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Beautiful lyrics

  1. Jun 24, 2013 #1
    So, this thread is about lyrics to songs. Post here what lyrics you find especially beautiful. You don't have to post the entire song, but you can also post the part that strikes you the most.

    An explanation for why you like it would also be interesting.
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  3. Jun 24, 2013 #2


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    And all we ask is that you don't forget
    Cause the wars not over when the fighting ends
    There's a part of us that will always be
    Just boys in a hole with our M-16s

    When the moon is full and my only companion is my dog sitting next to me on the bed of my truck, I often remember those days when I was just a boy trying to do what I thought was right. I think of my friends who came back and had a hard time adjusting, and those who never came back. In the end, we were all just kids.
  4. Jun 27, 2013 #3
    There may well be songs with more poetic lyrics than this, but I haven't heard them:

    Your lips were like a red and ruby chalice,
    Warmer than the Summer night.
    The clouds were like an alabaster palace,
    Rising to a snowy height.
    Each star its own Aurora Borealis,
    Suddenly you held me tight,
    I could see the midnight sun.

    I can't explain the silver rain that found me,
    Or was that a moonlit veil?
    The music of the universe around me,
    Or was that a nightingale?
    And then your arms miraculously found me,
    Suddenly the sky turned pale,
    I could see the midnight sun.

    Was there such a night?
    It's still a thrill I don't quite believe;
    But after you were gone
    There was still some stardust on my sleeve!

    The flame of it may dwindle to an ember,
    And the stars forget to shine,
    And we may see the meadow in December,
    Icy white and crystalline.
    But oh, my darlin', always I'll remember
    When your lips were close to mine,
    And I saw the midnight sun.

    The Johnny Mercer song "The Midnight Sun"
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    Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream
    I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
    To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
    They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed

    Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear
    But not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear
    Oh, oh.

    Oh, I been flying... mama, there ain't no denyin'
    I've been flying, ain't no denyin', no denyin'

    All I see turns to brown, as the sun burns the ground
    And my eyes fill with sand, as I scan this wasted land
    Trying to find, trying to find where I've been.

    Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace, like thoughts inside a dream
    Heed the path that led me to that place, yellow desert stream
    My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again
    Sure as the dust that floats high in June, when movin' through Kashmir.

    Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails, across the sea of years
    With no provision but an open face, along the straits of fear

    When I'm on, when I'm on my way, yeah
    When I see, when I see the way, you stay-yeah

    Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, when I'm down...
    Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, well I'm down, so down
    Ooh, my baby, oooh, my baby, let me take you there

    Let me take you there. Let me take you there

    Kashmir-Led Zeppelin
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    Please give me a second grace
    Please give me a second face
    I've fallen far down
    The first time around
    Now I just sit on the ground in your way

    Now if it's time to recompense for what's done
    Come, come sit down on the fence in the sun
    And the clouds will roll by
    And we'll never deny
    It's really too hard for to fly.

    Please tell me your second name
    Please play me your second game
    I've fallen so far
    For the people you are
    I just need your star for a day.

    So come, come ride in my my street-car by the bay
    For now I must know how fine you are in your way
    And the sea sure as i
    But she won't need to cry
    For it's really too hard for to fly.

    Fly-Nick Drake
  7. Jun 27, 2013 #6


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    Dance Me to the End of Love by Leonard Cohen

    Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
    Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in
    Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
    Dance me to the end of love
    Dance me to the end of love

    Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
    Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
    Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
    Dance me to the end of love
    Dance me to the end of love

    Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on
    Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
    We're both of us beneath our love, we're both of us above
    Dance me to the end of love
    Dance me to the end of love

    Dance me to the children who are asking to be born
    Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn
    Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn
    Dance me to the end of love

    Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
    Dance me through the panic till I'm gathered safely in
    Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove
    Dance me to the end of love
    Dance me to the end of love
    Dance me to the end of love
  8. Jun 27, 2013 #7
    For your heart is like a flower as it grow/
    It's the rain not just the sun which helps it bloom/

    It is the lyrics from Noah and the Whale's Shape of My Heart.
    I recommend listening to the song before reading why I enjoy this particular part.
    I personally think these are some beautiful lyrics, because it portrays the "cliche scaffold" that There is always good times and bad times and it isn't the good time which make us a better person but the worst of times also, I think this is something that isn't only beautiful, but true.
  9. Jun 27, 2013 #8


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    Beautiful Tenshou.
  10. Jun 27, 2013 #9
    Tristania - Lethean River excerpt

    Ardency of life forsakened
    Time will gather the source of thy secrecies
    Ardency of life forsakened
    In swarthy hours thou ponder still

    Invoke thy aeons in a dream
    Entrancing sleep, profound and prolix
    Estranged to life's utility
    Bequest thy endurance in the times of lethargic

    Gesture of an Argentine moisture
    Like snow upon the riverine
    Gesture of an Argentine moisture
    So sore upon congeal skin

    Lead me down in wailing hours
    to the riverside
    Reveal to me thy secrecies
    Hidden in the wan deep of thy infinite mourning
    Lethean River carry me beneath thy riverine
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  11. Jun 28, 2013 #10


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    I'm partial to "Dinah Moe Humm", but I can't repeat any of the lyrics here.
    Favourite song of all time is "Born To Run", so of course the lyrics of that are important to me. Also "Stumbling' In" by Suzie Q and Chris Norman.
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    "Expecting To Fly"

    There you stood
    on the edge of your feather,
    Expecting to fly.
    While I laughed,
    I wondered whether
    I could wave goodbye,
    Knowin' that you'd gone.
    By the summer it was healing,
    We had said goodbye.
    All the years
    we'd spent with feeling
    Ended with a cry,
    Babe, ended with a cry,
    Babe, ended with a cry.

    I tried so hard to stand
    As I stumbled
    and fell to the ground.
    So hard to laugh as I fumbled
    And reached for the love I found,
    Knowin' it was gone.
    If I never lived without you,
    Now you know I'd die.
    If I never said I loved you,
    Now you know I'd try,
    Babe, now you know I'd try.
    Babe, now you know I'd try,
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    Except I know the shoe size of all the PF sisters - it's size 8!
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  14. Jun 28, 2013 #13


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    A beautiful song about Alzheimer's:

    The World Is Water - Krista Detor

    We’ll take the boat from mooring
    And on the isle we’ll hide
    We’ll stay there til the morning
    And greet the evening tide

    Did you bring the bread, dear?
    It’s so far to go
    In the boat, the bread, dear
    You forgot, I know
    Still I love you so

    On the wind I hear them call
    But the world is water and that is all
    That is all

    Would you like a glass of wine?
    And we’ll toast the moon
    Yes, we should have a glass of wine
    Did you leave it in your room?

    Give me your hand, it's dark here
    I will build a fire
    Give me your hand, come sit here
    You are my one desire
    You are my one desire

    On the wind I hear them call
    But the world is water and that is all
    That is all

    These long days are weary
    This long way from him
    But I’ll wait on the water
    Long as fish can swim

    If I go, will you wait for me
    I’ll come back by and by
    So I will wait here by the sea
    Long as birds can fly
    Long as birds can fly

    On the wind I hear your call
    But the world is water and that is all
    That is all

    I will always find you
    That is one true thing
    So I will stay and call to him
    Long as I can sing
    Long as I can sing
  15. Jun 28, 2013 #14


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    Suo Gan - Traditional Welsh Lullaby


    Huna blentyn ar fy mynwes
    Clyd a chynnes ydyw hon;
    Breichiau mam sy'n dynn amdanat,
    Cariad mam sy dan fy mron;

    Ni chaiff dim amharu'th gyntun,
    Ni wna undyn â thi gam;
    Huna'n dawel, annwyl blentyn,
    Huna'n fwyn ar fron dy fam.

    Huna'n dawel, heno, huna,
    Huna'n fwyn, y tlws ei lun;
    Pam yr wyt yn awr yn gwenu,
    Gwenu'n dirion yn dy hun?

    Ai angylion fry sy'n gwenu,
    Arnat ti yn gwenu'n llon,
    Tithau'n gwenu'n ôl dan huno,
    Huno'n dawel ar fy mron?

    Paid ag ofni, dim ond deilen
    Gura, gura ar y ddôr;
    Paid ag ofni, ton fach unig
    Sua, sua ar lan y môr;

    Huna blentyn, nid oes yma
    Ddim i roddi iti fraw;
    Gwena'n dawel yn fy mynwes
    Ar yr engyl gwynion draw.
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    Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms

    These mist covered mountains
    Are a home now for me
    But my home is the lowlands
    And always will be
    Some day you'll return to me
    Your valleys and your farms
    And you'll no longer burn
    To be brothers in arms

    Through these fields of destruction
    Baptisms of fire
    I've witnessed all your suffering
    As the battle raged higher
    And though they did hurt me so bad
    In the fear and alarm
    You did not desert me
    My brothers in arms

    There's so many different worlds
    So many different suns
    And we have just one world
    But we live in different ones

    Now the sun's gone to hell
    And the moon's riding high
    Let me bid you farewell
    Every man has to die
    But it's written in the starlight
    And every line on your palm
    We're fools to make war
    On our brothers in arms
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  17. Jun 28, 2013 #16
    There's some really great lyrics here, but could you please give the name of the song and, if possible, the name of the lyricist or the group/individual associated with the song?

    "Dire Straits - "Brothers in Arms" , "Suo Gan - Traditional Welsh Lullaby"

    Thanks MarneMath and jedishirfu
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  18. Jun 29, 2013 #17
    This is a popular Motown tune sung by Stevie Wonder and many others. I like it because every single line of it is true for me.

    "For Once In My Life"

    For once in my life I have someone who needs me
    Someone I've needed so long
    For once, unafraid, I can go where life leads me
    And somehow I know I'll be strong

    For once I can touch what my heart used to dream of
    Long before I knew
    Someone warm like you
    Would make my dreams come true

    For once in my life I won't let sorrow hurt me
    Not like it's hurt me before
    For once, I have something I know won't desert me
    I'm not alone anymore

    For once, I can say, this is mine, you can't take it
    As long as I know I have love, I can make it
    For once in my life, I have someone who needs me
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    Alcest "Autre Temps" (Another Time)
    English Translation, traditionally in french

    "A faraway prayer carried by the evening wind
    Animates the leaves in their languorous dance
    It's the hymn of the old trees, sung for you
    For those somber forests which are now asleep
    So many seasons have passed without waiting for us
    The golden leaves falling to the ground to die
    Will someday come back to life beneath a radiant sky
    But our eroded world will remain the same
    And tomorrow, you and I will be gone"

    Mucc "Shion"
    English translation, traditionally in Japanese

    "A young and fragile flower
    And the cry of a lonely firefly
    Window ablaze, clear sky turns red
    Sun rises and dusk skies are blue

    Bound by reason, against war
    It's better not to do what we have to
    I cannot escape from the noise that is me
    And if we return to the earth we'll want water

    Regret for this fading life leads to conflict
    Fear of losing understanding leads to disillusion

    Let's fly high in the sky
    I see you reflected in a flower
    I'll give you water when you're sad
    The stars sound like falling rain
    Ring out, ring out

    All my senses failed me long ago
    The countless lies we spat out without seeing
    Is this praise or not
    Rain of humiliation
    Now that we are ashamed of arrogance
    To say we can't see is nonsense

    Let's fly high in the sky
    I see you reflected in a flower
    "Don't shrivel up"
    We call is an aster daisy
    The wish lays deep in my heart
    This voice"
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  20. Jun 29, 2013 #19


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    I'm just naming songs, because it's so easy to Google the lyrics that I see no reason to use up PF server space.
    I don't know whether or not this can be considered "beautiful", but I really love "Total Eclipse of the Heart".
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    Hey, I remember that! It goes like this:
    "when did spazzing out qualify as a dance?
    kneeling down like I want to throw up...
    what the effin' crap
    that angel guy just felt me up!"

    But (a little bit)more seriously, I like these two very much:

    The reason is, that they both encapsulate the very precious kind of love that oftentimes people forget about in favour of the more marketable "romantic love".
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