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mr. Sun king coming together
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4 January 2012 - 11.48pm

Now, I know the general consensus is that John is (was, sorry) the better lyricist over Paul, but what are some of your favourite McCartney lyrics? It could be the melancholiness, but I love the lyrics to My Valentine. Other favourites include Michelle, Maybe I'm Amazed (Linda must have been one hell of a woman to make him write that), and, possibly my favourite, The End.
(Beatles or solo, don't care)

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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Inner Light
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5 January 2012 - 1.27am

One of my favorite McCartney songs with very deep lyrics is 'For No One' which I think is one of the best songs he ever wrote.

The further one travels, the less one knows

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Vale
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5 January 2012 - 1.28am

Right now, I just think of "For No One"

 

Edit: a-hard-days-night-paul-6 How cool, we posted the same thing a-hard-days-night-george-8

This is la la la la love! – George Harrisonheart

Please! Tell me what you think! and I hope you won't  laugh haha.

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"Que en el planeta tanto ande mal; Que el hombre agreda al hombre, que el hombre agreda al animal, al vegetal."

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Into the Sky with Diamonds
New York
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5 January 2012 - 1.32am

...wearing the mask that she keeps in the jar by the door - who is it for?

...there is a barber showing photographs - of every head he's had the pleasure to -oo know

and all the people that come and go - stop and say hello

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)

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5 January 2012 - 1.35am

"Play the game, fight the fight, but whats the point on a beautiful night?" from We All Stand Together. I love that line, easily one of Pauls best lyrics ever.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

"Don't make your love suffer insecurities; Trade the baggage of "self" to set another one free" ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)

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kedame
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5 January 2012 - 2.55am

"Every morning brings a new day. Every night that day is through." from Every Night. Reminds me a little of another favorite lyric, "Now the darkness only stays the night-time
In the morning it will fade away
Daylight is good at arriving at the right time
Its not always going to be this grey." from All Things Must Pass. Both say almost the same thing. Paul's is just a little more succinct, but it works for me.

I also love the nonsense lyrics from Monkberry Moon Delight and Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.

"You can manicure a cat but can you caticure a man?"

John Lennon- Skywriting by Word of Mouth

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PennyLane
Sitting singing songs for everyone by the mountain stream
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5 January 2012 - 4.19am

Let It Be. For No One. Monkberry Moon Delight. Maybe I'm Amazed.

"The movement you need is on your shoulder."

"Tomorrow may rain, so I'll follow the sun."

 

There are probably more, but my mind is drawing blanks. It's easier for me to find the best John lyrics than of Paul's.

Well we all shine on like the moon, the stars, and the sun.

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Sgt. Pepper
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5 January 2012 - 4.59am

"Sit beside a mountain stream; see her waters rise. Listen to the pretty sound of music as she flies." – Mother Nature's Son

 

"You want her, you need her. And yet you don't believe her when she says her love is dead; you think she needs you." – For No One

 

"Bright are the stars that shine, dark is the sky. I know this love of mine will never die; And I Love Her." – And I Love Her

 

"Behind the shelter in the middle of a roundabout, a pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray. And though she feels as if she's in a play, she is anyway." – Penny Lane

 

"Well on the way, head in a cloud…the man of a thousand voices talking perfectly loud. But nobody ever hears him, or the sound he appears to make. And he never seems to notice, but The Fool On The Hill sees the sun going down. And the eyes in his head see the world spinning 'round." – Fool on the Hill

 

And so many more. heart a-hard-days-night-paul-2

All day long I'm sitting singing songs for everyone.

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minime
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6 January 2012 - 3.52pm

"Something inside that was always denied for so many years"

"Love has a nasty habit of disappearing over night"

"Maybe I'm amazed at the way you pulled me out of time
And hung me on a line"

"Wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door"(that is just so awesomelly wicked)

 

I like most of his "story telling" songs, anyway

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kedame
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6 January 2012 - 6.18pm

I always thought the "face in a jar by the door" was a Ringo line. I think I read he said it was. Anyway, it is a wicked cool line.

"Live a little. Be a gypsy. Get around. Get your feet up Off The Ground. Live a little. Get around."

"And it really doesn't matter if I'm wrong I'm right
Where I belong I'm right
Where I belong"

"You can manicure a cat but can you caticure a man?"

John Lennon- Skywriting by Word of Mouth

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8 January 2012 - 3.48pm

For No One and Yesterday!

 

 

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yesterdaydreaming
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9 January 2012 - 4.58am

"Father makenzie. Wiping his hands as he walks from the grave. No one was saved" -Eleanor Rigby just overall has great lyrics. Even if they are a little nonsensical.

"Take a sad song and make it better" -Hey Jude is amazing. That's all I have to say.

"Let's all get up and dance to a song that was a hit before your mother was born" -I know it's a cheesy song, but I really like it because I feel like all the music I like WAS a hit before my mom was born.

Thoes are some of the ones I can think of off the top of my head. "For No One" is deffinatly the best though. I cant even pock one line from it its all too good! But also like minime said, I like the storytelling songs also.

***? "A Hard Day's Night" opening chord ?***

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Joe
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12 January 2012 - 11.19am

I think Ringo donated the "darning his socks" bit, rather than the jar line. IIRC that's what Pete Shotton said in his book (oh, I wish I still had a copy).
These lyrics are great taken out of context. I never really saw him as a great lyricist before, but he definitely had something special.

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beatlez-luver16
Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun...
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12 January 2012 - 10.26pm

Baby I'm amazed at the way you love me all the time, 

Maybe I'm amazed at the way I love you,

Baby I'm amazed at the way you pulled me out of time

Hung me on a line, 

Maybe I'm amazed at the way I really need you.

- Maybe I'm Amazed

 

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"When you're drowning, you don't say 'I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,' you just scream."

-John Lennon, 1970

 

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Old Siam Sir
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31 May 2012 - 3.57am

WARNING: Opinions Only!!!!

*Best lyric ever written: And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.

*Wisper words of wisdom - Let it be.

*Oh that magic feeling, no where to go.

*I was stuck in the attic a piano up my nose.

*If this ever changing world in which we live in makes you give in and cry, say Live And Let Die!

*You know I'll always love you but it would've been a lie...if I said that I could please you every moment that I try.

*When the sky is filled up with storms and heavy rain and trouble starts slidin' across my mind it's hard for me to see which road I'm gonna take. I know I need to find a way to leave it all behind.

*Wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave...no one was saved.

*Take these broken wings and learn to fly/Take these sunken eyes and learn to see

*Man, I can smell your feet a mile away.

*Hold Me Tight, hugga me right.

*Like a lucifer she'll always shine.

*I'm gonna do it to ya gonna do ya, sweet banana, you've never been done!

*I can't tell ya how I feel. My heart is like a wheel. Let Me Roll It.

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Ben Ramon
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31 May 2012 - 11.43am

"What does it matter to you? When you've got a job to do, you gotta do it well; you gotta give the other fella HELL."

"Time after time, you refuse to even listen. I wouldn't mind, if I knew what I was missing."

"You want her. You need her. And yet you don't believe her when she says her love is dead, you think she needs you."

"Behind the shelter in the middle of the roundabout, a pretty nurse is selling puppies from a tray. And though she feels as if she's in a play, she is anyway."

"And it really doesn't matter, if I'm wrong I'm right, where I belong I'm right, where I belong."

"You took your lucky break and broke it in two."

"Soily, soily, well the cat in the satin trousers said it's oily." (possibly the most bizarre lyric I've ever heard, love it)

"The willow turns his back on inclement weather, and if he can do it, we can do it, just me and you."

"So lay down your umbrella, strip off your plastic mac. You've never felt the rain, my friend, til you've felt it running down your back."

SHUT UP - Paulie's talkin'

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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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31 May 2012 - 12.47pm

Old Siam Sir said,

"You know I'll always love you but it would've been a lie…if I said that I could please you every moment that I try.

*When the sky is filled up with storms and heavy rain and trouble starts slidin' across my mind it's hard for me to see which road I'm gonna take. I know I need to find a way to leave it all behind."

 

Ben Ramon said, " So lay down your umbrella, strip off your plastic mac. You've never felt the rain, my friend, til you've felt it running down your back."

Where are these from?

 

I love

"For as long as the trees     throw down blossoms and leaves

 I know there will be          a parade of unpainted dreams" ("The Lovers That Never Were")

 

However, I suspect these are Elvis Costello's lyrics...

(my other fave is the entire "Penny Lane" song - a beautiful tapestry of images from start to finish)

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)

Ben Ramon
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31 May 2012 - 2.04pm

Mine's from "Mamunia" off Band On The Run. Old Siam Sir's are from "On The Way" and "Light From Your Lighthouse" I believe.

SHUT UP - Paulie's talkin'

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I Me Mine
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2 June 2012 - 12.25pm

I agree with all of the above. I love most Paul's lyrics. If I had to chose one it would propably be The End.

Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble.

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Ahhh Girl
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27 September 2013 - 4.40pm

"Nobody can deny that there's something there / There, running my hands through her hair" What an awesome transition!

From "The End of the End":

"On the day that I die, I'd like jokes to be told
And stories of old to be rolled out like carpets
That children have played on and laid on
While listening to stories of old

On the day that I die, I'd like bells to be rung
And songs that were sung to be hung out like blankets
That lovers have played on and laid on
While listening to songs that were sung"

Those lyrics were not written by just a songwriter. The way they wrap back around themselves is mind-blowing. They were written by a f-ing GENIUS!!!

Uh-oh, when I saw the last two words of the previous sentence actually written out (along with mind-blowing), my mind went where it probably shouldn't have a-hard-days-night-paul-7

Just throw me on the heap of non-reformables.

 
 

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