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Your favorite single line in a song?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by StrangerNY, Oct 10, 2018 at 2:02 PM.

  1. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Friend of Leo's

    Mar 29, 2007
    Manassas Park, VA
    Pretty cool!

    Lyle Lovett AND John Prine getting some 'songwriter love' on this thread!
     
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  2. bigben55

    bigben55 Friend of Leo's

    May 19, 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
    My favorite Mike Cooley gem:
    " You know the bottle ain't to blame and I ain't tryin' to. It don't make you do a thing, it just let's you."
     

  3. Reverb

    Reverb TDPRI Member

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    You don’t have to mean it, you just got to say it anyway.............. Keith
     
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  4. fatcat

    fatcat Friend of Leo's

    Jul 6, 2010
    Very Deep South
    I'm the one that's got to die when its time for me to die. So let me live my life the way I want to.
     
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  5. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

    Nov 28, 2006
    USA
    Leonard Cohen

    Maybe there's a God above
    But all I've ever learned from love
    Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya
     

  6. galaxiex

    galaxiex Tele-Meister

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    Northern Pikes - She Ain't Pretty

    "Her ego wrote checks incredibly fast
    But her personality didn't have the cash"
     
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  7. regularslinky

    regularslinky Tele-Holic

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    Jul 22, 2004
    NEPA USA
    “God’s away on business.” Tom Waits.
     
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  8. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 11, 2010
    On Location
    Honestly, I like Cooley's songs better than Patterson Hood's. My favorite Cooley line-

    I got 350 heads on a 305 engine
    I get ten miles to the gallon
    I ain't got no good intentions

    That's some damn redneck Shakespeare, right there.
     

  9. gtrplr

    gtrplr Tele-Meister

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    And the place is dead as Heaven on a Saturday night. - Leonard Cohen, Closing Time

    Recorded by Fairport Convention on the album Jewel in the Crown.
     
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  10. gtrplr

    gtrplr Tele-Meister

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    Almost any line on Rodney Crowell's album "Fate's Right Hand", but especially:

    Though forked tongues might speak, if truth is what you seek,
    This too will pass.
     
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  11. Wobbles

    Wobbles Tele-Meister

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    May 17, 2015
    Snowlake Arizona
    You keep tellin me you're leavin, if It's true this time, I'll help you pack.
     
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  12. alathIN

    alathIN Tele-Meister

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    'cause you can't hang a man for shooting a woman who's trying to steal his horse

    I know a little about love, and baby I can guess the rest

    So I turned myself to face me

    He'd like to come and meet us but he thinks he'd blow our minds

    When they got home at night their fattened psychopatic wives would thrash them within inches of their lives

    Just a little pinprick, there'll be no more "aaahhhh!" but you may feel a little sick

    And my eyes still grow damp
    to remember His Majesty signed
    With his own rubber stamp
     
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  13. theJam

    theJam TDPRI Member

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    "But there never seems to be enough time to do the things you wanna do, once you find them.."
     

  14. Theorage

    Theorage TDPRI Member

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    Dec 19, 2009
    Pacific NW
    There's three sides to every story, baby:
    there's yours, there's mine, and the cold hard truth.

    -- Don Henley, I Can't Stand Still (1982)
     
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  15. Chuckster

    Chuckster Tele-Meister

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    Mar 30, 2017
    Boston/Cape Cod
    She's the puzzle piece behind the couch...
    ...that makes the sky complete.
     
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  16. heyalexmckenzie

    heyalexmckenzie TDPRI Member

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    Canada
    Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run

    There's still time to change the road you're on

    And it makes me wonder.

    Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
     
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  17. mexicanyella

    mexicanyella Tele-Holic

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    Jan 26, 2012
    Troy, MO
    From Tom Waits' "Frank's Wild Years:" "His wife was a spent piece of used jet trash..."

    From The Eagles' "The Last Resort" (according to some liner notes I read, the band called it "The Vast Report"): "Call someplace paradise...kiss it goodbye"
     
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  18. rghill

    rghill Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

    Oct 16, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    We’ll, two lines, but they always got me:

    “You awake with a start
    To just the beating of your heart.
    Just one man beneath the sky,
    Just two ears, just two eyes.”

    Pink Floyd, Childhood’s End.
     
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  19. Southpole

    Southpole Tele-Holic

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    WellingtonNZ
    People turn to poison
    Quick as lager turns to piss

    John Cooper Clark’s Beasley Street. So many gems in that song. Here’s another:

    The boys are in the wagon
    The girls are on the shelf
    Their common problem is
    That their not someone else.
     
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  20. Fearnot

    Fearnot Friend of Leo's

    Jan 17, 2010
    Decatur, GA
    "Five-year-plans and new deals, wrapped in golden chains." Who'll Stop The Rain, CCR.
     
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