Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Best ever song lyrics

I found myself thinking about my all-time favourite song lyrics today. This may sound a little off-topic for me but it started because I was thinking of theme music to use for videos. These lyrics aren't necessarily from my favourite artists (my number on favourite lyric comes from a song and artists I don't like at all) and even the ones that are by my favourite artists don't come from my favourite songs.

My number one all time favourite lyric is (drum roll please):

Lucky that my breasts are small and humble / so you don't mistake them for mountains - from "Whenever, wherever" by Shakira. I have no idea if this line is intentionally funny (I understand English is not her first language) but I find it absolutely hysterical. That's how juvenile I am.

My favourite angry lyrics are:

Say what you mean and say it mean - from "Ramrod" by Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel. This stands a good chance of being Mr Angry's theme song.

This is gonna hurt you / more than it's gonna hurt me / and I wouldn't have it any other way - from "Take Your Punishment (Motherfucker)" by Crent

Wake up / this country needs a fucking shake up / wake up / these cunts need a shake up - from "77%" by The Herd

You never had it so good / the favourite phrase of those who always had it better - from "Bring it Down" by The Redskins

I wonder if he even kissed me goodbye? / no I don't / I just wish he fucking died - from "Cleaning Out My Closet" by Eminem

Don't know what I want / but I know how to get it - from "Anarchy in the UK" by the Sex Pistols

Gotcha / you Argie bastard / gotcha / you fucking spik / gotcha / you latin bender / gotcha / you dago prick - from "Gotcha" by Crass (the lyrics were an ironic response to a headline in the conservative Sun newspaper during the Falklands War for anyone who's worried)

And some random favourites, mostly because of their poetry:

The white moon comes out / like a hole in the sky / the mangrove goes quiet - from "Bye Bye Pride" by The Go-Betweens (lyrics courtesy of the late, lamented G W McClennan)

I gave you a necklace of purple and blue / you took it so gently I felt see-though - from "Lock It" by The Falling Joys

I never made the 1st team / I just made the 1st team laugh - from "The Saturday Boy" by Billy Bragg (very hard to pick just one Billy Bragg lyric - I could have easily compiled a list of my 20 favourite Billy Bragg lyrics)

Big black Nemesis / parthenogenesis / everybody happy as the dead come home - from "Nemesis" by Shriekback (featured simply because they were able to work "parthenogenesis" into a song)

Last night I dreamt that somebody loved me / no hope, no harm / just another false alarm - from "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" by The Smiths

You never do what you know you oughta / something tells me you're the devil's daughter - from "Sorrow" by David Bowie

What a scummy man / just give him half a chance / I bet he'll rob you if he can - from "When The Sun Goes Down" by The Arctic Monkeys

He thinks of himself as a victim of love / but he's a volunteer - from "Victim/Volunteer" by Christine Lavin

In a way I yearning to be done with all this measuring of truth / an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth / and anyway I told the truth and I am not afraid to die - from "The Mercy Seat" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

I never dreamed that I would get to be / the kind of creature I always meant to be - from "Being Boring by The Pet Shop Boys

You said I wasn't cheap / you paid me twenty pounds - from "You're Gorgeous" by Babybird

I sucked a lot of cock to get where I am today - from "I Sucked a Lot Of Cock To Get Where I Am Today" by Regurgitator

The banks put out bright posters / saying we've got money to give away / and it's as easy as that right here / but the bank man is a bastard - from "The Marriage Is A Mess" by Not Drowning, Waving

These are lyrics that "speak" to me somehow - sometimes they're funny, sometimes they're poetic and sometimes they're suitable angry. I'd like to know your favourites too, I'm sure others can come up with a better list than this.

3 comments:

zenstar said...

if you want great lyrics you need to listen to some system of a down

everyone needs a mother...FUCKER!!
-"Suite-Pee"

do we all, learn defeat, from the whores, with bad feet, beat the meat, treat the feat, to the sweet, milky seat
-"vicinity of obscenity"

Can't you see that I love my cock?
Can't you see that you love my cock?
Can't you see that we love my cock?

-"Cigaro"

I want to be,
A fallen ruby,
Guest vibrations,
Don't leave your seats now,
Humans everywhere, canned,
Cliché people organs rare,
Humans everywhere, canned,
Cliché people cannot dare

-"CUBErt"

Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot,
One that smiled when he flew over the bay

-"jet pilot"

except i'm sure they sing "where were the eyes of the horse of the jam pilot as he smiled as it flew over the bay."

i like the thought of a jam pilot.
"breaker break tower one nine sixxer this is strawberry with chunky bits requesting landing."
heh :)

but if you want some real weird lyrics you must check out Mindless self indulgence.
i mean even their name is cool :)
with classic lines like:

girls from seven-eleven stay up all night
24 hours a day
i said girls from seven-eleven stay up all night
seven whole days a week
i said girls from seven-eleven stay up all night
and i could get a discount

-"seven-eleven"

bitches love me cause they know that i can rock
bitches love me cause they know that i can rhyme
bitches love me cause they know that i can fuck
bitches love me cause they know that im on time

-"bitches"
(someone made an anime music video with this and the pokemon movie... ah classic stuff. whenever i hear this song i think pikachu is the man!)

dicks are for my friends when they come to my house
i said dicks are for my friends when they come to my house
dicks are for my friends - they're for my friends
they're for my friends
dicks! friends!

-"dicks are for my friends"

i could go on and on pulling up great lines from just these 2 bands :) add korn to the mix and you have my fav 3 bands.
nine inch nails would be in there too but trent got too happy and i think his music suffered because of it :(

pigeon weather said...

well, my all-time favorite angry lyric is from Fear: "I don't care about you. Fuck you"

Mr Angry said...

So you're back from holidays Zenstar. Good to see!

And Tom, a nice brief yin/yang balance to Zenstar.