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We all love the music and the movies, not only for the sound and melody of the instruments, but also for the rhythm and meaning of the lyrics, so the questions are: which lyrics are the most poetic to you, what are they, who sung them and why? Thanks in advance.1.gif

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This one is easy for me. Nick Drake! Especially the album Pink Moon. Why? If you ever wan't to get inside the head of a tortured soul suffering from depression, extreme shyness and a general lack of desire to live(don't we all?) then just slap this puppy on. Just him, his acoustic guitar and one piano melody(on the song Pink Moon only) on the entire album. Recorded just before his death to boot. The most melancholy album ever in my opinion.


I saw it written and I saw it say

Pink moon is on its way

And none of you stand so tall

Pink moon gonna get you all

It's a pink moon

It's a pink, pink, pink, pink, pink moon.


Know that I love you

Know I don't care

Know that I see you

Know I'm not there.

Good stuff

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Now that you bring it up, there are many songs which come to mind. They may work for different reasons, or unknown reasons. I will not try to recite them, for the most part. Some titles may be wrong. The first few are hits.

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Stairway to Heaven by L.Z. They make little sense, but seem to convey some intimate story and understanding. In view of its obscurity of meaning, how come it was such a hit? I bring it up because I can't figure out why it works.

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Best love song, by far: "If I Loved You" from Carosel (sp) Rogers and Hammerstein. A song at first meeting, speaking of anticipation of pulling back out of fear, yet also obsession.

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"These are Days" by 10,000 Maniacs. Very forward and joyous.

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"America" and "Officer Crupkie" from West Side Story. Cynical and entertaining. The whole thing has continuing appeal. I like the RCA modern compilation of cover songs, "Songs of West Side Story." Buy it, you'll love it.

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"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" as sung by Lennon in the acoustic demo on Beatles Anthology. There is an extra verse. Pensive and insightful. We hear John's personality here more than on any other Beatle song.

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Bonny Raite singing "I can't make you love me".


Turn down the bed,

Turn down the lights,

Turn down these voices, inside my head.

Morning will come,

And I'll do what's right,

But give me to tonight,

To give up this fight.

Cause I can't make you love me if you don't

You can't make you're heart do, something it won't.


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Metalica's "Nothing Else Matters". The best ballad of devotion and determination, rejection of critics of the relationship.

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I put two songs in the same nich because they may have been written for the same reasons. Essentially, a gifted song writer has been rejected by their true love. It seems to me that they lament the ending, want to show who is more noble, and who has more talent. The last two are a bit of, understandable, pride. They do it well.

"Suite Judy Blue Eyes" written by Steven Stills for Judy Collens.

"I will Always Love You" written by Dolly Parton for Sam Tillis.

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A private favorite is Nantucket Sleighride performed by Mountain. The song of a whaler.

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I'll think of some others.


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The lunatic is on the grass

The lunatics are on the grass



Hello, is anybody in there?

Just nod if you can hear me?


The Wall (comfortably numb)

Plus the lyrics from a slew of songs by Suzanne Vega (My name is Luca, Marlena on the wall etc.)

Wise men say (only fools rush in) - Elvis

Danny Boy (too many artists)

Probably many more but I cant think right now.

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Movie: Jaws

Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies / Farewell and adieu you ladies of Spain. / For we received orders for to sail back to Boston / And soon never more will we see you again.

Recordings: Cream

"Forget the message, forget the lyrics, and play"

Sorry but Toad talks to me.

Check it out on the Casino sound track. 9.gif

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Thanks for the responses so far, didnt know about Stills and Collins, but love that song and have a wild memory associated with it, a sunny winter day, a thin naked blonde, drugs and a fluffy white cat with big blue eyes! This one popped in my head:

When you see through love's illusions, there lies the danger

And your perfect lover just looks like a perfect fool

So you go running off in search of a perfect stranger

While the loneliness seems to spring from your life

Like a fountain from a pool

Song: Fountain Of Sorrow

Artist: Jackson Browne

Though I believe that Joan Baez wrote it about Bob Dylan

Or how about:

They sat together in the park

As the evening sky grew dark,

She looked at him and he felt a spark tingle to his bones.

'Twas then he felt alone and wished that he'd gone straight

And watched out for a simple twist of fate.

Bob Dylan, First Release, Blood on the Tracks


The Sound of Silence

Hello darkness, my old friend,

I've come to talk with you again,

Because a vision softly creeping,

Left its seeds while I was sleeping,

And the vision that was planted in my brain

Still remains

Within the sound of silence.

In restless dreams I walked alone

Narrow streets of cobblestone,

'Neath the halo of a street lamp,

I turned my collar to the cold and damp

When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light

That split the night

And touched the sound of silence.

You Can Call Me Al

A man walks down the street

He says why am I soft in the middle now

Why am I soft in the middle

The rest of my life is so hard

I need a photo-opportunity

I want a shot at redemption

Don't want to end up a cartoon

In a cartoon graveyard

Bonedigger Bonedigger

Dogs in the moonlight

Far away my well-lit door

Mr. Beerbelly Beerbelly

Get these mutts away from me

You know I don't find this stuff amusing anymore

If you'll be my bodyguard

I can be your long lost pal

I can call you Betty

And Betty when you call me

You can call me Al

Both from Paul Simon


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The words to another Simon and Garfunkel tune hit me scared stupid one night. The first house I lived in was three stories tall on a long flat street where the houses are no more than 15 feet from each other. The city haddn't yet cut down the trees lining the street between the sidewalk and the curb. They did later giving the reason that it was too costly for upkeep. Anyway, in that same house my room was a remodeled part of the attic. You know, the kind of room that looked like an upside-down "V" with the pitch of the roof? That is where the JBL L300's resided. So here is 'Patterns' from "Parsley Sage Rosemary & Tyme"....

The night was set softly with the hush of falling leaves.

Casting shivering shadows on the houses through the trees.

And the light from a streetlamp leaves a pattern on my wall.

Like the pieces of a puzzle or a childs uneven scroll.

Up a narrow flight of stairs, in a narrow little room.

As I lie upon my bed in the early evening gloom.

Impailed on my wall my eyes can dimly see.

The pattern of my life and the puzzle that is me.

From the moment of my birth to the instant of of my death.

There are patterns I must follow just as I must breathe each breath.

Like a rat in a maze the path before me lies.

And the pattern never alters until the rat dies.

The pattern still remains on the wall where darkness fell.

And it's fitting that it should for in darkness I must dwell.

Like the color of my skin or the day that I grow old.

My life is made of patterns that can scarcely be controlled.

It was VERY eary how each description of the light and the shadows fit my room exactly, even the narrow staircase to get there.

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Ok, you guys may not agree with me in the least, but I think the lyrics from Yngwie Malmsteen's (crazy name, eh?) Dreaming are very good... Also, in his song Crying, he doesn't even need words to get the point across- its all instrumental... I like them. Don't think me crazy... my gf thought they were nice lol

Anyway... here:

Shades of night, fall upon my eyes.

Lonely world fades away.

Misty nights; shadows start to rise.

Lonely world fades away.

In my dreams, your face is all I see.

Through the night, you share your love with me.

Dreamin visions of you;

Feelin all the love I never knew.

Here we are, on the crossroads of forever;

Shinin star lights the way.

Walk with me, on the wings of time

Loves mystery is for us to find.

Dreamin visions of you;

Feelin all the love I never knew.

Until the day-

Until the day I find you.

I wont rest-

I wont let go.

Somehow, someway,

I know Ill be beside you;

To warm my heart, and fill my soul.


Only dreamin...

Maybe I am just crazy or somehting, but I kidna like them.

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Some of my favorite bands in regards to lyrics are;

Steely Dan




Infectious Grooves


Pink Floyd

Van Morrison



Dave Matthews

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These are some of my favorites.

I think the lyrics are what greatly compliment the above bands.

IMHO. It doesn't take much to assemble an adequate band, but it takes a lot to write good lyrics.

And it takes even more to convey them properly.

Like i've always said....

The choice of singer can either make or break a band.10.gif

Does anyone know where my sig is from?

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Oh come on Clu,stop goofing around . Everyone knows the great guitar player "Inggy". In fact his close friends know him by his knick name:

Lars Johann Yngwie Björn Olof Njord Esbjörn Hermod Eyvind Albrekt Didrik Lannerback Malmsteeny-Bob.

Yump and Yimity! That one just rolls right of the tongue ,don't it?9.gif

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On 11/7/2002 10:31:42 PM cluless wrote:

Absolutely the best "lyrics" on the planet...Cause we ended as lovers...jeff beck - he just happens to be a man of few words..----------------


As I sit here at work I can't for the life of me remember if that was on the "Blow by Blow" album or "Wired". I'm bettin' on "Blow by Blow".

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