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Old 11-28-2011, 11:11 PM   #41
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I've always loved the Arctic Monkey's lyrics.

"I poured my aching heart into a pop song
I never got the hang of poetry
That's not a skirt girl, that's a sawed-off shotgun
And I can only hope you've got it aimed at me"

Plus I love the Kinks.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:02 PM   #42
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This song holds possibly some of my favorite lyrics ever written:



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I was born with a teacup on my head,
Copper tin and lead, ash and dust.
Sky color: Indiana Red,
Like Kansas, Oklahoma, plus a thousand years of rust.

Examine it carefully before it's set ablaze,
Take it all in before it's gone, gone, gone.
Let's notice everything, I mean every grain of salt.
Let's be thorough to a fault and next time
we'll build it twice as strong.

And all of this will disappear as quickly as it came,
The fire and the rain oxidize and rearrange
Focus on the pain,
Focus on the way to get out.

Virginia, 1902.
There was nothing we could do, cracked bell fell off a train,
Slow walking down Cedar Avenue,
I came to find you, I came to feel urbane.

No more speed, no more direction,
No more push and pull, and no more lessons,
Save it for the afterlife, don't want to hear your confessions,
It's the hammer walking, then it's the hammer down.

And all of this will disappear as quickly as it came,
The fire and the rain oxidize and rearrange
Focus on the pain,
Focus on the way to get out.


The Books are so perfect for wintertime.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:58 AM   #43
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Song from Under the Floorboards by Magazine. Some of the finest lyrics to grace my ears.


I am angry I am ill and I'm as ugly as sin
my irritability keeps me alive and kicking
I know the meaning of life, it doesn't help me a bit
I know beauty and I know a good thing when I see it

This is a song from under the floorboards
this is a song from where the wall is cracked
my force of habit, I am an insect
I have to confess I'm proud as hell of that fact

I know the highest and the best
I accord them all due respect
but the brightest jewel inside of me
glows with pleasure at my own stupidity

I used to make phantoms I could later chase
images of all that could be desired
then I got tired of counting all of these blessings
and then I just got tired
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:05 AM   #44
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This song holds possibly some of my favorite lyrics ever written:





The Books are so perfect for wintertime.

There are no words.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:03 PM   #45
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Yeah, that was awesome. Thanks, Lisa.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:51 AM   #46
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Lastly, I admire his ability to create characters. I Know What I Like, Back in N.Y.C., and Family Snapshot demonstrate how he's able to not only create characters, but bring us into their psyche as well. Overall, Peter Gabriel is an artist that I believe is worth checking out.
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:19 PM   #47
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Back in NYC was weird at first, but powerfull.

I like Mark Hollis' lyrics. Every phrase is like a gem to me. I like his minimalism. The words that aren't said are just as important. I haven't heard all his lyrics in a correct way yet, but for one time I don't care. I don't want to look up them. I feel like a little child guessing at how things work and geaving it my own explanation.

Colour of Spring

"Forget our fate", the pedlar sings.
Set up to sell my soul,
I've lived a life for wealth to bring.
And yet I'll gaze [at]...
The colour of spring,
Immerse in that one moment,
Left in love with everything,
Soar the bridges that I burnt before,
One song among us all...

His influence on me is quite large.

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Old 02-02-2012, 01:41 AM   #48
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This is a song from under the floorboards this is a song from where the wall is cracked
my force of habit, I am an insect I have to confess I'm proud as hell of that fact
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Old 02-13-2012, 05:14 AM   #49
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I love that Two Gallants song, in fact I've got three different versions of it. They recorded it twice at a studio/music site, a few miles from me called daytrotter. One version is piano, the other has added a harmonica. Their stuff's right in my vocal range so it's nice to cover, but no one knows who they are.

"I went to your schools, I did my detention,
but the walls were so gray, I couldn't pay attention.
I read your gospel, it moved me to tears,
but I couldn't find the hate, and I couldn't find the fear.
I met your saviour, I knelt at his feet,
and then he took my ten bucks, and he went down the street.
I tried to believe all the things that you said,
but my friends that aren't dyin', are already dead.

Raise a toast to St. Joe Strummer. . ."

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Old 02-15-2012, 12:36 PM   #50
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When I was first writing, what helped me the most wasn't difficult prose or poetry, it was always lyrics. I wasn't influenced by anything particularly 'heavy' - and sometimes the artists that helped me most weren't thought of as particularly lyrical.

John Frusciante's lyrics are good inspiration for newer writers. He often goes a song without rhyming and if he does rhyme, it won't be forced. Which is what I think holds back a lot of people who are just starting out. This song is actually a bit of an exception to that, but I think it will be helpful anyway. It also has a lovely tune which you can hear from the youtube link.

"Someone's"

Someone's waiting to fly with me
Someone's saying goodbye everytime she says hello
Cuz they both connect no one with somebody
I'm floating down this airstream
I'm floating and it's every dream I've ever had
And I'm so happy and sad
Cuz they both connect me with when I'd never been a body
Every house is a frame
Anything real has a brain
We talk ourselves out of it
But I've reconsidered it and I'm convinced
Everywhere I look has a face
Everyone who has lived has a place
Right here's every world
Every time draws a line to right now
Hold and turn the infinite
Someone's taking me all over out there

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bMU...feature=related

I would also reccommend people go and check out Lou Reed's Transformer album, which has some lovely if very quirky lyrics. Another guy who might help people is Mike Skinner (The Streets), who certainly won't be to everyone's taste but you can learn a lot from him.

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Old 02-17-2012, 10:28 AM   #51
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Matt Embree is a lyrical pimp.

Overcome (The Recapitulation) by Rx Bandits

We've had enough of these politician's wars
what we need right now is love
We've had enough of the military scoreboards
all we need right now is love
(give it up!)

the future is held in the hands that write the textbooks
ignorance is bred when falsified thinking is taught
to the youth instead of past mistakes and mind elevation
like the graves that manifest destiny has created
so we can build our capitalist consumer-based economy
to build, market, and sell commodities we don't need
we are trained to believe
like celebrity imaging
well, I'm here to take my feelings back and I hope that you will be with me

I can't wait for that day when I hear us all screamin:
ah ah ah ah ah!
I can't wait for the day when I hear us all singing together:
oh oh oh

I can't wait for the day when I hear us all screaming: "Hear comes the revolution!"
When ever race color and creed and militant human being
stand up with fist together for substance and true meaning
because right now, we got our feet stuck in cement
we're too caught up in the material status-quo punishment
one thing is for sure, and that's the sun will always set
darling you can bet our moon is quite the opposite
so baby, take an axe to your makeup kit
set ablaze the billboards and the advertisement
love with all our eyes and never forget
how good it feels to be alive and strive for your desire

because you can see your cage doesn't mean that you are free
with laws against nature but it's ok for you to be
addicted to over the counter prescriptions
while magazines dictate all of our human relations
I'm not buying, no I'm not giving
to a culture that objectifies all of our women
I'm not buying, no I'm not consuming
the apathetic dribble on the newsmedia's chin
I'm not buying no I'm not giving in
the lies that are sold through textbooks to children
I'm not buying no I'm not consuming
because a positive will always overcome a negative

and we stay inside
it's right outside
we stand in line

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Old 02-17-2012, 10:30 AM   #52
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we all enjoy our fences
they keep it at bay
but I'm not giving in

His work on both The Resignation (this is the 4th track from that album) and especially ...and the Battle Begun by Rx as well as his solo stuff, Love You Moon, put this guy in rare air to me. I'm really interested to see where the textbooks place him. Hard to make the world forget you started as a mediocre ska frontman.

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Old 02-20-2012, 05:11 AM   #53
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Every night when I lay my head these silhouettes won?t let me rest
They toss and turn into my dreams they make me see they?re good enough for me
They catch themselves within the brook that handles my hair and cuddles my books
With words and phrases that I don?t mean and imperfect conceptions of the birds and the bees

And every night in my dreams these little vermin run around
Making sounds and going down in history as one of the scariest sights in town

Then every day when I wake up, I smell the scent of love
Because when you?re dead or dreaming, there?s no one you can trust

Every room across the earth is colored the same shade of s.hit
And all the children from Juno to Perth are convinced that ghosts don?t exist
Well you try falling for a moving target, a girl who dates in the grocery market
A derailed train insane in the brain with a passionate kiss to make a couch a tryst
And then you?ll see that ghosts are real and monsters too can make you feel
Sometimes and somewhere, somehow and someway
These little thoughts will escape on a subway
And jump aboard a suicide car soon to enter your head and exit my heart
This is what was determined right from the start when I kissed her on the cheek and I kissed her hard

And every night in my dreams these fairies wave their wands
Making fantasies out of wishes and skyscrapers out of swamps

Then every day when I wake up, I smell the scent of death
Because when you?re dead or dreaming, there?s only false living left
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:07 PM   #54
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Maynard James Keenan of Tool writes amazing lyrics. Example from The Grudge by Tool off their album Lateralus:

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Wear the grudge like a crown of negativity.
Calculate what we will or will not tolerate.
Desperate to control all and everything.
Unable to forgive your scarlet lettermen.

Clutch it like a cornerstone. Otherwise it all comes down.
Justify denials and grip 'em to the lonesome end.
Clutch it like a cornerstone. Otherwise it all comes down.
Terrified of being wrong. Ultimatum prison cell.

Saturn ascends, choose one or ten. Hang on or be humbled again.

Clutch it like a cornerstone. Otherwise it all comes down.
Justify denials and grip them to their lonesome end.
Saturn ascends, comes round again.
Saturn ascends, the one, the ten. Ignorant to the damage done.

Wear the grudge like a crown of negativity.
Calculate what you will or will not tolerate.
Desperate to control all and everything.
Unable to forgive your scarlet lettermen.

Wear the grudge like a crown. Desperate to control.
Unable to forgive. And sinking deeper.

Defining, confining, sinking deeper. Controlling, defining, and we're sinking deeper.

Saturn comes back around to show you everything
Let's you choose what you will not see and then
Drags you down like a stone or lifts you up again
Spits you out like a child, light and innocent.

Saturn comes back around. Lifts you up like a child or
Drags you down like a stone to
Consume you till you choose to let this go.
Choose to let this go.

Give away the stone. Let the oceans take and transmutate this cold and fated
anchor.
Give away the stone. Let the waters kiss and transmutate these leaden grudges
into gold.

Let go.


Amazing lyrics imho from an amazing band and an amazing song.
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:07 PM   #55
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This thread could be so much more, but I think it needs to start less from a level of showing eachother our favorite lyricists and instead from a general discussion of how we write songs.

I, for instance, used to have piles of lyrics and a headfull of tunes, but nothing to glue them together. It took me quite some time to stop trying to frankenstein songs from the scrap pile and reach my current method.

I just find a progression that i think sounds cool and isn't too complicated and then strum it everywhich way until I find the proverbial "one". Once I have that, I dumb the strum pattern down to the bare essentials, close my eyes, and hum while visualising the energy of the song. After a while this leaves me with a melody and a progression and more often than not a few ideas for other parts.

The lyrics now become the easiest part (writing is a slightly more natural thing for me than music). I just say what's on my mind to the tune. Thankfully I have a rather interesting mind. Of course, I do bend and break and flip around and forge for the sake of effect. I don't think a song has to be purely honest or honest at all for that matter. Songs may gain a certain believability if grown from a place of honesty but at the end of the day It just has to work.

so there's what I think, wbu?
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:28 PM   #56
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Really, this thread began because folks were asking for it and because we thought it would be nice to discuss our favourite lyrics. But what you're talking about doesn't belong in this forum. The musical side belongs in Musician Talk - both this forum and MT are very, very often mistaken as the same thing - and the lyrical side of songwriting belongs in the Techniques subforum.

Now, the S&L Techniques forum doesn't get very much activity and never did. It looks after itself and is not especially appreciated by the majority of the regular members on UG. It's more of a place where those new to songwriting can discuss the beginnings of how to write lyrics, poetry etc., and then post their new creations in the main forum - this one.

So although it would be nice to have one forum that allowed the entire discussion of songwriting from start to finish, there hasn't been any changes to the UG site for years since its actualization because this topic has been discussed before and no changes have ever been made, so the chance of it happening now is just as slim. But I will mention it to the admins and other mods.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:29 PM   #57
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:30 PM   #58
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thanks for clearing that up. always bringing that knowledge. I appreciate it.
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Dr. Octagon, Tyler the Creator, Kool Keith, Childish Gambino, F. Stokes. Odd dudes, haha.
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