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Old 07-23-2006, 08:08 AM   #1
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Favorite lyrics from one artist about another

bvs's threads got me thinking. What are your favorite lyrics with an artist referring to another artist?

Stephen Stills--Round the Bend
"Hard as Canadian black ice
All over you, makin' you think twice"

about Neil Young

Joan Baez--Diamonds and Rust

"Now you're telling me you're not nostalgic
You who are so good with words and keeping things vague>"

about Bob Dylan
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Old 07-23-2006, 08:41 AM   #2
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'angel in devil shoes, salvation in the blues, you never looked like an angel' (about billie holiday..the only one i could think of!)
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Can this apply to bands writing about former band members?

Well you wore out your welcome with random precision
Rode on the steel breeze
Come on you raver, you seer of visions
Come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner and shine


Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)

Written by Roger Waters about former Pink Floyd leader, Syd Barrett.


Just in case you never knew
I miss you slim, I love you too
See my heart, it's black and blue
When I die I will find you


Red Hot Chili Peppers - My Lovely Man

Written by Anthony Kiedis about Hillel Slovak, the original guitarist for the Chili Peppers who died from a drug overdose.
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trent reznor re: courtney love and/or marilyn manson:


starfuckers inc.

my god sits in the back of the limousine
my god comes in a wrapper of cellophane
my god pouts on the cover of the magazine
my god's a shallow little bitch trying to make the scene

i have arrived and this time you should believe the hype
i listened to everyone now i know that everyone was right
i'll be there for you as long as it works for me
i play a game
it's called insincerity

starfuckers
starfuckers
starfuckers, inc.
starfuckers

i am every fucking thing and just a little more
i sold my soul but don't you dare call me a whore
and when i suck you off not a drop will go to waste
it's really not so bad you know once you get past the taste, yeah
(asskisser)

starfuckers
starfuckers
starfuckers, inc.
starfuckers

all our pain
how did we ever get by without you?
you're so vain
i bet you think this song is about you
don't you?
don't you?
don't you?
don't you?

now i belong i'm one of the chosen ones
now i belong i'm one of the beautiful ones



i love this song.
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It doesn't get any better than this. John Lennon writing about...well, you know who:

HOW DO YOU SLEEP?

So Sgt. Pepper took you by surprise
You better see right through that mother's eyes
Those freaks was right when they said you was dead
The one mistake you made was in your head
Ah, how do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

You live with straights who tell you you was king
Jump when your momma tell you anything
The only thing you done was yesterday
And since you're gone you're just another day
Ah, how do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

Ah, how do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

A pretty face may last a year or two
But pretty soon they'll see what you can do
The sound you make is muzak to my ears
You must have learned something in all those years
Ah, how do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

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"The only thing you done is yesterday" is such a great line.
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and another favorite of mine is Stephen Malkmus of Pavement writing about some of their "alternative music" contemporaries in the song Range Life:

"Out on tour with the Smashing Pumpkins
nature kids, I/they don't have no function
I don't understand what they mean
and I could really give a fuck

Stone Temple Pilots
they're elegant bachelors
they're foxy to me are they foxy to you
I will agree
but it does absolutely nothing
nothing more than me."
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Southern man don't need him round anyhow...

- Lynyrd Skynyrd about Neil Young.
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Old 07-23-2006, 03:26 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by lazarus
It doesn't get any better than this. John Lennon writing about...well, you know who:

HOW DO YOU SLEEP?

So Sgt. Pepper took you by surprise
You better see right through that mother's eyes
Those freaks was right when they said you was dead
The one mistake you made was in your head
Ah, how do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

You live with straights who tell you you was king
Jump when your momma tell you anything
The only thing you done was yesterday
And since you're gone you're just another day
Ah, how do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

Ah, how do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

A pretty face may last a year or two
But pretty soon they'll see what you can do
The sound you make is muzak to my ears
You must have learned something in all those years
Ah, how do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

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"The only thing you done is yesterday" is such a great line.
You really don't like McCartney, do you?
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Quote:
Originally posted by namkcuR


You really don't like McCartney, do you?
Only very small portions.

Rocky Raccoon
Getting Better
Back in the USSR
Why Don't We Do it in the Road?
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
Good Day Sunshine
Two of Us
We Can Work It Out

I'll let you know if I think of any others.
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"you're my guitar hero!"
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Ryan Adams about Beth Orton ("English Girls Approximately"):

Tall drink of water, she's a Norfolk waterfall
Little daybreaker, she's a-shootin' like a cannonball
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Old 07-24-2006, 12:05 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally posted by Zootlesque
Southern man don't need him round anyhow...

- Lynyrd Skynyrd about Neil Young.
I hear some people been talkin' me down,
Bring up my name, pass it 'round.
They don't mention happy times
They do their thing, I'll do mine

- Neil Young about Lynyrd Syknyrd
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Old 07-24-2006, 12:15 PM   #13
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Alex Chilton by The Replacements.

Songs of admiration are so much better than digs.

If he was from Venus, would he feed us with a spoon?
If he was from Mars, wouldn't that be cool?
Standing right on campus, would he stamp us in a file?
Hangin' down in Memphis all the while.

(chorus

Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes 'round
They sing "I'm in love. What's that song?
I'm in love with that song."

Cerebral rape and pillage in a village of his choice.
Invisible man who can sing in a visible voice.
Feeling like a hundred bucks, exchanging good lucks face to face.
Checkin' his stash by the trash at St. Mark's place.

(chorus)

I never travel far, without a little Big Star

Runnin' 'round the house, Mickey Mouse and the Tarot cards.
Falling asleep with a flop pop video on.
If he was from Venus, would he meet us on the moon?
If he died in Memphis, then that'd be cool, babe.
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Not lyrics but I love the story about Bruce jumping the wall at Graceland, and the quote from the concert is so beautiful

From the Graceland guidebook

The most famous incident of wall jumping occurred one night in 1976. Bruce Springsteen, who was enjoying the first rush of great fame and had just played Memphis on his Born to Run tour, decided to catch a cab to Graceland. Noticing a light on up at the house, he climbed the wall and ran to the front door. As he was about to knock, Security interceded. He recalls asking, “Is Elvis home?.” Answer: “No, Elvis isn’t home, he’s in Lake Tahoe.” (It was true.) Springsteen attempted to impress the guards by telling all about his being a recording star and his having recently made the covers of Time and Newsweek, as he was politely escorted to the street. (Perhaps they didn’t believe him or hadn’t heard of him yet.) Years later in a concert, he told the story and commented:

"Later on, I used to wonder what I would have said if I had knocked on the door and if Elvis had come to the door. Because it really wasn’t Elvis I was goin’ to see, but it was like he came along and whispered some dream in everybody’s ear and somehow we all dreamed it. And maybe that’s why we’re here tonight, I don’t know. I remember later when a friend of mine called to tell me that he’d died. It was so hard to understand how somebody whose music came in and took away so many people’s loneliness and gave so many people a reason and a sense of all the possibilities of living could have in the end died so tragically. And I guess when you’re alone, you ain’t nothin’ but alone. So anyway, I’d like to do this song for you tonight, wishing you all the longest life with best of absolutely everything."
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Don McLeans "Vincent" about Van Gogh, if that type of artist counts:

Starry
starry night
paint your palette blue and grey

look out on a summer's day
with eyes that know the
darkness in my soul.
Shadows on the hills
sketch the trees and the daffodils

catch the breeze and the winter chills

in colors on the snowy linen land.
And now I understand what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity
how you tried to set them free.
They would not listen
they did not know how

perhaps they'll listen now.

Starry
starry night
flaming flo'rs that brightly blaze

swirling clouds in violet haze reflect in
Vincent's eyes of China blue.
Colors changing hue
morning fields of amber grain

weathered faces lined in pain
are soothed beneath the artist's
loving hand.
And now I understand what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity
how you tried to set them free.
perhaps they'll listen now.

For they could not love you
but still your love was true

and when no hope was left in sight on that starry
starry night.
You took your life
as lovers often do;
But I could have told you
Vincent
this world was never
meant for one
as beautiful as you.


Starry
starry night
portraits hung in empty halls

frameless heads on nameless walls
with eyes
that watch the world and can't forget.
Like the stranger that you've met

the ragged men in ragged clothes

the silver thorn of bloddy rose
lie crushed and broken
on the virgin snow.
And now I think I know what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity

how you tried to set them free.
They would not listen
they're not
list'ning still
perhaps they never will.
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