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These are quotations from song lyrics, especially from (but not limited to) musicians who are unlikely to have their own quote articles, sorted by band name and artist last name.



  • 'Cause now again I've found myself
    So far down, away from the sun
    That shines into the darkest place


  • There was a man, had a face that looked a lot like me,
    I saw him in the mirror and I followed him in the street,
    then when he turned away,
    I shot him in the head, then I came to realise
    I had killed myself.
  • I know you've got problems,
    I see it in your eyes.
    If you want to live to see the morning
    Give it up to your brother, or you'll get a surprise.
  • Here's a story about the boys at the altar
    Some of them came between me and my halter
    But I don't think the good lord would mind
    I was callin' his name the whole time!
  • Cuz I'm a freaky streaker like Winnie the Pooh / T-shirt and no pants and I dance the boogaloo!
  • I never thought missing children could be so sexy. Did I say that out loud?
    • The Bloodhound Gang, "A Lapdance is So Much Better When the Stripper is Crying", Hooray for Boobies (2000)
  • These are the words you wish you wrote down
    • Brand New, "Okay, I Believe You But My Tommy Gun Don't", Deja Entendu (2003)
  • I swam across, I jumped across for you.
  • You've got that rainbow feel, but the rainbow has a beard
    • Cream, "SWLABR" (an abbreviation for "She Was (or Walks) Like A Bearded Rainbow"), Disraeli Gears (1967)
  • He was high on intellectualism.
    I've never been there, but the brochure looks nice.
    • Sheryl Crow, "Every Day is a Winding Road", from Sheryl Crow (1996)
  • It's not getting what you want
    It's wanting what you've got
  • He can't even run his own life, I'll be damned if he'll run mine.


  • [to "American Tune" by Paul Simon ]
    This pretty tune was written by Hans Leo Hassler
    In 1599.
    I wrote some words and changed about three notes.
    Now ASCAP says it's mine.
    • John Forster, "Fusion", Entering Marion (1993)
  • [to a tune similar to "You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon]
    I'm well aware that there's an element you could call exploitation
    In the way that I appropriate the cultures of these peoples for my own commercial purposes.
    Mmm, but everyone who works for me gets credit
    And royalties
    And Grammys
    And a chance to ride to stardom on my coattails, neh-nyah neh-nyah.
    But hey, let's just remember who's the genius here!
    • John Forster, "Fusion", Entering Marion (1993)
  • Between the lines of fear and blame,
    You begin to wonder why you came.
    Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
    Somewhere along in the bitterness.
    And I would have stayed up with you all night,
    Had I known how to save a life.
  • I said, "Hi!"
    She said, "Yeah, I guess I am."
  • Wouldn't it be great if no one ever got offended?
    And wouldn't it be great to say what's really on your mind?
    I have always said all the rules are made for bendin'
    And if I let my hair down, would that be such a crime?
  • Won't you die tonight for love?
    Baby join me in death.
    Won't you die?
  • It's just a ride, it's just a ride
    No need to run, no need to hide
    It'll take you round and round
    Sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down
    It's just a ride, it's just a ride
    Don't be scared, don't hide your eyes
    It may feel so real inside
    But don't forget it's just a ride


  • He's washing dishes and baby clothes
    He's so ambitious, he even sews
    But don't forget, folks, that's what you get, folks
    For makin' whoopee
  • If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life
    Never make a pretty woman your wife
    So for my personal point of view
    Get an ugly girl to marry you
  • I know what you must be saying to yourselves.
    If that's the way she feels about it, why doesn't she just end it all?
    Oh, no, not me.
    I'm not ready for that final disappointment.
    'Cause I know, just as well as I'm standing here talking to you,
    That when that final moment comes and I'm breathing my last breath,
    I'll be saying to myself…
    Is that all there is?
  • The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!
  • I'll be thuggin forever, see I'ma fighter, not a lover
    I'm a hit-and-run-it, cold-blooded, motherfucka
  • Your life's an open book
    Don't close it fore it's done
  • Staying awake to chase a dream
  • I'll be back when I've calmed my fears
    And I'll see you around in a thousand years
  • Talking is just masturbating
    without the mess.
    • Our Lady Peace, "Happiness and the Fish", Happiness... Is Not A Fish That You Can Catch (1999)
  • Scared the lights'll turn green
    You'll have to be seen
    You'll be like anybody else
    Scared the lights'll turn red
    You're stuck in your head
    You can't run it to even her
    How you gonna get through the year?
  • It's just fuck and run
    Fuck and run
    Ever since I was seventeen
    Even when I was twelve
  • I want to be your Blowjob Queen
  • In wine there's truth but in silence there's surrender.


  • I never wanted to know
    Never wanted to see
    I wasted my time
    Till time wasted me
    I never wanted to go
    I always wanted to stay
    'Cause the persons I am
    Are the parts that I play
    So I plot and I plan
    And I hope and I scheme
    To the lure of a night
    Filled with unfinished dreams
    And I'm holding on tight
    To a world gone astray
    As they charge me for years
    I can't pay
  • I am the way
    I am the light
    I am the dark inside the night
    I hear your hopes
    I feel your dreams
    And in the dark I hear your screams
    Don't turn away
    Just take my hand
    And when you make your final stand
    I'll be right there, I'll never leave
    And all I ask of you is... Believe
  • If the kids are united they will never be divided.
    • Sham 69, "If the Kids Are United", The Adventures of Hersham Boys (1979)
  • There are things in Doris's life,
    but then there are in everyone's.
    She opens her little mouth,
    She sings her little song. Like a flag
    it folds out across the city,
    and it goes:

    "The old man becomes an ice-skater...
    A maniac becomes a stepfather...
    I watch a policeman's mouth -
    out comes an honest word."

    Miracles happen when Doris sings.
    Couples in love stop dead in their tracks.
    Dishes clatter to the ground unbroken.
    Politicians die.
    • Shellac, "Doris", Uranus EP (1993)
  • Be careful how you touch her, for she'll awaken,
    And sleep's the only freedom that she knows.
    • Skylark, "Wildflower", Skylark (1972)

  • I'm not your star...
    Isn't that what you said,
    what you thought this song meant?
  • 'Cause we're all to blame
    We've gone too far
    From pride to shame,
    We're trying so hard,
    We're dying in vain,
    We want it all,
    Everyone, don't we all?
  • The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades.
    • Timbuk 3, "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades", from Greetings from Timbuk 3 (1986)


  • God of nations at Thy feet,
    In the bonds of love we meet,
    Hear our voices, we entreat,
    God defend our free land.
    Guard Pacific's triple star,
    From the shafts of strife and war,
    Make her praises heard afar,
    God defend New Zealand.

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