Share your favourite clever or witty lyrics

  • BCSwimmer

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    Nov 06, 2011 8:24 AM GMT
    If you are one of those people who appreciates clever or witty lyrics please share some of your favourites.

    One that comes to mind for me is from the 1990 song So Hard by the Pet Shop Boys.

    After promising to give up on affairs the lyric offers the following double entendre.

    Pet Shop Boys"...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?..."

    The double entendre: either the person being sung to is lying because they are having an affair (with someone who is a smoker) or they are lying about having given up smoking when they are still doing it.

    The line appears in the video starting at 2:28

  • BCSwimmer

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    Nov 06, 2011 8:40 AM GMT
    Another one is from Distant Sun by Crowded House. The lyric is about how we can be attracted to things in life that may cause us harm or injury and how sometimes that attraction overrides our consideration of the pain we might suffer as a result of the attraction.

    Crowded HouseYou're still so young to travel so far
    Old enough to know who you are
    Wise enough to carry the scars
    Without any blame, there's no one to blame
    It's easy to forget what you learned
    Waiting for the thrill to return
    Feeling your desire burn
    You're drawn to the flame


    The lines start at 1:21 in the video:

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    Nov 06, 2011 1:50 PM GMT
    Here's one from back in the day ("Top Hat, White Tie and Tails", 1935):

    I'm steppin' out, my dear
    To breathe an atmosphere
    that simply reeks with class
    And I trust
    that you'll excuse my dust
    when I step on the gas.

  • Celticmusl

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    Nov 06, 2011 1:54 PM GMT
    The Cardigans: "I was an angel, bored as hell You were a devil, meaning well"
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    Nov 06, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    I write my own wittiest lyrics here all the time. Like when somebody expressed his love for Bleu Cheese, and I gave him several songs in quick order. If you didn't see them, well, you just missed out. icon_razz.gif

    But I so like early Stephen Sondheim:

    "If you're gonna bump it, bump it with a trumpet." Gypsy

    "What a day, what a day, for an auto de Fe." Candide
  • calibro

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    Nov 06, 2011 4:34 PM GMT
    they could take or leave you
    so they took you and then left you
  • sans_serif

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    Nov 06, 2011 5:45 PM GMT
    Robert's got a quick hand.
    He'll look around the room, he won't tell you his plan.
    He's got a rolled cigarette, hanging out his mouth he's a cowboy kid.
    Yeah, he found a six shooter gun.
    In his dad's closet hidden with a box of fun things, and I don't even know what.
    But he's coming for you, yeah he's coming for you.

    All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you'd better run, better run, outrun my gun.
    All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

    Daddy works a long day.
    He'll be coming home late, yeah he's coming home late.
    And he's bringing me his dark surprise.
    'Cause dinner's in the kitchen and it's packed in ice.
    I've waited for a long time.
    Yeah the sleight of my hand is now a quick-pull trigger,
    I reason with my cigarette,
    And say your hair's on fire, you must have lost your wits, yeah.

  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Nov 06, 2011 6:00 PM GMT
    favorite wacked lyrics

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    Nov 06, 2011 6:03 PM GMT
    "Boy now tie this rope, before we drift any deeper, there now hold me close, let's take this overboard now."

    "Now that we can coast let's coast let's coast, let's don't get in a hurry, thats too slow, Yeahhhhh yeahhhh go head and put that dick in overdrive."
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    Nov 06, 2011 6:03 PM GMT
    jpBITCHva said
    Art_Deco said
    "What a day, what a day, for an auto de Fe." Candide

    Ooo, sorry, Sondheim had nothing whatever to do with Candide. That lyric was by Richard Wilbur.

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    I must have been abducted by space aliens when I wrote that.

    On the other hand, the Sonheim lyrics from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The triumphal entry of the Roman conqueror Miles Gloriosus:

    [SOLDIERS]
    Look at those arms!
    Look at that chest!
    Look at them!

    [MILES]
    Not to mention the rest.
    Even I am impressed!

    Nobody does bad but silly rhymes like Sondheim. After all, he IS gay. icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 06, 2011 6:19 PM GMT
    My favorite Sondheim is Company, for which I ran follow spot and sound in a community theatre production. Entirely sentimental, but I still love "Barcelona" which starts here at 1:30 --

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    Nov 06, 2011 6:39 PM GMT
    This one's not meaningful, but I always liked it because it played a whole scene in just a few very slow lines.

    So here I am one room away from where I know you're standing
    A well-intentioned man told me you just walked in
    This man knows not of how this information has affected me
    But he knows the colour of the car I just drove away in


    Aimee Mann has so many good lyrics for this topic. Trying to find just a few...
    "Cause guys like me, we look good at the gate
    But you'll agree with the odds on the slate
    Put your money on a bonafide heavyweight
    and take it off guys like m
    e"

    Another situation-describing one:
    "As much as I would like to stay
    The message light just blinks away
    And while I'm here you won't push play
    "

    "I know it don't make a difference to you
    but oh, it sure made a difference when you
    find me here at the end of my rope
    when the head and heart of it finally elope
    You can see us off in the distance, I hope
    At the other end of the telescope
    "

    A nice, bitter one-liner
    "Everything that's given, you steal"
  • stratavos

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    Nov 06, 2011 6:49 PM GMT
    "take off your make-up,
    and put down the camera,
    choke on the drama that
    makes me want to-to-t-t,
    tear off the pictures,
    the pages you've saved,
    creating a life, of trends and make-believe"

    all time low- "the girl's a straight up hustler"
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    Nov 06, 2011 6:50 PM GMT


    Not a big fan of country music, but through some of the most deceptively simple yet cleverly written lyrics, heartfelt emotions are conveyed....
  • Montague

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    Nov 06, 2011 7:13 PM GMT
    I love this!!

    "I might be too strung out on compliments
    Overdosed on confidence
    Started not to give a fuck, and stop fearing the consequence
    Drinking every night, because we drink to my accomplishments
    Faded way too long, I'm floating in and out of consciousness"

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    Nov 06, 2011 7:18 PM GMT
    (written by myself while stricken with cabin fever)

    To the tune of "You Drive Me Crazy" by Britney Spears


    I'm goin' crazy
    I have no car
    Can't get to Kenner
    It's way too far
    Can't get my groceries
    I'm headed for the stars
    Holy f*ck just hurry up and fix...my...car
  • unicoman1

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    Nov 06, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
    "Well its been a long slow collision
    I'm a bit bull yer a dog,

    Baby you're foul in clear conditions,
    and you're handsome in the fog,

    So i need some fine wine and you - you need to be nicer


  • unicoman1

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    Nov 06, 2011 7:20 PM GMT
    That was The Cardigans , " I Need Some Fine Wine"
  • BCSwimmer

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    Nov 06, 2011 7:51 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch said
    Aimee Mann has so many good lyrics for this topic. Trying to find just a few...

    Another situation-describing one:
    "As much as I would like to stay
    The message light just blinks away
    And while I'm here you won't push play
    "


    Fantastic! Reminds me of Joni Mitchell type of lyrics where the words can often be taken in more than one way. (I'll see if I can find some to add to this forum).

    Naturally the first obvious one is that literally the person's answering machine is flashing with a call, presumably from another woman, which he won't retrieve because the singer is there and he doesn't want her to hear it. I love the tension it creates in the listener knowing that there is, perhaps, a secret that is being kept.

    The second way of looking at is that the singer is, metaphorically speaking, the answering machine (i.e. she is the blinking message light) and he is detached from her and won't engage her in conversation (or in any other way).
  • BCSwimmer

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    Nov 06, 2011 8:02 PM GMT
    One Joni Mitchell example of double meaning is from the song Raised of Robbery (from the stellar 1974 album Court and Spark) when she sings a verse about "cooking" which is actually, in this case, a metaphor for making money by selling sex.

    Joni MitchellI'm a pretty good cook
    I'm sitting on my groceries
    Come up to my kitchen
    I'll show you my best recipe
    I try and I try but I can't save a cent
    I'm up after midnight cooking
    Trying to make my rent
    I'm rough but I'm pleasin'
    I was raised on robbery

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    Nov 06, 2011 8:08 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    My university just did this opera. I laughed my ass off so hard through out the entire thing. I'm so glad I didn't do pit for this one, because then I wouldn't be allowed to watch it.

    Opera is a bit much. But I do like the lyrics from it. (look up "a little death" if you don't know what it means)
    Every day a little deathEvery day a little death
    In the parlor, in the bed,
    In the curtains, in the silver,
    In the buttons, in the bread.
    Every day a little sting
    In the heart and in the head,
    Every move and every breath
    (And you hardly feel a thing)
    Brings a perfect little death.
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    Nov 06, 2011 8:20 PM GMT
    BCSwimmer said
    Joni MitchellI'm a pretty good cook
    I'm sitting on my groceries
    Come up to my kitchen
    I'll show you my best recipe
    I try and I try but I can't save a cent
    I'm up after midnight cooking
    Trying to make my rent
    I'm rough but I'm pleasin'
    I was raised on robbery



    Haha I like the "I'm sitting on my groceries".
  • BCSwimmer

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    Nov 06, 2011 8:32 PM GMT
    Another Joni Mitchell song from the album Court and Spark (which interestingly sums up some of the discussion on forums on RJ about casual sex) is the song Down to You. She nails it when she sings that (sometimes) casual sex is about temporarily overcoming the discomfort of being lonely.

    Also, it's interesting how as the night wears on that some people let their standards drop. Joni is very crafty with the lyrics and, I find, helps the listener conjure up the visual images of what she is singing.

    Joni MitchellYou go down to the pick up station
    Craving warmth and beauty
    You settle for less than fascination
    A few drinks later you're not so choosy
    When the closing lights strip off the shadows
    On this strange new flesh you've found
    Clutching the night to you like a fig leaf
    You hurry
    To the blackness
    And the blankets
    To lay down an impression
    And your loneliness


    The verse above starts at 1:20:

  • somedaytoo

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    Nov 06, 2011 8:51 PM GMT
    Love's for fools, wise enough to take a chance - Amy Grant.
  • BCSwimmer

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    Nov 06, 2011 8:54 PM GMT
    Then of course there is one of the masters of metaphor Prince (think Little Red Corvette = penis).

    In his song Tamborine from the 1985 album Around the World in a Day he compares both male and female sexual organs to a tamborine with the implication that while he sings that he will "play my tamborine" he is referring to masturbation (much like Cyndi Lauper's She Bop).

    PrinceOh my God here U are
    Prettiest thing in life I've ever seen
    Close my eyes what's it like,
    What's it like inside your tamborine?

    Oh my God, there I go
    Falling in love with the face in a magazine (uh oh, not again)
    All alone by myself
    Me and I play my tamborine...

    ...I just want 2 settle down and
    Play around
    My baby's tamborine

    Tamborine what are U
    Why are U the star of
    All my dreams...

    ...Guess that I'll stay at home
    All alone and play my tamborine...

    It doesn't seem to be on youtube but if you're interested in hearing it here is a link to a page hosting it:

    http://www.itemvn.com/song/Prince-Tamborine-Around-the-World-in-a-Day/DA036E837F