This week’s Top 5 is all about songs that have quotable lyrics. I mean lyrics that just jump out at you. It can be a single line or even the whole damn song. I think mine are all one or two lines and some are just because they make me giggle. This one was so tough I just picked out the first five I thought of and maybe that’s cheating but there’s just so damn much good music out there that it’s impossible for me to make a decision. Anyway I want to see your favorite quotes from song lyrics. And no the graphics don’t have to do with the Top 5 other than they made me giggle and I am now sharing them with all of you.

  1. Tim Barry – Idle Idylist | This whole damn song. Every last fucking word. But especially the part of the last chorus: “I let the greedy deal with greed, Ain’t got nothin’ but myself, And I ain’t selling that for no one else I won’t surround my emptiness with greed and shit that I don’t even need, And don’t ask don’t tell relationships based on infidelity, I know it ain’t right, I know it ain’t much of a life, But I let tomorrow be tomorrow, And let tonight be tonight”. GOD DAMN!
  2. Dirty Bourbon River Show – Ruffian Since Birth | With all the stress at work this has been my theme song as of late and honestly “I went to wear my boxers outside but the officers told that I can and that I gotta wear a pair of pants” pretty much describes last weekend for me except there were no cops and “So I guess I’ll hit that snooze again and I guess they won’t give me the raise” describes my feelings about work but unfortunately not my actions as I stay late almost every damn night!
  3. Michael Dean Damron – The Cape | I love this song and hope that my kids, unlike me, can retain some of the wonder and magic that exists for them now. I know this probably isn’t how the song is supposed to be taken but I take it just like that! “He’s one of those that knows that life is just a leap of faith, Spread your arms and hold your breath and always trust your cape”.
  4. Two Cow Garage – Soundtrack To My Summer | “My friend’s were buying in to american dreams, Going to sleep as punk rock kids and waking up as part of the machine.” This is another hold-on-to-your-youth song for me. I can’t quite look book and say I woke up as part of the machine but I am not a punk rock kid anymore. I hope I can teach my kids to not let go of being kids but rather learn how to pass as adults when they have to. I love the line because it hits home so fucking hard and then Micah follows it up with one of my favorite out-of-context-but-still-cool-by-itself lyrics “The tape machines don’t lie…”
  5. Cory Branan – The KISS Song | Yeah it’s as fucking cheesy as it gets but “You washed off your rock n roll and now the devil doesn’t want your soul, and neither to do we” makes me giggle every single time I hear this one. Also an honorable mention for “I had to smash my air guitar” which is also giggle worthy any day of the week.

Autopsy IV’s answers: I have a directory on my word computer called, “Awesome Songs”. Each of these songs was fished from that directory.

Joe Pug – Not So Sure: There are plenty of devastating and remarkable lyrics in this song such as; “I sacrificed my sister, I prayed my own soul to keep, I told my dying father that a man should never weep” but I put this one on the list because of this lyric, “I undressed someone’s daughter and then complained about her looks.” We all did it as kids and now, seeing it in print drives home how terrible it was.

Drive-By Truckers – Zip City: Again, as a whole, full of quote worthy lyrics but I’ve included it here because I think Zip City contains one of the best lyrics in the history of rock and roll: “Got 350 heads on a 305 engine. Get 10 miles to the gallon, I ain’t got no good intentions.

Micah Schnabel – American Static: This is a pretty good song about the reality of growing up but I love the line “cause we all grow to be our fathers. marrying the daughters of the men we once despised” cause in a way, it sums it all up.

American Graveyard – Common Ones: I love everything about this song, the melody, the message…everything. I could have included a bunch of songs here but I picked this one cause I’ve been researching the housing market meltdown and wanting to fertilizer bomb Wall Street so these lyrics are hitting home particularly hard these days, “I tired of seeing men die for other men’s rights / to have a corporation come in and sweep ‘em all aside / cause there’s money to be made, money to be found / and when the pockets are drilled empty, on to the next town.

Lucero – Old Sad Songs: This song. It’s my life in verse. “I’d stay with you tonight my love I’d stay the whole night long. But the boys are playing those old sad songs and I must sing along. I hear the snare drum’s slow sad march I hear those fiddles cry. And I must go to them my love or else I’d stay the night.

29 thoughts on “TOP 5: QUOTABLE SONGS”

  1. The song Jackson Don’t You Worry in it’s entirety by Two Cow Garage. Would post the lyrics, but im on my phone in the back of a van.

  2. Not a top five, but it’s what I can think of off the top of my head.

    Drive-By Truckers/Jason Isbell – Outfit
    “Don’t let’em take who you are boy and don’t try to be who you ain’t.”

    Scott Miller – Loving That Girl
    “Some folks like it when they stay at home all by themselves, but me I go crazy thinking maybe there might not be someone else to knock on my door and ring my phone, to come to my house and take me home. There’s only one reason she don’t stay, its cause I work so damn hard to push her away.”

    Scott Miller – Say Ho
    “If you’re not gonna make your dreams epic, why bother to dream anything at all?”

    Darrell Scott – My Father’s House
    “A good song never comes to those who chase, it comes to those who listen.”

  3. Wait at Milano – Tim Barry
    Drink Till Were Gone – Lucero
    Throwing Rocks at the Sun – Micah Schnabel
    Get Drunk – Drag the River
    Curse of a Drunk – The Takers

  4. These are ones I actually quote all the time to people

    James McMurtry – Too Long In The Wasteland
    “Whiskey don’t make liars it just makes fools”

    DBT – Women Without Whiskey
    “[whiskey] won’t make you do a thing, it just let’s you”

    Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Messenger (via Ranier Maria Rilke)
    “Our fears are like dragons guarding our most precious treasures”

    NQ Arbuckle – This Dark Kitchen
    “I wish that I was drunker now than I was stupid then”

    Todd Snider – Statistian’s Blues
    “3 percent of the people use 5 to 6 percent of their brain. 97 percent use 3 percent and the rest goes down the drain. I don’t know which one I am but I bet you my last dime, 99 percent think their 3 percent 100 percent of the time”

  5. Guess Im supposed to put my quotes in here too….

    Wait at Milano – Tim Barry
    “If settling downs a waste of time, keep your pace.”

    Drink Till Were Gone – Lucero
    “Because this big old river will kill us in time ’till then we’ll drink it’s weight in cheap beer and wine we can drink just as fast as the river is strong and we’ll drink ’till we’re gone.” Really I like every lyric in this song

    Throwing Rocks at the Sun – Micah Schnabel
    “Ive stayed up too late in every town in every state in the morning throwing rocks at the sun.”

    Get Drunk – Drag the River
    “I can’t stand to sit around and think of everything that’s going on without me.”

    Curse of a Drunk – The Takers
    “My boots are to drunk, To try and put on a show.”

  6. Guess Im supposed to put my quotes in here too….

    Wait at Milano – Tim Barry
    “If settling downs a waste of time, keep your pace.”

    Drink Till Were Gone – Lucero
    “Because this big old river will kill us in time ’till then we’ll drink it’s weight in cheap beer and wine we can drink just as fast as the river is strong and we’ll drink ’till we’re gone.” Really I like every lyric in this song

    Throwing Rocks at the Sun – Micah Schnabel
    “Ive stayed up too late in every town in every state in the morning throwing rocks at the sun.”

    Get Drunk – Drag the River
    “I can’t stand to sit around and think of everything that’s going on without me.”

    Curse of a Drunk – The Takers
    “My boots are to drunk, To try and put on a show.”

  7. Five that come to mind immediately, probably say as much about my mood as anything else.

    Rock ‘n’ Roll means well but it can’t help telling young boys lies (DBT, Marry Me)

    The world’s your oyster but your future a clam (The Jam, When You’re Young)

    You can’t hang yourself, if you ain’t got enough rope (Chris Knight, Enough Rope)

    In the end there is one dance you’ll do alone (Jackson Browne, For a Dancer)

    What does it mean when you belong to someone, When you’re born with a name, when you carry it on (Don’t Give In, Crowded House)

  8. All these songs I can just sing word for word, so I just picked some verses that really stick out.

    The Hold Steady – Constructive Summer.

    “Raise a toast to saint Joe Strummer I think he might have been our only decent teacher”

    Lucero – Sweet Little Thing

    “A kiss’ll make you close your eyes, A kiss won’t make you stay, Please don’t walk away”

    Tim Barry – Avoiding Catatonic Surrender

    “And spent the morning pretending it didn’t happen, searching for your lost phone, Which I found between the cushions below a pile of our clothes, You said you couldn’t leave without it, Lord, I should have kept my eyes closed”

    Alkaline Trio – Cooking Wine

    “Sorry I’m late, I was out spoiling my liver, I couldn’t wait, The sun was up for far too long today and I can’t see straight, But the two of you look awfully pretty”

    Sundowner – My Boatless Booze Cruise

    “But don’t forget to forget you forgot me, When I show up at your door,I’m gonna remember that you are my friend,
    And fall asleep on your floor”

  9. A lyric I love simply because I can’t figure it out comes from DBT’s – Goddamn Lonely Love, “stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A man walks into a bar and leaves before his ashes hit the floor.”

  10. What, going on 10 comments, and no mention of “On my way out of town/drove past your house/two times” from “It Gets The Worst At Night”?!

  11. Spirit in the Night – Bruce
    Constructive Summer – The Hold Steady
    The Border – Chris Knight
    Goddamm Lonely Love – DBT
    Bang My Head – Ragweed

  12. Josh Ritter – Me & Jiggs

    “On a Saturday night in a town like this I forget all my songs about trains. A bar with a jukebox and you on my arm heaven and earth are pretty much the same.”

    DBT – Danko/Manuel

    “I ain’t living like I should. A little rest might do me good. Got to sinking in the place where I once stood. Now I ain’t living like I should.”

    Slobberbone – That Is All

    “There’s just no easy way to say
    That everything you thought was right was wrong today.
    That is all, go away”

    The Lawrence Arms – The Slowest Drink At The Saddest Bar On The Snowiest Day In The Greatest City

    “Walk through the snow to a bar where there’s no one I know. Drink slow drink slow with nowhere to go. And when I leave I’ll be singing this song. Summer’s gone, carry on, I’m a ghost in the dawn.”

    Silver Jews – Punks in the Beerlight

    “If it gets really really bad, if it ever gets really really bad… Let’s not kid ourselves. It gets really really bad”

  13. Husker Du – Never Talking To You Again
    Best break-up song EVER…The whole song is quotable, but especially the last verse

    “I’d put you down where you belong/But I’m never talking to you again/I’d show you everywhere you’re wrong/But I’m never talking to you again

    Georgia Satellites – All Over But the Crying
    Second best break-up song

    “I don’t want to hear your promises/I know the truth and you’re lying/it’s all over, all over, over but the crying”

  14. When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse out of the corner of my eye. I turned to look but it was gone I can not put my finger on it now, the child has grown, the dream is gone. I have become comfortably numb.

  15. Gotta second the DBT Women without Whiskey & Marry Me…those were the first two things I thought of when I read this post. I’m sure I’ll think of 10 I like better immediately after hitting “Submit”, but for now…

    Glossary – Save Your Money for the Weekend
    “All my daddy left me was a name and a mouth full of bad teeth”
    “Christian girls know what’s wrong, but that don’t mean they always gotta do what’s right”

    Uncle Tupelo – Moonshiner
    “The whole world is a bottle
    and life is but a dram
    when the bottle gets empty
    Lord, it sure ain’t worth a damn”

    Avett Brothers – Perfect Space
    “I want to have friends, that I can trust, that love me for the man I’ve become not the man that I was”

    Black Crowes – Wiser Time
    “Ask me ‘why another road song?’ funny but i’ll bet you’ve never left home”

  16. Dang ‘Tops
    I won’t be posting any songs or lyrics but your talk about researching the housing meltdown had me noding amen as soon as I read the whole thing.And I will bet you my left nut even though it’s proven the banking sunsabytches broke laws they won’t even get a slap on the wrist.What the HELL ever happened to ‘rule of law’?

  17. Here is how a lot of my conversations go:

    1. What have you been up to?
    “Raisin’ Hell and Livin’ Cheap.” (Tim Berry- Thing of the Past)

    2. I can’t believe that they didn’t legalize weed in Cali!
    “Remember it’s not what drugs you are on, its who’s.” (Todd Snider- stage banter from Near Truths and Hotel Rooms)

    3. I’m not looking forward to the trip to grandmas with the kids this Thanksgiving.
    Well just give ’em a little bit of vodka in a cherry coke. (James McMurtry- Choctaw Bingo)

    4. Life Sucks!
    “Living in fear’s just another way of dying before your time.” (DBT- Shut up and get on the Plane)

    5. How you doing?
    “Thanks for asking but things have never been worse” (TCG- No Shame)

    Thank you to all the great song writers who make me seem more clever then I am.

  18. Couldn’t pick out just one or two lines – but Saturday Boy by Billy Bragg just a great song:

    I’ll never forget the first day I met her
    That September morning was clear and fresh
    The way she spoke and laughed at my jokes
    And the way she rubbed herself
    Against the edge of my desk
    She became a magic mystery to me
    And we’d sit together in double
    History twice a week
    And some days we’d walk the same way home
    And it’s surprising how quick
    A little rain can clear the streets
    We dreamed of her and compared our dreams
    But that was all that I ever tasted
    She lied to me with her body you see
    I lied to myself ’bout the chances I’d wasted

    The times we were close
    Were far and few between
    In the darkness at the dances in the school canteen
    Did she close her eyes like I did
    As we held each other tight
    And la la la la la la la la means I love you

    She danced with me and I still hold that memory
    Soft and sweet
    And I stare up at her window
    As I walk down her street
    But I never made the first team,
    I just made the first team laugh
    And she never came to the phone
    She was always in the bath
    In the end, it took me a dictionary
    To find out the meaning of unrequited
    While she was giving herself for free
    At a party to which I was never invited

    I never understood my failings then
    And I hide my humble hopes now
    Thinking back she made us want her
    A girl not old enough to shave her legs

  19. ’cause I don’t know if you are loving some body.
    I only know it isn’t mine.
    ~ Elvis Costello – Alison

    I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life,
    I know you’ll be a sun in somebody else’s sky, but why
    Why, why can’t it be, can’t it be mine
    ~ Pearl Jam – Black

    And I’ll drink whiskey to ease my pain, and I will never think of you quite the same, and I will never love you again
    ~ James Low – Words

    So I handed you my heart, like me construction paper blue, cause I have used up all my red writing poems and songs for you
    ~ Micah Schnabel – My Blue Heart

    He says opportunity knocks once then the door slams shut
    All I know is I’m sick of everything that my money can buy
    The fool who wastes his life, God rest his guts
    ~ The Replacements – Here Comes A Regular

  20. I’m with The Chairman … most of my conversations are fragments of movie and song quotes strung together to form some rough semblance of conversation…

    1)N.W.A – Fuck the Police:
    Fuck tha Police…

    2)Drive By Truckers – Daddy Needs a Drink:
    Daddy needs a drink, so mama fix one quick

    3)Lucero – Chain Link Fence:
    sweet girl, don’t let go for the world

    4)Uncle Tupelo – Whiskey Bottle:
    whiskey bottle over jesus, not forever, just for now

    5)Gear Daddies – Time Heals:
    time heals and time forgets…

    DBT – Outfit, elvis costello – Alison, pink floyd – comfortably numb and the replacements – Here Comes a Regular were all close contenders and only got cut as others already noted their obvious qualities of quotablitly…

  21. Wilco – Poor Places
    There’s bourbon on the breath of the singer you love so much
    he takes all his words from the books you don’t read anyway

    Big Star – Thirteen
    Tell your dad to get off my back
    Tell him what we said about Paint It Black

    The National – Karen
    Karen, put me in a chair, fuck me and make me a drink
    I’ve lost direction, and I’m past my peak

    The Replacements – Bastards of Young
    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 them

    Son Volt – Too Early
    (pick any really but…)
    Like to hear your story told
    With a two-step beat and rhyme
    Could be Tennessee or Texas

  22. Whiskeytown –Too Drunk to Dream
    too true sometimes growing up in the same town nobody in my family seems to leave.
    ‘Do you hear that lonesome shuffle of my feet walking out of the bar and I stumble down the same damn streets my daddy done stumbled before.’

    Wrinkle Neck Mules –Howard Johnson
    The whole song. great coming of age song.
    ‘Katie got her braces off 12 o’clock on Thursday, if the evening goes as planned we’ll be frenching my car – too many coolers and she’s puking in the bushes of the Howard Johnson parking lot Saturday night.’

    Lucero – Slow Dancing
    ‘Our feet were too drunk to keep step in time. but we held fast and we made it through fine.’

    Various – Spike Driving Blues (the whole song when work sucks)
    ‘I work all night in the pouring rain; I hate the train master and hate his train.’

    Avett Brother’s –Left on Laura, left on Lisa
    Then you said you’d trade the love of a man, tears fell soft from your face to my hands.Said you’d trade your heart for mine my girl, I traded my heart for those days.’

  23. I was traveling this week and missed this post on Tuesday. I was reading the original post just before boarding yet another plane tonight. While in the air I randomly scribbled down 15 songs with lines I love, and only one was used above! Here are five that I think are priceless.

    1. Bob Dylan – Positively 4th Street – “I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes, then you’d know what a drag it is to see you.”

    I could do this entire list in Dylan lyrics.

    2. Old 97’s – Salome – “And I’m tired of making friends, and I’m tired of making time, and I’m sick to death of love, and I’m sick to death of trying, and it’s easier for you.”

    3. James McMurtry – Rachel’s Song – “And I’m all alone it’s all right. It isn’t gonna would my price. If anyone can claim their all right, so can I.”

    4. Lucero – 1979 – “Nights, nights so long they could kill a man. Years, years so fast, it’s all the same.”

    5. Son Volt – Windfall – “Switching it over to AM, searching for a truer sound, can’t recall the call letters, steel guitars, settle down. Catching an all night station, somewhere in Louisiana. It sounds like 1963, but for now, it sounds like heaven.”

    I could go on and on and on….

  24. Josh Ritter – Other Side – “I’m still waiting on the whiskey to whisk me away. I’m still waiting on the ashtray to lead me astray.” (Anyone who’s ever spent a lonely night in a bar knows exactly what that means.)

    Gram Parsons – In My Hour of Darkness – “In my hour of darkness. In my time of need. Oh Lord grant me wisdom. Oh lord grant me speed.” (Just a great prayer. I live it daily)

    Jason Isbell – Dress Blues – “Mamas and Grandmamas love you. Cause that’s all they know how to do.” (So true. So sad> So devastating.).

    LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out – “And I’m takin this itty bitty world by storm – And I’m just getting warm.” (Just awesome. Pure motivation.)

    Neil Young – Like a Hurricane – “You are like a hurricane. There’s calm in your eyes. And I’m getting blown away.” (OK, maybe not the most poetic thing in the world – but damn effective for describing that relationship that’s just starting to get out of control”

  25. This is a wonderful example of how music touches people. All the quotes that are additionally listed are what hit home with those folks. Nobody can be wrong, it’s where the music has meaning in each individual’s life experience. Good article and examples by all.

  26. Here goes, lyrics that stick out to me in no particular order:

    “I want to take you home, I want to give you children”

    “I hate republicans, I hate democrats, I hate liberals too.
    I think pacifists are weak and violence is wrong, but I go limp for police and I fight when it’s called for.
    The truth is I don’t know or care with who or where I fit in at all,but I keep on living simple RIDING FAST AND LIVING SLOW”
    Tim Barry – Avoiding Catatonic Surrender

    “It should be unlawful to live were you can’t see the stars”
    Nana Grizol – Cirles ‘Round the Moon

    “Hey world are you listening? Are you listening to me
    I’m here and I’m hurting to begin again. Hey world I’m ready to listen and learn something new I’m here and I’m willing to get myself through”
    Hot Water Music – Rooftops

    “Everything dies baby thats a fact, but maybe everything that dies someday comes back”
    Bruce Springsteen – Atlantic City

    “I’ve been let down by the people that I love, but I will not let down the people who love me”
    Paul Baribeau – Never Get to Know

    oops, thats six, couldn’t narrow it down any further…

  27. I found my fifth quote:

    Sons of Bill – Joey’s Arm
    “The south ain’t gonna rise again. But we’re holding out for Jesus, or so they say on AM radio.”

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