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Old 02-07-2007, 07:55 PM   #16
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They disembarked in '45
And no-one spoke and no-one smiled
There were too many spaces in the line
And gathered at the cenotaph
All agreed with hand on heart
To sheathe the sacrificial knives

But now...
She stands upon Southampton Dock
With her handkerchief, and her summer frock
Clings to her wet body in the rain
In quiet desperation
Knuckles white upon the slippery reins
She bravely waves the boys goodbye, again.


And still the dark stain spreads between their shoulder blades
A mute reminder of the poppy fields and graves
When the fight was over, we spent what they had made, but...
In the bottom of our hearts we felt the final cut.



World War II soldiers returning home to England, only to be sent out again...permanently. Absolutely beautiful lyrics. They might not be the best lyrics of all time, but I certainly find them to be very moving. The imagery always gets to me, particularly the last verse.
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Old 02-07-2007, 08:01 PM   #17
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These lyrics just get me for some reason:

We were talking about the space between us all
And the people, who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth, then it's far too late, when they pass away
We were talking about the love we all could share, when we find it
To try our best to hold it there with our love
With our love, we could save the world, if they only knew

Try to realise it's all within yourself
No one else can make you change
And to see you're really only very small
And life flows on within you and without you

We were talking about the love that's gone so cold and the people
Who gain the world and lose their soul
They don't know, they can't see, are you one of them?
When you've seen beyond yourself then you may find
Peace of mind is waiting there
And the time will come when you see
We're all one, and life flows on within you and without you
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Old 02-07-2007, 08:02 PM   #18
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Roger wrote better then that
try CN , Sheep , SOYCD or the other songs from the Final cut
cheers !!
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Old 02-07-2007, 08:14 PM   #19
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Roger wrote better then that
try CN , Sheep , SOYCD or the other songs from the Final cut
cheers !!
I'm actually not fond of his lyrics in CN and SOYCD. They're good, obviously, but not his best in my view. Sheep has pockets of incredible lyrics ("wave upon wave of demented avengers march cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream" for the win!) but some other not-so-good parts. You could pretty much put all of The Final Cut into a "best lyrics" category because every song (excluding maybe Not Now John) is lyrically strong from start to finish. Southampton Dock has just been resonating more with me lately, which is why I chose it.

Time's also a good one.

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking,
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older;
Shorter of breath, and one day closer to death.


I'd call that the best verse ever written.
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SILVER PALOMINO
by Bruce Springsteen

I was barely 13 years old
She came out of the Guadalupe's on a night so cold
Her coat was frosted diamonds in the sallow moon's glow
My silver palomino
Sixteen hands from her withers to the ground
I lie in bed and listen to the sound
Of the west Texas thunder roll
My silver palomino
I track her into the mountains she loved
Watch her from the rocks above
She'd dip her neck and drink from the winter flows
My silver palomino
Our mustañeros were the very best, sir
But they could never lay a rope on her
No corral will ever hold
The silver palomino

In my dreams bareback I ride
Over the pradera low and wide
As the wind sweeps out the draw
'Cross the scrub desert floor

I'd give my riata and spurs
If I could be forever yours
I'd ride into the serrania where no one goes
For my silver palomino
Summer drought come hard that year
Our herd grazed the land so bare
Me and my dad had to blowtorch the thorns off the prickly pear
And mother, your hand slipped from my hair

Tonight I wake early the sky is pearl, the stars aglow
I saddle up my red roan
I ride deep into the mountains along a ridge of pale stone
Where the air is still with the coming snow
As I rise higher I can smell your hair
The scent of your skin, mother, fills the air
'Midst the harsh scrub pine the grows
I watch the silver palomino
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And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking,
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older;
Shorter of breath, and one day closer to death.

brilliant

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If I were to pick just a single line or two as my #1 lyrics instead of an entire song, it would definitely be this little verse from R.E.M.'s "I Believe"

Trust in your calling, make sure your calling's true
Think of others, the others think of you
Silly rule golden words make, practice, practice makes perfect,
Perfect is a fault, and fault lines change
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Michael Stipe is by far one of the greatest lyricists of all time!
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I'd probably rank Stip as my 4th favorite lyricist of all time.

Something like:

1. Bruce Springsteen
2. Bob Dylan
3. Nick Cave
4. Micheal Stipe
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Speaking of Bruce...


The rangers had a homecoming in Harlem late last night
And the Magic Rat drove his sleek machine over the Jersey state line
Barefoot girl sitting on the hood of a Dodge
Drinking warm beer in the soft summer rain
The Rat pulls into town rolls up his pants
Together they take a stab at romance and disappear down Flamingo Lane

Well the Maximum Lawman run down Flamingo chasing the Rat and the barefoot girl
And the kids round here look just like shadows always quiet, holding hands
From the churches to the jails tonight all is silence in the world
As we take our stand down in Jungleland

The midnight gang's assembled and picked a rendezvous for the night
They'll meet 'neath that giant Exxon sign that brings this fair city light
Man there's an opera out on the Turnpike
There's a ballet being fought out in the alley
Until the local cops, Cherry Tops, rips this holy night
The street's alive as secret debts are paid
Contacts made, they vanished unseen
Kids flash guitars just like switch-blades hustling for the record machine
The hungry and the hunted explode into rock'n'roll bands
That face off against each other out in the street down in Jungleland

In the parking lot the visionaries dress in the latest rage
Inside the backstreet girls are dancing to the records that the D.J. plays
Lonely-hearted lovers struggle in dark corners
Desperate as the night moves on, just a look and a whisper, and they're gone

Beneath the city two hearts beat
Soul engines running through a night so tender in a bedroom locked
In whispers of soft refusal and then surrender in the tunnels uptown
The Rat's own dream guns him down as shots echo down them hallways in the night
No one watches when the ambulance pulls away
Or as the girl shuts out the bedroom light

Outside the street's on fire in a real death waltz
Between flesh and what's fantasy and the poets down here
Don't write nothing at all, they just stand back and let it all be
And in the quick of the night they reach for their moment
And try to make an honest stand but they wind up wounded, not even dead
Tonight in Jungleland
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Jungleland.

New York City Serenade is another one of my all-time faves of Bruce's.
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Lost In The Flood is also up there for me.
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I'd probably rank Stip as my 4th favorite lyricist of all time.

Something like:

1. Bruce Springsteen
2. Bob Dylan
3. Nick Cave
4. Micheal Stipe

Where would Bono rank on your list?

He's in my top 5, that is, if I try to forget such gems as "The air is heavy, heavy as a truck"
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Originally posted by Lancemc
I'd probably rank Stip as my 4th favorite lyricist of all time.

Something like:

1. Bruce Springsteen
2. Bob Dylan
3. Nick Cave
4. Micheal Stipe
1. Lennon/McCartney
2. Bob Dylan
3. Bruce Springsteen
4. Roger Waters
5. Pete Townshend
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One of my fave songs of all time:

John Lennon-Imagine

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one
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