Music - Best Line / Worst Line

Some lyrics are as inspirational as the musings of the Greek Gods. Other lyrics make you want to kick the hair out of the head of the person that wrote them
Either way once heard they are in your head and you carry them with you pretty much forever.

I will kick it off

Best Line - “Gravity keeps my head down or is it maybe shame at being so young and being so vain” - Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This.

Worst Line - “If you judge a book by its cover then you judge the look by the lover.” - ABC The Look Of Love. WTF does that mean? its bugged me for decades.

Try to keep it to a single line that resonates or annoys the crap out of you.


Worst line:
‘A licky boom boom down’ - Informer by Snow

Best line:
‘A licky boom boom down’ - Informer by Snow


Best line:
“You know the fish with the bloated lips that cleans the oceans floor
When I looked at O 'Malleys wife thats exactly what I saw”
Nick Cave “O Malleys Bar”

Worst Line:
“You think we look pretty good together
You think my shoes are made from leather”
The Who " Substitute"
Worst attempt at rhyme ever

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Look at any Scooter song for laughably bad lyrics. “It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane, it must be Dave who’s on the train” or “Respect to the man in the icecream van” etc.

As for best lines, I always found that lyrics from rap or hip songs stuck with me more. Eminem’s entire Nail In The Coffin diss track is packed full of venomous jibes, a favourite line from that would be “ If you was really sellin’ coke, well, then what the fuck you stop for, dummy? If you slew some crack you’d make a lot more money than you do from rap”.

Another would be from Find No Enemy by Akala. The entire song is a lyrical masterpiece, but I always liked the line “They can keep the charts all I want is your hearts”. Akala to me has always been hugely under appreciated in terms of the quality of music he has put out there and should really be far more acclaimed than he is, but he’s never chased that glory or complained about his standing in the industry. Such an intelligent, humble and all round inspirational guy.

Three of my favourites,

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

Leonard Cohen

You look so self-possessed
I won’t disturb your rest
It’s lovely when you’re sleeping
But wide awake is best

Ian Dury

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

Simon & Garfunkel


Ai Ai Ai Yi O Ai O Ai~~~ Return To Innocence

I let you decide whether that is the best or worst.

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That’s an enigma

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Also from Mr Dury…

"Yes yes, dear dear
Perhaps next year
Or maybe even never…

In which case"

Maybe an anthem of our time


Malcolm Gladwell has an excellent podcast - Revisionist History - there is one podcast where he talks about Elvis and his constant inability to complete the song “Are You Lonesome Tonight” which Gladwell terms a parapraxis - similar to a Freudian slip - basically his unconscious will not allow him to complete the song. It is a very interesting and sometimes moving discussion and insight into songwriting and performing. - Jack White of the White Stripes and a few other musicians contribute also. You don’t need to be an Elvis fan to enjoy it - definitely worth a listen.

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If it is one-liners then I look no further than a certain Mr. Leonard Cohen…

“The Sands of Time are Falling… From Your Fingers and Your Thumb”

“When you’ve Fallen on the Highway…And You’re Lying in the Rain”

“I’m on the Side of Snake Eyes Tossed… Against the Side of Seven”

“She’s a Hundred but She’s Wearing Something Tight”

“So we Struggle and we Stagger… Down the Snakes and up the Ladder”

“The Birds They Sing at the Break of Day… Start Again, I Seem to Hear Them Say”

From various songs of his…

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Worst - Ra Ra Rasputin, Russia’s greatest love machine

Best - You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you

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Best: Sixto Rodrigues (Song Title: Like Janis)

And don’t try to enchant me with your manner of dress
'Cause a monkey in silk is a monkey no less
So measure for measure reflect on my said
And when I won’t see you then measure it dead.

Worst: Black eyed peas

My Humps


And the Black Eyed Peas sing “Mazzeltov” in “I gotta feeling” - Absolutey shite lyrics.


Vintage Dylan from Tombstone Blues - “The (banned word) is not yellow it’s chicken”

How cool is this forum for not letting me post anything containing the yellow star in the sky word.


And if a double decker bus
crashes into us
to die by your side
is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten-ton truck
kills the both of us
to die by your side
well the pleasure, the privilige is mine…

Too many Smith’s lyrics to mention, Morrissey is a fucking genius.

Loose, Footloose
kick off your sunday shoes
please Louise
pull me offa my knees
Jack, get back
c’mon on before we crack
lose your blues
everybody cut Footloose.

Footloose, by Mr Kenny Loggins, makes me want to shove rusty knitting needles into my ears.


Another of my all time hated lyrics is from that dreadful dirge by Peter Starstedt - “Where do you go to my lovely?”

“Ha Ha Ha - Ha Ha Ha - Ha Ha Ha.”

When I hear that line I vomit a little in my mouth.


Followed by a fantastic sax solo by Davey Payne. :+1::nerd_face:


“I’m as serious as cancer, when I say rhythm is a dancer”
Rhythm Is A Dancer, Snap!

:grimacing: :thinking: Really!!! A dancey number with relating a disease to dancing!!

“All my people right here, right now/D’you know what I mean? (yeah, yeah)”

No, I have no clue what Noel means here
The demise of Noel Gallagher the songwriter.

I’ma get, get, get, get you drunk/Get you love-drunk off my hump/My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump/My hump, my hump, my hump, my lovely little lumps"

Black Eyer Peas. I mean, wth, I am lost here.


Worst line ever, without doubt.

Closely followed by anything by the Spuce Girls, especially the execrable

I wanna really, really, really wanna zigazig ah


Bon Jovi welcome to wherever you are…” When you wanna give up, and your heart’s about to break, Remember that you’re perfect, God makes no mistakes”


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