Favorite Lyrics


I’m not like them
But I can pretend
The sun is gone
But I have a light
The day is done
But I’m having fun
I think I’m dumb
Or maybe just happy

Think I’m just happy [x3]
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“Desperados Under The Eaves”-Warren Zevon

I was sitting in the Hollywood Hawaiian Hotel
I was staring in my empty coffee cup
I was thinking that the gypsy wasn’t lyin’
All the salty margaritas in Los Angeles
I’m gonna drink 'em up

And if California slides into the ocean
Like the mystics and statistics say it will
I predict this motel will be standing until I pay my bill

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The Mesopotamians,” by TMBG

Then they wouldn’t understand a word we say
So we’ll scratch it all down into the clay
Half believing there will sometime come a day
Someone gives a damn
Maybe when the concrete has crumbled to sand

This rhyme from the Ramones’ Teenage Lobotomy charms me:

Now I guess I’ll have to tell 'em
That I got no cerebellum.

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died

Why is this good?

Umm, we already have a thread for lyrics in the Thread Games Room…

I’m not crazy about the song, but there’s a part I always liked:

But you know that I’ll forgive you
Just this once, twice, forever…
'Cause baby, you could take me to hell and back
Just as long as we’re together
And you do…


Time and love has branded me with it’s claws
Had to go to Florida, dodgin’ them Georgia laws
Po’ boy in the hotel called the Palace of Bloom
Called down to room service, said 'send up a room

-Bob Dylan, Po’ Boy

“And you cannot find your waitress
With a Geiger counter
And she hates you and your friends and you
Just can’t get served without her.”

– Tom Waits “The Piano Has Been Drinking”

“Two strangers learn to fall in love again.
I get the joy of rediscovering you.”

–“Faithfully”, Journey

“Ninth and Hennepin”-Tom Waits

And all the rooms they smell like diesel
And you take on the dreams of the ones who have slept here
And I’m lost in the window, and I hide in the stairway
And I hang in the curtain, and I sleep in your hat
And no one brings anything small into a bar around here
They all started out with bad directions
And the girl behind the counter has a tattooed tear
One for every year he’s away, she said
Such a crumbling beauty
Ah, there’s nothing wrong with her that a hundred dollars won’t fix

Small Change got rained on with his on thirty-eight

  • Tom Waits


  • Warren Zevon

If love is aces
Give me the jack

  • Maria McKee
    All the Federales say
    They could have had him any day
    They only let him slip away
    Out of kindness I suppose

  • Townes Van Zandt

Truth is, after all, a moving target
Hairs to split and pieces that don’t fit
How can anybody be enlightened?
Truth is after all so poorly lit

  • Rush

Easy to bitch, easy to whine
Easy to moan, easy to cry
Easy to feel like there ain’t nothing in your life
Harder to work, harder to strive
Hard to be glad to be alive
But it’s really worth it, if you give it a try

  • Cowboy Mouth

You know the day destroys the night
Night divides the day
Try to run, try to hide
Break on through to the other side

  • The Doors

I think you love to play the victim
I think you love to play the clown
I think you were blind to the fact that
The hand you hold is the hand that holds you down

  • Everclear

No one do lyrics like Tom Waits!

From “The Bills”, don’t remember the tune, but I like the message,

“No where to go, and all day to get there”.

“Oh Heavenly sky, of streaming blue
Enormous wind, the sails blow free
Let wind and heaven go hang, but oh!
Sweet Mary, let us keep the sea!”

Bertolt Brecht, Ballad of the Pirates.

Don McLean’s American Pie. Not only are the lyrics pure poetry, but they are still being discussed 34 years later! And when Unca Cecil wrote a column on the subject, he got a response from McLean himself!

“Here Comes A Regular”-The Replacements

Well a person can work up a mean mean thirst
after a hard day of nothin’ much at all
Summer’s passed, it’s too late to cut the grass
There ain’t much to rake anyway in the fall

And sometimes I just ain’t in the mood
to take my place in back with the loudmouths
You’re like a picture on the fridge that’s never stocked with food
I used to live at home, now I stay at the house

And everybody wants to be special here
They call your name out loud and clear
Here comes a regular
Call out your name
Here comes a regular
Am I the only one here today?

Overs by Paul Simon (off of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bookends, which contains a number of top-notch songs):

How long can I delay?
We’re just a habit
Like saccharin
And I’m habitually feelin’ kinda blue
But each time I try on
The thought of leaving you
I stop…
I stop and think it over.