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    What are the most meaningful lines in music have you ever heard? Do you have any lines of songs that you ponder or you think sums up an aspect of life pretty well?

    Guns and Rose --- Civil War

    "My hands are tied
    For all I've seen has changed my mind
    But still the wars go on as the years go by
    With no love of God or human rights
    'Cause all these dreams are swept aside
    By bloody hands of the hypnotized
    Who carry the cross of homicide
    And history bears the scars of our civil wars"


    Pink Floyd --- Vera

    "Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?
    Remember how she said,
    That we would meet again,
    Some sunny day.
    Vera!
    Vera!
    What has become of you?
    Does anybody else in here feel the way I do?"


    Ok....that's the whole song...Shorts but sums up what happens to me when I think about old friends.

    Janis Joplin --- Bobby McGee

    "He’s looking for that home and I hope he finds it,
    But I’d trade all of my tomorrows for one single yesterday
    To be holding bobby’s body next to mine.

    Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose,
    Nothing, that’s all that bobby left me, yeah,"



    Jeremy Fisher --- Shooting Star

    "Count my blessings, the same way I count the stars
    When I look up I wonder how many there are,
    Just like anything, gets lost between the lines,
    You read the book and put it down before it smacks you right between the eyes

    In spite of it all, what can I even say,
    There’s nothing I can do for you yesterday,
    In spite of it all, everybody says,
    There’s nothing I can do for you yesterday"
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    For some reason I read the thread title as Most Meaningless Lines in Music and thought, "Those lines don't seem all that meaningless to me..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepsigirl
    For some reason I read the thread title as Most Meaningless Lines in Music and thought, "Those lines don't seem all that meaningless to me..."
    HEHEHEHEHEH

    I read things like that all the time.

    Hey do you have any lines you want to share?
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    Good thread. You know, your inclusion of "Civil War" reminds me -- GN'R is funny, because they have some wonderfully written songs with great lyrics. But they also have a handful of embarrassingly bad stuff in the lyrics department. There are songs where I actually cringe when I hear them ("Shotgun Blues," for example -- I don't care that it's angry or offensive, just that it's a piece of crap song). It makes you wonder if they just weren't trying sometimes or if they simply lacked consistant inspiration.

    "Civil War" does have some nice stuff, if a couple awkward elements, too.

    But "Dead Horse?" Ugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Ferguson
    Good thread. You know, your inclusion of "Civil War" reminds me -- GN'R is funny, because they have some wonderfully written songs with great lyrics. But they also have a handful of embarrassingly bad stuff in the lyrics department. There are songs where I actually cringe when I hear them ("Shotgun Blues," for example -- I don't care that it's angry or offensive, just that it's a piece of crap song). It makes you wonder if they just weren't trying sometimes or if they simply lacked consistant inspiration.

    "Civil War" does have some nice stuff, if a couple awkward elements, too.

    But "Dead Horse?" Ugh.
    What are the lines that have meaning for you?

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    Pretty much the entirety of The Who's Quadrophenia qualifies for this as far as I'm concerned. Actually, Pete Townshend is generally the guy who writes stuff that is most meaningful to me, which is one of the main reasons why I consider the Who to be on the same level as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones despite being slightly weaker than both of them on a purely musical - as in musical composition - level (though they are still better than just about everyone else).

    On a similar note, George Harrison's All Things Must Pass is also supremely meaningful an album. And a lot of Dylan's more personal, less oblique stuff too, come to think of it.

    I'm not going to actually post any specific lyrics right now because I am much too tired but I will say what kind of lyrics I don't usually find that meaningful: those socially conscious lyrics that U2 (for instance) love so much. Music is at its most meaningful for me when the artist writes lyrics that are personal to him/her, rather than some distant, anthemic words that are written more for other people. I mentioned U2 because they best exemplify (spelling? Like I said, very tired) the latter and it's a big part of why I simply don't rate them much at all. Of course, the most meaninful lyrics are those that start out as completely personal and intimate and then go on to become universal anthems (Paul McCartney's Let It Be and Hey Jude are both classic examples of this.)

    Okay, I'll cave. Here's one of my favourite lyrics from one of the less well known songs on Quadrophenia, Sea and Sand about, basically, unrequited love (I especially love that last verse):

    The girl I love
    Is a perfect dresser,
    Wears every fashion
    Gets it to the tee.
    Heavens above,
    I got to match her
    She knows just how
    She wants her man to be
    Leave it to me.

    My jacket's gonna be cut slim and checked
    Maybe a touch of seersucker with an open neck
    I ride a G.S. scooter with my hair cut neat
    I wear my wartime coat in the wind and sleet.

    I see her dancing
    Across the ballroom
    UV light making starshine
    Of her smile.
    I am the face,
    She has to know me,
    I'm dressed up better than anyone
    Within a mile.

    So how come the other tickets look much better?
    Without a penny to spend they dress to the letter.
    How come the girls come on oh so cool
    Yet when you meet 'em, every one's a fool?

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    There are quite a few Pink Floyd songs that carry great, sometimes idiosyncratic, meaning for me. "Time" has, for years and years now, been one of my favorites, and I apreciate it in new and unexpected ways as I grow older.

    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 gone behind you
    No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

    And you're on the 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 naught or half a page of scribbled lines
    Hanging on in a quiet desperation is the English way
    The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Core
    There are quite a few Pink Floyd songs that carry great, sometimes idiosyncratic, meaning for me. "Time" has, for years and years now, been one of my favorites, and I apreciate it in new and unexpected ways as I grow older.

    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 gone behind you
    No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

    And you're on the 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 naught or half a page of scribbled lines
    Hanging on in a quiet desperation is the English way
    The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say.
    Yeah. Great pick. I have to admit though that Roger Waters runs hot and cold for me as far as lyrics go because while he is capable of stuff as great as Time, I do often find his lyrics to be naively pessimistic (for lack of a better definition), especially on the Wall.

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    Well this song is about just thinking about life, it's a love song but a bit of a life song as well.

    It's by the Flaming Lips

    Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
    Do You Realize - we're floating in space -
    Do You Realize - that happiness makes you cry
    Do You Realize - that everyone you know someday will die

    And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
    You realize that life goes fast
    It's hard to make the good things last
    You realize the sun doesn't go down
    It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

    Do You Realize - Oh - Oh - Oh
    Do You Realize - that everyone you know
    Someday will die -

    And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
    You realize that life goes fast
    It's hard to make the good things last
    You realize the sun doesn't go down
    It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

    Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
    Do You Realize
    Turn out the light, tell me a story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilash
    Yeah. Great pick. I have to admit though that Roger Waters runs hot and cold for me as far as lyrics go because while he is capable of stuff as great as Time, I do often find his lyrics to be naively pessimistic (for lack of a better definition), especially on the Wall.
    Oh, totally. The Wall and The Final Cut are both stuck in that daddy-died-and-left-me vein of whining that can get kind of bothersome.

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    Do do do do dingle zing a dong bong
    Ba di ba da ba zumba crunga cong gone bad
    RHCP - "Soul To Squeeze"



    i really dislike this song because of these lyrics.
    "Do you even know what the term "shoot" means, son?" - Matt Classic

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    I always found the lyrics in this song to sort of drive home a point about war.....

    Kill for gain, shoot to maim
    We don't need a reason
    The Golden Goose is on the loose
    Never out of season

    Blackened pride burns inside
    Shell of bloody treason
    Here's my gun for a barrel of fun
    For the love of living death

    The killer's breed or the demon's seed
    The glamor, the fortune, the pain
    Go to war again, blood is freedom's stain
    Don't you pray for my soul anymore

    2 minutes to midnight
    The hands that threaten doom
    2 minutes to midnight
    To kill the unborn in the womb

    The blind men shout, ?Let the creatures out?
    Let's show the unbelievers
    The napalm screams of human flames
    Of a prime time Belsen feast

    As the reasons for the carnage
    Cut their meat and lick the gravy
    We oil the jaws of the war machines
    And feed them with our babies

    The killer's breed or the demon's seed
    The glamor, the fortune, the pain
    Go to war again, blood is freedom's stain
    Don't you pray for my soul anymore

    2 minutes to midnight
    The hands that threaten doom
    2 minutes to midnight
    To kill the unborn in the womb

    Body bags and little rags
    Of children torn in two
    The jellied brains of those who remain
    Put the finger right on you

    As the madmen play on words
    And make us all dance to their song
    To the tune of starving millions
    To make a better kind of gun

    The killer's breed or the demon's seed
    The glamor, the fortune, the pain
    Go to war again, blood is freedom's stain
    Don't you pray for my soul anymore

    2 minutes to midnight
    The hands that threaten doom
    2 minutes to midnight
    To kill the unborn in the womb

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    A lot of GN'R "Illusion" album stuff comes to mind:

    Don't Damn Me:
    "But look at what we've done
    To the innocent and young
    Whoa listen to who's talking
    'Cause we're not the only ones
    The trash collected by the eyes
    And dumped into the brain
    Said it tears into our
    conscious thoughts
    You tell me who's to blame"

    Breakdown:
    "I've come to know the cold
    I think of it as home
    When there ain't enough of me to go around
    I'd rather be left alone
    But if I call you out of habit I'm out of love and
    I gotta have it
    Would you give it to me if I fit you needs
    Like when we both knew we had it
    But now the damage's done
    And we're back out on the run
    Fun how ev'rything was roses
    When we held on to the guns
    Just because you're winnin'
    Don't mean you're the lucky ones"

    That part about how everything was roses when we held onto the guns -- fits the AFD lineup and era to a tee. Raw, hungry and the best at what they were doing.

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    "Because the streets is a short stop
    Either you're slingin crack rock or you got a wicked jumpshot
    "

    The Notorious BIG.
    "You can't trust them as poets either. The true poet is anonymous, as to his habits, but these boys have to look, act, and apparently smell like poets"
    Flannery O'Connor on the beats.

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    You might have to dig a bit to get the meaning but this is genuine, flat out genius:

    Darkness at the break of noon
    Shadows even the silver spoon
    The handmade blade, the child’s balloon
    Eclipses both the sun and moon
    To understand you know too soon
    There is no sense in trying

    Pointed threats, they bluff with scorn
    Suicide remarks are torn
    From the fool’s gold mouthpiece the hollow horn
    Plays wasted words, proves to warn
    That he not busy being born is busy dying

    Temptation’s page flies out the door
    You follow, find yourself at war
    Watch waterfalls of pity roar
    You feel to moan but unlike before
    You discover that you’d just be one more
    Person crying

    So don’t fear if you hear
    A foreign sound to your ear
    It’s alright, Ma, I’m only sighing

    As some warn victory, some downfall
    Private reasons great or small
    Can be seen in the eyes of those that call
    To make all that should be killed to crawl
    While others say don’t hate nothing at all
    Except hatred

    Disillusioned words like bullets bark
    As human gods aim for their mark
    Make everything from toy guns that spark
    To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark
    It’s easy to see without looking too far
    That not much is really sacred

    While preachers preach of evil fates
    Teachers teach that knowledge waits
    Can lead to hundred-dollar plates
    Goodness hides behind its gates
    But even the president of the United States
    Sometimes must have to stand naked

    An’ though the rules of the road have been lodged
    It’s only people’s games that you got to dodge
    And it’s alright, Ma, I can make it

    Advertising signs they con
    You into thinking you’re the one
    That can do what’s never been done
    That can win what’s never been won
    Meantime life outside goes on
    All around you

    You lose yourself, you reappear
    You suddenly find you got nothing to fear
    Alone you stand with nobody near
    When a trembling distant voice, unclear
    Startles your sleeping ears to hear
    That somebody thinks they really found you

    A question in your nerves is lit
    Yet you know there is no answer fit
    To satisfy, insure you not to quit
    To keep it in your mind and not forget
    That it is not he or she or them or it
    That you belong to

    Although the masters make the rules
    For the wise men and the fools
    I got nothing, Ma, to live up to

    For them that must obey authority
    That they do not respect in any degree
    Who despise their jobs, their destinies
    Speak jealously of them that are free
    Cultivate their flowers to be
    Nothing more than something they invest in

    While some on principles baptized
    To strict party platform ties
    Social clubs in drag disguise
    Outsiders they can freely criticize
    Tell nothing except who to idolize
    And then say God bless him

    While one who sings with his tongue on fire
    Gargles in the rat race choir
    Bent out of shape from society’s pliers
    Cares not to come up any higher
    But rather get you down in the hole
    That he’s in

    But I mean no harm nor put fault
    On anyone that lives in a vault
    But it’s alright, Ma, if I can’t please him

    Old lady judges watch people in pairs
    Limited in sex, they dare
    To push fake morals, insult and stare
    While money doesn’t talk, it swears
    Obscenity, who really cares
    Propaganda, all is phony

    While them that defend what they cannot see
    With a killer’s pride, security
    It blows the minds most bitterly
    For them that think death’s honesty
    Won’t fall upon them naturally
    Life sometimes must get lonely

    My eyes collide head-on with stuffed
    Graveyards, false gods, I scuff
    At pettiness which plays so rough
    Walk upside-down inside handcuffs
    Kick my legs to crash it off
    Say okay, I have had enough, what else can you show me?

    And if my thought-dreams could be seen
    They’d probably put my head in a guillotine
    But it’s alright, Ma, it’s life, and life only


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