Monday, November 1, 2010

Greatest Rock & Roll Lyrics Of All Time --- Or, Today's Pointless Exercise.

"I went down to the demonstration,
to get my fair share of abuse."
I don't really know why, but I've heard that lyric a million times and every time, I think, "Damn, I wish I'd come up with that."  Today's exercise is for you to post some of what you think are the Greatest Rock & Roll lyrics of all time.  Nothing long -- just a snippet.  Don't credit the author or singer or name the song -- that'll take the fun away from all the know-it-alls who want to prove they know everything.

Also, no posting anything about Lucy and this guy with diamonds -- that's another game altogether.  And while you won't really lose any points for obscurity, I have to say that Greatest status sorta means other people should have heard the lyric at some time in some place.

So, go ahead.  Spout your favoritest lyric you've ever heard on the radio...or on your own CD or MP3 player...or in a bar...or in your head.  Oh, hell...rules suck.  If you've ever bellowed a lyric in the shower to yourself, it qualifies.  But the rest of us retain the right to be merciless in our disdain for your opinions.

Have at it.


cjdahl60 said...

"Free at last, they took your life, they could not take your pride." I get goosebumps every time I hear it.

Some dude stuck in the Midwest said...

I would go with what you wrote.. but...

Everybody says I've got
Great balls of fire

Nathan said...

Send Lawyers, Guns and Money...
The shit has hit the fan

vince said...

From the Barenaked Ladies song "Wind Me Up" a couple of lines:

Hearts on fire, you'll learn
End up with heartburn

I can't believe that you'd believe that I would fake it
Wait - unless you count the things I said when we were naked

If you are leaving then I wish you luck
I hope someone can make your heart warm
I was a baby when I learned to suck
But you have raised it to an art form

Eric said...

Several favorites in one comment (instead of several), some of them possibly obscure or maybe not so much....

Jara sang, his song a weapon in the hands of love
You know his blood still cries from the ground


And you, you can be mean
And I, I'll drink all the time
'Coz we're lovers, and that is a fact
'Coz we're lovers, and that is that


I know I'll make it back, one of these days
And I'll turn on your TV
And see a man with a face like mine
Being chased down a busy street
And when he gets caught I won't get up
And I won't go to sleep


...that'll do for now, I guess.

WendyB_09 said...

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I'll be waiting
Time after time

A.J. said...

Simply because this is currently stuck in my head and I think it's awesome anyway:
Na na-na-na na-na-na nananananana
Na na-na-na na-na-na nananananana
Na na-na-na
Na-na-na na-na-na
Na-na-na na-na-na na

(From My Chemical Romance)

Tom said...

If you choose not to decide,
You still have made a choice.

Steve Buchheit said...

"A mountaineer is always free" (makes more sense in context of the song).

Just relistened to "On the turning away" on the way home this weekend and had the thought, "Damn, he's still right."

Seth said...

"When a man is running from his boss,
who holds a gun that fires costs...."

David said...

If it's not a contradiction, Please have faith in human nature, And have mercy on the creatures in this sad burlesque.

PaulM said...

Strangers passing in the street
By chance two separate glances meet
And I am you and what I see is me.

PaulM said...

Well you're built like a car
You've got a hub cap diamond star halo
You're built like a car, oh yeah
Well you're an untamed youth
That's the truth with your cloak full of eagles
You're dirty sweet and you're my girl

Nathan said...

Excellent one, Paul.

mattw said...

Sunrise doesn't last all morning,
The cloud burst doesn't last all day,
It seems my love is up and it's left you with no warning,
It's not always going to be this gray,
All things must pass,
All things must pass away"

mattw said...

This rotten world's gonna chew you up, swallow you whole, and then spit you back out,
The sooner you recognize this simple fact, then this rotten world gives you what you lack

Todd Wheeler said...

Look over there!
Dry ice factory.
Good place to get some thinking done!

Anonymous said...

You are young and life is long, and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find 10 years have got behind you, no one told you when to run,
you've missed the starting gun.