Best single lines in rock lyrics

“There’s a skeleton choking on a crust of bread.”

King of Pain - The Police

Watching his exit is like falling off the ferry in the night
Arctic Monkeys - the juweller’s hands

A well-worn dandy: But he could play a guitar just like a-ringin’ a bell!

ETA: Yeah, that line from Year of the Cat is pretty good.

Why leave out Nicol? She’s the only character in the series who’s described as a musician.

Scuse me while I kiss this guy.

Wrapped up like douche another runner in the night.

Snot’s running down his nose.

Aqualung by Jethro Tull

How loosely are we defining “rock” and “single”?

I love the Indigo Girls’ “I spent four years prostrate to the higher minds, got my paper, and I was free.”

Exactly what I was going to post.

“And that’s how his truck, landed up, in the drink.”

So sublime, given the previous line “Seems he died from having too much to drink.”

All in the delivery - courtesy Jon Wayne.

From “Rock Me Gently” (Andy Kim):

Beautiful is the Dream, that Makes You Mine

Back in my single days I actual used this line several times and it worked!

History shows again and again
How nature points out the folly of men.

—“Godzilla” by BOC

Hey now baby, get into my big black car.

----“Politician” by Cream

“guess I should’ve known, by the way you parked your car sideways that it wouldn’t last”

Prince, Little Red Corvette

And pretty much anything from “5:15” by The Who.

He man drag
In the glittering ballroom
Gravely outrageous
In my high heel shoes

“Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact it’s cold as hell.”

Rocket Man lyric by Bernie Taupin, music by Elton John.

Gotta stretch the “rock” definition:

He was born in the summer of his 27th year,
Coming home to a place he’d never been before.

“Rocky Mountain High” - John Denver

Good one; I’ll allow it.

I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in asking, Mr. Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away – Paradise, John Prine

There stands the naked ape in the monkey suit with the little mustache he grew, the shifty brute – All Men are Liars, Nick Lowe

to stretch the definition of a line

The Who, “Behind Blue Eyes”
“No one knows what it’s like, to be hated, to be fated, to telling only lies.”

Ronnie James Dio, “Last in Line”
“We’ll know for the first time if we’re evil or divine. We’re the last in line”

Blue Oyster Cult, “Veteran of the Psychic Wars”
“I’ve been living on the edge so long, where the winds of Limbo roar”

Gordon Lightfoot, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”
either “Superior, it’s said, never gives up her dead, when the skies of November turn gloomy”
or “Does anyone know where the love of God goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?”

I love the line saw a deadhead sticker on a Cadillac from The Boys of the Summer, Don Henley.

Probably pretty date now, but impactful when new.

“They say that looks don’t count for much and so there goes your proof!” Is she really going out with him, Joe Jackson. Heard that the other day and it’s the perfect diss.

I’m just an animal looking for a home
“This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)”, Talking Heads

And if you want to get even more granular than a single line, I’m very fond of the phrase…

a couple of paintings from Sears
“Scenes From an Italian Restaurant”, Billy Joel