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Mike
Clownfish
06-12-08 10:20 PM - Post#469910    



It's totally a subjective topic, I know, but so are many other topics. So here it goes.

I think Don McLean's AMERICAN PIE are the best "EVER" written.

  • Quote:
A long, long time ago...
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance,
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for awhile.
But February made me shiver with every paper I'd deliver,
Bad news on the doorstep; I couldn't take one more step.
I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride,
But something touched me deep inside, the day the music died.

So, bye bye Miss American Pie,
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry.
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye,
Singing, "This will be the day that I die.
This will be the day that I die."

Did you write the book of love,
And do you have faith in god above,
If the bible tells you so?
Now do you believe in rock and roll?
Can music save your mortal soul?
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

Well, I know that you're in love with him,
'Cause I saw you dancing in the gym,
You both kicked off your shoes,
And I dig those rhythmic blues,
I was a lonely teenaged bronking buck,
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck,
But I knew I was out of luck, the day the music died.

I started singing, bye bye Miss American Pie,
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry.
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye,
Singing, "This will be the day that I die.
This will be the day that I die."

Now, for ten years, we've been on our own,
And moss grows fat on our rolling stone,
But that's not how it used to be,
When the jester sang for the king and queen,
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean,
And a voice that came from you and me,

Oh and while the king was looking down,
The jester stole his thorny crown,
The courtroom was adjourned;
No verdict was returned.
And while Lennon read a book on Marx,
The quartet practiced in the park,
And we sang dirges in the dark, the day the music died.

They were singing, bye bye Miss American Pie,
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry.
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye,
Singing, "This will be the day that I die.
This will be the day that I die."

Helter skelter in a summer swelter.
The Byrds flew off for the fallout shelter,
Eight miles high and falling fast.
It landed foul on the grass.
The players tried for a forward pass,
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast.

Now the halftime air was sweet perfume,
While sergeants played a marching tune,
We all got up to dance,
Oh, but we never got the chance
`Cause the players tried to take the field;
The marching band refused to yield.
Do you recall what was revealed, the day the music died?

We started singing, bye bye Miss American Pie,
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry.
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye,
Singing, "This will be the day that I die.
This will be the day that I die."

Oh, and there we were all in one place,
A generation lost in space,
With no time left to start again.
So, come on; jack be nimble, jack be quick,
Jack flash sat on a candlestick,
'Cause fire is the devil's only friend.

Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage.
No angel born in hell
Could break that satan's spell.
And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite,
I saw satan laughing with delight
The day the music died.

He was singing, bye bye Miss American Pie,
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry.
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye,
Singing, "This will be the day that I die.
This will be the day that I die."

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news,
But she just smiled and turned away.
I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before,
But the man there said the music wouldn't play.

And in the streets, the children screamed,
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed.
But not a word was spoken;
The church bells all were broken.
And the three men I admire most:
The father, son, and the holy ghost,
They caught the last train for the coast,
The day the music died.

And they were singing....
Bye bye Miss American Pie,
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry.
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye,
Singing, "This will be the day that I die.
This will be the day that I die."

They were singing....
Bye bye Miss American Pie,
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry.
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye,
Singing, "This will be the day that I die."


"I can see for miles and miles"



 
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PriestofSyrinx
tadpole
06-13-08 03:22 AM - Post#469931    


    In response to Mike

I thinkthe 2nd and third verse of Break on through (to the other side) by the Doors is the one of the best in my opinion.

  • Quote:
We chased our pleasures here
Dug our treasures there,
Can you still recall
The time we cried?
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side


I found an island in your arms
A country in your eyes
Arms that chain,
Eyes that lie
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side

And the word of the prophets were written on the studio wall...


 
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Mike
Clownfish
06-13-08 03:49 PM - Post#470119    


    In response to PriestofSyrinx

  • Quote:
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then the one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

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

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation in the English way
The time is gone the song is over, thought I'd something more to say

Home, home again
I like to be there when I can
When I come in cold and tired
It's good to warm my bones beside the fire
Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells.


"I can see for miles and miles"



 
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Viaene
octopus
06-13-08 03:53 PM - Post#470122    


    In response to Mike

Mike I was going to post those too!!
You feel alright when you hear that music ring.
~ M. Knopfler


 
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edna
Rolling Stone Fish
06-13-08 04:02 PM - Post#470125    


    In response to Viaene

I fully agree with "Time"

Everybody Knows - Leonard Cohen
Always took candy from strangers

Originally registered September, 2004.


 
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_Laurie_
Badfisher
06-13-08 04:11 PM - Post#470126    


    In response to edna

Oh boy, there are sooooo many songs with great lyrics...

Sounds Of Silence, The Boxer, and many many more by S & G...

Heart Of Gold, Old Man, and many more by Mr. Neil Young....
I remember finding out about you
Every day my mind is all around you


 
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Viaene
octopus
06-13-08 04:22 PM - Post#470133    


    In response to _Laurie_

I love the metaphor in "like a hurricane"

You are like a hurricane
There's calm in your eye.
And I'm gettin' blown away
To somewhere safer
where the feeling stays.
I want to love you but
I'm getting blown away.
You feel alright when you hear that music ring.
~ M. Knopfler


 
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_Laurie_
Badfisher
06-13-08 04:57 PM - Post#470140    


    In response to Viaene

^^^^ One of my favorites also!....

I love these lyrics from "Old Man"

Lullabies look in your eyes,
run around the same old town,
doesn't mean that much to me
to mean that much to you.
I remember finding out about you
Every day my mind is all around you


 
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Viaene
octopus
06-13-08 08:39 PM - Post#470222    


    In response to _Laurie_

I keep mentioning this song, but I'm fond of the lyrics..

They Stood up for love ~ Live

naked lovers feel the blood beneath their veins
electric nerves communicate
with tiny explosions through our brains
who is this energy that never left or came?
give rise to passion the only glory
of this human story

I give my heart and soul to the one

we spend all of our lives goin' out of our minds
looking back to our birth, forward to our demise
even scientists say, everything is just light
not created, destroyed but eternally bright
masters in everytime lord in everyplace
those who stood up for love down in spite of the hate
in spite of the hate

who put the flower in the barrel of that gun?
who lit the candle that started the fire,
burnt down the fortress, the throne?
who could house all the refugees in a single shack
or a lowly bungalow?
who lives in a different dimension, free from the
struggles we know?

I give my heart and soul to the one

we spend all of our lives goin' out of our minds
looking back to our birth, forward to our demise
even scientists say, everything is just light
not created, destroyed but eternally bright
masters in everytime lord in everyplace
those who stood up for love down in spite of the hate
we spend all of our lives goin' out of our minds
they live in the light

we made it to the moon
but we can't make it home
waitin' on a rescue that never comes
made it to the moon
but we can't make it home
maybe home is where the heart is given up
to the one
to the one

we spend all of our lives goin' out of our minds
lookin' back to our birth, forward to our demise
we spend all of our lives goin' out of our minds
they live, they

they stood up for love
stood up for love
stood up for love
they stood up for love
stood up for love
stood up for love

we spend all of our lives goin' out of our minds
masters in everytime
we spend all of our lives goin' out of our minds
stood up for love
You feel alright when you hear that music ring.
~ M. Knopfler


 
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Mike
Clownfish
06-13-08 10:00 PM - Post#470230    


    In response to Viaene

  • Quote:
Johnny's in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I'm on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in the trench coat
Bad job, laid off
Says he's got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off
Look out kid
It's somethin' you did
God knows when
But you're doin' it again
You better duck down the alley way
Lookin' for a new friend
The man in the coon-skin cap
In a pig pen
Wants eleven dollar bills
You only got ten

Maggie comes fleet foot
Face full of black soot
Talkin' that the heat put
Plants in the bed but
The phone's tapped anyway
Maggie says that many say
They must bust in early May
Orders from the D. A.
Look out kid
Don't matter what you did
Walk on your tip toes
Don't try "No Doz"
Better stay away from those
That carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose
Watch the plain clothes
You don't need a weather man
To know which way the wind blows

Get sick, get well
Hang around a ink well
Ring bell, hard to tell
If anything is goin' to sell
Try hard, get barred
Get back, write braille
Get jailed, jump bail
Join the army, if you fail
Look out kid
You're gonna get hit
But users, cheaters
Six-time users
Hang around the theaters
Girl by the whirlpool
Lookin' for a new fool
Don't follow leaders
Watch the parkin' meters

Ah get born, keep warm
Short pants, romance, learn to dance
Get dressed, get blessed
Try to be a success
Please her, please him, buy gifts
Don't steal, don't lift
Twenty years of schoolin'
And they put you on the day shift
Look out kid
They keep it all hid
Better jump down a manhole
Light yourself a candle
Don't wear sandals
Try to avoid the scandals
Don't wanna be a bum
You better chew gum
The pump don't work
'Cause the vandals took the handles


"I can see for miles and miles"



 
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Tenacious_Peaches
Aquatic Evolver
06-14-08 05:39 AM - Post#470369    


    In response to Mike

In My Daughter's Eyes
written by James Slater
performed by Martina McBride


In my daughter's eyes I am a hero
I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see
She was sent to rescue me
I see who I wanna be
In my daughter's eyes

In my daughter's eyes everyone is equal
Darkness turns to light and the
world is at peace
This miracle God gave to me gives me
strength when I am weak
I find reason to believe
In my daughter's eyes

And when she wraps her hand
around my finger
Oh it puts a smile in my heart
Everything becomes a little clearer
I realize what life is all about

It's hangin' on when your heart
has had enough
It's giving more when you feel like giving up
I've seen the light
It's in my daugter's eyes

In my daughter's eyes I can see the future
A reflection of who I am and what will be
Though she'll grow and someday leave
Maybe raise a family
When I'm gone I hope you see how happy
she made me
For I'll be there
In my daughter's eyes
Who ya gonna call?


 
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Lea
Kurious Koi
06-14-08 05:54 AM - Post#470374    


    In response to Mike

  • Mickey Said:
  • Quote:
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then the one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

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

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation in the English way
The time is gone the song is over, thought I'd something more to say

Home, home again
I like to be there when I can
When I come in cold and tired
It's good to warm my bones beside the fire
Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells.







Ahhh, my default song


and more great lyrics

Angel from Montgomery - John Prine

I am an old woman, named after my mother, my old man is another child that's grown old.
If dreams were lightning, and thunder were desire,
this old house would have burnt down a long time ago.

Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery, make me a poster of an old rodeo.
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to, to believe in this living is just a hard way to go.

When I was a young girl, I had me a cowboy.
He weren't much to look at, just a free rambling man.But that was a long time, and no matter how I try,the years just flow by like a broken down dam.

Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery, make me a poster of an old rodeo.Just give me one thing that I can hold on to, to believe in this living is just a hard way to go.

There's flies in the kitchen, I can hear 'em in there buzzing.And I ain't done nothing, since I woke up today.How the hell can a person go to work in the morning,come home in the evening and have nothing to say?

Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery, make me a poster of an old rodeo.
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to, to believe in this living is just a hard way to go.

and I just added it to the main page about ten mins. ago.
Even heroes,need a hero sometimes...


 
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Clara
goldfish
06-15-08 08:11 AM - Post#470693    


    In response to Lea

I've always loved this song by Bob Dylan, especially these lines ...

Leave your stepping stones behind, something calls for you
Forget the dead you've left, they will not follow you.

http://www.bob-dylan.com/songs/babyblue.html

 
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Udo
frog
06-15-08 08:31 PM - Post#470862    


    In response to Clara

Rush,
The Trees
  • Quote:

There is unrest in the forest,
There is trouble with the trees,
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas.

The trouble with the maples,
(And they're quite convinced they're right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light.
But the oaks can't help their feelings
If they like the way they're made.
And they wonder why the maples
Can't be happy in their shade.

There is trouble in the forest,
And the creatures all have fled,
As the maples scream "Oppression!"
And the oaks just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights.
"The oaks are just too greedy;
We will make them give us light."
Now there's no more oak oppression,
For they passed a noble law,
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe, and saw.



Edited by Udo on 06-15-08 08:50 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
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Udo
frog
06-15-08 08:47 PM - Post#470864    


    In response to Udo

Sailing, by Christopher Cross

  • Quote:
It's not far down to paradise
At least it's not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away
And find tranquility
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

It's not far to never never land
No reason to pretend
And if the wind is right you can find the joy
Of innocence again
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

Sailing
Takes me away
To where I've always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

Fantasy
It gets the best of me
When I'm sailing
All caught up in the reverie
Every word is a symphony
Won't you believe me

It's not far back to sanity
At least it's not for me
And when the wind is right you can sail away
And find serenity
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

 
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TheLizard
Wahoo
06-15-08 08:57 PM - Post#470872    


    In response to Udo

  • Udo Said:
Rush,
The Trees
  • Quote:

There is unrest in the forest,
There is trouble with the trees,
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas.

The trouble with the maples,
(And they're quite convinced they're right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light.
But the oaks can't help their feelings
If they like the way they're made.
And they wonder why the maples
Can't be happy in their shade.

There is trouble in the forest,
And the creatures all have fled,
As the maples scream "Oppression!"
And the oaks just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights.
"The oaks are just too greedy;
We will make them give us light."
Now there's no more oak oppression,
For they passed a noble law,
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe, and saw.




I love Rush, but I HATE those lyrics.

Vital Signs on the other hand... brilliant lyrics.
Let all the children boogie


 
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Udo
frog
06-15-08 09:02 PM - Post#470877    


    In response to TheLizard

Vital Signs is another good allegorical song, which I like the lyrics but the song is a little too "pop" for my taste.
 
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MuzikTyme
Tune-a-Fish
06-23-08 07:13 AM - Post#473379    


    In response to Udo

I can never imagine pinpointing the greatest lyrics ever written in only one selection but this next one certainly is in the top ten . . .

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 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 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

Mankind ~ Its greatest invention ultimately destroyed it.


 
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Skuff
sea anemone
06-24-08 12:25 AM - Post#473695    


    In response to MuzikTyme

Well, lets continue this Beatles sole trend with Paul McCartney's "Only Mama Knows"

  • Quote:
Well I was found in the transit lounge
Of a dirty airport town
What was I doing on the road to ruin
Well my mama laid me down
My mama laid me down

Round my hand was a plastic band
With a picture of my face
I was crying, left to die in
This God forsaken place
This God forsaken place

Only mama knows why she laid me down
In this God forsaken town
Where she was running to what she ran from
Though I always wondered I never knew
Only mama knows
Only mama knows

I'm passing through I'm on my way
I'm on the road no ETA.
I'm passing through no fixed abode
And that is why I need to try
To hold on I've gotta hold on gotta hold on

Was it planned as a one night stand
Or did she leave in disgrace
Well I never will I ever see my fathers face, see my fathers face

Only mama knows why she laid me down
In this God forsaken town
Where she was running to what she ran from
Though I always wondered I never knew
Only mama knows
Only mama knows

Only mama knows (only mama knows) why she laid me down
In this God forsaken town
Where she was running to (only mama knows) what she ran from
Though I always wondered I never knew
Only mama knows (only mama knows)
Only mama knows (only mama knows)
(Only mama knows, only mama knows)

I've gotta hold on (only mama knows)
I've gotta hold on (only mama knows )
You've gotta hold on

I know I normally have a quote here that goes with my avatar, but I need to say that I changed my screen name from "JonnyBoy" mainly because I HATED it.

My Blog


 
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Ombre Vivante
Ichtyostega
06-24-08 06:16 AM - Post#473773    


    In response to Skuff

I'm partial to Jose Luis Perales's "Un Velero Llamado Libertad," but I don't know how well that would translate to English. He tells a story as he goes along.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=LH19sdx344A


I also like Jeanette's "Un Corazon De Poeta"

http://youtube.com/watch?v=H3cdzgGaSUE


Lastly, "Amor De Mujer" by Camilo Sesto.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=verTpgkfMY4


I'm having a hard time coming up with something in English that can match the lyrical qualities of these songs. I'm gettin' nuthin' here... maybe something by Roxy Music or Leonard Cohen?
The society that abolishes every adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure - Situationist graffiti slogan.


 
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