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Re: Lyrically speaking

Mon May 14, 2012 6:59 am

Great song.. but best not to dwell on it's message too much........ :?

"High Hopes" - Pink Floyd


Beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young
In a world of magnets and miracles
Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary
The ringing of the division bell had begun

Along the Long Road and on down the Causeway
Do they still meet there by the Cut

There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps
Running before time took our dreams away
Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground
To a life consumed by slow decay

The grass was greener
The light was brighter
With friends surrounded
The nights of wonder

Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us
To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side
Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again
Dragged by the force of some inner tide

At a higher altitude with flag unfurled
We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world

Encumbered forever by desire and ambition
There's a hunger still unsatisfied
Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon
Though down this road we've been so many times

The grass was greener
The light was brighter
The taste was sweeter
The nights of wonder
With friends surrounded
The dawn mist glowing
The water flowing
The endless river

Forever and ever
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Re: Lyrically speaking

Mon May 14, 2012 10:09 am

.......Really love that one Stella. Great song, great lyrics.

Re: Lyrically speaking

Mon May 14, 2012 10:14 am

arcademannequin wrote:.......Really love that one Stella. Great song, great lyrics.


It is fab - heard it on the radio earlier and it gave me pause for thought, as it always does.... ;)

Re: Lyrically speaking

Mon May 14, 2012 5:44 pm

Always liked this one:


I was at a funeral the day i realized
I wanted to spend my life with you
Sitting down on the steps at the old post office
The flag was flying at half mast
And i was thinking 'bout how
Everyone is dying
maybe it is time to live

I don't know where we're going
I don't know what we'll do

Walked in to the thrif-tee
Saw the man with the hollow eyes
Who didn't give me all my change
But it didn't bother me this time
'cause i know i've only got
This moment
And it's good
I went to the gas station
Old woman honked her horn
Waiting for me to fix her car

I don't know where we're going
I don't know what we'll do

Laying in bed tonight i was thinking
And listening to all the dogs
And the sirens and the shots
And how a careful man tries
To dodge the bullets
While a happy man takes a walk

And maybe it is time to live


-- Eels 'p.s. You Rock My World'
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Re: Lyrically speaking

Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:57 am

Steve Knightley's marvellous response to Fat Cat bankers; very timely given today's news that certain banks have had their credit worthiness downgraded.....

"A.I.G - Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed" - Show of Hands

All I wanted was a home
And a roof over our heads
Somewhere we could call our own
Feel safer in our beds
There was a storm of money raining down
It only touched the ground
With a loan I took I can’t repay
And the crock of gold you found

At every trough you stopped to feed
With your Arrogance, your Ignorance and Greed.


I never was a cautious man
I spend more than I’m paid
But those with something put aside
Are the ones that you betrayed
With your bonuses and expenses
You shovelled down your throat
Now you bit the hand that fed you
Dear God I hope you choke

At every trough you stopped to feed
With your Arrogance, your Ignorance and Greed.


You're on your yacht, we’re on our knees
Through your Arrogance, your Ignorance and Greed.

Toxics springs you tapped and sold,
Poisoned every watering hole
Your probity, you exchanged for gold

Working man stands in line
The market sets his price
No feather bed, no golden egg
No one pays him twice
So where's your thrift, your caution
Your honest sound advice
You know you dealt yourself a winning hand
And loaded every dice

At every trough you stopped to feed
With your Arrogance, your Ignorance and Greed.


I pray one day we’ll soon be free
From your absolute indifference
Your avarice, incompetence
Your Arrogance, your Ignorance and your Greed.
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Re: Lyrically speaking

Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:59 am

RavenGirl wrote:Steve Knightley's marvellous response to Fat Cat bankers.....

"A.I.G - Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed"


'Twas ever thus :( :x

Re: Lyrically speaking

Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:07 pm

Can't stop listening to Paul Simon stuff at the moment. - I've been reminded just how beautiful and poetic his lyrics are......


One and one-half wandering Jews
Free to wander wherever they choose
Are travelling together
In the Sangre de Cristo
The Blood Of Christ Mountains of New Mexico
On the last leg of the journey
They started a long time ago.
The arc of a love affair
Rainbows in the high desert air
Mountain passes slipping into stones
Hearts and bones. Hearts and bones. Hearts and bones.

Thinking back to the season before
Looking back through the cracks in the door
Two people were married
The act was outrageous
The bride was contagious
She burned like a bride.
These events may have had some effect
On the man with the girl by his side
The arc of a love affair
His hands rolling down her hair
Love like lightning shaking till it moans
Hearts and bones. Hearts and bones. Hearts and bones.

She said why? Why don't we drive through the night
And we'll wake up down in Mexico
And tell me why, why won't you love me for who I am
Where I am?
He said 'cause that's not the way the world is baby
This is how I love you baby

One and one-half wandering Jews
Returned to their natural coasts
To resume old acquaintances
Step out occasionally
And speculate who had been damaged the most
Easy time will determine if these consolations
Will be their reward
The arc of a love affair
Waiting to be restored
You take two bodies and twirl them into one
Their hearts and bones
And they won't come undone
Hearts and bones. Hearts and bones. Hearts and bones.

Re: Lyrically speaking

Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:31 pm

Little-known James Taylor track, written in his drug-abuse days. - Not sure it could be seen as a cry for help, but it's certainly an honest admittance of a problem!...........


Ricky's been kicking the gong
Lickety split, didn't take too long
A junkie's sick
A monkey's strong
That's what's wrong

Well I guess he's been messing around downtown
So sad to see the man losing ground
Winding down behind closed doors
On all fours

Mama, don't you call him my name
He can't hear you anymore
And even if he seems the same to you
That's a stranger to your door
Go on, ask him what he come here for

Oh my God, a monkey can move a man
Send him to hell
And home again
With an empty hand in the afternoon
Shooting for the moon

It's halfway sick
And it's halfway stoned
He'd sure like to kick
But he's too far gone
So they wind him down with the methadone
And he's all on his own

But baby, don't throw your love away
I hate to seem unkind
It's only that I understand the man
That the monkey can leave behind
I used to think he was a friend of mine.

Re: Lyrically speaking

Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:51 pm

i have always loved these lyrics, and song, by Peter Gabriel.

Here comes the flood


When the night shows
the signals grow on radios
All the strange things
they come and go, as early warnings
Stranded starfish have no place to hide
still waiting for the swollen Easter tide
There's no point in direction we cannot
even choose a side.

I took the old track
the hollow shoulder, across the waters
On the tall cliffs
they were getting older, sons and daughters
The jaded underworld was riding high
Waves of steel hurled metal at the sky
and as the nail sunk in the cloud, the rain
was warm and soaked the crowd.

Lord, here comes the flood
We'll say goodbye to flesh and blood
If again the seas are silent
in any still alive
It'll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you're running dry.

When the flood calls
You have no home, you have no walls
In the thunder crash
You're a thousand minds, within a flash
Don't be afraid to cry at what you see
The actors gone, there's only you and me
And if we break before the dawn, they'll
use up what we used to be.

Lord, here comes the flood
We'll say goodbye to flesh and blood
If again the seas are silent
in any still alive
It'll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you're running dry.

Re: Lyrically speaking

Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:36 pm

Brilliant Alain Toussaint track 'Freedom For The Stallion'..............


Freedom for the stallion
Freedom for the mare and her colt
Freedom for the baby-child
Who has not grown old enough to vote
Lord have mercy, what you gonna do
About the people who are praying to you?
They got men making laws that destroy other men
They've made money God and it's a dog-gone sin
Oh Lord, you gotta help us find a way

Big ships a-sailing
Slaves all chained and bound
Heading for a brand new land
That some cat said he upped and found
Lord have mercy, what you gonna do
About the people who are praying to you?
They got men making laws that destroy other men
They've made money God and it's a dog-gone sin
Oh Lord, you gotta help us find a way

Some sing a sad song
Some gotta moan the Blues
Trying to make the best of a home
That the man didn't even get to choose
Lord have mercy, how you gonna be, with people like John and me?
They've got men building fences to keep other men out
Ignore him if he whispers
And kill him if he shouts
Oh Lord, you gotta help us find a way
Oh Lord, you gotta help them find a way.
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