Greatest Song Lyrics

Pross
Pross Posts: 39,913
As requested by FZ. As with any 'greatest song' type thing it's always really difficult to narrow it down on probably changes day by day so need to have a think. A lot of the best lyricists weren't, IMHO, great singers so there's some brilliant stuff by the likes of Dylan or Cohen that I wouldn't choose to listen to or that were sung better by others and then outside of 'pop' music there's genius like a lot of Cole Porter's work.

First thoughts for me are Sound Of Silence, Vincent, Your Latest Trick and Brothers In Arms. Up The Junction is great for telling an entire adult life in less than 3 minutes and National Express always makes me smile.
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  • briantrumpet
    briantrumpet Posts: 17,436
    Gotta be MacArthur Park chorus

    MacArthur's Park is melting in the dark
    All the sweet, green icing flowing down
    Someone left my cake out in the rain
    I don't think that I can take it
    'Cause it took so long to bake it
    And I'll never have that recipe again
    Oh, no!
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,305
    Always makes me laugh when I hear National Express on BBC Radio.
    Their censor department have clearly never listened/read the lyrics. 🤣
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 39,913
    Pulp's Common People has some classic lines too. Maybe it applies to some of us when we discuss topics relating to poverty on here!
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 39,913
    pblakeney said:

    Always makes me laugh when I hear National Express on BBC Radio.
    Their censor department have clearly never listened/read the lyrics. 🤣

    Fat shaming the trolley woman is uncalled for and should get it cancelled. Probably doesn't get played now Ken Bruce has moved on, it was one of his regulars that I never heard anyone else play along with Rhinestone Cowboy, Oh What A Circus and Music.
  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087
    Gordon is a moron, by Jilted John has got to be up there.
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,305
    It's on 6 Music often enough given it's vintage.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • Stevo_666
    Stevo_666 Posts: 57,821
    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned 'DILLIGAF' by Kevin Bloody Wilson.
    "I spent most of my money on birds, booze and fast cars: the rest of it I just squandered." [George Best]
  • wakemalcolm
    wakemalcolm Posts: 594
    "Quick to judge, quick to anger, slow to understand: ignorance and prejudice, with fear walk hand in hand" Neil Peart
    It pretty much describes everything that's wrong with social media interaction today despite being written more than 40 years ago.
    ================================
    Cake is just weakness entering the body
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 25,999
    edited April 2023
    Pross said:

    pblakeney said:

    Always makes me laugh when I hear National Express on BBC Radio.
    Their censor department have clearly never listened/read the lyrics. 🤣

    Fat shaming the trolley woman is uncalled for and should get it cancelled. Probably doesn't get played now Ken Bruce has moved on, it was one of his regulars that I never heard anyone else play along with Rhinestone Cowboy, Oh What A Circus and Music.
    It's not one of their best.

    Sunrise is great, and obviously Tonight We Fly is always just perfect.

    https://youtu.be/4NUfjBbyFPg
  • focuszing723
    focuszing723 Posts: 7,140
    edited April 2023
    Here We Go - Stakka Bo

    Here we go again
    Here we go-go-go to the temple of consumption
    Get your gear and start to spend
    Here we go, here we go, here we go

    As some sort of prototype I serve to be
    You see tomorrow's dream has never been part of me
    Consume today and leave the rest behind you
    Tomorrow's a surprise party buy a ticket or two (two)
    Faster livin', faster, live as fast as you're able
    Eat the food while it's still hot on the table (table)
    Now spend if you can, the greens are burning in your pocket
    If you spend it right now you'll get as high as a rocket
    Everything you don't use will lose its value tomorrow
    Consumed too much today, you can always borrow
    This paradigm's the best one since the day of creation
    Get your gear and shape up, this is the revelation
    Shop till you drop has built this civilization
    Don't believe what you hear 'bout the next generation
    If you go with a lot of toys you'll slip away a happy man
    The greens are burning in you pocket, spend it while you can

    Here we go again
    Here we go-go-go to the temple of consumption
    Get your gear and start to spend
    Here we go-go-go with a total dedication

    Here we go again
    Here we go-go-go to the temple of consumption
    Get your gear and start to spend
    Here we go, here we go, here we go

    The moon and the stars they all look down on me and say
    There's a correlation between tomorrow and today
    I say you won't gain a thing on that sick repudiation
    We're right here, right now, that's the only situation
    You can't fool me, we live on borrowed time
    So I spend the funds I have to the nickel and dime
    Check it in, check it out, it's not a matter of contention
    Get your gear and shape up and join the church of consumption

    Use it in, wear it out, then throw it all away
    Go get yourself a new one all you gotta do is pay
    Because the more I will get, the more I will own
    With a lot of things around me I will never feel alone
    I work around the clock just to earn my livin'
    And I wanna get, I won't spend my funds on givin', now
    I'm acting irresponsible, is that what you say?
    Hey, Somalia got my toaster just the other day

    Here we go again
    Here we go-go-go to the temple of consumption
    Get your gear and start to spend
    Here we go-go-go with a total dedication

    Here we go again
    Here we go-go-go to the temple of consumption
    Get your gear and start to spend
    Here we go, here we go, here we go

    Here we go again
    Here we go-go-go to the temple of consumption
    Get your gear and start to spend
    Here we go-go-go with a total dedication

    Oh, oh
    Oooooh

    Here we go again
    Here we go-go-go to the temple of consumption
    Get your gear and start to spend
    Here we go-go-go with a total dedication

    Here we go again
    Here we go-go-go to the temple of consumption
    Get your gear and start to spend
    Here we go, here we go, here we go

    Here we go again
    Here we go, here we go, here we go, here we go
    Get your gear and start to spend
    Here we go, here we go, here we go, here we go

    Here we go again
    Get your gear and start to spend

    Here we go again
    Get your gear and…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGNK-cOtxSs



    This song is perfection in term of melody and lyrics, which is proven by the 50/50 spilt pie chart.

    More analysis to come...
  • JimD666
    JimD666 Posts: 1,875
    edited April 2023
    Courtesy of Wind Rose:

    "I am a dwarf, and I'm digging a hole
    Diggy diggy hole, diggy diggy hole
    I am a dwarf, and I'm digging a hole
    Diggy diggy hole, digging a hole"

    Modern classic :wink:
  • focuszing723
    focuszing723 Posts: 7,140
    Pross said:

    As requested by FZ. As with any 'greatest song' type thing it's always really difficult to narrow it down on probably changes day by day so need to have a think. A lot of the best lyricists weren't, IMHO, great singers so there's some brilliant stuff by the likes of Dylan or Cohen that I wouldn't choose to listen to or that were sung better by others and then outside of 'pop' music there's genius like a lot of Cole Porter's work.

    First thoughts for me are Sound Of Silence, Vincent, Your Latest Trick and Brothers In Arms. Up The Junction is great for telling an entire adult life in less than 3 minutes and National Express always makes me smile.

    Yeah, I agree with that. Listen to a song too much and it becomes old hat.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 25,999
    I mean the answer is Time by Pink Floyd, isn't it?
  • orraloon
    orraloon Posts: 12,543
    Trio's 'Da, Da, Da'?
  • Arab Strap - Packs of Three (Philophobia - 1998)

    If you know, you know.
  • JimD666
    JimD666 Posts: 1,875
    orraloon said:

    Trio's 'Da, Da, Da'?

    I'll see that and raise you The Police's De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 39,913
    Cats In The Cradle, I suspect there’s a time in the life of most parents where they can identify with the story.
  • monkimark
    monkimark Posts: 1,427
    The gentle wit of half man half biscuit takes some beating, pick a song, any song
    There’s a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Millets


    I am also greatly enjoying a rediscovery of NOFX at the moment, it's not exactly Hallelujah but they do make me smile.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmFgnQ0H_4Q&ab_channel=MarxOdyssey
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 71,727
    edited April 2023

    Arab Strap - Packs of Three (Philophobia - 1998)

    If you know, you know.

    Guy at my work sounds *exactly* like him. Was very weird when I first joined. Though I prefer first big weekend.
  • First.Aspect
    First.Aspect Posts: 14,372
    John Hiatt is a great lyricist, if you like a bit of proper American story telling country music (not the shit they play on the radio).

    Trudy and Dave:

    "Well Trudy and Dave, those crazy kids
    Had a baby of their own and you heard what they did
    In the middle of a strip mall shots rang out
    Shots heard all over the world no doubt
    'Cause it was there in the paper the very next day
    'Bout a couple and a baby and a Chevrolet
    Who shot up an automatic teller machine
    Took the money for the laundry and drove away clean"

    Your Dad did:

    "Well the sun comes up and you stare your cup of coffee, yup
    Right through the kitchen floor
    You feel like hell so you might as well get out and sell
    Your smart ass door to door

    And the Mrs. wears her robe slightly undone
    As your daughter dumps her oatmeal on your son
    And you keep it hid
    Just like your did"
  • Stevo_666
    Stevo_666 Posts: 57,821
    Let's not leave out the Euorpop entries. Ca Plane Por Moi by Plastic Bertrand must be in with a shout.

    Wam! Bam! Mon chat, splatch
    Gît sur mon lit a bouffé sa langue en buvant dans mon whisky
    Quant à moi, peu dormi, vidé, brimé
    J'ai dû dormir dans la gouttière, où j'ai eu un flash (hou-hou-oou-oou!)
    En quatre couleurs
    Allez hop! Un matin une louloute est v'nue chez-moi
    Poupée de Cellophane, cheveux chinois
    Un sparadrap, une gueule de bois
    A bu ma bière dans un grand verre en caoutchouc (hou-hou-oou-oou!)
    Comme un indien dans son igloo
    Ça plane pour moi
    Ça plane pour moi
    Ça plane pour moi, moi, moi, moi, moi, ça plane pour moi
    (Hou-hou-oou-oou!) ça plane pour moi
    Allez hop! La nana
    Quel panard, quelle vibration de s'envoyer sur le paillasson
    Limée, ruinée, vidée, comblée
    "You are the king of the divan!"
    Qu'elle me dit en passant (hou-hou-oou-oou!)
    I am the king of the divan
    Ça plane pour moi
    Ça plane pour moi
    Ça plane pour moi, moi, moi, moi, moi, ça plane pour moi
    (Hou-hou-oou-oou!) ça plane pour moi
    Allez hop! T'occupe, t'inquiète, touche pas ma planète
    It's not today que le ciel me tombera sur la tête
    Et que l'alcool me manquera
    (Hou-hou-oou-oou!)
    Ça plane pour moi
    Allez hop ma nana s'est tirée, s'est barrée
    Enfin c'est marre, a tout cassé, l'évier, le bar me laissant seul
    Comme un grand connard
    (Hou-hou-oou-oou!)
    Le pied dans l'plat
    Ça plane pour moi
    Ça plane pour moi
    Ça plane pour moi, moi, moi, moi, moi, ça plane pour moi
    (Hou-hou-oou-oou!) ça plane pour moi
    Ça plane pour moi
    Ça plane pour moi
    Ça plane pour moi, moi, moi, moi, moi, ça plane pour moi
    "I spent most of my money on birds, booze and fast cars: the rest of it I just squandered." [George Best]
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 71,727
    Surprised none have you have mentioned Wheeler Walker Jr
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 71,727

    Surprised none have you have mentioned Wheeler Walker Jr

    Strong opener, though the censor won’t like it

    I'm sorry I fucked your friend and finished on her ass
    I'm sorry that you found out from a student in your class
    Sorry 'bout your cousin Jane, sorry I jacked her off
    It was all we did I swear, I was drunk, my dick got soft
  • First.Aspect
    First.Aspect Posts: 14,372
    That's profound, man. Dylanesque, almost.
  • monkimark
    monkimark Posts: 1,427
    Next stop, Macc lads...
  • bonk_king
    bonk_king Posts: 277
    monkimark said:

    Next stop, Macc lads...

    That's amazing, lol. I was just replying to your previous post regarding half man half biscuit and NOFX. I was going to add The Macc Lads to those two!!

    None of them will ever win the Shakespeare prize for lyrical content, but for comedy value all three are right up there. Half man half biscuit in particular. Absolute genius.
  • JimD666
    JimD666 Posts: 1,875
    “Weird Al” Yankovic

    (To the tune of American Pie)

    "The Saga Begins"

    A long, long time ago
    In a galaxy far away
    Naboo was under an attack
    And I thought me and Qui-Gon Jinn
    Could talk the federation into
    Maybe cutting them a little slack
    But their response, it didn't thrill us
    They locked the doors and tried to kill us
    We escaped from that gas
    Then met Jar Jar and Boss Nass
    We took a bongo from the scene
    And we went to Theed to see the Queen
    We all wound up on Tatooine
    That's where we found this boy...

    Oh my my this here Anakin guy
    May be Vader someday later - now he's just a small fry
    And he left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye
    Sayin' "Soon I'm gonna be a Jedi"
    "Soon I'm gonna be a Jedi"

    Did you know this junkyard slave
    Isn't even old enough to shave
    But he can use the Force, they say
    Ah, do you see him hitting on the queen
    Though he's just nine and she's fourteen
    Yeah, he's probably gonna marry her someday
    Well, I know he built C-3PO
    And I've heard how fast his pod can go
    And we were broke, it's true
    So we made a wager or two
    He was a prepubescent flyin' ace
    And the minute Jabba started off that race
    Well, I knew who would win first place
    Oh yes, it was our boy

    We started singin' ...
    My my this here Anakin guy
    May be Vader someday later - now he's just a small fry
    And he left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye
    Sayin' "Soon I'm gonna be a Jedi"
    "Soon I'm gonna be a Jedi"

    Now we finally got to Coruscant
    The Jedi Council we knew would want
    To see how good the boy could be
    So we took him there and we told the tale
    How his midi-chlorians were off the scale
    And he might fulfill that prophecy
    Oh, the Council was impressed, of course
    Could he bring balance to the Force?
    They interviewed the kid
    Oh, training they forbid
    Because Yoda sensed in him much fear
    And Qui-Gon said "Now listen here"
    "Just stick it in your pointy ear"
    "I still will teach this boy"

    He was singin' ...
    My my this here Anakin guy
    May be Vader someday later - now he's just a small fry
    And he left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye
    Sayin' "Soon I'm gonna be a Jedi"
    "Soon I'm gonna be a Jedi"

    We caught a ride back to Naboo
    'Cause Queen Amidala wanted to
    I frankly would've liked to stay
    We all fought in that epic war
    And it wasn't long at all before
    Little Hotshot flew his plane and saved the day
    And in the end some Gungans died
    Some ships blew up and some pilots fried
    A lot of folks were croakin'
    The battle droids were broken
    And the Jedi I admire most
    Met up with Darth Maul and now he's toast
    Well, I'm still here and he's a ghost
    I guess I'll train this boy

    And I was singin' ...
    My my this here Anakin guy
    May be Vader someday later - now he's just a small fry
    And he left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye
    Sayin' "Soon I'm gonna be a Jedi"
    "Soon I'm gonna be a Jedi"

    We were singin' ...
    My my this here Anakin guy
    May be Vader someday later - now he's just a small fry
    And he left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye
    Sayin' "Soon I'm gonna be a Jedi"
  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087
    Does this thread need to be changed to the Greatest p!ss taking song lyrics.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 39,913
    webboo said:

    Does this thread need to be changed to the Greatest p!ss taking song lyrics.

    Nah, I'm just going to take my thread and go home if people won't play properly.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 25,999
    Just take it seriously, and reflect on what some people consider the pinnacle of the songwriting craft.