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Favorite Lines

Fred Maslan 19 Apr 13 - 10:30 PM
Leadfingers 20 Apr 13 - 02:51 AM
Dave Hanson 20 Apr 13 - 04:08 AM
GUEST,Eddie1 20 Apr 13 - 06:08 AM
Georgiansilver 20 Apr 13 - 06:27 AM
Phil Cooper 20 Apr 13 - 07:36 AM
Elmore 20 Apr 13 - 08:31 AM
Bert 20 Apr 13 - 11:03 AM
MGM·Lion 20 Apr 13 - 11:48 AM
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GUEST,ollaimh 20 Apr 13 - 07:35 PM
Elmore 21 Apr 13 - 12:58 AM
Elmore 21 Apr 13 - 11:09 PM
Joe Offer 21 Apr 13 - 11:18 PM
GUEST,FloraG 22 Apr 13 - 10:06 AM
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Elmore 22 Apr 13 - 10:19 AM
Midchuck 22 Apr 13 - 11:14 AM
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Subject: Favorite Liines
From: Fred Maslan
Date: 19 Apr 13 - 10:30 PM

What are your favorite lines in songs? two of my favorites are.

"You can't jump a jet plane like you can a freight train." from Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain"

"And with the wind hold conversation. It always has so much to tell;"
From Graeme Mile's "Where Ravens Feed"

Fred


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Subject: RE: Favorite Liines
From: Leadfingers
Date: 20 Apr 13 - 02:51 AM

Robb Johnson's 'Turn Around' - When they're sweeping uo bits of the night that got broken , and washing the moon away .


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Subject: RE: Favorite Liines
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 20 Apr 13 - 04:08 AM

From Slim Dusty's ' A Pub With No Beer,'
" there's a far away look on the face of the bum "

genius.

Dave H


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Subject: Favorite Liines
From: GUEST,Eddie1
Date: 20 Apr 13 - 06:08 AM

KK - Sunday Morning Coming Down:-

"I fumbled in my closet through my clothes to find my cleanest dirty shirt"!

Eddie


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Subject: RE: Favorite Liines
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 20 Apr 13 - 06:27 AM

From 'Both Sides The Tweed' "What's the Spring breathing Jasmine and Rose"   I guess I love all the words of the song really :-

What's the spring-breathing jasmine and rose?.

What's the summer with all its gay train.

Or the splendour of autumn to those
,
Who've bartered their freedom for gain?
Chorus
Let the love of our land's sacred rights,

To the love of our people succeed
.
Let friendship and honour unite,

And flourish on both sides the Tweed.

No sweetness the senses can cheer,

Which corruption and bribery bind.

No brightness that gloom can e'er clear,

For honour's the sum of the mind
Chorus

Let virtue distinguish the brave,

Place riches in lowest degree.

Think them poorest who can be a slave
,
Them richest who dare to be free
Chorus


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Subject: RE: Favorite Liines
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 20 Apr 13 - 07:36 AM

Dave Carter's line from Grand Prairie Texas Homesick Blues "For home is in the hearland, but the heartland cannot save you when the heart is gone, and home's moved on."

Or Cindy Mangsen's line from the Familiar, "the man who fears his nature, see's the devil everywhere."


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Subject: RE: Favorite Liines
From: Elmore
Date: 20 Apr 13 - 08:31 AM

From Leonard Cohen's "Tower of Song". I was born like this, I had no choice, I was born with the gift of a golden voice.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Liines
From: Bert
Date: 20 Apr 13 - 11:03 AM

From Woad.

Hairy coats, were meant for goats,
gorillas, yaks, retriever dogs and llamas.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Liines
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 20 Apr 13 - 11:48 AM

I remember my father was much struck by the song "Don't Fence Me In" [lyric Cole Porter & Robert Fletcher] when we heard Roy Rogers sing it in 1944 in 'Hollywood Canteen' (one of those 'composite' films much regarded at the time which really constituted a sort of divertissement of various artistes performing in some particular milieu, framed by somewhat feeble and jejune plots about people visiting the venues).

He [my father] would always say that he thought the lines "I will ride to the ridge where the West commences, Gaze upon the moon until I lose my senses" fit to rank with the most beautiful of poetry.

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Favorite Liines
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Apr 13 - 12:30 PM

'Like a break in the battle, was your part
in the wretched life of a lonely heart'

From the Pretenders' Back on the Chain Gang.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Liines
From: GUEST,Lavengro
Date: 20 Apr 13 - 12:32 PM

In the darkest hour of the longest night
If it was in my power I'd step into the light

Steve Earle-Transendental Blues

Constant prayer to anyone who has been under the influence of the black dog.

And...

He's one of those who knows that life
Is just a leap of faith
Spread your arms and hold you breath
Always trust your cape

Guy Clarke-The Cape

Just makes me smile. Of course my favorite lines next week will be different!


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Subject: RE: Favorite Liines
From: Commander Crabbe
Date: 20 Apr 13 - 12:34 PM

From Rallph McTell's "The Setting"

Outside the trees they grew starlings like apples
Their bustle and chatter not dampened by the rain

CC


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Subject: RE: Favorite Liines
From: GUEST,ollaimh
Date: 20 Apr 13 - 07:35 PM

hey it's gotta be in world turned upside down,

we will not worship, the god they serve, the god of greed who feed the rich while poor men starve.

or

you poor take courage, you rich take care, this world's a common treasury for everyone to share


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Subject: RE: Favorite Liines
From: Elmore
Date: 21 Apr 13 - 12:58 AM

Woody Guthrie's Pretty Boy Floyd: Yes, as through this world I've travelled I've seen lots of funny men. Some will rob you with a six gun, Some with a fountain pen.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Liines
From: Elmore
Date: 21 Apr 13 - 11:09 PM

I caught the darkness. It was drinking from your cup. I caught the darkness drinking from your cup. I said, is this contagious? You said just drink it up. "The Darkness" by L. Cohen.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Apr 13 - 11:18 PM

I like this one, from John Prine's Paradise

    Well sometimes we'd travel right down the Green River
    To the abandoned old prison down by Adrie hill.
    Where the air smelled like snakes, and we'd shoot with our pistols
    But empty pop bottles was all we would kill.

It inspired me to take a hike along the Green River in Kentucky. The river is truly green, and the air does smell like snakes. I was happy I didn't encounter any snakes.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: GUEST,FloraG
Date: 22 Apr 13 - 10:06 AM

A stranger to the truth was he
Florag


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Becca72
Date: 22 Apr 13 - 10:15 AM

From Warren Zevon's The French Inhaler:

"when the lights came up at 2
I caught a glimpse of you
and your face looked like something Death brought with him in his suitcase"


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Elmore
Date: 22 Apr 13 - 10:19 AM

From L. Cohen's "I'm your Man". If you want a doctor, I'll examine every inch of you


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Midchuck
Date: 22 Apr 13 - 11:14 AM

Almost twelve years ago, in a thread here on the same topic, I gave my choice:

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: Favorite Lines
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 22 Apr 13 - 11:30 AM

A couple from The Band, humorous takes on some old traditional lines:

"If I thought it would do any good, I'd stand on the rock where Moses stood" -When you awake

"Going on down to the rairoad track, let the 4:19 scratch my back."-Rag Mama Rag

Townes Van Zandt:
"The dust that Pancho bit down south, ended up in Lefty's mouth."

More Cole Porter:
"Mr. Harris bureaucrat,
Wants to give my cheek a pat,
If a Harris pat means a Paris hat, Bebe!"- Always True to You in My Fashion

Richard Thompson:

"If I could just taste all of her wildness now,
If I could hold her in my arms today,
Then I wouldn't want her any other way."- Bee's Wing

"Your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore,
They're already overcrowded from your dirty little wars." -John Prine


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Ebbie
Date: 22 Apr 13 - 11:36 AM

There are so many favo(u)rite lines but one that always comes first to my mind:

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

Is there anything quieter than the moon?


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: kendall
Date: 22 Apr 13 - 01:39 PM

Everything I just posted disappeared except one line.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Bert
Date: 22 Apr 13 - 03:10 PM

quieter than the moon??

This comes close to describing that silence, from A Song for a Winter's Night by Gordon Lightfoot.

The lamp is burnin' low upon my table top
The snow is softly falling
The air is still within the silence of my room
I hear your voice softly calling


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: fat B****rd
Date: 22 Apr 13 - 03:32 PM

I quoted this in a long ago thread, but what the Hell!

'Told me love was too plebeian
Told me you were through with me and...'


"Cry Me A River" lyric by Arthur Hamilton


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Jim McLean
Date: 22 Apr 13 - 03:39 PM

Mr Ben Nevis you're as old as the hills. Bob Halfin


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: GUEST,CrazyEddie
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 09:28 AM

I see the old men, all tired stiff & sore
The weary old heroes of a forgotten war
And the young people ask, "What are they marching for?"
And I ask myself the same question.

The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, Eric Bogle


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Sugwash
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 09:59 AM

Dance you buggers, dance, or you'll never get to heaven!

Bob Pegg the Last Dance


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Sailor Ron
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 11:36 AM

Blaspheming Saints and splendid drunked heroes.... from Trawlertown Requiam by John Connely


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Scabby Douglas
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 12:07 PM

".. and all I do is miss you, and the way we used to be
and all I do is keep the beat - and bad company
and all I do is kiss you, through the bars of a rhyme..."

Romeo and Juliet - Mark Knopfler


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Elmore
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 02:45 PM

I love to speak with Leonard. He's a sportsman and a shepherd. He's a lazy bastard living in a suit. From "Going Home" by L. Cohen.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: GUEST,JHW
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 05:23 PM

The terrace streets were my Grand Canyons
The dockyard cranes were my redwood trees
The steelworks tips were my mountain ranges
Those brickyard ponds were my Seven Seas

Graeme Miles 'My Eldorado'

RIP Graeme and many thanks for so many songs


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Joe_F
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 08:07 PM

Walking in his footsteps in the sweet delta dawn.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 08:48 PM

From " Sweet Thames flow softly"
Kissed her once again at Wapping,
After that there was no stopping.
(Memories of student days in the East End of London!)

And - how he ever got away with this rhyme: always makes me laugh when I hear it - from Eric Bogle's "Belle of Broughton":
In love they were BESOTTEN
With the bonnie belle of Broughton.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: GUEST,jaze
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 09:02 PM

If love means forever,expecting nothing returned--then I hope I'll be given another whole lifetime to learn.---Joan Baez-"Love Song To A Stranger"


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: GUEST,Jaze
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 09:04 PM

Good one, Ebbie


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: GUEST,CrazyEddie
Date: 24 Apr 13 - 03:19 AM

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose...

Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Magee.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 24 Apr 13 - 01:47 PM

from The Pogues Lullaby of London (McGowan):

And there is no lonesome corncrake's cry,
Of sorrow and delight.

From PD:

Oh a peanut sat on the railroad track,
It's heart was all aflutter,
Down the line came number nine,
Toot toot peanut butter.

Also PD:

Everybody wants to go to heaven,
But nobody wants to die.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Elmore
Date: 24 Apr 13 - 02:10 PM

But I'm stubborn as those garbage bags that time cannot decay. I'm junk but I'm still holding up this little wild bouquet: Democracy is coming to the USA. From "Democracy" by L. Cohen.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: PHJim
Date: 25 Apr 13 - 02:21 AM

The silence of a falling star
Lights up a purple sky
And as I wonder where you are
I'm so lonesome I could cry

                      Hank Williams

She says she's had enough of cowboy boots and pick-up trucks
Enough of checkered shirts and dark blue eyes
Goin' back to being a rich man's wife
And I'm just dreamin'

                      Fred J. Eaglesmith

They say we are weathered with age Maggie
Like spray by the wild breakers flung,
But to me you're as fair as you were Maggie
When you and I were young.

                      James Johnson (?)


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: GUEST,BobL
Date: 25 Apr 13 - 05:10 AM

The (old) English Hymnal had an Easter hymn with the line, referring to Christ in the tomb:

"Ill doth it seem that thy limbs should linger in lowly dishonour"

I just love the alliteration.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Capo da Monty
Date: 25 Apr 13 - 05:22 AM

So many...

"Breasts as smooth as stones washed by the sea.."

"Summer Girls" by Ralph Mctell from the album "Boy with a Note"

Cdm


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Elmore
Date: 25 Apr 13 - 01:19 PM

Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. there is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. from "Anthem" by L. Cohen.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Bobert
Date: 25 Apr 13 - 04:58 PM

"Some folks see the light, others just feel the heat" (Ray Wylie Hubbard from "Conversation with the Devil")

B~


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Bren Ború
Date: 25 Apr 13 - 06:18 PM

There's a bar where the boys have stopped talking,
They've been sentenced to death by the blues.

"Take This Waltz" by Leonard Cohen


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 25 Apr 13 - 06:45 PM

you can wear a cinderalla snow white alice wonderlanded gown..Eric Anderson?

fight with your grandsires on Cullodon's field..one of the Corries

I put my head into a cask of brandy trad.

and everyone's favorite in other threads..

if it weren't for the alligators I'd sleep out in the swamp


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Fred Maslan
Date: 25 Apr 13 - 11:43 PM

"Long ago, I used to be a young man
And dear Margaret remembers that for me" From 'The Dutchman' by Michael Smith


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: GUEST,guest : May Queen
Date: 26 Apr 13 - 12:22 AM

For England is not flag or Empire
It is not money it is not blood
It's limestone gorge and granite fell
It's Weald and clay and Severn mud

It's blackbird singing from the may-tree
Lark ascending through the scales
Robin watching from his spade
And English earth beneath your nails

June Tabor - A Place called England

This is my favourite as of yesterday when I heard it for the first time whilst gardening. There was a blackbird and I did have English earth in my nails :-)


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Elmore
Date: 26 Apr 13 - 12:36 AM

AH baby let's get married. We've been alone too long. Let's be alone together. Let's see if we're that strong. From "Waiting For The Miracle" by L. Cohen.


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Subject: RE: Favorite Lines
From: Bert
Date: 16 Jul 14 - 11:31 PM

Her hair is yellow as the morning sun, except where the black shows through.

The Belle of Barking Creek, Paddy Roberts.


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