Unforgettable Lines

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


Kimmijo said...

From one who stumbled across your blog:

Leonard Cohen: Dance Me to the End of Love. The whole thing.

debbie millman said...

awesome idea, tania!

ads. said...

The Eagles: Get Over IT.....I'd like to find your inner child and kick its little ass.
Jimmy Buffett: I'm growing older, but not up...Let the winds of change blow over my head- I'd rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead.
B.B. King:(can't remember off-hand)....Only my mama loves me, but she could be jivin' too.

Kathy said...

Don’t hate me - don’t have a blog so using yours. May not be my Top 10, but heard a few of these this morning when jogging so fresh in my head …

John Prine - Donald & Lydia
There were spaces between Donald and whatever he said.

Guy Clark – Dublin Blues
I wish I was in Austin in the Chili Parlour Bar, drinkin' Mad Dog Margaritas and not carin' where you are

Julie Miller – Take Me Back
The way I was careless with your trust was a sin

Talking Heads - This Must be the Place (Naive Melody)
You got a face with a view

Steve Earle – Guitar Town
I gotta two pack habit and a motel tan

Little Feat – Willin’
And I been from Tucson to Tucumcari to Tehachapi to Tonapa

Johnny Cash - Delia’s Gone
First time I shot her, I shot her in the side. Hard to watch her suffer, but with the second shot she died.

Loretta Lynn – Fist City
I'm not a sayin' my baby's a saint 'cause he ain't, N' that he won't cat around with a kitty, I'm here to tell ya gal to lay offa my man, If ya don't wanna go to fist city

Dwight Yoakam – Guitars, Cadillacs
I wanna thank you girl for teachin' me brand new ways to be cruel

Kris Kristofferson – In the News
Read about the sorry way he done somebody's daughter, Chained her to a heavy thing and threw her in the water, And she sank into the darkness with their baby son inside her, A little piece of truth and beauty died

Tania Rochelle said...

All of these lines are great.

a/ok said...

I love this idea!

I've been scouring my itunes. Gonna have to wait until I get home for this one.

biggy said...

The Notorius B.I.G- Ready to Die
I've got techniques drippin'
from my butt cheeks.

T, I've got this CD so let me know if you wish to borrow it.

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