100 Favourite Lyrics

1. “Those memories come back to haunt me, they haunt me like a curse
Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true, or is it something worse?”

-Bruce Springsteen, “The River”

2. “Say a word out of line and you’ll find that the friends you had are gone forever
So many faces in and out of my life, some will last, some will just be now and then
Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes, I’m afraid it’s time for goodbye again”

-Billy Joel, “Say Goodbye To Hollywood”

3. “I swear when I grow up I won’t just buy you a rose
I will buy the flower shop, and you will never be lonely
For even if the sun stops waking up over the fields
I will not leave, I will not leave ’til it’s our time
So just take my hand, you know that I will never leave your side”

-fun., “The Gambler”

4. “I see today with a newsprint fray, my night is coloured headache grey”

-R.E.M., “Daysleeper”

5. “Blow away the dreams that tear you apart
Blow away the dreams that break your heart
Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted”

-Bruce Springsteen, “The Promised Land”

6. “In terms of Roman numerals, she’s IV league with Roman Polanski”

-Barenaked Ladies, “Sell Sell Sell”

7. “Don’t sing me your songs about the good times,
those days are gone and you should just let ’em go
God help the man who says, ‘if you’d have known me when..’
Old haunts are for forgotten ghosts”

-The Gaslight Anthem, “Old Haunts”

8. “What makes you think I’m enjoying being led to the flood?”

-The National, “Runaway”

9. “Love is not a victory march, it’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah”

-Leonard Cohen, “Hallelujah”

10. “Poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king, and the king ain’t satisfied ’til he rules everything”

-Bruce Springsteen, “Badlands”

11. “Everybody leaves so why, why wouldn’t you?”

-The Gaslight Anthem, “Great Expectations”

12. “You said we could start over, try and make it all okay. Didn’t you now? Didn’t you now? Didn’t you?”

-R.E.M., “Make it All Okay”

13. “I used to wait at the diner, a million nights without her,
Praying she won’t cancel again tonight.
And the waiter served my coffee with a consolation sigh.
[..] It’s hard to tell you this,
Here’s looking at you, kid”

-The Gaslight Anthem, “Here’s Looking At You, Kid”

14. “Sometimes when you’re doing simple things around the house, maybe you’ll think of me and smile
You know I’m tied to you like the buttons on your blouse, keep me in your heart for a while”

-Warren Zevon, “Keep Me In Your Heart”

15. “I think about time for fun, I think about time for play, then I think about being done with no resume
With no-one left to blame, what about fortune and fame? What about your love to obtain?
What about the ring? What about everything?”

-Carbon Leaf, “What About Everything?”

16. “I was driving my car, I crashed and broke my spine
So yes, there are things worse in life than never being someone’s sweetie”

-Morrissey, “That’s How People Grow Up”

17. “Blame it on the lies that kill us, blame it on the truths that drag us down
You can blame it all on me, Terry, it don’t matter to me now
[..] Remember all the movies, Terry, we’d go see,
Trying to learn how to walk like the heroes we thought we had to be?
And after all this time to find we’re just like all the rest
Stranded in the park and forced to confess”

-Bruce Springsteen, “Backstreets”

18. “Some day you’ll see I’ve been true, I’ll stay that way until,
But if I can’t change your mind then no-one will”

-Sugar, “If I Can’t Change Your Mind”

19. “Seems like I shoulda be getting somewhere,
Somehow I’m neither here nor there”

-Soul Asylum, “Runaway Train”

20. “Change, it’s pulling me apart”

-R.E.M., “Leaving New York”

21. “I work down at the car wash, where all it ever does is rain”

-Bruce Springsteen, “Downbound Train”

22. “Someday, girl, I don’t know when,
We’re gonna get to that place where we really wanna go,
And we’ll walk in the sun,
But, ’til then, tramps like us, baby we were born to run”

-Bruce Springsteen, “Born to Run”

23. “You said we both go together if one falls down
Yeah right, heh
I talk out loud like you’re still around”

-Coconut Records, “West Coast”

24. “I could never sleep my way to the top
‘Cos my alarm clock always wakes me right up”

-They Might Be Giants, “Hey Mr DJ I Thought You Said We Had A Deal”

25. “Life is long if you give it away
So stay, don’t go, ‘cos I’m fading away”

-Brian Eno and David Byrne, “Life Is Long”

26. “You want to go out Friday and you want to go forever”

-R.E.M., “Hope”

27. “I don’t mind your lies, so keep on talking”

-Catatonia, “Don’t Need The Sunshine”

28. “You’re born with nothing and better off that way
Soon as you’ve got something they send someone to try and take it away”

-Bruce Springsteen, “Something In the Night”

29. “There’s nothing better than affairs of the heart
To make you feel so good then tear you apart”

-Barenaked Ladies, “Go Home”

30. “Like a river that don’t know where it’s flowing, I took a wrong turn and I just kept going”

-Bruce Springsteen, “Hungry Heart”

31. “The waiting is the hardest part, every day, get one more yard,
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart, the waiting is the hardest part”

-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “The Waiting”

32. “It’s a town full of losers, and I’m pulling out of here to win”

-Bruce Springsteen, “Thunder Road”

33. “Bye-bye self-respect, I haven’t had much of it since you left”

-Barenaked Ladies, “Some Fantastic”

34. “Now down below and pullin’ on my shirt, I got some kids of my own
Well if I had one wish in this god forsaken world, kids
It’d be that your mistakes would be your own
Yeah your sins would be your own
[..]
Well, there’s just a spark of campfire left burning, two kids in a sleeping bag beside
I reach ‘neath your shirt, lay my hands across your belly and feel another one kickin’ inside
I ain’t gonna fuck it up this time”

-Bruce Springsteen, “Long Time Comin'”

35. “I was full with fiery wonder, you wore Audrey Hepburn pearls
You were the only one who understood me then, you’re the only one who will”

-The Gaslight Anthem, “Meet Me By The River’s Edge”

36. “Stop blowing the Don, put his kecks back on, ‘cos I am the mob”

-Catatonia, “I Am The Mob”

37. “I gotta get too drunk to dream ‘cos dreaming only makes me blue
I gotta get too drunk to dream because I only dream of you
I gotta get too pissed to miss you or I’ll never get to sleep
I gotta drink wine not to pine for you
And God knows that ain’t cheap”

-Magnetic Fields, “Too Drunk to Dream”

38. “You took it all gracefully on the chin
Knowing that the beatings had to someday end
You found the bandages inside the pen
And the stitches on the radio”

-The Gaslight Anthem, “Boxer”

39. “Tell me a lie, like we’re never gonna die
Like we’ll win with one more try, or like I love you”

-Steven Page, “Over Joy”

40. “Weren’t you the kid who just climbed on the merry-go-round?
Hey, look, the world ain’t slowing down”

-Ellis Paul, “The World Ain’t Slowing Down”

41. “Now the universe left you for a runner’s lap and it feels like home when it comes crashing back.
And it makes you laugh and it makes you cry,when London falls and you’re still alive.
The radio stutters, it makes you laugh, and the aftermath”

-R.E.M., “Aftermath”

42. “They’re sharing a drink they call loneliness
But it’s better than drinking alone”

-Billy Joel, “Piano Man”

43. “Standing in the sun with a popsicle, everything is possible
With a lot of luck, and a pretty face, and some time to waste”

-Soul Asylum, “Without A Trace”

44. “It’s a long dark highway and a thin white line
Connecting baby, your heart to mine
We’re runnin’ now but darlin’ we will stand in time
To face the ties that bind”

-Bruce Springsteen, “The Ties That Bind”

45. “One time you were a glowing young ruffian
Oh my God, it was a million years ago”

-The National, “Racing Like A Pro”

46. “As usual, I’m almost on time
You’re the last thing that’s on my mind
I wish I could tell you the way that I feel
But tonight is the night I fell asleep at the wheel
[..]
In all the confusion, there’s something serene
I’m just a posthumous part of the scene
Now I’m floating above looking in
As the radio blares and wheels spin
I can see my face slump with a grin
And you…you’re the last thing on my mind
You’re the last thing on my mind”

-Barenaked Ladies, “Tonight Is The Night I Fell Asleep At The Wheel”

47. “She was a really cool kisser and she wasn’t all that strict of a Christian”

-The Hold Steady, “Stuck Between Stations”

48. “Leave your home, change your name
Live alone, eat your cake
[..]
All the very best of us string ourselves up for love”

-The National, “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks”

49. “Another day of sorry, it won’t make me understand
Another day of fighting, it shouldn’t hurt to lend a hand
It’s oranges to Florida and flowers to Amsterdam”

-Cerys Matthews, “Oranges to Florida”

50. “I don’t keep friends, I keep acquainted,
I’m not a prophet, but I’m here to profit
That’s all, I’m gone!
That’s my life, nothing is sacred
I don’t fall in love, I just fake it
I don’t fall in love, I don’t fall in love”

-fun., “At Least I’m Not As Sad (As I Used To Be)”

51. “How a melody can make up your mind
Take a memory and leave it behind”

-Barenaked Ladies, “Ordinary”

52. “A bottle of red, ooh a bottle of white
Whatever kind of mood you’re in tonight
I’ll meet you anytime you want
In our Italian restaurant”

-Billy Joel, “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”

53. “The summer wind came blowin’ in from across the sea
It lingered there, so warm and fair, to walk with me”

-Frank Sinatra, “Summer Wind”

54. “In my mind I’m goin’ to Carolina
Can’t you see the sunshine, can’t you just feel the moonshine?
Ain’t it just like a friend of mine to hit me from behind
Yes I’m goin’ to Carolina in my mind”

-James Taylor, “Carolina In My Mind”

55. “No matter how far the hood seems
We all still got hoop dreams”

-Childish Gambino, “All the Shine”

56. “I’ve been so low down, I’ve been almost level with the ground”

-The Gaslight Anthem, “Blue Dahlia”

57. “Someone send a runner
Through the weather that I’m under
For the feeling that I lost today”

-The National, “England”

58. “That flag flying over the courthouse
Means certain things are set in stone
Who we are, what we’ll do, and what we won’t”

-Bruce Springsteen, “Long Walk Home”

59. “The black cab roars through the neon disease”

-Catatonia, “Londinium”

60. “If you catch me with my hand in the till,
I promise, sugar, I wasn’t trying to steal,
I’m just swimming in copper to smell and pretend like a robot!”

-Los Campesinos!, “Death to Los Campesinos!”

61. “You are watching a programme for exactly an hour
All of these hours they will add up to a day
You will sit there till they’re done but there are 24 to play
There’ll be rings around your eyelids by the 7th or the 8th”

-Emmy the Great, “24”

62. “Your flag you flew so high
It drifted up to the sky”

-Bruce Springsteen, “Your Own Worst Enemy”

63. “I love this house, I love this house
Gives me the greatest peace I’ve ever known”

-Patrick Wolf, “House”

64. “Then the people tried to talk me down
But I don’t need advice, I’m down”

-They Might Be Giants, “Memo to Human Resources”

65. “God have mercy on the man who doubts what he’s sure of”

-Bruce Springsteen, “Brilliant Disguise”

66. “Don’t let fear of feeling fool you, what you see sets you apart”

-Richard Hawley, “Tonight the Streets Are Ours”

67. “We work our fingers down to dust
While we wait for kingdom come
With the radio on”

-The Gaslight Anthem, “Mae”

68. “A man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest”

-Simon and Garfunkel, “The Boxer”

69. “I could make you fly away
But I could never make you stay”

-Magnetic Fields, “All My Little Words”

70. “Sorry for never going by your door, never feeling love like that anymore”

-Sun Kil Moon, “Carry Me Ohio”

71. “The photograph reflects,
every streetlight a reminder.
Nightswimming deserves a quiet night”

-R.E.M., “Nightswimming”

72. “I just rolled and I tumbled, down a long road I stumbled

While shooting in the dark as to what’s best”

-M. Ward, “Epistemology”

73. “I don’t want the world
I just want your half”

-They Might Be Giants, “Ana Ng”

74. “How a melody can make up your mind
Take a memory and leave it behind”

-Barenaked Ladies, “Ordinary”

75. “Does anything still move you since you’re educated now?
And all grown up and travelled so well
Do you still hear the sound of the thunder while you lie up by yourself?”

-The Gaslight Anthem, “Howl”

76. “We trust, we change, we move from one place to another
Cause that’s what we can do”

-Deacon Blue, “That’s What We Can Do”

77. “I have got to find the river,
bergamot and vetiver
run through my head and fall away.
Leave the road and memorize
this life that pass before my eyes.
Nothing is going my way.”

-R.E.M., “Find the River”

78. “Now I’m out counting white lines, counting white lines and getting stoned”

-Bruce Springsteen, “Gypsy Biker”

79. “You got clouds on your lids and you’d be on the skids

If it weren’t for your job at the garage”

-Blondie, “Picture This”

80. “And turning out the light
I must have yawned and cuddled up for yet another night
And rattling on the roof I must have heard the sound of rain
The day before you came”

-ABBA, “The Day Before You Came”

81. “I can still recall the hour when you first let down your walls
I thought I might’ve died right there floating up above it all
But it scared you love, to need someone, so you killed it all instead
But in the mist up on Mulholland, I could’ve sworn I heard you say
That I’d just die if you ever took your love away”

-The Gaslight Anthem, “Mulholland Drive”

82. “The ones who love us best are the ones we’ll lay to rest
And visit their graves on holidays at best
The ones who love us least are the ones we’ll die to please
If it’s any consolation, I don’t begin to understand them2

-The Replacements, “Bastards of Young”

83. “I don’t buy everything I read,
I haven’t even read everything I’ve bought
I don’t cry every time I bleed,
my eyes are dry, but they’re bloodshot
I have faith in medication
I believe in the Prozac Nation
You play doctor, but I’ve lost patience”

-Barenaked Ladies, “This Is Where It Ends”

84. “Love’s a fool’s dance,
I ain’t got much sense but I’ve still got my feet”

-Bruce Springsteen, “Girls in their Summer Clothes”

85. “To die by your side, well,

The pleasure, the privilege is mine”

-The Smiths, “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”

86. “Everybody’s got a hold on hope, it’s the last thing that’s holding me”

-Guided by Voices, “Hold on Hope”

87. “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”

-Bob Dylan, “Subterranean Homesick Blues”

88. “These words, ‘You will be mine’
These words, they haunt me, hunt me down,
Catch in my throat, make me pray,
say, love’s confined, oh”

-R.E.M., “Strange Currencies”

89. “I know I’m gonna miss the sand in my hair

The roll of the tide, the salt in the air

But deep inside it’s true, I’m a home-lovin’ man coming on home to you”

-Andy Williams, “Home-Lovin’ Man”

90. “All I can think of is being five years old following behind you at the beach
Tracing your footprints in the sand
Trying to walk like a man”

-Bruce Springsteen, “Walk Like A Man”

91. “You’re the only thing I ever want anymore”

-The National, “Conversation 16”

92. “Maria came from Nashville with a suitcase in her hand
I always kinda sorta wished I looked like Elvis
And in my head there’s all these classic cars and outlaw cowboy bands
I always kinda sorta wished I was someone else”

-The Gaslight Anthem, “High Lonesome”

93. “You need surgery to feel pretty enough, so Daddy bought you a D-cup”

-Geoff Byrd, “Plasti-Queens”

94. “I’ve been searching for something so undefined
that it can only be seen by the eyes of the blind
in the middle of the night”

-Billy Joel, “The River of Dreams”

95. “Mornings eleven, the feelings are severed,

I can’t remember anything at all, but I’d die for you”

-The Magic Numbers, “Mornings Eleven”

96. “You and your high-top sneakers and your sailor tattoos
And your old ’55 that you drove through the roof
Of the sky up above, these indifferent stars
While you just kept coming apart, you fell straight in my arms”

-The Gaslight Anthem, “Old White Lincoln”

97. “The world’s address: a place that’s worn
A sad pun that reflects a sadder mess
I’ll repeat it one more time for those who may not have already guessed:
The world’s a dress

-They Might Be Giants, “The World’s Address”

98. “I live in a city sorrow built”

-The National, “Sorrow”

99. “We learned more from a three-minute record, baby, than we ever learned in school”

-Bruce Springsteen, “No Surrender”

100. “Right on, ride on
Ferris wheel lights on”

-The Gaslight Anthem, “The Patient Ferris Wheel”

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