Friday, May 30, 2008

Some of My Favorite Lyrics

I got kicked off of Noah's Ark.
I turned my cheek to unkind remarks.
There was two of everything, but one of me.
And when the rains came tumbling down
I held my breath and I stood my ground,
And I watched that ship go sailing out to sea.

John Prine, Sweet Revenge

The rampaging sons of the widow James, Jack the Cutter and the Pock Marked Kid
Had to stand naked at the bottom of the cross
And tell the good lord what they did.

Tom Waits, Get Behind the Mule

You can't live in a home that should not have been built
By the bourgeoise clerks who bear no guilt.
When the wind hits this building, this building it tilts.
One day it will surely fall to the ground.

The Clash, Up in Heaven (Not Only Here)

Was it a millionaire who said "imagine no possessions?"

Elvis Costello, The Other Side of Summer

Happiness is emotional habit

Tom Tom Club, Say I Am

Every patron saint
Hung on the wall,
Shared the room
With twenty sinners

Steely Dan, The Royal Scam

There are ashtrays of emotion for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

Elvis Costello, Pills and Soap

Small time Napoleon's
Shattered his knees
But he stays in the saddle for Rose,
And all his disciples
They shave in the gutter,
And gather what's left of his clothes

Tom Waits, Diamonds and Gold

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