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Best lines

kendall 27 Mar 00 - 03:58 PM
Kara 27 Mar 00 - 04:03 PM
DonMeixner 27 Mar 00 - 05:31 PM
Stewie 27 Mar 00 - 05:47 PM
GUEST,Frankie 27 Mar 00 - 11:06 PM
Gary T 28 Mar 00 - 12:18 AM
Mbo 28 Mar 00 - 12:27 AM
Gypsy 28 Mar 00 - 12:40 AM
kendall 28 Mar 00 - 07:28 AM
catspaw49 28 Mar 00 - 08:00 AM
kendall 28 Mar 00 - 08:05 AM
SDShad 28 Mar 00 - 10:02 AM
The Beanster 28 Mar 00 - 10:07 AM
Mooh 28 Mar 00 - 01:16 PM
Bert 28 Mar 00 - 01:16 PM
Ebbie 28 Mar 00 - 01:19 PM
Steve Latimer 28 Mar 00 - 01:39 PM
GUEST,Mrrzy-while-at-work 28 Mar 00 - 01:39 PM
Joe Offer 28 Mar 00 - 01:53 PM
kendall 28 Mar 00 - 01:59 PM
Clinton Hammond2 28 Mar 00 - 02:20 PM
Steve Latimer 28 Mar 00 - 02:22 PM
Whistle Stop 28 Mar 00 - 02:35 PM
GUEST,NancAurelia 28 Mar 00 - 03:15 PM
GUEST,Carisa 28 Mar 00 - 03:28 PM
GUEST,zenduck 28 Mar 00 - 03:40 PM
Peter T. 28 Mar 00 - 04:12 PM
SDShad 28 Mar 00 - 04:30 PM
pastorpest 28 Mar 00 - 05:25 PM
GUEST,mary g. 29 Mar 00 - 12:45 AM
Lonesome EJ 29 Mar 00 - 01:58 AM
Seamus Kennedy 29 Mar 00 - 02:48 AM
Mbo 29 Mar 00 - 10:29 AM
Midchuck 29 Mar 00 - 11:01 AM
Midchuck 29 Mar 00 - 11:03 AM
Steve Latimer 29 Mar 00 - 11:07 AM
GUEST,Mrrzy-at-work 03 Apr 00 - 10:46 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 03 Apr 00 - 10:55 AM
Stewie 03 Apr 00 - 11:10 AM
Mbo 03 Apr 00 - 11:21 AM
kendall 03 Apr 00 - 11:36 AM
Noel P 03 Apr 00 - 12:24 PM
Gervase 03 Apr 00 - 12:38 PM
SDShad 03 Apr 00 - 12:42 PM
Steve Latimer 03 Apr 00 - 04:32 PM
GUEST,mary g 03 Apr 00 - 08:17 PM
Sailor Dan 03 Apr 00 - 08:56 PM
Mbo 03 Apr 00 - 08:57 PM
Chocolate Pi 03 Apr 00 - 09:06 PM
Petr 03 Apr 00 - 09:11 PM
Petr 03 Apr 00 - 09:20 PM
GUEST,ravlin hill 04 Apr 00 - 09:40 PM
black walnut 05 Apr 00 - 10:23 AM
Steve Latimer 05 Apr 00 - 11:43 AM
Peg 05 Apr 00 - 12:51 PM
GUEST,mary g 05 Apr 00 - 09:28 PM
Callie 06 Apr 00 - 03:47 AM
Steve Latimer 06 Apr 00 - 10:07 AM
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Subject: Best lines
From: kendall
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 03:58 PM

We have had threads on the best songs, and, the worst lines, so, how about a thread on best lines?
To start, how about Rick Fieldings Margins of my neighborhood,Charlie in the library baffled by the printed word, stroking the books and saying "Let me in" that really grabs me. Another line..Bob Coltmans rewrite of Patrick Spense.. the waves rolled up like mountain tops, and the wind like a thing in pain.. Utah Phillips,.."then I played up the booze and the holes in the shoes of a man whose life is a cage, and all the things done to make a man run, the hard luck and the failures of age.. .. I stopped with a crash, we looked into the ash, helpless with longing and rage..


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From: Kara
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 04:03 PM

and I said let grief be a falling leaf at the dawning of the day

(Ragland Road)


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: DonMeixner
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 05:31 PM

And the Bush has friends to meet him,

and their KINDLY voices greet him,

In the murmur of the breezes and the river on it's bars,

And he views the vision splendid on the sunlit plains extended,

And at night the wonderous glory in the everlasting stars.

"Clancy of The Overflow", A. B. Paterson


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Stewie
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 05:47 PM

'Naked as the eyes of a clown' - John Prine.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: GUEST,Frankie
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 11:06 PM

The dust that Pancho bit down south, Ended up in Lefty's mouth.

(Townes Van Zandt)


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Gary T
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 12:18 AM

There's a little girl who is worth her weight in gold
And that's a decent dowry, don't you see

From the Irish folksong, "Bridget Flynn"


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Mbo
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 12:27 AM

"Like a sick man longs for the dawn
I do long for the light of her smile"

from Is Ar Eireann Ni Nosfain Ce Hi

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Gypsy
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 12:40 AM

If i'm gonna add to a THREAD, just have to add the immortal "stringamajig" ya know, that thing that you play with when not on a keyboard?


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: kendall
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 07:28 AM

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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 08:00 AM

"Reality is bad enough, why should I tell the truth?"...Pat Sky

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: kendall
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 08:05 AM

and their dreams were washed away, and their spirit died..


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: SDShad
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 10:02 AM

I'm on a Shane MacGowan kick these days:

McCormack and Richard Tauber are singing by the bed
There's a glass of punch below your feet and an angel at your head
There's devils on each side of you with bottles in their hands
You need one more drop of poison and you'll dream of foreign lands

"The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn"

Chris


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: The Beanster
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 10:07 AM

"Never take no cut-offs and hurry along as fast as you can."

Virginia Reed, surviving member of the Donner Party. Her words of advice in a letter to another family member who was about to embark on the journey from Illinois to California.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Mooh
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 01:16 PM

"...Kick at the night 'till it bleeds daylight..." Bruce Cockburn "...Rama lama fa fa fa..." MC5 Matthew 7:12 is pretty good too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Bert
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 01:16 PM

but when your heart's heavy, and you're shackled and pinned, you can reach out for help with the Blue Clicky Thing

From "The Blue Clicky Thing" by McGrath of Harlow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 01:19 PM

Hello, in there. Hello?


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 01:39 PM

Beauty walks a razor's edge, someday I'll make it mine. Bob Dylan

And in the shade of an oak, down by the river, sat an old man and a boy, settin' sails, spinnin' tales and fishin for whales, with a lady that they both enjoy Willie Nelson

Mr. engineer, let a po' boy ride the blind, he said I'd love to fella, but this railroad train ain't mine. Blind Willie McTell.

Pearline, what's the matter with you, Pearline, what's the matter with you, Pearline, what the hell did I do? Son House.

Hey there Brother, who you jivin' with that Cosmic Debris? Frank Zappa.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: GUEST,Mrrzy-while-at-work
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 01:39 PM

Do these lines have to be from folk songs? How about:

I believe in coincidence. Coincidences happen every day. I just don't trust coincidences.

Or:

Joel: Try reality, Ed! Ed: (laughs) No thanks!


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 01:53 PM

I think you'll always find a lot of John Prine songs in a thread like this. Here's one from PARADISE
Where the air smelled like snakes, and we'd shoot with our pistols
But empty pop bottles was all we would kill.
Here's a traditional one I've always loved:
Ev'ry time I come to town
The boys keep kickin' my dawg aroun';
Makes no diff'rence if he is a houn',
They gotta quit kickin' my dawg aroun'.

(HOUND DOG SONG)
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: kendall
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 01:59 PM

I was hoiping for something a little more profound folks..


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 02:20 PM

profound eh?

Just about anything written by John Gorka qualifies in my book... Like...

"When her sweet summer love had turned and gone
He put a bigtime Moses lonesome on
He got back the ring with the note she'd sent
When he tried to make it permanent"

I don't know what a bigtime Moses lonesome is but it's sounds horrific!! LOL!!

Or this one...
"He's never been far from trouble
Trouble is as loyal as a dog
He drinks in the muddy water
And he sleeps in the hollow log
His troubles all have mirrors
And they double up the size
His problems all have patches
And they cover up his eyes"

Simple and brilliant... the best of both worlds...

{~`


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 02:22 PM

Joe, thanks for reminding me of the Hound Dog Song, haven't heard it in years. I can't remember who I heard doing it, but it was accompanied by a Jew's Harp and foot stomping.

Steve


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Whistle Stop
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 02:35 PM

I find it hard to improve on Dylan:

"Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're trying to be so quiet?"

"Money doesn't talk, it swears"

"To live outside the law, you must be honest"

"Let me forget about today until tomorrow"

A pretty random sampling, really -- choose just about any line from the songs quoted above, or from many of his others, and you'll get my vote.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: GUEST,NancAurelia
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 03:15 PM

How about some Joni Mitchell:

"She removes him like a ring to wash her hands; She only brings him out to show her friends."


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: GUEST,Carisa
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 03:28 PM

Not a folk song, but I always thought it was pretty profound...

"There is freedom within, there is freedom without. Try to catch a deluge in a paper cup."

actually, any line from that song will do it. Can't remember the name of the band, something from the 80's.

-Carisa


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: GUEST,zenduck
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 03:40 PM

Carisa, your line is from Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over"

Coupla ideas:

"Between Marx and marzipan in the dictionary There was Mary" - Billy Bragg

"You can bury my body down by the highway side So my old evil spirit can catch a Greyhound bus and ride" - Robert Johnson

"I saw two falling stars last night I wished on them, but they were only satellites It's wrong to wish on space hardware I wish, I wish, I wish you cared" - B. Bragg


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Peter T.
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 04:12 PM

"but how strange the change, from major to minor...." -- Cole Porter (best music/words link line ever?)


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: SDShad
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 04:30 PM

An all time favorite that I never tire of singing is Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," particularly the first verse:

I heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing hallelujah

Chris


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: pastorpest
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 05:25 PM

Dare I admit how much I like these lines from the honky tonk Shakespeare, Hank Williams?

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.

Leonard Cohen, who references Hank Williams by times, has been quoted once already and here is one I like:

Ring the bells that still can ring;/ Forget your perfect offering./ There is a crack in everything,/ That's how the light gets in.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: GUEST,mary g.
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 12:45 AM

and you can roll me in your plaid, and I will be your dearie (third greatest line...I already used up the other two in a previous thread...)

mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 01:58 AM

" Ozone on the Midnight Wind
Got me thinking of the Sea
And the mercies of the current that brought
Me to you and you to me
And in the silence at the heart of things
Where all true meanings come to be
I see the Rose above the Sky
Open"

Bruce Cockburn The Rose above the Sky


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 02:48 AM

How I long for the touch of your lips, dear,
But much more for the touch of your whips, dear,
You can raise welts like nobody else
As we dance to the Masochism Tango!
For rhyme, scansion and profundity, you can't beat Tom Lehrer with a big stick. If you tried to, he'd probably add another verse to the song. All the best.
Seamus


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Mbo
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 10:29 AM

I come from a long line of love
When times get rough, we don't give up
Forever's in our hearts and in our blood
You know I come from a long line of love.

Michael Martin Murphy Long Line of Love


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Midchuck
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 11:01 AM

An awful debility,
a lessened utility,
a loss of mobility
is a strong possibility.
In all probability,
I'll lose my virility,
and your fertility,
and desireability.
And this liability
of total sterility
will lead to hostility
and a sense of futility.
So let's act with a agility
while we still have fertility
for we'll soon reach senility,
and lose the ability....

bridge from Tom Lehrer's When You Are Old and Gray. Just wanted to see if I could still do if from memory.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Midchuck
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 11:03 AM

Damn. I screwed it up. Third-from-last line is "While we still have facility.

Guess it's too late for me.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 11:07 AM

I'm sick of love, but I'm in the thick of it.

Bob Dylan, Lovesick

Here my phone ringing, sounds like a long distance call, I pick up my receiver, party said another mule's kickin' in your stall.

Muddy Waters, Long Distance Call


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: GUEST,Mrrzy-at-work
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 10:46 AM

I used this in another thread, but it's still a great line:

Give the woman in the bed there more porter!

It's from A Wet Day In London (Wolfe Tones).


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 10:55 AM

It's not folk but Victoria Wood's "Let's do it" (an eager wife and reluctant husband song) has quite a few including her: "beat me on the bottom with the Women's Weekly*" and his: "I'd rather read a catalogue on vinyl flooring" among others. I don't like most of her songs, I prefer her sketches and plays, but this one ( and NO I don't have the full lyrics, about five minutes long)always tickles my funny bone.
RtS (where did I put that catalogue..?) [*A very staid UK home hints and love story magazine.]


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Stewie
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 11:10 AM

Another great Leonard Cohen line was:

'I raised my hand against it all and caught the bride's bouquet'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Mbo
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 11:21 AM

From "Les Miserables"

Take my hand
And lead me to salvation
Take my love
For love is everlasting.
And remember
The truth that once was spoken
To love another person
Is to see the face of God..


--Mbo


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: kendall
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 11:36 AM

The woman in the bed was written by Tommy Makem.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Noel P
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 12:24 PM

Folks, I alway's thought this line from "The Ballad of St Anne's reel" somehow caught the moment "Leap, the heart inside him went, and off across the floor he sent His clumsy body, graceful as a child " and also by Dave Mallet from the "Garden song"

An old crow watching hungrily From his perch in yonder tree, In my garden I'm as free As that feathered thief up there.

There's also a line in a song called "The Button Pusher" by Enoch Kent (I think) which is not in the DT which goes "If my wife denies my conjocular rights or my breakfast milk is sour" which makes one think, what was HE thinking when he dreamed up this line. I wish I could write some lines like this. Noel P.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Gervase
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 12:38 PM

For me many of the lyrics of Ian Dury - who sadly died last week - are brilliantly memorable. Very English (You have to be familiar with the wilds of Essex and the wilder behaviour of Essex folk), and very funny - a modern-day W.S.Gilbert - Dury's stuff was wonderfully observed. Not exactly folk, not exactly blues, but bloody brilliant. It's a measure of how goof he was that the leading lights of the poetry, pop and literary worlds will pay tribute to the late Ian Dury tomorrow night (tue) at the Poetry Olympics in London. Dury was due to appear, but now the other performers have decided to dedicate the event to his memory, with a tribute to him being planned by organiser Michael Horovitz. Other performers are due to include former punk rocker Joe Strummer of The Clash, punk poet John Cooper Clarke, Sixties singer-songwriter Julie Felix, author and playwright Hanif Kureishi, dub poets Linton Kwesi Johnson and Jean Binta Breeze, writer Beryl Bainbridge and jazz pianist Stan Tracey. Remember a great lyricist.


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From: SDShad
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 12:42 PM

MacGowan again, can't help myself:

Fifteen minutes later
We had our first taste of whiskey
There was uncles giving lectures
On ancient Irish history

from "The Body of an American"

Shad


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 04:32 PM

God Damn them all, I was told we'd cruise the seas for American gold, we'd fire no guns, shed no tears, now I'm a broken man on a Halifax pier, the last of Barrett's Privateers

Stan Rogers


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: GUEST,mary g
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 08:17 PM

rifle to rifle and horse against horse..from Fenian Men..


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Sailor Dan
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 08:56 PM

I think that I shall never see, A Poem as lovely as a tree

Not country, not folk, but sung by an Irish tenor it will make you cry.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Mbo
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 08:57 PM

Right on, Quiet Man. My sister and I love that poem.

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Chocolate Pi
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 09:06 PM

"And Ophelia, with her dad kilt
By the man she wished to marry
After saying it with flowers
She committed hari-kari."
--Oor Hamlet

"The Earth will soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine" --New Britain (Amazing Grace (Sacred Harp 42 on the top))

"Now shall my inward joys arise
And break into a song
Almighty love inspires my heart
And pleasure tunes my tounge
" --Africa (Sacred Harp 170-something)

and to continue the Tom Leher theme: "We are the Folk Song Army; every one of us cares
....
There are innocuous folksongs, yeah
But we regard them with scorn
The people who sing them have no social conscience
Why, they don't even care if Jimmy crack corn!
....
It doesn't matter if you cram a couple of extra syllables into a line
It sounds more ethnic if it ain't good English
And it don't even gotta rhyme. (Excuse me, rhyne.)"


Chocolate Pi


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Petr
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 09:11 PM

I could have been someone, (Shane) Well so could anyone, (Kirsty) You took my dreams from me (K) when I first found you (K) I kept them with me babe (S) I put them with my own (S) Cant make it all alone (S) I built my dreams around you. (S)

Fairytale of New York Shane McGowan (I believe)

Petr. I think that song turned me on to celtic music.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Petr
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 09:20 PM

Tom Waits

Shes been married so many times shes got rice marks on her face.

.. gets more ass than a toilet seat.

... and you cant find a waitress with a geiger counter.

(The piano has been drinking)

or Nabokov for that matter. It wasnt exactly blackmail it was more like mauvemail.

She took a drag on her cigarette and the smoke from her nostrils was like a pair of tusks.

She wasnt wearing a halter top it was more like a halt.

thats enough of that. Petr.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: GUEST,ravlin hill
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 09:40 PM

"as i walk thru this lonesome valley my only friend the mournful dove the evening breeze calls your name so sadly and i recall your words of love" Brian Hunt


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: black walnut
Date: 05 Apr 00 - 10:23 AM

like a pearl in a sea of liquid jade

his ship comes shining

like a crystal swan in a sky of suns

his ship comes shining

(bruce cockburn....'all the diamonds')

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 05 Apr 00 - 11:43 AM

I've got me a Martin Guitar, I carry it in an old tote sack, I've pawned it about two or three hundred times, but I always got it back,

Jimmy Martin, Freeborn Man


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Peg
Date: 05 Apr 00 - 12:51 PM

gosh so many mentioned here reminding me how many there are out there...John Gorka, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, et al...
Steve, I first heard that Halifax pier song sung by the woman who played Jeannie in the original Broadway production of "Hair"--no lie! She is pagan and can often be found at gatherings holding court with her guitar and her wonderful gravelly voice...
some of my own picks:
"Do I lie like a lounge room lizard, or do I sing like a bird released?"
"These things I should keep to myself, but I feel somehow strangely compelled/The closest I get to contentment is when all of the barriers come down."
(both by Neil Finn of Crowded House)
"Not vernal showers to budding flowers, nor autumn to a farmer/so dear can be as thou to me/my fair, my lovely charmer" (Robbie Burns)
and pretty much anything by Ian Anderson, Kate Bush, and Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance...
Oh, okay...
"I'll buy you six bay mares to put in your stable
six golden apples bought with my pay
I am the first piper who calls the sweet tune
but I must be gone on the seventh day."
(Ian Anderson)
"Out on the wily windy moors we'd roll and fall in green
you had a temper like my jealousy, too hard too greedy
How could you leave me when I needed to possess you
I hated you, I loved you, too..."
(Kate Bush)
"You heard of honest Socrates
The man who never lied:
They weren't so grateful as you'd think
Instead the rulers fixed to have him tried
And handed him the poisoned drink.
How honest was the people's noble son.
The world however did not wait
But soon observed what followed on.
It's honesty that brought him to that state.
How fortunate the man with none.

(Brendan Perry)

peg


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: GUEST,mary g
Date: 05 Apr 00 - 09:28 PM

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

from Peggy Gordon


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Callie
Date: 06 Apr 00 - 03:47 AM

"Well I prayed to the saints and all the martyrs For the secret life of Frank Sinatra" -Elvis Costello

" I should have noticed my halo was slipping Someone should have followed me home My guardian angel went missing It must have had wings made of stone" -Joe Camilleri

"I see your face in every flower Your eyes in stars above" --Ray Noble

--Callie


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 06 Apr 00 - 10:07 AM

Woke up this morning, the blues was walking like a man.

Robert Johnson


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Mooh
Date: 06 Apr 00 - 12:47 PM

"and with every jar that hit the bar we swore we would remain, and make the Mary Ellen Carter rise again." Stan Rogers, particularly enjoyable after a few jars have hit the bar...

A few days ago another thread reminded me of this one by Jez Lowe, "As I practiced basic native tongue on the French girl I was cuddling."

Oh, and so many more. Peace Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 06 Apr 00 - 03:54 PM

Mmmmmmm....
KATE BUSH!!!!!!!!!!!
*dives for the CD collection!!* YAAAA!!!!!!!!

{~`


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Amos
Date: 06 Apr 00 - 04:09 PM

Thanks for the reminder, annp:

"Last night I had the strangest dream, I've never had before --
I dreamt the world had all agreed to put an end to war."


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 06 Apr 00 - 08:22 PM

Catacombs
Nursery Bones
Winter Women throwing stones
Carrying babies to the river
Streets and shoes
Avenues
Leather Writers selling News

-JDM


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 07 Apr 00 - 09:45 AM

OK, this isn't from a song but it ought to be. It was in a tec' novel said about a hooker encountered in a low bar:
"She had the body of a film star and the face of a slaughterman".
OK so I've got low taste.
RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Mooh
Date: 08 Apr 00 - 01:38 PM

Ah, I almost forgot...Tonoi K's Funky Western Civilization ...

"They put Jesus on a cross, they put a hole in JFK, they put Hitler in the driver's seat and looked the other way..."

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Ebbie
Date: 08 Apr 00 - 01:46 PM

Would you leave me in the autumn, love, to live out my winter alone? Peggy Seeger


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: GUEST,Mrrzy-at-work
Date: 12 Apr 00 - 03:24 PM

Can't imagine why this one would come to me while at work, right?
Alack-a-day, oh no, oy vey!
This is from Carol King singing in Really Rosie, the movie made around Maurice Sendak's lovely Nutshell Library.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: GUEST,Frankie
Date: 12 Apr 00 - 04:51 PM

More Tom Waits:

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

I'm so horny the crack of dawn better watch out.

Townes Van Zandt:

Time flies like and arrow, fruit flies like a bananna.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: GUEST,Rich(stupidbodhranplayerthatdoesn'tknow.....
Date: 12 Apr 00 - 05:22 PM

"The earth was made a common treasury for everyone to share." The World Turned Upside Down, by Leon Russelson. Come to think of it, the whole song qualifies as a best line.

"Strangers stopping strangers just to shake their hands" Scarlet Begonias, Robert Hunter

"Nach mise fein an fhear gan ciall ce d'hag mo chias im mo scornach" (Am I not a man without sense , who left my rent in my throat) Nil na La

Rich


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Midchuck
Date: 12 Apr 00 - 05:28 PM

This week's favorite:

"Took a Cherokee bride and she gave me five babies. I sang at the wakes and I cried at the weddings...."

Tim O'Brien and Pierce Pettis, A Mountaineer Is Always Free, on O'Brien's The Crossing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: GUEST,Billythenurse
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 01:25 AM

"My Uncle Had a wolfhound that never had to pee but Hairy Lemon snatched it down on Eden Quay"(Pete St John, The Mero)

"So Drunk to hell I left the place sometimes crawling sometimes walking." (Shane Macgowan, A Pair of Brown Eyes)

"Now for black Fitzwilliam's head, We'll send it over, dripping red to Queen Liza and the ladies" (Trad. Irish, Follow Me Up to Carlow)


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Subject: RE: BS: Best lines
From: Ebbie
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 01:38 AM

Both man and master in the night are one,

All things are equal when the day is done,

The prince and ploughman, the slave and free man,

All find their comfort in old John o' dreams...


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