A Few Good Lyrics

Here are some of my faves:

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio
A nation turns it’s lonely eyes to you (Woo, woo, woo)
What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson
Joltin’ Joe has left and gone away
(Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey)

— Simon & Garfunkel, “Mrs. Robinson”

He’s the hairy-handed gent who ran amuck in Kent
Lately he’s been overheard in Mayfair
Better stay away from him
He’ll rip your lungs out, Jim
I’d like to meet his tailor
Werewolves of London

—  Warren Zevon, “Warewolves of London”

I’m just a lonely pilgrim I walk this world in wealth
I want to know if it’s you I don’t trust cause I damn sure don’t trust

Now you play the loving woman I’ll play the faithful man
But just don’t look too close into the palm of my hand
We stood at the alter the gypsy swore our future was right
But come the wee wee hours maybe baby the gypsy lied

— Bruce Springsteen, “Brilliant Disguise”

He’s got a daughter he calls Easter
She was born on a Tuesday night

— Sheryl Crow, “Everyday Is a Winding Road”

Lovely … Never, ever change.
Keep that breathless charm.
Won’t you please arrange it ?
‘Cause I love you … Just the way you look tonight.

— Frank Sinatra, “The Way You Look Tonight”

Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids
In fact it’s cold as hell
And there’s no one there to raise them if you did
And all this science I don’t understand
It’s just my job five days a week
A rocket man, a rocket man

— Elton John, “Rocket Man”

Just like Pagliacci did
I try to keep my surface hid
Smiling in the public eye
But in my lonely room I cry
The tears of a clown

— Smoky Robinson, “Tears of a Clown”

We can live in fear or act out of hope
For some kind of peaceful situation

— John Hiatt, “Thing Called Love”

Once you tell somebody the way that you feel
You can feel it beginning to ease
I think it’s true what they say about the squeaky wheel
Always getting the grease

— James Taylor, “Shower the People”

God said: “I’ll make some DNA”

They can use it any way they want

From paramecium

Right up to man.”

“They’ll have sex

And mix up sections of their code

They’ll have mutations…

The whole thing works like clockwork over time.”

“I’ll just sit back in the shade

While everyone gets laid.

That’s what I call

Intelligent design.”

Yeah, you and your cat named Felix,

Both wrapped up in that double helix,

Is what we call

Intelligent design.

— Chris Smither, “Origin of Species”

On the seventh hour, of the seventh day,
on the seventh month, the seventh doctor said:
“He’s born for good luck, and I know you see;
Got seven hundred dollars, and don’t you mess with me

— Muddy Waters, “Hoochie Coochie Man”

Encore combien d’hivers passeront sous ma porte
Avant qu’un jour j’ose dire que j’aime quelqu’un d’autre.

[How many more days will slide under my door

Before one day I dare to tell you that I love someone else]

— Francis Cabrel, “Je Te Suivrai”

You give your hand to me
And then you say, “Hello.”
And I can hardly speak,
My heart is beating so.
And anyone can tell
You think you know me well.
Well, you don’t know me.

— Ray Charles, “You Don’t Know Me”

Corpus Christi seems so far away
And I’m not talk’n ’bout the miles
And there ain’t much I wouldn’t give today
Just to see one of your smiles

But here I sit alone in Denver
Sipp’n the California wine
And I’ve got all night to remember you
I’m in a lone star state of mind

— Nanci Griffith, “Lone Star State of Mind”

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died

— Leonard Cohen, “Everybody Knows”

That’s my daughter in the water
everything she owns I bought her
Everything she owns.
That’s my daughter in the water,
everything she knows I taught her.
Everything she knows.

— Loudon Wainwright III, “Daughter”

All grown up and no place to go
Psych 1, Psych 2
What do you know?
All your life is Channel 13
Sesame Street
What does it mean?

— Billy Joel, “Pressure”

When did the choices get so hard, there’s so much more at stake
Life gets mighty precious
When there’s less of it to waste

— Bonnie Raitt, “Nick of Time”

Hey, my friend
It seems your eyes are troubled
Care to share your time with me
Would you say you’re feeling low and so
A good idea would be to get it off of your mind

— Dave Matthews Band, “Best of What’s Around”

The mystery masked man was smart
He got himself a Tonto
‘Cause Tonto did the dirty work for free
But Tonto he was smarter
And one day said kemo sabe
Kiss my ass I bought a boat
I’m going out to sea

— Lyle Lovett, “If I Had a Boat”

— The Major


One response to this post.

  1. I’ve already instructed my boys that when I die, if they play “Ave Maria” at my funeral I will haunt them forever. They asked what song should they play and I said “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin. Jill’s son, Adam said that wouldn’t be appropriate. I asked him what he thought it should be and he said “Highway to Hell” by AC DC. If the shoe fits……


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