In this case, I was listening to a playlist while writing yesterday, and was struck (i.e. interrupted) by a favourite lyric. So clear, imaginative, good, it made we look at the chapter I was editing and wonder why I was bothering.
I’ll never be a song writer, so I can take some comfort from that. But still, how dare they be so good?
Here’s a selection of my favourites
Set my guitar on fire with a long stem match. “Cover You” by The Choir is perhaps not my favourite of their songs, but still, this lyric about how far someone will go for love is a corker.
She’s got cheek bones like geometry and eyes like sin. Oh, Lloyd Cole, how I envied you for writing this (Perfect Skin) and your other masterpieces when I was 21 and you were 23.
You’ve been reading S.O.S., When it’s just your clock reading 5:05. This is from “Empty” by Del Amiri, a bleak song in a bleak but brilliant catalogue
Feel like Debbie Harry’s hair without the bleach in. This is from “Too Depressed to Commit Suicide”, a track parodying The Police on the comic masterpiece “439 Golden Greats” by The HeeBeeGeeBees. I’ve always rated them ahead of Weird Al, as they wrote very passable imitations not “just” rewrote the lyrics. Not that you can argue with “LIke a surgeon, cutting for the very first time”. There are no digital copies of this available, so YouTube is the only place you can listen to this massive goodness.
So, how about you? What are the lyrics that make you gasp at their brilliance?