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Some favorite lyrics 
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006 | 02:52 pm [music, personal]

Listening to some music this morning on the way to town, I got to thinking about some of my favorite lyrics.  Not entire songs, just selected passages that have stuck with me for one reason or another.  Here are a few.





There’re spirits above and behind me

Faces gone black, eyes burning bright

May their precious blood bind me

Lord, as I stand before your fiery light

    “The Rising,” Bruce Springsteen


Every time you think you’re walking,

    you’re just moving the ground

Every time you think you’re talking,

    you’re just moving your mouth

Every time you think you’re looking,

    you’re just looking down

    “Cowboy Dan,” Modest Mouse


At puberty I was sworn to secrecy by the International Brotherhood of Lying, Fickle Males

I can’t tell you anything

And – I – can’t – commit!

You’re right!  I can’t commit!

To you

    “In Love,” William Shatner (written by Ben Folds)


I was crazy, and I was wild

And I have seen the tiger smile

I spit in a bamboo viper’s face

And I’d be dead, but by God’s grace

Drive on

    “Drive On,” Johnny Cash


And, since today was his birthday . . .


I cover the waterfront

Watching the ships go by

I could see everybody’s baby

But I couldn’t see mine

I could see all the people

Meeting their loved ones

And laughing and talking

But I couldn’t see mine

    “I Cover the Waterfront,” John Lee Hooker


There’s a version of that last song on Hooker’s “Real Folk Blues” album, titled simply “The Waterfront,” that is one of the most haunting and beautiful things I’ve ever heard.  No band – it’s just Hooker singing and noodling around on his electric guitar.  If that doesn’t do it for you, I don’t know what the fuck to tell you.

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