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Opinion on profound lyrics.

Posted: June 2nd, 2004, 6:36 am
by Narn
What do you think is one of the most profound (or the most profound) lyric you have heard? Two leap to mind as I type:

'At the end of every hard earned day people find a reason to believe." -Springsteen


"You can't roller skate in a buffalo heard, but you can be happy if 'ya have a mind to". - Someone other than Springsteen.

Humourous does not mean not profound. I might also offer the opinion that confusing or obsecure, does not neccessarily mean profound either.

Any thoughts, anyone?

Posted: June 2nd, 2004, 9:44 am
by Tokai 12 String
But the streets are cold, for the lonely souls
That's where they pay their rent

from the song 10,00 miles by Laughing Colors

Posted: June 2nd, 2004, 9:55 am
by Narn
"20 years for nothing, well that's nothing new. No one's interested in something 'ya didn't do" -Tragically Hip.

Posted: June 2nd, 2004, 10:30 am
by Laz
"I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then..." - Bob Seger

"Either way it's OK, you wake up with yourself." - Billy Joel


Posted: June 2nd, 2004, 10:40 am
by gnease
I've always admired David Byrne's laconic description of entropy:

"Things fall apart -- it's scientific."

Re: Opinion on profound lyrics.

Posted: June 2nd, 2004, 12:37 pm
by scratchmonkey
Narn wrote:"You can't roller skate in a buffalo heard, but you can be happy if 'ya have a mind to". - Someone other than Springsteen.
Roger Miller

Posted: June 2nd, 2004, 7:40 pm
by dirtgrrl
Some foolish man dreamt
That dreaming had no meaning
And life is quite simply
a series of illusions...

By The Dissociatives

I don't know why I like it. It's so deep, and so... comforting. Makes me feel like love and magic still exist in a way. Maybe it's just me.

Posted: June 3rd, 2004, 3:19 am
by Narn
The first and second lines contain something of a paradoxical twist that makes the passage interesting. A "this space intentionally left blank" sort of thing. Nice Lyric.

"We beleive we're gliding down the highway, when in fact we're slip sliding away." -Paul Simon

"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"." - Kris Kristofferson

Posted: June 3rd, 2004, 3:50 am
by TwistedFingers
One that's always stuck in my head. Maybe because it's so descriptive of the human condition.

Now it seems to me, some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you can't get. -Desparado, The Eagles.

Posted: June 3rd, 2004, 7:26 am
by Tokai 12 String
I've always like this one

If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice--Rush

Posted: June 3rd, 2004, 9:09 am
by scratchmonkey
Ain't it funny how an old broken bottle, looks just like a diamond ring. - John Prine

-- Scratch

Posted: June 4th, 2004, 4:31 am
by Narn
Another John Prine;

Father forgive us for what we must do,
You forgive us, we'll forgive you.
We'll forgive each other 'till we both turn blue.
Then we'll whistle and go fishing in Heaven.

An interesting coment on some religious beliefs methinks, wrapped in a simple but poignant way to say "Forget it, let's get along".

Posted: June 4th, 2004, 4:39 am
by Musenfreund
Life is what happens to you
While you're busy making other plans
--John Lennon

Disillusioned words like bullets bark
As human gods aim for their mark
Made everything from toy guns that spark
To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark
It's easy to see without looking too far
That not much
Is really sacred.
--Bob Dylan

Oh, but this ol' river keeps on rollin', though,
No matter what gets in the way and which way the wind does blow,
And as long as it does I'll just sit here
And watch the river flow.
--Bob Dylan

Posted: June 4th, 2004, 6:33 am
by P0RR
you want it, you take it, you pay the price
- Prove It All Night [Springsteen]

The truth is it doesn't matter what you do
'Til you gaze in that mirror with an eye that's true
- The Truth [Steve Earle]

Do everything that's in you
That you feel to be your part
But never give your love, my friend,
Unto a foolish heart
- Foolish Heart [Grateful Dead]

Posted: June 4th, 2004, 7:49 am
by Narn
A classic:

"It's better to burn out than to fade away." - Neil Young

Is it really?