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Old 06-10-2005, 01:45 AM   #16
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Elvis Costello - Beyond Belief. I'll have to check that out.

I haven't heard it.
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i just started listening to Neko Case....i dont know if anyone has ever heard of her....if you haven't, you have to hear her voice - amazingly beautiful.

her lyrics are extremely poetic. i don't know if this belongs in the "best lyrical songs ever thread," but her song, "Deep Red Bells," has some great lyrics (come to think of it, all of her songs do):

He led you to this hiding place
His lightening threats spun silver tongues
The red bells beckon you to ride
A handprint on the driver’s side
It looks a lot like engine oil and tastes like being poor and small
And Popsicles in the summer

Deep red bells, deep as I’ve been done
Deep red bells, deep as I’ve been done

It always has to come this
Red bells ring this tragic gun
Lost sight of the overpass
The daylight won’t remember her
When speckled fronds raise round your bones
Who took the time to fold your clothes
Who shook the Valley of the Shadow

Deep red bells, deep as I’ve been done
Deep red bells, deep as I’ve been done

Where does this mean world cast its cold eye
Who’s left to suffer long about you?
Does your soul cast about like an old paper bag,
Past empty lots and early graves?
Those like you who lost their way
Murdered on the interstate
While the red bells rang like thunder

Deep red bells, deep as I’ve been done
Deep red bells, deep as I’ve been done
Deep red bells, deep as I’ve been done
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Old 06-10-2005, 02:26 PM   #19
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....and i've always loved U2's So Cruel:

We crossed the line
Who pushed who over?
It doesn't matter to you
It matters to me
We're cut adrift
We're still floating
I'm only hanging on
To watch you go down
My love

I disappeared in you
You disappeared from me
I gave you everything you ever wanted
It wasn't what you wanted

The men who love you, you hate the most
They pass through you like a ghost
They look for you, but your spirit is in the air
Baby, you're nowhere

Oh...love...
You say in love there are no rules
Oh...love...
Sweetheart,
You're so cruel

Desparation is a tender trap
It gets you every time
You put your lips to her lips
To stop the lie

Her skin is pale like God's only dove
Screams like an angel for your love
Then she makes you watch her from above
And you need her like a drug

Oh...love...
You say in love there are no rules
Oh...love...
Sweetheart,
You're so cruel

She wears my love like a see-through dress
Her lips say one thing
Her movements something else
Oh love, like a screaming flower
Love...dying every hour...love

You don't know if it's fear or desire
Danger the drug that takes you higher
Head in heaven, fingers in the mire

Her heart is racing, you can't keep up
The night is bleeding like a cut
Between the horses of love and lust
We are trampled underfoot

Oh...love... You say in love there are no rules
Oh...love...
Sweetheart,
You're so cruel

Oh...love...
To stay with you I'd be a fool
Sweetheart
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Old 06-17-2005, 10:51 PM   #20
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Old 06-17-2005, 10:53 PM   #21
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leonard cohen you asses

I'll dance with you in Vienna
I'll be wearing the rivers disguise
with a hyacinth wild on my should
and my mouth on the dew of your theighs
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Quote:
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I think the Manic Street Preachers are very, very good lyrically - Motorcycle Emptiness, Little Baby Nothing, Small Black Flowers, and many more.
I think so too. My favorites of theirs lyrically would be Tolerate, Kevin Carter, Door to the River, 4st 7lb...so many good ones!
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John Lennon - Imagine

Elton John - Candle In The Wind

Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven

Rush - Closer To The Heart and The Spirit Of Radio

Pink Floyd - Time

Journey - Wheel In The Sky

The Police - Synchronicity ll

U2 - Bad and One
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Old 06-18-2005, 05:51 AM   #24
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The Manics can also be utter dross lyrically.

'Little Baby Nothing' is brilliant though, and apart from one cringe-worthy refrain I really like the lyrics of 'Patrick Bateman'.

I really like Nick Cave's lyrical work a lot.
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Los Angeles I'm Yours - Decemberists

There is a city by the sea
A gentle company
I don’t suppose you want to
And as it tells its sorry tale
In harrowing detail
Its hollowness will haunt you
Its streets and boulevards
Orphans and oligarchs it hears
A plaintive melody
Truncated symphony
An ocean’s garbled vomit on the shore,
Los Angeles, I’m yours

Oh ladies, pleasant and demure
Sallow-cheeked and sure
I can see your undies
And all the boys you drag about
An empty fallow fount
From Saturdays to Mondays
You hill and valley crowd
Hanging your trousers down at heel
This is the realest thing
As ancient choirs sing
A dozen blushing cherubs wheel above
Los Angeles my love

Oh what a rush of ripe élan
Languor on divans
Dalliant and dainty
But oh, the smell of burnt cocaine
The dolor and decay
It only makes me cranky
Oh great calamity,
Ditch of iniquity and tears
How I abhor this place
Its sweet and bitter taste
Has left me wretched, retching on all fours
Los Angeles, I’m yours
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Nick Cave - The Mercy Seat
Velvet Underground - Heroin
Liz Phair - Divorce Song
Pulp - Common People
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Jeez, I have so many favourite lyrics. But since I'm listening to The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony" right now, I think this one line speaks to so many people (myself included):

"Try to make ends meet , you're a slave to the money then you die."
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