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I've always said my favourite lyricists are Roger Waters/Morrissey/John Lennon, but i wanna post these lyrics from a song by the Jam, cos i just mentioned it whilst replying to another post and was just sat thinking how good the lyrics were.......


Why are you frightened - can?t you see that it?s you

That ain?t no ghost - it?s a reflection of you

Why do you turn away - an? keep it out of sight

Oh - don?t live up to your given roles

There?s more inside you that you won?t show

But you keep it hidden just like everyone

You?re scared to show you care - it?ll make you vulnerable

So you wear that ghost around you for disguise

But there?s no need just ?cos it?s all we?ve known

There?s more inside you that you haven?t shown

So keep on moving, moving, moving your feet

Keep on shuf-shuf-shuffling to this ghost dance beat

Just keep on walking down never ending streets

One day you?ll walk right out of this life

And then you?ll wonder why you didn?t try

To spread some loving all around

Old fashioned causes like that still stand

Gotta rid this prejudice that ties you down

How do you feel at the end of the day

Just like you?ve waked over your own grave

So why are you frightened - can?t you see that it?s you

At the moment there?s nothing - so there?s nothing to lose

Lift up your lonely heart and walk right on through

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* Musical Interlude *

All that you touch

And all that you see

All that you taste

All you feel

And all that you love

And all that you hate

All you distrust

All you save

And all that you give

And all that you deal

And all that you buy

Beg, borrow or steal

And all you create

And all you destroy

And all that you do

And all that you say

And all that you eat

And everyone you meet

And all that you slight

And everyone you fight

And all that is now

And all that is gone

And all that`s to come and

Everything under the sun is in tune

But the sun is eclipsed by the moon

Yup, they're right up there, that's for sure.

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I've always liked the lyrics to Time by Pink Floyd...

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day

You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand 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

And you are young and life is long

And there is time to kill today

And then 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

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

Every year is getting shorter

Never seem to find the time

Plans that either come to nought

Or half a page of scribbled lines

Hanging on in quiet desparation is 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 here when I can

When I come home 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

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Here's one from - The Doors

The Crystal Ship

Before you slip into unconsciousness

I'd like to have another kiss

Another flashing chance at bliss

Another kiss, another kiss

The days are bright and filled with pain

Enclose me in your gentle rain

The time you ran was too insane

We'll meet again, we'll meet again

Oh tell me where your freedom lies

The streets are fields that never die

Deliver me from reasons why

You'd rather cry, I'd rather fly

The crystal ship is being filled

A thousand girls, a thousand thrills

A million ways to spend your time

When we get back, I'll drop a line

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Yes, you have all guessed it when you saw my name.....

Stairway to Heaven.

There's a lady who's sure, all that glitters is gold,

And she's buying the stairway to heaven.

When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed,

With a word she can get what she came for.

Ooh, ooh, and she's buying the stairway to heaven.

There's a sign on the wall, but she wants to be sure,

'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.

In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings,

Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,

Ooh, it makes me wonder.

There's a feeling I get, when I look, to the west,

And my spirit is crying for leaving.

In my thoughts I have seen, rings of smoke through the trees,

And the voices of those who standing looking.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,

Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And it's whispered that soon, if we all call the tune,

Then the piper will lead us to reason.

And a new day will dawn, for those who stand long,

And the forests will echo with laughter.

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now,

It's just a spring clean for the May queen.

Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run,

There's still time to change the road you're on.

And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know,

The piper's calling you to join him,

Dear lady can you hear the wind blow, and did you know,

Your stairway lies on the whispering wind...

And as we wind on down the road,

Our shadows taller than our soul,

There walks a lady we all know,

Who shines white light and wants to show,

How everything still turns to gold,

And if you listen very hard,

The tune will come to you at last,

When all are one and one is all,

To be a rock, and not to roll..........

And she's buying the stairway, to, heaven...

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yeah i always rate 'Time' certainly as floyd's best lyrics, i always like lyrics that give yer something to think about, or lyrics that sum up a certain feeling.....which 'Time' certainly does.....that bit, 'kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town, waiting for someone or something to show you the way' is definately one of the best lyrics written....'Eclipse' is a bit too simple for me, but they are effective lyrics....and a great way to finish a masterpiece.

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i think numb by u2 has really sexy lyrics

Don't move

Don't talk out of time

Don't think

Don't worry

Everything's just fine

Just fine

Don't grab

Don't clutch

Don't hope for too much

Don't breathe

Don't achieve

Or grieve without leave

Don't check

Just balance on the fence

Don't answer

Don't ask

Don't try and make sense

Don't whisper

Don't talk

Don't run if you can walk

Don't cheat, compete

Don't miss the one beat

Don't travel by train

Don't eat

Don't spill

Don't piss in the drain

Don't make a will

Don't fill out any forms

Don't compensate

Don't cower

Don't crawl

Don't come around late

Don't hover at the gate

Don't take it on board

Don't fall on your sword

Just play another chord

If you feel you're getting bored

Don't change your brand

Don't listen to the band

Don't gape

Don't ape

Don't change your shape

Have another grape

Don't plead

Don't bridle

Don't shackle

Don't grind

Don't curve

Don't swerve

Lie, die, serve

Don't theorize, realise, polarise

Glance, dance, dismiss, apologise

Don't spy

Don't lie

Don't try




Start again

Don't triumph

Don't coax

Don't cling

Don't hoax

Don't freak


Don't leak

Don't speak

Don't project

Don't connect


Don't expect


Don't project

Don't connect


Don't expect


Don't struggle

Don't jerk

Don't collar

Don't work

Don't wish

Don't fish

Don't teach

Don't reach

Don't borrow

Don't break

Don't fence

Don't steal

Don't pass

Don't press

Don't try

Don't feel

Don't touch

Don't dive

Don't suffer

Don't rhyme

Don't fantasize

Don't rise

Don't lie

Don't project

Don't connect


Don't expect


Don't project

Don't connect


Don't expect


I feel numb

thanks for your time!

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You can not leave out Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen when talking about best lyrics ever. I'll post Dylan a little later.

I was going to use Thunder Road, but instead I'll go with

Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run

In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway American dream

At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines

Sprung from cages out on highway 9,

Chrome wheeled, fuel injected

and steppin' out over the line

Baby this town rips the bones from your back

It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap

We gotta get out while we're young

'Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

Wendy let me in I wanna be your friend

I want to guard your dreams and visions

Just wrap your legs 'round these velvet rims

and strap your hands across my engines

Together we could break this trap

We'll run till we drop, baby we'll never go back

Will you walk with me out on the wire

'Cause baby I'm just a scared and lonely rider

But I gotta find out how it feels

I want to know if love is wild

girl I want to know if love is real

Beyond the Palace hemi-powered drones scream down the boulevard

The girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors

And the boys try to look so hard

The amusement park rises bold and stark

Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

I wanna die with you Wendy on the streets tonight

In an everlasting kiss

The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive

Everybody's out on the run tonight

but there's no place left to hide

Together Wendy we'll live with the sadness

I'll love you with all the madness in my soul

Someday girl I don't know when

we're gonna get to that place

Where we really want to go

and we'll walk in the sun

But till then tramps like us

baby we were born to run


Brilliant Disguise has great lyrics too. Such a 'brilliant' song ::

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My votes go to "Stairway to Heaven" (which has been mentioned), "The End" by the Doors, and "Castles Made Of Sand" by Jimi Hendrix.

This is the end

Beautiful friend

This is the end

My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end

Of everything that stands, the end

No safety or surprise, the end

I'll never look into your eyes...again

Can you picture what will be

So limitless and free

Desperately in need...of some...stranger's hand

In a...desperate land

Lost in a Roman...wilderness of pain

And all the children are insane

All the children are insane

Waiting for the summer rain, yeah

There's danger on the edge of town

Ride the King's highway, baby

Weird scenes inside the gold mine

Ride the highway west, baby

Ride the snake, ride the snake

To the lake, the ancient lake, baby

The snake is long, seven miles

Ride the snake...he's old, and his skin is cold

The west is the best

The west is the best

Get here, and we'll do the rest

The blue bus is callin' us

The blue bus is callin' us

Driver, where you taken' us

The killer awoke before dawn, he put his boots on

He took a face from the ancient gallery

And he walked on down the hall

He went into the room where his sister lived, and...then he

Paid a visit to his brother, and then he

He walked on down the hall, and

And he came to a door...and he looked inside

Father, yes son, I want to kill you

Mother...I want to...f**k you

C'mon baby, take a chance with us

C'mon baby, take a chance with us

C'mon baby, take a chance with us

And meet me at the back of the blue bus

Doin' a blue rock

On a blue bus

Doin' a blue rock

C'mon, yeah

Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill

This is the end

Beautiful friend

This is the end

My only friend, the end

It hurts to set you free

But you'll never follow me

The end of laughter and soft lies

The end of nights we tried to die

This is the end

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"Castles Made of Sand" has very underrated lyrics, I think:

Down the street you can hear her scream "you're a disgrace"

As she slams the door in his druken face

And now he stands outside,

And all the neighbors start to gossip and drool

He cries "oh, girl you must be mad,

What happened to the sweet love you and me had?"

Agianst the door he leans and starts a scene

And his tears fall and burn the garden green

And so castles made of sand,

Fall in the sea


The little indian brave who before he was ten,

Played war games in the woods with his indian friends

And he built a dream that when he grew up

He would be a feirce warrior indian chief

Many moons past, and more the dream grew strong

Until tomorrow he would sing his first war song

And fight his battle, but something went wrong

Suprise attack, killed him in his sleep that night

And so castles made of sand,

Melts into the sea


here was a young girl who's heart was a frown

'Cause she was crippled for life and she couldn't speak a sound

And she wished and prayed that she could stop livin'

So she decided to die

She drew her wheelchair to the edge of the shore

And to her legs she smiled "You won't hurt me no more"

And then a sight she seen made her jump and say

"Hey look a golden winged ship is passin' my way"

And it really didn't have to stop

It just kept on goin'

And so castles made of sand,

Slips into the sea


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All Along The Watchtower

There must be some kind of way outta here

said the joker to the thief

There's too much confusion...

I can't get no relief

Business men they drink my wine

Plowmen dig my earth

No one will level on the line,

Nobody of it is worth

hey, hey

No reason to get excited

The thief he kindly spoke

There are many here among us

Who feel that life is but a joke

But, uh...but you and I, we've been through that

And this is not our fate

So let us stop talkin' falsely now

The hour's getting late, hey

All along the watchtower

Princes kept the view

While all the women came and went

Barefoot servants, too

Outside in the cold distance

A wildcat did growl

Two riders were approaching

And the wind began to howl

Bob Dylan :guitar:

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"She" ~ Elvis Costello

(I know he didn't write it originally)

I live in hope, that one day someone will want to spend the rest of their life with me, and when they do, they will know me well enough to get down on one knee and serenade me with this truly beautiful song.

"She may be the face I can't forget

The trace of pleasure or regret

May be my treasure or the price I have to pay

She may be the song that summer sings

May be the chill that autumn brings

May be a hundred different things

Within the measure of a day

She may be the beauty or the beast

May be the famine or the feast

May turn each day into a heaven or a hell

She may be the mirror of my dreams

The smile reflected in a stream

She may not be what she may seem

Inside her shell

She who always seems so happy in a crowd

Whose eyes can be so private and so proud

No-one's allowed to see them when they cry

She may be the love that cannot hope to last

Beckons indeed from shadows of the past

That I'll remember 'til the day I die

She may be the reason I survive

The why and wherefore I'm alive

The one I'll care for through the rough and ready years

Me, I'll take her laughter and her tears

And make them all my souvenirs

For when she goes I've got to be

The meaning of my life is she

She... , oh she"

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and what are people's reasons for posting the best lyrics ever? - my favourite lyrics are things i can relate to - see my post 'ghosts' by the jam - its just a self explanatory description of life, and maybe feeling a touch insecure etc....and the way we shield ourselves at times...."one day you'll walk right out of this life

and then you'll wonder why you didn't try" - cos i am - boneidle at the best of times!

"kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town

waiting for someone or something to show you the way" - that intense feeling of boredom waiting for summat to happen.....

i love lyrics that you can relate to and say - "that could have easily been written for me"

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What a beautiful song, Foxy!!! My eyes teared up reading that last verse.

Aww Jenny, it is SUCH a lovely song, full of string instruments and Elvis Costello sings it so magically.

It's from the film "Notting Hill", although I know in some countries that he only sings the version at the end and the one at the beginning is by Charles Aznavour.

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I would have to say my opinon of best lyrics ever would have to go to Trapt they are amazing lyrically...imparticularly "Made Of Glass" its my favorite song right now...

TITLE: Made of Glass



I don't know anything at all and I'm somebody else

It could take years to find you, it could years to find myself

And I don't need to hear your answer I just need you to see

That I think it's time to break down these walls that we throw

Am I still breathing have I lost that feeling

Am I made of glass 'cause you see right through me

I don't know who I am and you're the only one who sees that

I can't ask these questions that cannot be answered today

And even if everything goes wrong and we start to fall apart

I will understand where you are, I will understand this by myself

And I don't need to hear your answer I just need you to feel

Like there are no boundaries at all

And how far have we come, too far to throw away the past

Will you be there waiting for me

I have to ask what we are, if I ask today it just won't last

So I'll be here waiting for you

Will we ever feel this good again - Not today

Will we ever feel this real

again - Not today

Will you ever be mine again - Not today

Will we ever feel this real again - Not today

I love this song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :guitar: :coolio: :drummer: :rockon: :rockon: :rockon:

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