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The Greatest Ever Song Lyrics

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In 1967 I remember purchasing 3 albums of lasting merit: Are You Experienced (Hendrix, of course), Fresh Cream (Cream, of course), and Procol Harum's self-titled debut. Thanks in no small part to monza gorilla, I've picked up some collections of P.H. including their first album. It can be dicey going back in time to some warm memory only to find how badly something - a book, a film, a song - now appears. Playing the CD yesterday for the first time was pure pleasure. Their music has held up remarkably well, a perfect artifact of it's period and yet still fresh. (I had forgotten how much vocalist and pianist Gary Brooker sounded like Stevie Winwood.)

Lyrics? My word, could they toss off songs:

Conquistador

"Conquistador, your stallion stands

In need of company

And like some angel's brow

You reek of purity

I see your armor-plated breast

Has long since lost its sheen

And in your death-mask face

There are no signs which can be seen...

Salad Days

"You come to be at midnight

And say it's dark in here

You know you've robbed me of my sight

And night is what I fear

I tell you that I cannot see

But you persist in showing me

Those bangles that I paid for long ago..."

If you are rummaging around for something different check out their work and you will be amply rewarded.

Edited by Persevere

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I'm sorry Bob Dylan is nothing on these guys:

talking about the supreme lyricist, this is prolly my best Dylan song

Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed

Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed

Whatever colors you have in your mind

I'll show them to you and you'll see them shine

Stay, lady, stay, stay with your man awhile

Until the break of day, let me see you make him smile

His clothes are dirty but his hands are clean

And you're the best thing that he's ever seen

Stay, lady, stay, stay with your man awhile

Why wait any longer for the world to begin

You can have your cake and eat it too

Why wait any longer for the one you love

When he's standing in front of you

Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed

Stay, lady, stay, stay while the night is still ahead

I long to see you in the morning light

I long to reach for you in the night

Stay, lady, stay, stay while the night is still ahead

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Conquistador

"Conquistador, your stallion stands

In need of company

And like some angel's brow

You reek of purity

I see your armor-plated breast

Has long since lost its sheen

And in your death-mask face

There are no signs which can be seen...

lovely lovely, wish I could look into you music collection

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lovely lovely, wish I could look into you music collection

I hope this isn't some urban slang-style euphemism that's going over my head, as so many things seem to do these days. :eusa_think::rolleyes:

I'll tell you, Brad, my collection is nothing if not eclectic. When I finally dug out my old vinyl version of Procol Harum it was wedged between Captain Beefheart and Bix Beiderbecke. Who says old people aren't adventurous.

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"Enjoy the silence" by Depeche Mode. Just to show that good lyrics aren't a pre 80s privilege:

Words like violence

Break the silence

Come crashing in

Into my little world

Painful to me

Pierce right through me

Can't you understand

Oh my little girl

All I ever wanted

All I ever needed

Is here in my arms

Words are very unnecessary

They can only do harm

Vows are spoken

To be broken

Feelings are intense

Words are trivial

Pleasures remain

So does the pain

Words are meaningless

And forgettable

All I ever wanted

All I ever needed

Is here in my arms

Words are very unnecessary

They can only do harm

Enjoy the silence

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After much heavy-duty, steam-from-the-ears thought, I've come up with the best damned lyrics music has seen since 'Oh baby' and 'yeah'.

Lick it up, lick it up, it's only right now

Lick it up, lick it up, ooh yeah

Lick it up, lick it up, come on, come on

Lick it up, lick it up

--KISS, from somewhere in my teens.

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After much heavy-duty, steam-from-the-ears thought, I've come up with the best damned lyrics music has seen since 'Oh baby' and 'yeah'.

Lick it up, lick it up, it's only right now

Lick it up, lick it up, ooh yeah

Lick it up, lick it up, come on, come on

Lick it up, lick it up

--KISS, from somewhere in my teens.

In this song it's like they're obsessed with tongues.....oh, I get it now.

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"Enjoy the silence" by Depeche Mode. Just to show that good lyrics aren't a pre 80s privilege...

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Edited by Persevere

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Some nice lyrics from Supertramp

SCHOOL

I can see you in the morning when you go to school

Don't forget your books, you know you've got to learn the golden rule,

Teacher tells you stop your play and get on with your work

And be like Johnnie - too-good, well don't you know he never shirks

- he's coming along!

After School is over you're playing in the park

Don't be out too late, don't let it get too dark

They tell you not to hang around and learn what life's about

And grow up just like them - won't you let it work it out

- and you're full of doubt

Don't do this and don't do that

What are they trying to do?- Make a good boy of you

Do they know where it's at?

Don't criticize, they're old and wise

Do as they tell you to

Don't want the devil to

Come out and put your eyes

Maybe I'm mistaken expecting you to fight

Or maybe I'm just crazy, I don't know wrong from right

But while I am still living, I've just got this to say

It's always up to you if you want to be that

Want to see that

Want to see that way

- you're coming along!

HIDE IN YOUR SHELL

Hide in your shell cos the world is out to bleed you for a ride

What will you gain, making your life a little longer?

Heaven or Hell, was the journey cold that gave you eyes of steel?

Shelter behind, painting your mind and playing joker

Too frightening to listen to a stranger

Too beautiful to put your pride in danger

You're waiting for someone to understand you

But you've got demons in your closet (You've got demons in your closet)

And you're screaming out to stop it (And you're screaming out to stop it)

Saying life's begun to cheat you

Friends are out to beat you

Grab on to what you can scramble for

Don't let the tears linger on inside now

Cos it's sure time you gained control

If I can help you, if I can help you

If I can help you, just let me know

Well let me show you the nearest signpost

To get your heart back and on the road

If I can help you, if I can help you

If I can help you, just let me know

All through the night as you lie awake and hold yourself so tight

What do you need, a second-hand-movie-star to tend you?

I, as a boy, I believed the saying the cure for pain was love

How would it be if you could see the world through my eyes?

Too frightening, the fire's getting colder

Too beautiful to think you're getting older

You're looking for someone to give an answer

But what you see is just illusion (What you see is just illusion)

You're surrounded by confusion (You're surrounded by confusion)

Saying, life's begun to cheat you

Friends are out to beat you

Grab on to what you can scramble for

Don't let the tears linger on inside now

Cos it's sure time you gained control

If I can help you, if I can help you

If I can help you, just let me know

Well let me show you the nearest signpost

To get your heart back and on the road

If I can help you, if I can help you

If I can help you, just let me know

I wanna know, I wanna know, I wanna know, I've got to know

I wanna know you, I wanna know you, well let me know you

I wanna feel you, I wanna touch you, please let me near you, let me near you

Can you hear what I'm saying?

Well I'm hoping, I'm dreamin', I'm prayin'

I know what you're thinkin'

See what you're seein'

Never ever let yourself go

Hold yourself down, hold yourself down

Why d'ya hold yourself down?

Why don't you listen, you can trust me

(So what, you're gonna take it to?) There's a place I know the way to

(So what, you're gonna make it do?) A place there is need (So what's he gonna...) to feel you (So what's he gonna...)

Feel that you're all alone (So what's he gonna do?)

Oh won't you hear me (So what, you're gonna take it to?)

I know exactly what you're feelin' (So what, you're gonna make it do?)

Cos all your troubles are within you (So what's he gonna...)

So begin to (So what's he gonna...) see that I'm just bleeding to (So what's he gonna do?)

Love me, love you (So what, you're gonna take it to?)

Loving is the way to help me, help you (So what, you're gonna make it do?)

Why must we be so cool (So what's he gonna...), oh so cool? (So what's he gonna...)

Oh, we're such damn fools (So what's he gonna do?)

(So what, you're gonna take it to?) (So what, you're gonna make it do?)

(So what's he gonna...) (So what's he gonna...) (So what's he gonna do?)

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Now the wheel of fate has turned,

I'm worried 'bout the new love you've discovered,

He is a problem in my life,

I have a problem on my mind.

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One more time for Mr. Dylan. From Highway 61 Revisited, this is a real favorite of mine:

It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a train to Cry

Well, I ride on a mail train, baby,

Can't buy a thrill.

Well, I've been up all night, baby,

Leanin' on the window sill.

Well, if I die

On top of the hill

And if I don't make it,

You know my baby will.

Don't the moon look good, mama,

Shinin' in through the trees?

Don't the brakeman look good, mama,

Flagging down the "Double E"?

Don't the sun look good

Goin' down over the sea?

Don't my gal look fine

When she's comin' after me?

Now the wintertime is coming,

The windows are filled with frost.

I went to tell everybody,

But I could not get across.

Well, I wanna be your lover, baby,

I don't wanna be your boss.

Don't say I never warned you

When your train gets lost.

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Now the wheel of fate has turned,

I'm worried 'bout the new love you've discovered,

He is a problem in my life,

I have a problem on my mind.

Stevie Wonder??

Anyhoo,

Sarah McLaughlin - Silence. I love both the original, the Delerium and Tiesto mixes too.

A very haunting melody. Love it.

Give me.

Release.

Witness me.

I am.

Outside.

Give me.

Peace.

Heaven holds a sense of wonder,

And I wanted to believe that I get caught up,

When the rage in me subsides.

In this white rage,

I am sinking,

In this silence

In this white rage

You are sinking

I believe.

Passion choked the flower.

Till she cried no more.

Possessing all the beauty.

Hungry still for more.

Heaven holds a sense of wonder...

I can't help this longing

Comfort me

I can't hold it all in

If you wont let me.

Heaven holds a sense of wonder...

In this white wave

I am sinking

In this silence

In this white wave

I am sinking

I believe.

Edited by Kopite Girl

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Miraculous you call it babe

You ain't seen nothing yet

They've got Pepsi in the Andes

Mcdonalds in Tibet

Yosemite's been turned into

A golf course for the Japs

The Dead Sea is alive with rap

Between the Tigris and Euphrates

There's a leisure centre now

They've got all kinds of sports

They've got Bermuda shorts

The had sex in Pennsylvania

A Brazilian grew a tree

A doctor in Manhattan

Saved a dying man for free

It's a miracle

Another miracle

By the grace of God Almighty

And pressures of marketplace

The human race has civilized itself

It's a miracle

We've got a warehouse of butter

We've got oceans of wine

We've got famine when we need it

Got a designer crime

We've got Mercedes

We've got Porsche

Ferrari and Rolls Royce

We've got a choice

She said meet me

In the Garden of Gethsemane my dear

The Lord said Peter I can see

Your house from here

An honest man

Finally reaped what he had sown

And farmer in Ohio has just repaid a loan

It's a miracle

Another miracle

By the grace of God Almighty

And pressures of marketplace

The human race has civilized itself

It's a miracle

We cower in our shelters

With our hands over our ears

Lloyd-Webber's awful stuff

Runs for years and years and years

An earthquake hits the theatre

But the operetta lingers

Then the piano lids comes down

And break his fu(king fingers

It's a miracle

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Anyone remember this?

Chose a life in circuses

Jumped into the deepest end

Pushing himself to all extremes

Made it - people became his friend.

Now they stood and noticed him

Wanted to be part of it

Pulled out some poor machinery

So he worked 'til the pieces fit.

The people were intrigued

His wife held back her fears

The headlines gave acclaim

He'd realized their dreams.

Faster than a bullet from a gun

He is faster than everyone

Quicker than the blinking of an eye

Like a flash you could miss him going by

No one knows quite how he does it but it's true they say

He's the master of going faster.

Now he moved into the space

That the special people share

Right on the edge of do or die

Where there is nothing left to spare.

Still the crowds came pouring in

Some had hoped to see him fail

Filling their hearts with jealousies

Crazy people with love so frail.

The people were intrigued

His wife held back her fears

The headlines gave acclaim

He'd realized their dreams.

Faster than a bullet from a gun

He is faster than everyone

Quicker than the blinking of an eye

Like a flash you could miss him going by

No one knows quite how he does it but it's true they say

He's the master of going faster.

No need to wonder why

His wife held back her fears

So few have even tried

To realize their dreams.

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I duno why but this songs always move me. Maybe those old and long relationships, those who fell away during my life...

A time it was

And what a time it was, it was

A time of innocence

A time of confidences

Long ago it must be

I have a photograph

Preserve your memories

They're all that's left you

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I duno why but this songs always move me. Maybe those old and long relationships, those who fell away during my life...

Strange how music can stir such strong emotions, remind us of special people & times in our lives ;)

This does it for me. By John Lennon...

Imagine there's no Heaven

It's easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people

Living for today

Imagine there's no countries

It isn't hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

Imagine all the people

Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer

But I'm not the only one

I hope someday you'll join us

And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people

Sharing all the world

You may say that I'm a dreamer

But I'm not the only one

I hope someday you'll join us

And the world will live as one

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Strange how music can stir such strong emotions, remind us of special people & times in our lives ;)

This does it for me. By John Lennon...

...

:thbup:

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One - U2

Is it getting better?

Or do you feel the same?

Will it make it easier on you now?

You got someone to blame

You say

One love

One life

When it's one need

In the night

One love

We get to share it

Leaves you baby if you

Don't care for it

Did I disappoint you?

Or leave a bad taste in your mouth?

You act like you never had love

And you want me to go without

Well it's

Too late

Tonight

To drag the past out into the light

We're one, but we're not the same

We get to

Carry each other

Carry each other

One

Have you come here for forgiveness?

Have you come to raise the dead?

Have you come here to play Jesus?

To the lepers in your head

Did I ask too much?

More than a lot.

You gave me nothing,

Now it's all I got

We're one

But we're not the same

Well we

Hurt each other

Then we do it again

You say

Love is a temple

Love a higher law

Love is a temple

Love the higher law

You ask me to enter

But then you make me crawl

And I can't be holding on

To what you got

When all you got is hurt

One love

One blood

One life

You got to do what you should

One life

With each other

Sisters

Brothers

One life

But we're not the same

We get to

Carry each other

Carry each other

One

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Song by Dirt Poor Robins - I was just listening to it..

You are the light in my darkness

Yu're the current that pushes me back to the shore

You are the light in my darkness

You open a window when they close the door

You are the light in my darkness

You're the wind that keep pushing me up towards the sky

You are the light in my darkness

You keep me from wandering blind through the night

You're the light, You're the light

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Ok, maybe not the greatest lyrics ever, but always makes me laugh. Has to be sung in an 'oirish' accent though!

Dear Sir I write this note to you to tell you of my plight

For at the time of writing I am not a pretty sight

My body is all black and blue, my face a deathly grey

And I write this note to say why Paddy's not at work today.

Whilst working on the fourteenth floor,some bricks I had to clear

To throw them down from such a height was not a good idea

The foreman wasn't very pleased, the bloody awkward sod

He said I had to cart them down the ladders in my hod.

Now clearing all these bricks by hand, it was so very slow

So I hoisted up a barrel and secured the rope below

But in my haste to do the job, I was too blind to see

That a barrel full of building bricks was heavier than me.

And so when I untied the rope, the barrel fell like lead

And clinging tightly to the rope I started up instead

I shot up like a rocket till to my dismay I found

That half way up I met the bloody barrel coming down.

Well the barrel broke my shoulder, as to the ground it sped

And when I reached the top I banged the pulley with my head

I clung on tightly, numb with shock, from this almighty blow

And the barrel spilled out half the bricks, fourteen floors below.

Now when these bricks had fallen from the barrel to the floor

I then outweighed the barrel and so started down once more

Still clinging tightly to the rope, my body racked with pain

When half way down, I met the bloody barrel once again.

The force of this collision, half way up the office block

Caused multiple abrasions and a nasty state of shock

Still clinging tightly to the rope I fell towards the ground

And I landed on the broken bricks the barrel scattered round.

I lay there groaning on the ground I thought I'd passed the worst

But the barrel hit the pulley wheel, and then the bottom burst

A shower of bricks rained down on me, I hadn't got a hope

As I lay there bleeding on the ground, I let go the bloody rope.

The barrel then being heavier then started down once more

And landed right across me as I lay upon the floor

It broke three ribs, and my left arm, and I can only say

That I hope you'll understand why Paddy's not at work today.

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Song by Dirt Poor Robins - I was just listening to it..

You are the light in my darkness

Yu're the current that pushes me back to the shore

You are the light in my darkness

You open a window when they close the door

You are the light in my darkness

You're the wind that keep pushing me up towards the sky

You are the light in my darkness

You keep me from wandering blind through the night

You're the light, You're the light

Is he talking to a bulb? Nevermind....

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An all time classic..

Outside the rain begins and it may never end

So cry no more on the shore

A dream will take us out to sea

Forever more forever more

Close your eyes and dream

And and you can be with me

'Neath the waves through the caves of hours

Long forgotten now

We're all alone

We're all alone

Close the window

Calm the light

And it will be alright

No need to bother now

Let it out

Let it all begin

Learn how to pretend

Once a story's told

It can't help but grow old

Roses do

Lovers too

So cast your seasons to the wind

And hold me dear

Oh, hold me dear

Close the window

Calm the light

And it will be alright

No need to bother now

Let it out

Let it all begin

All's forgotten now

We're all alone

oh-oh, we're all alone

Close the window

Calm the light

And it will be alright

No need to bother now

Let it out

Let it all begin

Owe it to the wind, my love

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Is he talking to a bulb? Nevermind....

Hey! You leave my song alone! It kinda means something particularly now.

But a funny joke lol.

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Ok, maybe not the greatest lyrics ever, but always makes me laugh. Has to be sung in an 'oirish' accent though!

:lol: Great stuff.

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Richard Ashcroft - On A Beach (I totally dig this song...)

I have swum those raging seas.

Washed up by an ocean who had tired of me.

How I survive I will never know.

This wreck's got a home and a whole lot of hope.

I'm out on a beach, sat on a rock,

Thinking of you and the love I've got.

I saw the devil's servant. I sent her home.

I said, "Bring me your master. I don't want his dog."

I'm on fire. I'm full of a new desire.

I'm full of love and new desire.

I lit my fire; blew my conch. Nobody comes.

I built my boat from bamboo, but it sunk.

I looked at the sky for vapour trails. Nobody comes.

I wrote your name on a tree

along with the days this has taken you away from me.

I'm out on a beach, eating my heart,

Thinking of you and the love I got.

I saw the devil's servant. I sent her home.

I said, "Bring me your master. I don't want his dog."

But, I'm on fire. I'm full of a new desire.

I need somebody like you, a warm body.

I ain't afraid to die.

There you go,

"Ain't afraid to die."

I'm out on a beach, eating my heart,

Thinking of you and the love I got.

I saw the devil's serpent. I sent him home.

I said, "Bring me your master. I don't want his dog."

I'm out on a beach, sat on a rock,

Thinking of you and the love I got.

I saw the devil's servant. I sent her home.

I said, "Bring me your master. I don't want his dog."

I need somebody like you.

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