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What is the cleverest or most admired lyric you have heard in a song?

I've just been struck by :

"How can you lie there and think of England when you don't even know who's in the team?"

Billy Bragg - Greetings to the new brunette

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Anything by Ian Drury.

<claps hands over mouth> Played the side 2 of New Boots and Panties at full blast the day I got it, thinking my Mum was out....I didn't hear the key in the door just before 'Plaistow Patricia' started...

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I'm always hoping you'll be faithful

But you're not, I suppose

We've both given up smoking 'cause it's fatal

So whose matches are those?

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Anything by Ian Drury.

hit me, hit me


Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed. : Albert Einstein

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This is England

This knife of Sheffield steel

This is England

This is how we feel

The Clash

Wing Commander Dibble DFC<br /><br />
North Midlands Esprit Group<br /><br />
NMEG "the formidable squadron"<br /><br />
"probably the most active Esprit group in the world" Andy Betts, Castle Combe May 2007

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Oh! bold Sir John was young and fair,

And bold Sir John was gay.

He said, "I'll tread the morning dew,

To take the air and listen to

The twittering of the birds all day,

The bumblebees at play,

The twit, the twit, the twit, the twit, the twittering of the birds all day,

The bum, the bum, the bum, the bum, the bumblebees at play."

The Two Ronnies


Mean Green S4s

I think therefore I am - Descartes

I'm pink therefore I'm spam - Eric Idle

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"So, you're the lawyer's wife... How's life on Lakeshore Road?"


"F**k all that, we gotta get on with these...

Gotta compete with the wiley Japanese

There's too many home fires burning, and not enough trees"

"At home, I have a King Sized bed. Now, I don't know any Kings, but I would imagine if one were to come over, he would be comfortable." -Mitch Hedberg

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A nod to luke's pet shop boys...

But as a smiths fan, most other stuff seems lyrically infantile to me. You need people lke Bragg and Morrissey writing lyrics instead of fishing for a ryhme.

As a side note, i think the Beatles and Paul Mccartney wrote the most mindless, meaningless (for the sake of a cheap singalong rhyme) and cringeworthy lyrics ever put down on vinyl.

But, that short arsed moron midget 'Prince' who has to ruin everything he has ever recorded by having a wailing orgasm in the middle of every track (alphabet street, the wan*er), really bigged out with this:

"My name is Prince and I am funky

When it come to funk I am a junky"

Cock, but not as big a cock as the poeple that bought his records. I mean for f****s sake, why not just ram pencils into you eardrums and shred your money instead, Please.

Neneh Cherry went to the same 'song ruining school' as prince, it was like, yeah, buffalo stance, great song Neneh, please don't, oh go please don't, oh god no!!!!

Yep, another crap rap in the middle of everything she has ever done.


People that enjoy the utterings of Coldplay and the chuffing Lighthouse family truely deserve an instant death sentence without trial. Stop me if i'm being too harsh.


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Too funny :D

... what Paul C said, that is.

"At home, I have a King Sized bed. Now, I don't know any Kings, but I would imagine if one were to come over, he would be comfortable." -Mitch Hedberg

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Yeah I'm sorry, I can't afford a Ferrari,

But that don't mean I can't get you there.

I guess he's an Xbox, and I'm more Atari,

But the way you play your game ain't fair.

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You used to be so amused

At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used

Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse

When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose

You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.

Bob Dylan

Like A Rolling Stone

Would like to have posted up the whole song, but don't want to be greedy. Decades later, I'm stlll trying to fathom some of the meanings (on the assumption that they're there to be found) of this haunting classic.

Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.

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Believe it or not:

Midnight creeps so slowly

into hearts of men

Who need more than they get

Daylight deals a bad hand to a woman

Who had laid too many bets

....comes from Boogie wonderland.


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Not sure if anyone on here is a fan of John Cooper Clarke but the lyrics to 'readers wives' is his usual wicked witty stuff with a great bit of guitar solo from Bill Nelson at the end. Seen him live several times first with more or less the Buzzcocks as his backing band then a few times as a solo performer. There is also the very dark Beasley Street which has some memorable lyrics throughout.

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Billy Bragg again

My friend said she could see no way ahead

And I was probably better off without you

She said to face up to the fact that you weren't coming back

And she could make me happy like you used to

But I'm sorry to say I turned her away

Knowing everything she said was true

And that's the price I pay for loving you the way that I do

Poly Styrene

I know you're antiseptic

Your deodorant smells nice

I'd like to get to know you

But you're deep frozen like the ice

and a bit of Weller

The distant echo -

of faraway voices boarding faraway trains

To take them home to

the ones that they love and who love them forever

The glazed, dirty steps - repeat my own and reflect my thoughts

Cold and uninviting, partially naked

Except for toffee wrapers and this morning's papers

Mr. Jones got run down

Headlines of death and sorrow - they tell of tomorrow

Madmen on the rampage

And I'm down in the tube station at midnight

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