I'm listing ten all-time favorite choices of lines from songs, and challenge you to do the same on your blogs. I'm curious to hear your favorites. These are lines that have affected me either because of their message, the imagery, or the sheer sound of the words--lines that make me say, "Damn, I wish I'd written that!"
1. Counting Crows, A Long December:
All at once you look across a crowded room
to see the way that light attaches to a girl.
2. Bonnie Raitt/John Prine, Angel From Montgomery:
How the hell can a man go to work in the morning,
come home in the evening and have nothing to say?
3. Ryan Adams, These Girls:
However many lies I tell without my tongue
get twisted into memories ‘til I believe them some.
4. Ray Lamontagne, Jolene
A picture of you holding a picture of me
in the pocket of my blue jeans.
5. Neil Young, American Hero:
He wore a long coat to the ground.
He wore big boots that made a sound.
6.Roseanne Cash, The World Unseen:
I’m the list of everyone I have to lose.
7. U2, One:
Have you come here for forgiveness,
have you come to raise the dead?
8. U2, One:
Have you come here to play Jesus
to the lepers in your head?
9. Lyle Lovett, If I Had A Boat:
If I had a boat, I’d go out on the ocean,
if I had a pony, I’d ride ‘im on my boat.
10. Bob Dylan, Positively 4th Street:
Yes, I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
You'd know what a drag it is
To see you