Selected song lyrics I particularly like (not ordered in any way). There are so many but so few come to mind when I want to write them down, hopefully the list will expand eventually.

We share the same biology, regardless of ideology

– Sting (Russians)

Time is a piece of wax fallin’ on a termite who’s chokin’ on the splinters

– Beck (Loser)

I’m young, but I’m yours, I am free but I am flawed

– Benjamin Francis Leftwich (Box of Stones)

It’s no good you trying to sit on the fence
And hope that the trouble will pass
‘Cause sitting on fences can make you a pain in the ass

Alan Parsons Project (Turn it Up)

I’d rather have freedom than smoke in arenas

– Young Dreams (Fog of War)

I’m as giddy as a baby in a centrifuge

– Everything Everything (Two For Nero)

The sky will be my shroud
A cenotaph of cloud

– Keane (Black Burning Heart)

Through Autumn’s golden gown we used to kick our way…
Those fallen leaves lie undisturbed now

Like the sun through the trees you came to love me
Like a leaf on a breeze you blew away

– Justin Hayward/Jeff Wayne (Forever Autumn)

There’s a small boat made of china
It’s going nowhere on the mantlepiece

– Crowded House (Weather With You)

Would you butcher my love To understand it
To know where it lies?
Cut a hole in my heart
Fill a hole in your life

– Editors (Formaldehyde)

It’s such long shot, everything that we’ve got, just living on this rock, surrounded by the sea

– Newton Faulkner (Long Shot)

How’s it feel when there’s time to remember?
Branches bare like the trees in November

– Mike Oldfield (Man in the Rain)

When your heart’s on fire, you must realise, smoke gets in your eyes

– The Platters (Smoke Gets In Your Eyes)

You were writhing on the floor like a moth in molasses

White Lies (Holy Ghost)

I asked myself for peace
And found a piece of me
Staring at the sea

Future Islands (A Dream Of You And Me)

There’ll be twisted karaoke at the Aniseed Lounge

– Elbow (Grounds for Divorce)

Love can mend your life or love can break your heart

– Sting (Message in a Bottle)

Don’t put your faith in time, she heals but doesn’t change

– Bluetones (Bluetonic)

You smile, mention something that you like
Oh how you’d have a happy life
If you did the things you like

– Franz Ferdinand (The Dark of the Matinée)

I’ve made some bad decisions, I’ll admit that freely
It’s just that life tastes sweeter when it’s wrapped in debauchery

– The Wombats (Jump Into The Fog)

If you love me, won’t you let me know

– Coldplay (Violet Hill)

I’m gonna master all kinds of kung fu
I’m gonna live inside a tiny zoo

– Newton Faulkner (Gone in the Morning)

For you look even better than the face of god on a sunny day

– James (How Was It For You)

Is the power of love worth the pain of loss

– James (Five-O)

Let the good times roll, in case god doesn’t show

– Fall Out Boy (Thnx fr th Mmrs)

When we fall in love, we’re just falling
in love with ourselves

– Keane (Spiralling)

And when your stitch comes loose
I wanna sleep on every piece of fuzz
And stuffing that comes out of you


Please don’t put your life in the hands of a rock-and-roll band

– Oasis (Don’t Look Back In Anger)

They’re gonna die in a place they should’ve never been at all

– Levellers (Another Man’s Cause)

I can’t understand what makes a man hate another man, help me understand

– Depeche Mode (People Are People)

Steak knife, card shark, con job, boot cut

– Red Hot Chili Peppers (By The Way)

I love you like a friend but – let’s not pretend – how I wish for something, wish for something more

– Amy MacDonald (Wish for Something More)

These are the hands we’re given, use them and let’s start trying to make this a place worth living in

– Genesis (Land of Confusion)

Pleasures remain, so does the pain

– Depeche Mode (Enjoy the Silence)

All my friends are as sharp as razors
cut you down if you touch the faders

– Kasabian (Vlad The Impaler)

You don’t know what love is – you wouldn’t do this if you did

– Plan B (She Said)

I’m not ever gonna know
if I’m right or wrong
’cause we’re all going in the same direction

– Hoobastank (Same Direction)

I am human and I need to be loved
just like everybody else does

– The Smiths (How Soon Is Now?)

Seek the roses along the way
Just beware of the thorns

– Scorpions (Send Me An Angel)

I know that I can help you
I just don’t fucking want to

– Pendulum (The Tempest)

‘Cause you are constructed of chemicals
and you are descended from animals
The one thing you can’t have you like too much,
you look but you cannot touch

– Kaiser Chiefs (Like It Too Much)

I want to walk in your park
’cause I’m alone
I want to walk in your heart

– Scorpions (In Your Park)

You grew on me like a tumour and you spread through me like malignant melanoma
I’m afraid there’s no cure for me, no dose of emotional chemotherapy

– Tim Minchin (You Grew On Me)

11 thoughts on “Lyrics

  1. Anonymous

    I love Joni Mitchell and I always will. There are so many of her lyrics that have touched me at so many times of my life that it’s hard to narrow them down. Almost everything on “Court and Spark” was written for me — and I’m unashamed about that feeling you get when you hear something and feel “Oh my god, she totally gets it/me”.
    “You’ve had lots of lovely women.
    Now you turn your gaze to me,
    weighing the beauty and the imperfection
    to see if I am worthy.
    Like the church,
    like a cop,
    like a mother,
    you want me to be truthful—
    sometimes you turn it on me like a weapon though
    and I need your approval.”

    And then Blue — the album that my friend Grace told me to listen to “to get me into Joni” — which is just the most beautiful album in the world evah. “Is it all books and words or do you really feel it?” Ahh. I love my 19-year-old self who first felt that.

    And then, leaving my precious Joni…I am still totally tickled by The Smiths lyrics — silly wit and tricksy rhymes, still so good today.

    I could go on all night, but I’ll spare you.

    Loved reading yours Marianne. xx

  2. Life (Des’ree):
    I don’t want to see a ghost,
    that’s the site that I fear most
    – rather have a piece of toast
    watch the evening news

    These lines never fail to make me laugh.

  3. Eleonora

    Some of my favourite ever lyrics are:

    x1 = A * sin (w*t)
    x2 = A * sin (w*t) + y

    (Sorry no Greek letters)

    From the song Fenomenologia by Franco Battiato.

    And now that I think about it a lot of Italian singer-songwriters from maybe a few years ago have amazing lyrics.

  4. This could be a very long list, but here are some of mine:

    I wanna ride with you in uncertain times,
    I wanna go where my thoughts can take a nap,
    And if the atom bomb should end us both,
    I’ll be happy to go to the stars with you.
    (Raveonettes – Uncertain Times)

    Remember what the dormouse said:
    Feed your head!
    Feed your head!
    (Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit)

    We won’t use guns, we won’t use bombs,
    We’ll use the one thing we’ve got more of,
    And that’s our minds.
    (Pulp – Mis-Shapes)

  5. Jim Cook

    “In the here and now, between sensation at the nerve ends, and the arrival of information at the cortex, TIME ELAPSES….”.

    Peter Hammill, Now Lover, (Skin 1986).

  6. MedTek

    And so you see I have come to doubt
    All that I once held as true
    I stand alone without beliefs
    The only truth I know is you.

    Simon and Garfunkel, Kathy’s Song

  7. *arrives here drunk* Right…

    Basically, anything from Neko Case: “Go on go on and scream and cry, you’re miles from where anyone will find you. This is nothing new – no television crew, they don’t even put on the siren. My nightgown sweeps the pavement… “Please, don’t let him die…” ”

    Loads of stuff from the Magic Numbers: “Tell me a joke, and I will love you. Pour me a drink, and I’m yours…” […] “And I don’t want to know you right know… but make time to show me your scars….”

    Fiona Apple’s description of mental illness: “Every single night, I endure the flight, of little worms of white flame, butterflies in my brain… these ideas of mine, percolate the mind, trickle down my spine, swell in my belly, swell into a blaze… that’s where the pain comes in, like a second skeleton, trying to fit beneath the skin, I can’t fit the feelings in oh every single night’s alight with my braiiiiin…”

    Loads of lyrics by KT Tunstall, but especially: “And I used to talk, with honest conviction, of how I predicted my world… … I’m gonna leave it to star-gazers, tell me what your telescope says.”

    Loads of Bowie..
    “Femme fatales emerged from shadows
    To watch this creature fair
    Boys stood upon their chairs
    To make their point of view
    I smiled sadly for a love I could not obey

    Lady Stardust sang his songs
    Of darkness and dismay”

    Loads of The Shins: “But did you really think I’d shut an open door? The future’s callin’, and I’ma answer her.. the wheel’s in motion, I never drank your potion, and I know it breaks your heart..” I also loved “God bless all the bakers at dawn – may they all cut their thumbs, and bleed into their buns ’til they melt away” when I was actually a baker at dawn.

    Loads of Steve Harley: “And then in Amsterdam you were perfect fun. You never let on you had a gun, and then you shot that Spanish waiter…”

    Loads of the Rolling Stones: “I watched you suffer, a dull aching pain. Now you decided, to show me the same. But no sweeping exits, or off stage lines, could make me feel bitter, or treat you unkind…”

    Everything ever written by Simon and Garfunkel. “Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest,” which is the best line ever written in a song. “Half of the time we’re gone and we don’t know where… and don’t know where.” “And in the naked light I saw, ten thousand people maybe more. People talking without speaking. People hearing without listening. People writing songs that voices never shared – noone dared, disturb the sound of silence.”

    And most of all, Justin Bieber.

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