Lines that get you every time

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Re: Lines that get you every time

Post by richgmorgan » Thu Apr 01, 2010 5:58 pm

"And you who had the honour of her evening
And by that honour, had your own restored ....."
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Post by Lilifyre » Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:06 pm

richgmorgan wrote:"And you who had the honour of her evening
And by that honour, had your own restored ....."
I was just thinking about this one this morning. :o Was about to post it myself. Thanks for adding it. Great minds think alike, I guess ;-)

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Re: Lines that get you every time

Post by TineDoes » Sat Apr 03, 2010 4:33 pm

I smile when I’m angry.
I cheat and I lie.
I do what I have to do
To get by.
"There’s no forsaking what you love ...."

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Re: Lines that get you every time

Post by TipperaryAnn » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:33 pm

From "the Stranger Song" : ( Underated now I think but GREAT lyrics )

It's hard to hold the hand of anyone who's reaching for the sky just to surrender.

And from "the Smokey Life":

Elsewhere is your feast of love I know.
Forget your perfect offering -
There is a crack in everything...
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Post by Jim Williams » Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:22 pm

hannah wrote:Ring the bell that still can ring,
Forget your perfect offering,
There is a crack in everything,
That's how the Light gets in.
Ditto. :D
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Post by Evie B » Fri Apr 23, 2010 7:57 pm

Reading through, so very many of the lines picked by forum members are ones that made me catch my breath when I first heard them, and they are still like close loved friends when I hear or read them again.

But should it be so surprising, it is why we are all here on this forum, the love of listening to Leonard and being so moved by him.

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Re: Lines that get you every time

Post by Dizzy Miss Lizzy » Sat May 01, 2010 3:02 am

I'm usually a silent reader, but I registered just for this :)

This one gives me shivers every time:

"And what can I tell you my brother, my killer
What can I possibly say?
I guess that I miss you
I guess I forgive you
I'm glad that you stood in my way"

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"You who wish to conquer pain,
you must learn what makes me kind;
the crumbs of love that you offer me,
they're the crumbs I've left behind.
Your pain is no credential here,
it's just the shadow, shadow of my wound"

"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in"

"It looks like freedom but it feels like death
it's something in between, I guess"
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Post by lizzytysh » Sat May 01, 2010 4:25 am

You're right, Evie, and it catches my breath, just reading through the lines that people have posted.

I'm glad you came out of your silence, Dizzy Miss Lizzy. Your contributions are spot on. Welcome to the Forum :D .


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Re: Lines that get you every time

Post by sallyp » Thu May 27, 2010 10:08 pm

Dance me through the panic till I'm safely gathered in ...

I try to hang on to this thought when feeling overwhelmed - which is often at the moment!! :)
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Post by TineDoes » Fri May 28, 2010 3:43 am

For SallyP

She said, I’ll be with you
My shawl wrapped around you
My hand on your head when you go
And the night came on
It was very calm
"There’s no forsaking what you love ...."

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Re: Lines that get you every time

Post by sallyp » Fri May 28, 2010 2:05 pm

Thank you TineDoes - that is lovely and so appropriate.
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Post by Stamatina » Fri May 28, 2010 10:24 pm

Not a "line", but a verse which always makes me shiver.

Once there was a path
and a girl with chestnut hair,
and you passed the summers
picking all of the berries that grew there;
there were times she was a woman,
oh, there were times she was just a child,
and you held her in the shadows
where the raspberries grow wild.
And you climbed the twilight mountains
and you sang about the view,
and everywhere that you wandered
love seemed to go along with you.
That's a hard one to remember,
yes it makes you clench your fist.
And then the veins stand out like highways,
all along your wrist.
And yes it's come to this,
it's come to this,
and wasn't it a long way down,
wasn't it a strange way down?



and also:

"When you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you've sinned."

"In solemn moments such as this I have put my trust
And all my faith to see
Her naked body"

"Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin'

"And here's to the few who forgive what you do
And the fewer who don't even care"

"Goodnight, my darling, I hope you're satisfied,
the bed is kind of narrow, but my arms are open wide.
And here's a man still working for your smile."

"And everything depends upon
how near you sleep to me"


I can't think of any other right now. :neutral: There sure are more.
"Oh chosen love, Oh frozen love
Oh tangle of matter and ghost
Oh darling of angels, demons and saints
And the whole broken-hearted host
Gentle this soul..."
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Post by Lilifyre » Sat May 29, 2010 6:36 am

2 songs have been playing over and over in my head recently for completely different reasons.

First off, with the catastrophe going on in the Gulf of Mexico, "The Future" seems eerily too true. I'm heartsick about this....the loss of life, human and animal all in the name of corporate greed. I keep hearing the line from The Future:
Take the only tree that's left
and stuff it up the hole
in your culture
Only, I want to substitute the word "pipeline" for "culture". I pray that things don't get that far. As it is, it will be years, if ever before that bit of ocean and land will recover. I hold onto one other line from that same song. It does bring hope, however small.
but love's the only engine of survival
(See next post for the other song and my thoughts)

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I admit it's broken and it's bleak
But all the twisted pieces fit
A 1000 kisses deep."
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Post by Lilifyre » Sat May 29, 2010 6:57 am

The other song that's been going thru my head lately is "Famous Blue Raincoat". 2 sets of lyrics stand out for me:
And you treated my woman to a flake of your life
And when she came back she was nobody's wife.

I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you
I'm glad you stood in my way.
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"Well, that's my story
I admit it's broken and it's bleak
But all the twisted pieces fit
A 1000 kisses deep."
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Post by B4real » Sat May 29, 2010 8:43 am

Lilifyre wrote:a flake of your life
When I re-discovered Leonard that one simple line re-verberated through me and still does. I thought, "who would think of saying that in this manner?" Absolutely mind blowing word association.
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