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4th Oct 2013, 21:40
There has been a few musical threads here recently- best guitarist/drummer etc.

Over a beer or three, just been listening to some oldie stuff and this line stuck in my emotional brain....

'Thinking about what a friend had said, hoping it was a lie...'
Neil Young, After the goldrush.

Any other 1 liners to share and possible meanings? Think my suggestion is self explanitory... :(

4th Oct 2013, 21:52
It was a new day yesterday, but it's an old day now

Jethro Tull

I always liked that lyric.

"Aaaaaaaah, brown sugar, how come you taste so good?"


Hard to forget that line.

4th Oct 2013, 22:02
Lonewolf, similar to one my other favs....
'Today is only yesterdays tomorrow' ...
Uriah Heep.. I think

4th Oct 2013, 22:09
I like the very subtle shift in meaning between two different lines in the appeal made in Jolene, by Dolly Parton

Please don't take him just because you can
Please don't take him even though you can

Alison Krauss does a lovely tribute, in a trio, that makes the heart ache in empathy.

Other cryptic lines:

(Pleased to meet you, I'm a man of wealth and taste)

And I ytraps for troubadours, who get killed before they reached Bombay

WTF was he talking about?
It's apparently reference to a book I have never read. The Master and Margarita

4th Oct 2013, 22:30
You stare in the mirror in total surprise, at the hair on your shoulders and the age in your eyes.

Don Williams 'Amanda'

4th Oct 2013, 22:40
"And you may see me tonight, with an illegal smile ..."

John Prine

Ascend Charlie
4th Oct 2013, 23:16
"Father?" "Yes son" "I want to kill you."
"Mother? ..... I want to.........."

Jimmy Morrison, The End

Noah Zark.
4th Oct 2013, 23:44
" Fat girls, thin girls, some a little plump,
slave girls sold here, fifty bob a lump"

Clinton Ford. "The Old Bazaar in Cairo"

5th Oct 2013, 00:26
! Warning ! Aviation content

This song has at least 9 great one liners,my favourite being:

" The Government taught me, and they taught me right.
Stay down under the treeline; you might be all right"

Treetop Flyer - YouTube

5th Oct 2013, 03:22
'Now I know you don't believe in an interventionist God...'

That first line, by Nick Cave, cracks me up. Not because it's any good...

5th Oct 2013, 03:29
'and she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China'

That line from 'Suzanne' by Leonard Cohen has always stuck in my head, along with

'Like a circle in a spiral or a wheel within a wheel'

and from Dylan

'It's four in the morning by the sound of the birds'

eastern wiseguy
5th Oct 2013, 04:13
"And silence was the very loud reply"

Plainsong.....circa 1976

5th Oct 2013, 04:31
" I'm Jonathan Pig and I'm fearsomely stout

From the tip of my tail to the end of my snout

I'm too fat to move and I'm too young to die

So think about that next time you eat a pork pie."

Ian Drurie. :8

5th Oct 2013, 06:49
"In the shuffling madness
Of the locomotive breath,
Runs the all-time loser,
Headlong to his death.
He feels the piston scraping --
Steam breaking on his brow --
Old Charlie stole the handle and
The train won't stop going --
No way to slow down.
He sees his children jumping off
At the stations -- one by one.
His woman and his best friend --
In bed and having fun.
He's crawling down the corridor
On his hands and knees --
Old Charlie stole the handle and
The train won't stop going --
No way to slow down.
He hears the silence howling --
Catches angels as they fall.
And the all-time winner
Has got him by the balls.
He picks up Gideon's Bible --
Open at page one --
God stole the handle and
The train won't stop going --
No way to slow down."

Jethro Tull - Locomotive Breath (Lyrics) - YouTube


5th Oct 2013, 06:52
The bitterest -
Show must go on.

More than Mercury.

5th Oct 2013, 11:06
Bob Dylan, Just Like Tom Thumb Blues:-

'And my best friend, the doctor, won't even tell me what it is I've got"

5th Oct 2013, 11:10
"Death is a long cold rest"

Pink Floyd

Worrals in the wilds
5th Oct 2013, 11:13
The Angels; Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?

The album version was quite restrained and heartfelt (almost ballad like) and didn't include the crowd reponse, which is now considered mandatory whenever the song is performed, whether by the Angels or a cover band. :E
The Angels - Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again - Live 1988 - YouTube

And 'The money I saved won't buy my youth again' :sad:

5th Oct 2013, 11:36
What if you reach the age of reason, only to find there is no reprieve.....

Al Stewart.

5th Oct 2013, 13:01
'as soon as you're born you're dying'

The Clairvoyant - Iron Maiden.

It's true you know.

5th Oct 2013, 13:22
"Had a love affair with Nina

In the back seat of my Cortina

A seasoned up hyena

Could not have been more obscener".

Ian Drurie, again.

5th Oct 2013, 13:25
" Le Brun est impudique et

Le Blonde est Angelique

Mais les deux sont phallique".

Ute Lemper .... Mes Deux Amants.

Dan Gerous
5th Oct 2013, 14:05
"It's a big enough umbrella, but it's always me that ends up getting wet."

5th Oct 2013, 16:18
Meet me outside the pawnbrokers and I'll kiss you under the balls.

5th Oct 2013, 16:51
'Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then' - Bob Seger, Against the Wind

6th Oct 2013, 00:25
"Confound their knavish tricks..."

United Kingdom's National Anthem, referring, of course, to the French.

6th Oct 2013, 01:17
Applicable to anyone contemplating a
Singapore GF -

Your love gives me such a thrill.
But your love won't pay my bills.
I want money. That's what I want.
- The Flying Lizards

6th Oct 2013, 03:27
Flying Lizards! Classic, Mike! :ok:

"God help me, I was only 19.."

Redgum - I Was Only 19 (1983) - YouTube

..and from across the ditch in NZ, Split Enz:

"Just like a picture book, Daddy's gone away, leaving Mummy in her room with another one on the way.."

Split Enz - Stranger Than Fiction - YouTube

6th Oct 2013, 13:51
This species has amused itself to death.
Roger Waters, "Amused to Death"

An omen for the future?
Regards, Den.

6th Oct 2013, 14:29
"... and I'd trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday,
holding Bobbie's body next to mine..."


"..taking every wrong direction on his lonely way back home."

Kristofferson was full of one liners that choke me up.

6th Oct 2013, 15:05
"Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got til its gone"

Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi

6th Oct 2013, 15:17
Ladies you can be an A**hole too


Frank Zappa - Broken Hearts Are For Assholes - YouTube

Airborne Aircrew
6th Oct 2013, 15:37
You gave me nothing, now it's all I've got... U2 - One

6th Oct 2013, 15:37
Gordon Lightfoot put a couple of beauties into "Sundown" right at both ends of the song....

"....I can see her lyin' back in her SATIN dress, Ii a room where ya do what ya don't confess...."

"...Sometimes I think it's a sin, when I feel like I'm winnin' when I'm losin' again...."

6th Oct 2013, 20:50
"If I didn't have bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all"

Born Under A bad Sign - William Bell/Booker T Jones.

6th Oct 2013, 22:37
I am the least of all your pilgrims here
But I am most in need of hope
This is from Guadalupe written by Tom Russell. The song is full of beautiful sad lines but this one always gets me. Tom wrote it when he was really down and a friend advised him to go to Mexico and watch the pilgrims file past the statue of Guadalupe on Tepeyak Hill outside Mexico City. He wrote it while sitting nearby overnight and watching the pilgrims. From the same song:
She is reaching out her arms tonight
And yes my poverty is real

7th Oct 2013, 01:49
From a much more innocent age.

"Here I am Lord, knocking at your back door"

Harry Nilsson, "I guess The Lord Must Be In New York City"

NILSSON - "I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City" (1969) - YouTube

Arm out the window
7th Oct 2013, 04:05
I believe the original poster was after interpreted meanings as well, so I offer this in response:

"Boom boom boom, let's go back to my room where we can do it all night and you can make me feel right."

This one's a little obscure, but I believe it can be interpreted as follows:

"Boom boom boom" - a clear reference to the horrors of war.

"Let's go back to my room" - a desire to return to the safe places of one's childhood.

"Where we can do it all night" - lie awake and ponder the mysteries of the infinite universe and man's inhumanity to man, clearly.

"And you can make me feel right" - most likely referring to a physical disability, nerve damage from battle wounds perhaps, but perhaps also psychological scars which impede the narrator's ability to 'feel right'?

I think there's something in that for all of us ...