I found myself thinking about my all-time favourite song lyrics today. This may sound a little off-topic for me but it started because I was thinking of theme music to use for videos. These lyrics aren’t necessarily from my favourite artists (my number on favourite lyric comes from a song and artists I don’t like at all) and even the ones that are by my favourite artists don’t come from my favourite songs.
My number one all time favourite lyric is (drum roll please):
Lucky that my breasts are small and humble / so you don’t mistake them for mountains – from “Whenever, wherever” by Shakira. I have no idea if this line is intentionally funny (I understand English is not her first language) but I find it absolutely hysterical. That’s how juvenile I am.
My favourite angry lyrics are:
Say what you mean and say it mean – from “Ramrod” by Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel. This stands a good chance of being Mr Angry’s theme song.
This is gonna hurt you / more than it’s gonna hurt me / and I wouldn’t have it any other way – from “Take Your Punishment (Motherfucker)” by Crent
Wake up / this country needs a fucking shake up / wake up / these cunts need a shake up – from “77%” by The Herd
You never had it so good / the favourite phrase of those who always had it better – from “Bring it Down” by The Redskins
I wonder if he even kissed me goodbye? / no I don’t / I just wish he fucking died – from “Cleaning Out My Closet” by Eminem
Don’t know what I want / but I know how to get it – from “Anarchy in the UK” by the Sex Pistols
Gotcha / you Argie bastard / gotcha / you fucking spik / gotcha / you latin bender / gotcha / you dago prick – from “Gotcha” by Crass (the lyrics were an ironic response to a headline in the conservative Sun newspaper during the Falklands War for anyone who’s worried)
And some random favourites, mostly because of their poetry:
The white moon comes out / like a hole in the sky / the mangrove goes quiet – from “Bye Bye Pride” by The Go-Betweens (lyrics courtesy of the late, lamented G W McClennan)
I gave you a necklace of purple and blue / you took it so gently I felt see-though – from “Lock It” by The Falling Joys
I never made the 1st team / I just made the 1st team laugh – from “The Saturday Boy” by Billy Bragg (very hard to pick just one Billy Bragg lyric – I could have easily compiled a list of my 20 favourite Billy Bragg lyrics)
Big black Nemesis / parthenogenesis / everybody happy as the dead come home – from “Nemesis” by Shriekback (featured simply because they were able to work “parthenogenesis” into a song)
Last night I dreamt that somebody loved me / no hope, no harm / just another false alarm – from “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” by The Smiths
You never do what you know you oughta / something tells me you’re the devil’s daughter – from “Sorrow” by David Bowie
What a scummy man / just give him half a chance / I bet he’ll rob you if he can – from “When The Sun Goes Down” by The Arctic Monkeys
He thinks of himself as a victim of love / but he’s a volunteer – from “Victim/Volunteer” by Christine Lavin
In a way I yearning to be done with all this measuring of truth / an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth / and anyway I told the truth and I am not afraid to die – from “The Mercy Seat” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
I never dreamed that I would get to be / the kind of creature I always meant to be – from “Being Boring by The Pet Shop Boys
You said I wasn’t cheap / you paid me twenty pounds – from “You’re Gorgeous” by Babybird
I sucked a lot of cock to get where I am today – from “I Sucked a Lot Of Cock To Get Where I Am Today” by Regurgitator
The banks put out bright posters / saying we’ve got money to give away / and it’s as easy as that right here / but the bank man is a bastard – from “The Marriage Is A Mess” by Not Drowning, Waving
These are lyrics that “speak” to me somehow – sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re poetic and sometimes they’re suitable angry. I’d like to know your favourites too, I’m sure others can come up with a better list than this.