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Bert 15 Jul 06 - 11:52 PM
freightdawg 15 Jul 06 - 08:54 PM
GUEST 15 Jul 06 - 09:02 AM
GUEST,old git 15 Jul 06 - 07:21 AM
The Sandman 15 Jul 06 - 07:02 AM
clairerise 15 Jul 06 - 05:49 AM
GUEST,old git 15 Jul 06 - 05:47 AM
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freightdawg 14 Jul 06 - 11:54 PM
Dave Earl 14 Jul 06 - 08:12 PM
David C. Carter 14 Jul 06 - 07:59 PM
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GUEST,Joe_F 14 Jul 06 - 12:36 AM
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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: Bert
Date: 15 Jul 06 - 11:52 PM

Nice selection GUEST Joe F.

I'm gonna cheat and quote one of my own. (I think ALL my lyrics are great HEE HEE)

"Don't make her choose between her pride and you"


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: freightdawg
Date: 15 Jul 06 - 08:54 PM

Kat, I'm sure JD had been to Wyoming, its just that you all live so far apart up there that the mother earth has to whisper just a little bit louder to be heard. (snicker)

And I should have mentioned that I don't think Charley Pride wrote "I'm Just Me" but he sang the song. The line I quoted starts off the second verse and, whoever wrote it, I think it is one of the best lines in all songdom.

Freightdawg


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jul 06 - 09:02 AM


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST,old git
Date: 15 Jul 06 - 07:21 AM

my favourite put down

I said to her," me darling and how are you this morning?"
She said,"None the better for the seeing of you!"

from the shanty "Wild goose"( Ranzo)


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: The Sandman
Date: 15 Jul 06 - 07:02 AM

Heres a few;While beating off Magellan straits,it blew exceeding hard
Two Jolly Tars we did lose,. blown from the topsall yards.
By angry seas the ropes we threw, from their poor grasps was torn
We had to leave them to the Sharks,that prowl around Cape Horn from The gallant frigate amphitrite.
       From sailortown. C Fox Smith, Dick Miles
Off a broad brimming water, where the summer sun has died .
Like a wounded whale a sounding, in the sunset tide.
       Bantry Bay song, Dick Miles
across the heathery moor came the curlews call.
While Dragonflys danced their farewell ball.
       DickMiles


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: clairerise
Date: 15 Jul 06 - 05:49 AM

sugar, aw honey honey


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST,old git
Date: 15 Jul 06 - 05:47 AM

"Yes to dance beneath a diamond sky with one hand waving free
Silhouetted by the sea.........
Let me forget about today until tomorrow"


Mr Tambourine man ----Bob Dylan



not exactly a single line...but still....


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST,old git
Date: 15 Jul 06 - 05:38 AM

"The priest was sprinkling prayers and holy water in the rain"

The man in the hat ----Colum Sands


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: Abuwood
Date: 15 Jul 06 - 03:58 AM

" You'll never miss what's given to a friend"
Reap and Sew Barry Temple


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Jul 06 - 12:05 AM

freighdawg, I love JD's stuff, too, but when he said this one: "The wind is the whisper of our mother the earth" , I don't think he'd ever been to Wyoming! Hardly a whisper there!:-)

Great posts, folks! Thanks!


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: freightdawg
Date: 14 Jul 06 - 11:54 PM

"When people say that life is rough,
I wonder, 'compared to what?'" Charley Pride, I'm Just Me

Freightdawg


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: Dave Earl
Date: 14 Jul 06 - 08:12 PM

May the sun always shine wherever you are,
But you'll still need the darkness to show you the stars

Rest for a while - Colum Sands


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: David C. Carter
Date: 14 Jul 06 - 07:59 PM

"But the lady beside me is the one I have chosen,
To walk through my life
Like a coat from the cold"
Guy Clark


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: frogprince
Date: 14 Jul 06 - 07:54 PM

Man, where does a guy really start? So many of the ones already given have been stuck under my skin for years, too.

Someone beat me to "I gave her my heart, but she wanted my soul"

"He's a pilgrim, and a preacher, and a problem when he's stoned"
                Kris, "The Pilgrim, Chapter 33.

"I have seen the David; I've seen the Mona Lisa, too; and I have heard Doc Watson play Columbus Stockade Blues"
                Guy Clark, "Dublin Blues".

"You come home straight, and you come home curly; sometimes you don't come home at all"
               John Prine, "The Speed of the Sound of Loneliness"

"Yesterday's dead, and tomorrow is blind, and I live one day at a time"         
               Willy Nelson, "One Day at a Time".


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: David C. Carter
Date: 14 Jul 06 - 07:26 PM

I've made shoes for everyone,but I still go barefeet.Dylan

You can see clear down to the bottom,deeper.
Depending on where you stand,how you look, and what you wanna see.
Rodney Crowell.


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jul 06 - 07:11 PM

"I thought that I'd find
A place or a time
When someone or something
Would last..."

I Walk Alone

At the moment I don't remember the author's name.


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: Big Mick
Date: 14 Jul 06 - 06:12 PM

Will Rogers never met Howard Cosell


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: Snuffy
Date: 14 Jul 06 - 05:53 PM

Then she made her way homewards, with one star awake


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: Bill D
Date: 14 Jul 06 - 05:43 PM

re: unrequited love.

"since it is no better, I'm glad that it is no worse:
Brandy in my bottle and money in my purse"

from: I've Rambled this Country, Both Earlye and Late


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 14 Jul 06 - 12:36 AM

Too late, but never mind.

I hear the noise of wings.

If ever you heard a little dog bark

Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with His heel

She makes a small hole in the frost on the window

Walking in his footsteps in the sweet delta dawn.

And Mary gathered cherries while Joseph stood around.

And pass as light by him as he can by me

First flower of their wilderness, star of their night

Her hair shone like gold in the hot morning sun.

Till the rain comes tumbling down.

Follow me, follow me home.

I'll pass the time like some machine

There'll be no policemen there

And painted rooms are bonny

And now I have lived, I know not how long

Tie my bones to his back, turn our faces to the west

Amid these dark satanic mills

If I were a woman as I am a man

It will all come right by tomorrow night

Die Liebe dauert oder dauert nicht

And turns to set the mirror gently face down on the stove

Unsre beiden Schatten sahn wie einer aus.

And some of them will marry, and one will marry me.

Give motherlove and lumpytums.

With smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go

Seduced a maid who hanged herself one Monday in her garters.

Just need you, baby, when the summer come.

I'm tired of living and scared of dying

The silent stars go by.

Alas! It was to none but me.

Trudno vyskazat' i ne vyskazat'

Your face will shine through all our tears

And in the fight that followed

But not so little boys

Cool Colorado rain

This world is a world of lies.

When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall

Rozhenkes mit mandeln

Put my boots on tall, read the writing on the wall

Rocks the cradle and cries

We weren't lovers like that, and besides, it would still be all right.

Greasy rails, red clay trails

I'd say snow's what we've got.

Chickens crowing on Sourwood Mountain

Sweated in the sun that was hot at dawn

Sweet whips ding dong

Let the 2:19 ease my troubled mind

She said she'd meet me when I come

Oh, when will we ever learn?

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: Reason will conflict with faith so long as respect for evidence conflicts with contempt for evidence. :||


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: freightdawg
Date: 13 Jul 06 - 10:16 PM

"He was born in the summer of his 27th year,
Coming home to a place he'd never been before" John Denver, Rocky Mountain High

"The wind is the whisper of our mother the earth" JD, Windsong

"In a place of enchantment, where the wild things are known,
Will the future remember, when the lovers are gone?" JD, A Song For All Lovers

"And you wonder where we're going, where's the rhyme, where's the reason" JD, Ryhmes and Reasons

Oh love to some is like a cloud
to some as strong as steel,
For some a way of living,
For some a way to feel,
And some say love is holding on
And some say love is letting go,
And some say love is everything,
And some say they don't know..." JD, Perhaps Love

Freightdawg, in a real Colorado frame of mind.


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: Peace
Date: 13 Jul 06 - 05:24 PM

"Honey I don't care, I ain't in love with your hair."


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Jul 06 - 05:22 PM

refresh...this is one of the good old ones, imo


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST,Bex McK
Date: 14 Mar 05 - 02:48 PM

"Freedom, oh freedom, that's just some people talking...." The Eagles, Desperado

"I hope when I die and the ages do roll, my body will blacken and turn into coal. Then I'll look from the door of my heavenly home, and pity the miner that's diggin my bones" Merle Travis, Dark as a Dungeon


Too many good ones, but those are two of my favs.

Oh yeah, and I really like "Walkin due south, out of Roanoke, I caught a trucker out of Philly, had a nice long toke"-- from Wagon Wheel by the Old Crow Medicine Show.


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Mar 05 - 02:32 PM

"Did they get ya ta trade, yer heroes for ghosts, hot ashes for trees, hot air for a cool breeze?" -"Wish You Were Here," Pink Floyd


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 14 Mar 05 - 01:38 PM

Oops... that "And see that maiden shining in his eyes" post is from me (didn't realize I'd lost my cookie.)


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST,Splott Man who clicked too soon before
Date: 14 Mar 05 - 10:46 AM

"Sometimes she sees her unborn children in his eyes"

from Mike Smith's Dutchman


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Mar 05 - 10:44 AM


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Mar 05 - 09:51 AM

"And see that maiden shining in his eyes"

Some folks may need the rest of the verse for context:
"She'll look up in that weathered face
That loves hers, line for line
And see that maiden shining in his eyes
And laugh at how her mirror tells her lies"

But for me, that third line is what gives me a shiver and chokes me up.


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST,Bainbo
Date: 14 Mar 05 - 09:12 AM

"I see angels on Ariels in leather and chrome
Swooping down fron Heaven to carry me home"

From Richard Thompson's 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, about a motorcycle bad-boy dying after a shoot-out. Weird, but no matter how many times I play it, it gives me little tingle from my stomach up to the back of my neck. And I've got it again just typing the line out!


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: Rain Dog
Date: 14 Mar 05 - 08:53 AM

A couple more from Tom Waits :

And you're east of East St Louis, and the wind is making speeches
And the rain sounds like a round of applause ( From 'Time')

She's a diamond who wants to stay coal ( From ' Blackmarket Baby' )

You haven't looked at me that way in years
But I'm still here    ( From 'I's still here')


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 13 Mar 05 - 06:51 PM

I like a good bum on a woman it makes my day---Jake Thackery


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: paddymac
Date: 13 Mar 05 - 06:46 PM

Note quite a single line, but a verse from Paul Kaplan's "Call Me The Whale" (c) 1984. Vivid image, to be sure.

Now you hunt me down in your factory ships
And you never even touch me with your hands
In the morning I am playing with my babies in the waves,
In the afternoon I'm packed into your cans, brave boys,
In the afternoon I'm packed into your cans.


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST,PUCK
Date: 13 Mar 05 - 04:21 PM

I like the line by the Rev'd John Ball from the time of the Peasants Revolt [ 1381 ] ...
                   " When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman?"    Malc


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 11:01 PM

Part I


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: CStrong
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 04:31 PM

"You're part of me still," I think. It's good your way, though.


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 04:30 PM

If some day you should be
on a new daddy's knee,
don't forget about me
Little Pal.


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 03:39 PM

"Though we're apart you bother me still"

Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill


R


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: Pauline L
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 02:21 PM

Two of my favorite lines come from the same song, "Don't Think Twice."

We never did do much talking anyway.

and

I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul.

However, it's hard to beat the line quoted in the very first post on this thread:

With smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go.


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 12:29 PM

"And the band played Waltzing Matilda, as we marched off to Gallipoli"
Eric bogle, And the band played Waltzing Matilda.

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil: for thou art with me."
Psalm 23.4


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: erinmaidin
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 06:59 AM

One phrase that has stuck in my mind all of these years is Kenny Roger's "you're a hell of a singer and a powerful man but you surround yourself with people who demand so little of you" from "Sweet Music Man". I think it is because it has always summed up what I see in a lot of musicians...do I sound jaded?!


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 06:45 AM

From the chorus of Anthony John Clarke's "Irish Eyes"

"This ain't no precious song about Ireland, so don't you dare mistake it for the one's you whistle when you're going home"


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: fat B****rd
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 06:40 AM

"have to go so far just to get my hambone boiled"


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST,andymac
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 07:43 PM

"Like waves the sheep rolled in..." (The Dark Loch: Alastair Hulett)

"Said how long you gonna hang around?
Said a week, maybe two just until my skin turns brown,
Then I'm going home..." (California: Joni Mitchell)

"When we fa' we aye get up again,
And sae will we yet" (Sae Will We Yet: author forgotten - sorry)

And so many others that just don't spring to mind right now but will seconds after posting this...

Andy


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 09:12 AM

Pre internal-combustion, Ned. I usually sing "stopped the whole street with one wave of his hand"


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: Splott Man
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 04:36 AM

John Prine (sung by Iris Dement) -

He ain't got laid in a month of Sundays,
Caught him once, he was sniffing my undies.


Old Blues (source anyone?) -

Been down so long, it looks like "up" to me.


From Mountains of Mourne -

He stopped all the cars with a wave of his hand.


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: GUEST,anonanonanon
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 03:02 AM

Nobody mentioned Al Stewart yet???
Too many great lines to list, imho.


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: Cluin
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 01:35 AM

Lies ain't no harder than telling the truth and truth is the perfect disguise
    ~Kris Kristofferson, "Shandy"


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: Paul from Hull
Date: 27 Sep 01 - 10:42 PM

"Just send out your Chief an' surrender, it's worse if you fights or you runs, You may hide in the caves, they'll be only your graves, but you can't get away from the guns"

'Screw-Guns' - Kipling

(I sent this to a good friend of mine in the Gulf War. He was a 'Fire-Controller' for the Royal Artillery. Apparently Lt.Gen De La Billiere saw it, & knew it, Gen. Schwartzkopf either didnt see it, or didnt comment)

I dunno whether it really feels appropriate or not at this present time...but...


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Subject: RE: best single lines
From: Andrew S
Date: 26 Sep 01 - 11:22 PM

This is from Guy Davis' "Sugarbelle Blue"

A man come up and asked for a date

[He]look like a two dollar chicken on a three dollar plate


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