Greatest Song Lyric Ever?

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  1. BattleScott

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    So, I'm listening to a local country station at work and Bocephus comes on singing "A Country Boy Can Survive".
    After telling the story of his good friend who is stabbed to death in the city for $43.00, he sings the line:

    "I'd love to spit some BeechNut in that's dude's eye and shoot him with my old 45."

    And I think to myself, this has to be one of the greatest lyrical moments in music history.

    Any body else got a nominee?

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    Contest Rules:
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    The intent of this thread is to determine the absloute best song lyric ever. In order for the lyric to be considered it must be presented as it is to be evaluated. You can't name an entire song unless you post the entire song. Furthermore, citing the entire song will most likely diminish the chances that the selection passes final judgement.

    You can't nominate more than one. This is to determine THE best song lyric ever. No ties are allowed. If you can't decide on a single one than none of your choices are eligible.

    You are free to discuss other categories such as worsts, craziests, etc. but per contest rules they will not be considered and may also be used as anecdotal evidence against your nomination during the vetting process.

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    Memorandum Addendum #1:
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    Due to copyright considerations, lyrics to the entire song cannot be posted. Therefore, entire songs are not eligible for nomination.
     
  2. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    Well, my personal favorite is Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven (the entire song, live).
     
  3. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    Way too many to mention.

    Whole songs? Here's a few off the top of my head:

    American Pie - Don McLean
    Closer to Fine - Indigo Girls
    Limelight - Rush
    My Fathers House - Bruce Springsteen
    Johnny 99 - Bruce Springsteen
    Father and Son - Yosef Islam
    The Dance - Garth Brooks
    Darcy Farrow - John Denver
    In my Life - Judy Collins
    Objects in the Rear View Mirror - Meatloaf
    For Lovin Me - Peter, Paul and Mary
    Losing My Religion - REM
    Promises - Randy Travis
    The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel
    There Goes the Neighborhood - The Bus Boys
    She's Got her Ticket - Tracy Chapman

    Lyric snipets? Here's a couple:

    Oz never did give nothing to the tin man, that he didn't already have. - America

    and she said "Tell me are you a Christian child?" and I said "Ma'am I am tonight" - Marc Cohn

    tell him, "take your time 'cause it won't be long now, 'til you drag your feet just to slow the circle down." - Joni Mitchell

    Trouble, oh trouble can't you see, you have made me a wreck now won't you leave me in my misery. I've seen your eyes and I can see death's disguise hangin on me. - Cat Stevens
     
  4. BattleScott

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    Sorry, only one nominee per poster for single greatest lyrical moment.

    My thread, my rules...:D
     
  5. Nick

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    The...
    "It's not her heart, Lord, it's her mind" - Mickey Newberry
     
  6. 4HiMarks

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    I'd trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday, holding Bobby's body next to mine." - Kris Kristofferson
     
  7. djlong

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    I have some 11,000 songs on my iPod. Stacks of vinyl going back to the 60s are tucked away in a closet. I just lost the vast majority of CDs due to my divorce but there were hundreds.

    To try and pick ONE moment out of all that? I might be able to do one moment per 'mood' or 'point of view'. But just one? Impossible.
     
  8. Stuart Sweet

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    The entire lyric of "The Times They are A-Changin'"

    Also a personal favorite that's nowhere near as good...

    "Is it still over? Are we still through? 'Cause my phone still ain't ringing, I assume it still ain't you." - Randy Travis
     
  9. Cholly

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    Indian...
    "As Time Goes By", from the movie "Casablanca". Lyrics and music by Herman Hupfeld.
     
  10. paulman182

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    "Just for a moment I was back at school
    And felt that old familiar pain
    And as I turned to make my way back home

    The snow turned into rain..."--Dan Fogelberg
     
  11. ProfLonghair

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  12. Balestrom

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    Slightly off topic, but there are four really hideous lines in songs that from time to time I will sing to my wife when I am bored. They act like an infectious parasite that leaches onto my wife's brain and for half the day she cannot get the nasty thing out of her head. I find it quite amusing. :D

    1) My name is Luca, I live on the second floor
    2) Don't worry, be happy
    3) Wake me up, before you go, go
    4) Karma Karma Karma Karma, Karma Chameleon


    True favorites

    4) Mac Davis: Oh Lord it's hard to be humble
    when you're perfect in every way.
    I can't wait to look in the mirror
    cause I get better loking each day.

    (Its great song for ticking off the wife)

    3) Chalie Daniels - Simple Man lyrics (the entire song)

    2) Throrogood: Bad to the Bone: On the day I was born, the nurses all gathered 'round And they gazed in wide wonder, at the joy they had found
    The head nurse spoke up, and she said leave this one alone
    She could tell right away, that I was bad to the bone

    1) Twisted Sister: Were not going to take it -
    we've Got The Right To Choose And there Ain't No Way We'll Lose It,
    this Is Our Life, This Is Our Song, we'll Fight The Powers That Be Just
    don't Pick Our Destiny 'cause, you Don't Know Us, You Don't Belong
     
  13. bobukcat

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    I don't think I could ever pick my favorite, even of a specific genre of music but I think country music has the most crazy lines of any form and in support of this I give you a George Jones song:

    "yabba dabba do, the king is gone and so are you"

    Tell me what other form of expression would be able to get away with that??? :)
     
  14. jodyguercio

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    1) "If I find the strength to burn your memory down, at least you left the matches." - Sammy Kershaw

    2) "Well excuse me, but I think you've got my chair." - George Strait

    Best opening line to a song ever.

    I know it's your thread but a song that is very telling.....

    "Arlington" by Trace Adkins.
     
  15. coldsteel

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    'Your daddy watches porno, now that mommy's not around.
    She used to love her heroin, but now she's underground...'

    GnR, My Michelle.
     
  16. BattleScott

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    The intent of this thread is to determine the absloute best song lyric ever. In order for the lyric to be considered it must be presented as it is to be evaluated. You can't name an entire song unless you post the entire song. Furthermore, citing the entire song will most likely diminish the chances that the selection passes final judgement.

    You can't say more than one. This is to determine THE best song lyric ever. No ties are allowed. If you can't decide on a single one than none of your choices are eligible.

    You are free to discuss other categories such as worsts, craziests, etc. but per contest rules they will not be considered and may also be used as anecdotal evidence against your nomination during the vetting process.

    This memorandum has been added to the Original post as well so it is retroactively official...
     
  17. bobukcat

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    Why do I feel as if I've just been read my "Miranda" rights?? :contract: :grin:
     
  18. Stuart Sweet

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    Fair enough, Mr. Scott, but it might be a violation of copyright rules to post an entire lyric. Therefore, I must ask that entire lyrics not be posted.
     
  19. BattleScott

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    Excellent point.

    Memorandum Addendum #1:

    Due to copyright considerations, lyrics to the entire song cannot be posted. Therefore, entire songs are not eligible for nomination.
     
  20. wi6397

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    Been Dazed and Confused for so long it's not true.
    Wanted a woman, never bargained for you.
    Lots of people talk and few of them know,
    soul of a woman was created below.

    Led Zeppelin- Dazed and Confused
     

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