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The Best Lyrics
30 August 2009
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Alissa
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Now, a tougher question; which song has the best lyrics in your opinion?

It's doesn't have to be from your favourite song, but which lyricsjust blow your mind?

For me, I'd choose two lyrics from two songs.

First: "Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind, possessing and caressing me." Man, what words. I shiver whenever I hear these them- they're perfection. Such imagery, such imagination. Ugh. I as a writer envy how John can put such meaning and feel into words.

Second: "Life flows on within you and without you." This song is just so.. mature. Insightful. It seems like George finally realized our role in the world, and captured it's essence without an air of arrogance, but pure humbleness. That we're all connected and share the same fate, that while we're each individuals able to live our lives, we can always be replaced, no matter who you are. It's important to leave your impression on the earth.

So, what do you think? What are the best lyrics in your opinion?

Tongue, lose thy light. Moon, take thy flight… see ya, George!
1 September 2009
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It's not my favourite song, but I heard Paperback Writer on the radio yesterday and was struck by how odd the lyrics are, particularly compared to The Beatles' other songs up until then. It was a big departure for them to sing a fictional tale like that, especially one not about relationships or love.

Other than that, I love the Sir Walter Raleigh line in I'm So Tired. But my favourite is quite possibly Strawberry Fields Forever. I love Lennon's lyrics in that one – "I think I know, I mean, a yes, but it's all wrong" is just great. It sums up the self doubt that's all over the song, and it's quite unusual in its syntax.

Incidentally, Alissa, are you a Brit too? I notice we both spell 'favourite' the same way.

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1 September 2009
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Alissa
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I love the doubt and confusion in Strawberry Fields, too! It's so… inventive. Real. Like he's speaking to you one-on-one, which I find John does a lot with his lyrics. Awesome.

Haha! And the I'm So Tired line! "He was such a stupid git!" Perfection.

And sadly, no, only a wannabe Brit. I'm actually Canadian, and refuse to conform and write like Americans. I add u's to many of my words, colour, favourite, neighbour etc. It's just how I spell, naturally.

England, or somewhere close to it in Europe, is my dream home. I hope to find myself living there as soon as possible- then again, I'm only 17, so I have a while to wait. Hopefully I'll be joining you eventually as a British person!

And, I forgot a favourite line of mine! The one in Rocky Raccoon, about Gideon's bible, how they make him a person, and how he must of left the bible behind for Rocky. Brillllliance.

Tongue, lose thy light. Moon, take thy flight… see ya, George!
10 September 2009
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Sometimes I choose the one I want to hear just to validate my own point of view, other times I choose the one I know is right even though it is not the advice I want to follow.

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18 September 2009
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At the moment, Norwegian Wood feels so mysterious that it kinda needs explanation. It can't be just a nocturnal erotic adventure.

John was a genius lyricist, and many of his lyrics are so economical that it's highly uncommon for such a young person. Paul also wrote great lyrics but it's John who makes me wonder whether there could be a key somewhere? That key could also serve as a master key for Beatles in general.

20 September 2009
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Wow, depending on which song I'm listening to and what mood I'm in, the best lyric is hard to pick.

There are places I remember All my life though some have changed…

Penny Lane is my ears and in my eyes

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together

Living is easy with eyes closed Misunderstanding all you see (second favorite)

But the one that gives me chills everytime I hear it is:

And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.

I know you know what you know, but you should know by now that you're not me ~ Ron Nasty
21 September 2009
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I forgot about In My Life. I've asked my wife to have that played at my funeral. It's perfect.

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11 October 2009
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"Let me tell you how it may be. There's one for you, nineten for me" – Taxman That just makes me think so much about the current economic condition and whether it is relevant to it's current situation. 

Also "I look at you all, see the love there that's sleeping. While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

Another, "I read the news today oh boy, about a lucky man who made the grade, and though the news was rather sad, well I just had to laugh, I saw the photograph. He blew his mind out in a car, he didn't notice that the lights had changed. A crowd of people stood and stared. They'd seen his face before, nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords." Those lyrics from A Day In The Life have a lot of heart.

"Playing those mind games together, pushing the barriers, planting seeds. Playing the mind guerilla, chanting the Mantra, peace on earth." "And of course Henry the Horse dances the waltz!" "I now declare this bridge open"
26 November 2009
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Joe said:

It's not my favourite song, but I heard Paperback Writer on the radio yesterday and was struck by how odd the lyrics are, particularly compared to The Beatles' other songs up until then. It was a big departure for them to sing a fictional tale like that, especially one not about relationships or love.


The start of McCartney's "story songs" I suppose. Not the greatest of tunes but for this reason I've always loved Rocky Raccoon. And post Beatles I know, but a true classic (both for a song and another example) is Another Day.

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26 November 2009
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mine would be "nothing is real, nothing to get hung about" from strawberry fields.. of course there are a lot of lyrics are favourite, that's why they are legend, everything they did is favorite Cool

29 November 2009
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"Is there anybody going to listen to my story … about the girl who came to stay?  She's the kind of girl who makes you sorry.. still you don't regret a single day…"

But really, another wonderfully impossible question.  So many different answers at different times of life.  ("I read the news today, oh boy…"  "Wednesday morning atfive o'clock as the day begins…"  "We were talking about the space between us all and the people who hide themselves – behind a wall of illusion…"  "A man must break his back to earn his day of leisure, will she still believe it when he'd dead?" etc etc..)

"We were just a band, who made it very very big, that's all."
29 November 2009
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For some reason, this verse from Strawberry Fields Forever keeps popping into my head:

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.
It's getting hard to be someone but it all works out.
It doesn't matter much to me.

But others have pointed out, it's a great song all around. :)

Ad hoc, ad loc, and quid pro quo! So little time! So much to know!
29 November 2009
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For the love of Pete (Shotton):

A computer error deleted my first post, leading to a hasty rewrite, which includes an unforgiveable error in the lyrics of 'Girl'.

Once more, with feeling:

Is there anybody going to listen to my story… All about the girl who came to stay….?

She's the kind of girl you want so much it makes you sorry… though you don't regret a single day.

(In another forum, a debate ensues about how to characterize the 'leading' posters, and someone has made the intelligent comment that people might puff up their totals with useless posts.  Let the record reflect I should in no way be given credit for this post!)

"We were just a band, who made it very very big, that's all."
27 May 2010
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It's truly hard to say. I always find something in the lyrics of a song that I like. So I will mention one I think nobody has.

 

"Christ you know it ain't easy, you know how hard it could be, the way things are going, they're going to cruficy me!" I don't care for John and Yoko's adventures, but that line is just brilliant.

 

Another one that I've just noticed is in "If I fell", when John says "And that she will cry when she learns that we're two" who doesn't want a little revenge when someone has broken your heart??

 

I love those lines that make the romantic songs quite realistic, like "You're asking me will my love grow.. I don't know .. I don't know.. stick around and it might show…"

 

And I can quote a lot but I think it's better if you go to any Beatles lyrics book. a-hard-days-night-john-3

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
27 May 2010
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I was listening to the anthology version of Something, and it's just so simple with George on his guitar singing the song, but it's so powerful because of his message. Pattie Boyd must have been pretty special. As for other lyrics, I've always loved 'Because the sky is blue, it makes me cry' because of the simplicity of the message, I really love She Said She Said not because they're brilliant lyrics or anything, but just because of the way that John seems to just be talking to himself in the song. 'We would be warm, below the storm, In our little hideaway beneath the waves, Resting our head, on the sea bed, In an Octopus's Garden near a cave.'

I sat on a rug, biding my time, drinking her wine
27 May 2010
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From Within You Without You:

Try to realize it's all within yourself
No-one else can make you change

 

From The Inner Light:

The farther one travels
The less one knows
The less one really knows

To the fountain of perpetual mirth, Let it roll for all its worth.

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27 May 2010
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Any of the verses to "I Am The Walrus" I just can't listen to without at leasting mouthing the words.

Also, "Life goes on within you and without you" is sheer brilliance.

And, of course, every line from "All You Need Is Love" Still is my outlook on life.

Honourary Mention: "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" Though there are only 14 different words to this song, the lyrics are still powerful.

28 May 2010
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"Love is all and love is everyone." – Tomorrow Never Knows

"Keeping an eye on the world going by my window." – I'm Only Sleeping

"All through the day, I Me Mine…" – I Me Mine

"All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends, I still can recall." – In My Life

"Where I belong I'm right." – Fixing A Hole

"And you're making me feel like I've never been born." – She Said She Said

"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." – The End

 

Listen to the colour of your dreams…
28 May 2010
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'I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.'

'And curse Sir Walter Raleigh, he was such a stupid get!'a-hard-days-night-john-1

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29 May 2010
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So many great lines…I'll try not to mention some of my favorites that have already been mentioned.

Eleanor Rigby, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door.

Mother Superior jump the gun.

Man you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allen Poe.

Suddenly someone is there at the turnstile, the Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes.

And when the brokenhearted people living in the world agree, there will be an answer, Let it Be.

I saw a film today, oh boy…the English army had just won the war.

I don't know how someone controlled you…they bought and sold you.

He went out tiger hunting with his elephant and gun.  In case of accidents he always took his mum.

Sweet Loretta Martin thought she was a woman, but she was another man.

Gather round, all you clowns…

What is sweet now, turns so sour

You say you've seen seven wonders and your bird is green but you can't see me…

Her hair of floating sky is shimmering.  Glimmering.  In the sun.

 

I'll even give Ringo his props…I'm sorry that I doubted you, I was so unfair.  You were in a car crash, and you lost your hair.

 

 

 

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