Just what the title says. I’ll be a courteous and see what other have to post before I post my favorite lyrics.
Time by Pink Floyd
When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all.
The memories of a man in his old age, are the deeds of a man in his prime.
Obscured By Clouds
And in the end they traded their tired wings
For the resignation that living brings
And exchanged love’s bright and fragile glow
For the glitter and the rouge
And in the moment they were swept before the deluge
“Before the Deluge” Jackson Browne
And you, to whom adversity has dealt the final blow
With smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go
Turn to, and put out all your strength of arm and heart and brain
And like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again.
– “The Mary Ellen Carter,” by Stan Rogers.
Never again will somebody tell me that I cannot do something.
On a morning from a Bogart movie
in a country where they turn back time,
You go strolling through the crowd like
contemplating a crime.
Year of the Cat, Al Stewart
Two broken Tigers on fire in the night
flicker their souls to the wind.
We wait in the lines for the
final approach to begin.
Its been over two years now I’ve carried a gun;
at home it will almost be Spring.
The flames of the Tigers are lighting the road to Berlin.
Roads to Berlin, Al Stewart
Accept certain inalienable truths; prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.
Baz Luhrmann, “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”
when I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse
out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown
The dream is gone
oh yeah life goes on
long after the thrill of livin is gone
but don’t forget
who’s always our guide
it is the child in us
hmmm picking up a theme here
The whole song, but this line in particular when going through a break up with someone I still had bump into on a regular basis.
From Positively Forth Street.
It seems like I’ve been here before
I can’t remember when
But I got this funny feeling
That we’ll all be together again
There’s no straight lines make up my life
And all my roads have bends
There’s no clear-cut beginnings
And so far no dead-ends
Harry Chapin - Circle
Knowing morning follows evening makes each new day come as a gift.
Rich Mullins - Hello Old Friends
Moved MPSIMS --> Cafe Society, with a reminder that we respect copyrights around here: no long quotations please, but feel free to link to the full version elsewhere.
We all know success, when we all find our own dreams
And our love is enough to knock down any walls
And the future’s been seen, as men try to realize
The simple secret of the note in us all
–Pure And Easy, Pete Townshend
We spend all of our lives going out of our minds
Looking back to our births forward to our demise
Even scientists say everything is just light
Not created, destroyed, but eternally bright
Masters in every time, Lord in everyplace
Those who stood up for love in spite of the hate.
Live, ‘‘They Stood Up for Love’’
The whole wide world, an endless universe
Yet we keep looking through the eyeglass in reverse
Don’t feed the people but we feed the machines
Can’t really feel what international means
In different circles we keep holding our ground
In different circles we keep spinning round and round and round
Don’t confront me with my failures
I had not forgotten them.
Jackson Browne These Days
I could be here all day. Representative of my overall oeuvre, which was playing when I noticed the thread, in fact:
Every day I die again, and again I’m reborn
Every day I have to find the courage
To walk out into the street
With arms out
Got a love you can’t defeat
Neither down nor out
There’s nothing you have that I need
I can breathe
Whether you die or kill them, its another brother dead
But I know youll never get that through your head
Cuz were mislead and misfed facts, were way off
Killing you and killing me, its the soliloquy of chaos
The lyrics to “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “Paradise By The Dashboard Light”, by one Meat Loaf, have always stood out in my mind as remarkably cynical and anti-romantic, in a world of glurgey loooooove songs.
“I want you
I need you
But there ain’t no way I’m ever gonna love you
Now don’t be saaaad…cause two out of three ain’t bad”
“So no I’m praying for the end of time so I can end my tiiiiime with yooouuu…”
Radical Face, “The Deserter’s Song”
Erm… Stainless, I think the mods might not like that…
“God bless the broken road, that led me straight to you.”