There are lines so good that the writer’s immortality should be assured even if they never wrote anything else. There are lines so insightful that they make you realize a thing you knew all along. Sometimes to get the full effect, the music has to be there too. But the ones I like best, all pretty much stand alone. They’re in no particular order.
I know this feeling might be crazy but it’s the only one I’ve got
You been sleepin’ with leeches, it’s making you sick
Everywhere I turn I see your face
It’s no better anyplace
And if you’ve got no other choice
You know you can follow my voice
Through the dark turns and noise
Of this wicked little town
Do you feel what I feel?
Can we make that so it’s part of the deal?
I think pretty is nice but I’d rather see something new
Deal me up another future from some brand new deck of cards
We won’t do one single song that we can’t do from the heart
Just a perfect day
You made me forget myself
I thought I was someone else
The things that pass for knowledge I can’t understand.
Who’re you going to be if you can’t be yourself?
I’d be much happier if I were home
Even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
with nothing on my tongue but hallelujah
Wish I was here
If you had my feelings I’m sure you’d feel the same.
Dig themselves a hole and blame you for the dirt
And it’s a shame that all our friends can’t be here with us today
You can’t play the blues in an air-conditioned room
I’d sell anything to buy some time
I should be drinking a toast to absent friends instead of these comedians
It’s tired and I’m getting late
Better not look down if you want to keep on flyin’
No one told you when to run
You missed the starting gun
Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then
Who am I to ask you to lick my sores?
Every tool is a weapon if you hold it right
No matter where you sleep tonight or how far you run
She’s the one.
Hearing strange words stutter from the mixed-up mind of you
I would rather be anywhere else than here today
I’ll get to you if I have to crawl
You try changing their minds and you burst into flame
You’re all grown up and you don’t care any more
And you hate all the people that you used to adore
And you despise all the rumors and lies of the
life you led before
She wrote a long letter on a short piece of paper