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texasmilly | Student, College Freshman | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted November 11, 2011 at 8:05 AM via web

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What are the best lines in any song you ever heard?

We all listen to music and we all love it. But sometimes a song shoots right through your defenses and scores a total home run. Which lines from popular music rocked your world?

For me it was Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. This song raped me and yet was so gentle.

"And even though it all went wrong,

I'll stand before the Lord of Song,

With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah."

(Please include a link to your song. Peace and Love.)



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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 11, 2011 at 8:14 AM (Answer #2)

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Wow, what a difficult question...

ask me tomorrow and I will have a different answer, but right now I know that the words whixh ALWAYS gut me like a fish are Bowie's 'Heroes'.

"And I, I wish I could swim, like dolphins, like dolphins can swim.

Though nothing will drive them away, we can beat them, forever and ever."

('Them' is not the dolphins. 'Them' were the guards on the Berlin Wall, Bowie lived in Berlin in the seventies near the Berlin wall and saw Soviet troops shooting people trying to defect. They represent cold oppression.The dolphins represent real freedom.)

We can beat them... forever and ever.


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beefheart | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) Honors

Posted November 11, 2011 at 8:49 AM (Answer #3)

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Jerry Garcia's tragic honesty always breaks my heart. He was such a brave, honest man, not afraid of his failures. I'm not a huge Grateful Dead fan, but "Ripple" speaks to my soul. It cuts through the posturing and fakery, it says we are all lost children. It makes me happy and it makes me cry.

You who choose to lead, must follow,
But if you fall, you fall alone,
If you should stand, then who's to guide you?
If I knew the way, I would take you home.


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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 11, 2011 at 12:22 PM (Answer #4)

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I've always been a big Beatles fan, and particularly the songs of George Harrison. One of my favorites is "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." It's a GREAT title, and the lyrics are simple, but romantically touching.

"I look at the world and I notice it's turning
While my guitar gently weeps.
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps.

I don't know how you were diverted,
You were perverted, too.
I don't know how you were inverted,
No one alerted you.

I look at you all see the love there that's sleeping
Still my guitar gently weeps.


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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 12, 2011 at 2:26 AM (Answer #5)

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I'll go with a short line from "Lying Eyes" by the Eagles.  It goes "I guess every form of refuge has its price."

To me, that's an important thing to think about because I think that we often try to find easy ways out of things when we ought to know that there are no easy ways.  We try to bail out from tough situations, thinking that somehow we will be able to have things easy when really what we need to do is to hunker down and work through our problems.  I see us as being a society where we look to get away from our problems rather than facing them and I think that is a destructive tendency.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 12, 2011 at 11:38 PM (Answer #6)

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My opinion would be Jeff Bates' "I Wanna Make You Cry." (I know, cheesy love song, but allow me to explain.)

The lyrics show the happy side of tears. Too many people denote crying with sadness (it almost seems automatic--"Why are you crying? What is wrong?).

Here, tears are given a more positive connotation.

I swear I'll make it last until,
Tears of joy come pourin' from your eyes.
I wanna make you cry.

I always like when a song tries to change how a person typically looks at something.

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ms-einstein | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted November 13, 2011 at 5:28 AM (Answer #7)

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When I was a teenager, my brother brought home Something/Anything by Todd Rundgen. I was introduced to a musical genius, songwriter, and singer who has written so many songs that comprise a soundtrack to get me through all of life's dilemmas.

The lyrics that support me perennially are from "The Ikon," Todd Rundgren's Utopia. I do not know why Rundgren chose to spell icon with a "K," but I suspect it is because he is an iconoclast.

Someone knows who you are

Someone watches over you

Someone knows how you feel

And someone feels the same.

So you don't have to be afraid

Never fear, for you are living in eternal mind



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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 26, 2011 at 6:18 AM (Answer #8)

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Thanks for a great question!  One song that always touches me, and that seems to contain a lot of wisdom, is by James Taylor; it's called "The Secret of Life." Here are the lyrics:

The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time 
Any fool can do it 
There ain't nothing to it 
Nobody knows how we got to 
The top of the hill 
But since we're on our way down 
We might as well enjoy the ride 

The secret of love is in opening up your heart 
It's okay to feel afraid 
But don't let that stand in your way 
'cause anyone knows that love is the only road 
And since we're only here for a while 
Might as well show some style 
Give us a smile 

Isn't it a lovely ride 
Sliding down 
Gliding down 
Try not to try too hard 
It's just a lovely ride 

Now the thing about time is that time 
Isn't really real 
It's just your point of view 
How does it feel for you 
Einstein said he could never understand it all 
Planets spinning through space 
The smile upon your face 
Welcome to the human race 

Some kind of lovely ride 
I'll be sliding down 
I'll be gliding down 
Try not to try too hard 
It's just a lovely ride 

Isn't it a lovely ride 
Sliding down 
Gliding down 
Try not to try too hard 
It's just a lovely ride 

Now the secret of life is enjoying the passage of time


Here's a link to a performance;


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gitarguy918 | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 3, 2011 at 7:35 AM (Answer #9)

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The best lines in any song I have ever heard was when I saw Paul McCartney and he sang "Here Today," in memory of John Lennon.

And if I say I really knew you well,

What would your answer be?

If you were here today.

Uh, uh, uh, here today.


Well, knowing you,

You'd probably laugh and say

That we were worlds apart.

If you were here today.

Uh, uh, uh, here today.


But as for me,

I still remember how it was before

And I am holding back the tears no more.

Uh, uh, uh,

I love you, uh.


What about the time we met? (what about the time?)

Well, I suppose that you could say

That we were playing hard to get.

Didn't understand a thing,

But we could always sing.


What about the night we cried? (what about the night)

Because there wasn't any reason

Left to keep it all inside.

Never understood a word,

But you were always there with a smile.


And if I say I really loved you

And was glad you came along.

Then you were here today,

Uh, uh, uh, for you were in my song.


Uh, uh, uh, here today.

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bigdreams1 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted December 11, 2011 at 4:55 AM (Answer #10)

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Crosby, Stills and Nash:

Teach your children well:


You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself
Because the past is just a good bye.

Teach your children well,
Their father's hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picked, the one you'll know by.

Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

And you, of tender years,
Can't know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth,
They seek the truth before they can die.

Counter Melody To Above Verse:
Can you hear and do you care and
Cant you see we must be free to
Teach your children what you believe in.
Make a world that we can live in.

Teach your parents well,
Their children's hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picked, the one you'll know by.

Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.


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irislirisl | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 7, 2012 at 10:16 PM (Answer #11)

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I think the lyrics from the song by 'Racoon' are very good


The book we're living in
I read it twice
And I don't want the plot to change

Although it's beautiful
And you are lovely
Still I'll be damned if I let you take my


The worst lyrics are these three lines by Razorlight:

I met a girl,
she asked me my name,
I told her what it was

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mizradane | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 21, 2012 at 4:26 PM (Answer #12)

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It always gives me goosebumps when I hear RONAN KEATING singing,

And the thought crosses my mind

If I never wake up in the morning

Would she ever doubt

the way I feel about her in my heart

If tomorrow never comes
Will she know how much I loved her
Did I try in every way to show her every day
That she's my only one
And if my time on earth were through
And she must face this world without me
Is the love I gave her in the past
Gonna be enough to last
If tomorrow never comes

Makes us think a while dosen't it?

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