PM

I must have done wrong in my previous life and that's why I ended up here.


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Mudjack
Date: 05 May 99 - 07:00 PM

I was born in the San Joaquin Valley, where the sun always shines, and the dust devils blow, and the sun always sets on the vines, where the sun sets on the vines. ...Mudjack...Where the dust devil's blow..being my favorite.


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Max
Date: 05 May 99 - 07:09 PM

From Bert on Max's machine.

Ah! Best lines from OUR songs. I must have some somewhere. Of course we now HAVE to write a memorable line every time we write a song - Damn You.

Are there more stars than snowflakes? from Stars & Snowflakes.
I'll wait for you, eternity through. from Kiss for the Road
I remember the first time we loved. from The First Time.
... she raised her left eyebrow as I climbed into bed. from Size doesn't Matter.
Don't make her choose between her pride and you. from Don't make her choose.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 05 May 99 - 09:40 PM

You're the worm in the apple of my eye.
(A country and western sort of love-gone-wrong song)

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Valentine (inactive)
Date: 05 May 99 - 10:42 PM

God bless the truth, the friend of the poor And the wild grass growing at the poor man's door

"God Bless the Grass," Malvina Reynolds (who by no means always wrote cute songs)


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: campfire
Date: 05 May 99 - 10:57 PM

SongBob - I think I'd like to hear those songs. Are they available anywhere???

Everything I've ever tried to write turns out sounding like a BAD country/western song (not at all what I was aiming for) so I've never finished any of them. But one line I still like is:

Your memory loves me more than you ever did

from an attempt at a song about (obviously) being haunted by the memory of a lover, when in reality the relationship wasn't all that great.

campfire


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 06 May 99 - 12:34 AM

I once did a parody of "Home on the Range" that included:

A cowboy, for fun, might draw his six-gun,
But it's usually his foot that he shoots,
'Cause he's gone plumb insane from the terrible pain
Caused by wearin' them silly damn boots.

Check the punctuation; it's all one sentence/one line. Therefore, it appears I am using SongBob Clayton's interpretation of the thread title.

By the way, as an aside to Bob: Digging out my copy of the People's Song Book last night, I came across your book on how to play the 5-string banjo! Now I need a copy of your Master's thesis on the Washington folk scene during the McCarthy years! I read a quote from it recently. (Was it in Cantwell's book?) Are you coming to Indian Neck this weekend?

Sandy


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: BK
Date: 06 May 99 - 12:45 AM

If you're not confused, then you don't really understand the situation...

Cheers, BK (who's usually understanding that the situation -is thoroughly confusing)


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Bert
Date: 06 May 99 - 09:01 AM

Hey campfire, all my songs sound like bad Country songs as well but I still sing 'em.

So get in there and finish them and hurry up and send one to Max for the Mudcat CD>

Bert.


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: KingBrilliant
Date: 06 May 99 - 09:47 AM

Three from the same song (about daughter Amoret)..

Storm grey eyes, lemon blue .. & Strong like the land, like the clay and the soil and the sand. & I am old but I cannot grow dim while you shine in my eyes.

- Kris


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Peter T.
Date: 06 May 99 - 10:02 AM

This isn't my line, and it will ruin a fine Leonard Cohen song ("Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye) for you
-- if you love that song and do not want it permanently affected by the graffiti to come, read no further!
STOP HERE!!!!
A girl I knew rewrote the line "Your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm" to "Your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy armadillo". A line calling out to many a dark night.

Yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: folk1234
Date: 06 May 99 - 10:56 AM

From a song written at a Pat Humphries song writting workshop at Pinewood ('91). "I been to Missouri a'singing my song. Been to the Bay of St. Johns. I've walked in the sunlight of love's sweet refrain, Woke up in the falling rain. I was born in the country southwest of Gran' Fork, Raised in the streets of New York. Remembered the good times, forgot all the bad; My Jenny was the best I had." From a song for friends when we though we were leaving OK: "The martins brought the spring and north-wind squall. Our summer saw the pines, they grew so tall. And the snow geese brought the fall and coyotes' call, To the golden rolling fields of Oklahoma (repeat)"


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Jon W.
Date: 06 May 99 - 10:56 AM

Woke up this morning, armadillos all round my head, lord lordy lordy...

NO WAIT, that's not my song.

How about this one:

I know I love you baby, I just can't remember the reason why...


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: danl
Date: 06 May 99 - 11:53 AM

a week that maybe i can hardly remember. the taste of the memories fading for ever.

how can i doubt longer? i see with angels eyes. life is so much stronger, im soaring to the skies.

was i the first in the world to cry? you were the first to give me these tears.

playing patience for hours, but losing it all.

the first of pure blue ocean skies i saw today. springs in the air...

just bits and pieces really that have never really fitted the rather naff songs i wrote them into. except the last one which is my favorate line from a compleat song.i'll have to work on the other ones now...! love ivy b.


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 06 May 99 - 12:55 PM

FOLK1234: How about posting the full text and tune of the "Golden Rolling Fields of Oklahoma?" My Dad grew up there and is celebrating his 100th on May 26. We'll be down in Virginia Beach that day to sing for him and for the other antiquities where he lives. I'd kinda like to include the song, if I could learn it fast enough.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 06 May 99 - 01:52 PM

From a version of Lord Randall:

What did you have for your supper, JOhn Randolph, my son?
Some kind of sushi...

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: puzzled
Date: 06 May 99 - 05:11 PM

"you can say what you may it will be written in clay
because we don't write in stone around here."


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Barbara
Date: 07 May 99 - 02:27 AM

"You shall know the truth and it shall make you laugh."

SAndy, let me check and see if that song is on the Pat Humphries CD in the house...
Blessings,
Barbara,
who's really sorry they found her husband's grandfather -- George Mallory -- before she got the costumes done. *sigh*


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From:
Date: 07 May 99 - 11:39 AM

Sandy, thanks for the compliment. Here's the whole song with notes. We wrote this song for our many precious friends just before we left Stillwater, OK. We thought we were going to move out of state, but we moved to Ada, OK instead. We actually lived out in the country 6 miles NE of Stillwater. This was our introduction to Oklahoma (having spent the previous 11 yrs in CT) and to the beauty and serenity of country life. We were leaving a lovely underground house surrounded by birds, flowers, and wild life. In the winter about 500 geese stayed over on our 22 acre pond/lake. THE GOLDEN ROLLING FIELDS OF OKLAHOMA Phil & Carol Norton, 1993. Adapted (plagiarized?) from "The Red-Tailed Hawk" by George Schroder, 1975) and sung beautifully by the late Kate Wolf on her 'Live at Austin' album.

The(Am) red-tailed hawk writes (G) songs across the (Am)sky, There's (Am) music in the (G)waters flowing (Am) by. And (Am) you can hear a (G) song each time the wind (Am) sighs, In the (G) golden rolling fields of (Am) Oklahoma (repeat line).

The martins brought the spring and north-wind squall, Our summer saw the pines, they grew so tall. And the snow geese brought the fall and coyote's call, To the golden rolling fields of Oklahoma (repeat line).

It's been too short, friends, since we've said hello, Our life, because of you, has flowered so. But to the far side of the hill we must go, From the golden rolling hills of Oklahoma (repeat line. (Repeat 1st verse)

Happy 100th to your your dad. I wish I could be there to hear you & Caroline. Don't forget to sing Tom Paxton's "Deep Fork River Blues", which you and Caroline taugh to me at Pinewoods '91.

Happy chords, Phil (aka folk1234)


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: katlaughing
Date: 07 May 99 - 08:49 PM

Hey, SandyGramps! My twin grandsons, Akira Lorenzo and Elijah Lacumbe whom I KNOW you've heard all about and hopefully will meet at Mytsic in June (not with me, their mom),share a birthday with your dad! They will be one year old on the 26th of May! Now, I KNOW that bodes well for them!

kat


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: The Shambles
Date: 08 May 99 - 06:17 AM

The past spreads behind us like a bruise.


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 08 May 99 - 01:30 PM

Thanks, Phil & Carol: I'll work on getting the words into my head in time for the party. It's nice to learn who folk1234 is in real life. We'd heard you were sort of missing the Pinewoods folk scene since moving out yonder, but you've probably created a scene of your own by now. Hope so.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Alice
Date: 08 May 99 - 04:27 PM

from a verse I added to the folk song "The Bad Girl".

--my whole life was wasted by the liquor I tasted.


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: lingolucky
Date: 08 May 99 - 04:50 PM

From "The Key of G": As you strum through life you'll find less strife if you play in the proper key It's G, G , G, the people's key, Let"s play in harmony. Thanks


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: gargoyle
Date: 09 May 99 - 01:19 PM

Trees exploding in an orgasim of color

Ejaculating redyellowgreen across the Marble Mountains.


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Mike Ireland
Date: 10 May 99 - 08:18 AM

like the tail on a donkey, always behind.


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 10 May 99 - 09:55 AM

From "Rose" as sung by Leon Redbone: "She ain't Rose,but she ain't bad & Rose ain't here" !


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: WyoWoman
Date: 10 May 99 - 12:50 PM

"When, oh, when, will I ever learn, Which bridge to cross, Lord, Which bridge to burn?"

kc


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Gordon Dougherty in the Great White North
Date: 10 May 99 - 02:46 PM

About the Black Watch...

"From Greenoch quay we sailed away, For to fight on the fields of Amerikay..."


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 May 99 - 11:52 PM

I came up with this one to tell my brother when I was VERY frustrated with him!

"If you live in the past, it will define the future."


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: gargoyle
Date: 11 May 99 - 12:27 AM

Ahh ... Laugh-Kat

It appears to be a family trait.


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: KYST (inactive)
Date: 11 May 99 - 12:37 AM

"Ain't life a brook"

Classic Ferron line


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 May 99 - 12:44 AM

Ah, Kyst, even though this is supposed to be YOUR best single lines, you've posted one of my favs! ferron's got a lot of classics.

katlaughing


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: manylodges
Date: 11 May 99 - 11:27 PM

"And the hair would stand up on my arm with the stories they can tell, of liftin hair and fighting with the painted face of hell." from Raised in the settlements.


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: gargoyle
Date: 12 May 99 - 12:17 AM

Very Nice ---- manylodges

Has the "ring" of a classic line I would expect to be penned by Robert W. Service.


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 12 May 99 - 06:09 AM

This could qualify for best or worst: horribly graphic from "Send me to the 'lectric chair"
Stabbed her with my Bowie
Stabbed her in the side
STOOD AROUND HER LAUGHING WHILE SHE WOBBLED ROUND AND DIED


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: gargoyle
Date: 12 May 99 - 11:59 PM

Nice one Rodger -

I will undoubtably add that one to my routine. Well done. It adds sort of a personal touch to "Tom Dooley."


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Len N (inactive)
Date: 13 May 99 - 01:52 AM

From a song called "the youngest child blues"....................... "being two years old, ain't very much fun.... especially if there ain't no one around whose only one"

Len


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 May 99 - 03:11 AM

Len, that's a really GOOD one! Thanks for sharing it.

katlaughing


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Liam's Brother
Date: 13 May 99 - 06:53 AM

Hi!

I don't much care for parodies of folk songs, they strike me as sacrilegious. How about a parody of a Beach Boys' surfing song? No harm there, after all, the Beach Boys weren't surfers themselves...

Headin' outta town in a Sikorsky,
Much cooler tool than an XKE.
Chop it up, chop it up,
Double prop copter, chop.

I don't think I'll finish it.

All the best,
Dan


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: Len N (inactive)
Date: 13 May 99 - 06:56 AM

kat.... thank you!

Len


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Subject: RE: YOUR Best original single lines.
From: WyoWoman
Date: 14 May 99 - 12:18 AM

"There I was, eating all that crow, roasted over my burning bridges ...."


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