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Lines that really grab you

kendall 23 Feb 02 - 07:35 PM
khandu 23 Feb 02 - 07:42 PM
gnu 23 Feb 02 - 07:55 PM
greg stephens 23 Feb 02 - 07:56 PM
gnu 23 Feb 02 - 08:01 PM
Arbuthnot 23 Feb 02 - 08:58 PM
kendall 23 Feb 02 - 09:20 PM
The Pooka 23 Feb 02 - 09:30 PM
gnu 23 Feb 02 - 09:39 PM
Justa Picker 23 Feb 02 - 10:47 PM
Janice in NJ 23 Feb 02 - 11:08 PM
khandu 23 Feb 02 - 11:11 PM
greg stephens 23 Feb 02 - 11:13 PM
Steve Latimer 23 Feb 02 - 11:49 PM
Les B 24 Feb 02 - 12:08 AM
Hrothgar 24 Feb 02 - 06:02 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 24 Feb 02 - 06:03 AM
alanabit 24 Feb 02 - 06:38 AM
van lingle 24 Feb 02 - 06:52 AM
jup 24 Feb 02 - 07:07 AM
kendall 24 Feb 02 - 07:20 AM
Steve Latimer 24 Feb 02 - 07:26 AM
jup 24 Feb 02 - 07:41 AM
Dharmabum 24 Feb 02 - 08:05 AM
allanwill 24 Feb 02 - 08:14 AM
Micca 24 Feb 02 - 08:32 AM
van lingle 24 Feb 02 - 08:46 AM
Willa 24 Feb 02 - 08:50 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 24 Feb 02 - 08:53 AM
Morticia 24 Feb 02 - 09:03 AM
GUEST,Russ 24 Feb 02 - 09:13 AM
Gareth 24 Feb 02 - 09:29 AM
Dave T 24 Feb 02 - 09:40 AM
Dave T 24 Feb 02 - 09:43 AM
GUEST,Frogmore 24 Feb 02 - 09:51 AM
Bobert 24 Feb 02 - 09:51 AM
Dave T 24 Feb 02 - 10:06 AM
Midchuck 24 Feb 02 - 10:08 AM
Kelticgrasshopper 24 Feb 02 - 10:17 AM
shankmac 24 Feb 02 - 10:20 AM
Menita 24 Feb 02 - 10:27 AM
MAG 24 Feb 02 - 10:44 AM
Justa Picker 24 Feb 02 - 11:21 AM
DMcG 24 Feb 02 - 12:09 PM
SINSULL 24 Feb 02 - 12:20 PM
CapriUni 24 Feb 02 - 12:52 PM
GUEST,kendall 24 Feb 02 - 01:24 PM
Mervyn 24 Feb 02 - 01:25 PM
Menita 24 Feb 02 - 01:45 PM
Murray MacLeod 24 Feb 02 - 01:54 PM
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Subject: Lines that really grab you
From: kendall
Date: 23 Feb 02 - 07:35 PM

I imagine that every one of us likes or learns a song because of one thought or line. Would anyone care to shareThere is a country song that I dont know, or care to know, that goes.."and if you cheat again, he'll have to move the flowers". Does that give you the shivers?


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: khandu
Date: 23 Feb 02 - 07:42 PM

"Ah, if there's an original thought out there, I sure could use one now." Dylan in "Brownsville Girl"

Hey, Kendall, I loved that line you mentioned; it does produce shivers! Whose is it?

khandu


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: gnu
Date: 23 Feb 02 - 07:55 PM

hehehehehe. Thanks for that one, Kendall. Made me belly laugh.

"Of the house I was born in, there's but a stone on a stone."


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: greg stephens
Date: 23 Feb 02 - 07:56 PM

"Please release me" kinda grabs me


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: gnu
Date: 23 Feb 02 - 08:01 PM

"And the cook in the scuppers with the staggers and jags."


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Arbuthnot
Date: 23 Feb 02 - 08:58 PM

One I got from Pete Zorn

I kissed her lips, she crossed her legs and broke my glasses


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: kendall
Date: 23 Feb 02 - 09:20 PM

I dont know who wrote that line, but, a country singer named Smokey Green sings it.I'll ask him.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: The Pooka
Date: 23 Feb 02 - 09:30 PM

"But In This Ever Changing World In Which We Live In Makes You Give In And Cry"
-Paul McCartney, "Live and Let Die". My anthem.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: gnu
Date: 23 Feb 02 - 09:39 PM

"... she smiled and looked at me, with the clearest eyes of forever grey..." Jethro Tull.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Justa Picker
Date: 23 Feb 02 - 10:47 PM

"I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now."
-B.D.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Janice in NJ
Date: 23 Feb 02 - 11:08 PM

First prize grabber:

Rise up, rise up, little Matty Groves,
And dress as fast as you can,
For it never shall be said in old England,
I slew a naked man.


Runner up:

Then up spoke the general:
Such things can never be,
For it's against the laws of England,
That two men should married be.


Honorable mention:

Send for your rubber tired buggy,
Send for your rubber tired hack,
You're taking twelve men to the graveyard,
But you're bringing eleven men back,
He was her man,
But he's doin' her wrong.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: khandu
Date: 23 Feb 02 - 11:11 PM

"I got something called a wobbley whip, I got that elegant movement in my hip" Mississippi John Hurt "Shake That Thing"

khandu


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: greg stephens
Date: 23 Feb 02 - 11:13 PM

Half a pound of flour and marge/ Makes a lovely clagger/ Just enough for you and me/ Gor bugger jagger.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 23 Feb 02 - 11:49 PM

Crazy Baby, get your big leg off of mine, It's so heavy, make a good man change his mind. Mississippi John Hurt

I has the blues, one time so bad, put my face in a permanent frown, now I'm feeling so much better I could cakewalk into town. Taj Mahal

Oh well that's life, or it least it was, It ain't nothin' to me. Johnny Winter


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Les B
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 12:08 AM

"He saw the smoke way up the river
Where the Lincoln gunboats lay
He took his hat and left very sudden
I 'spect he's run away"
Henry Clay Work


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Hrothgar
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 06:02 AM

That line from Johnnie Armstrong

"I have asked for grace at a graceless face
"But there is non for my men and me."


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 06:03 AM

"She had to have something flash every time she smiled"

Bob Dylan, from "The Jack Of Hearts" Blood On The Tracks (typing from memory, Dylan fans, so please don't execute me if I've got the title slightly wrong, but I can't remember the two women's names - Lily and Rosemary?)


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: alanabit
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 06:38 AM

From the same album I always loved, "You're gonna make me give myself a good talking to," from "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go".


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: van lingle
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 06:52 AM

you poor take courage, you rich take care.
the earth was made a common treasury for everyone to share.
all things in common, all people one.
we come in peace, the orders came to cut them down.

from world turned upside down by lew rosselson.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: jup
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 07:07 AM

Justa Picker,

Where did that line come from,put me out of my misery.

My favourite line is "we were ten times less by one"

Jup.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: kendall
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 07:20 AM

the clock in the kitchen says "a quarter past three
as the gates are swung open from hell
But, time here is frozen, the clock ticks no more
Just the ashes and cinders and smell" FIRE by Dave Mallett.

and, The world is always turning toward the morning. (gordon Bok) one more, "For they say that a new age soon will
beset us
Their engines and boilers will soon rule the day
And the time will arrive when time will forget us
Like the sawdust around us we'll all blow away. "We built this old ship" by Jim Stewart.

Ten times less by one is a great line.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 07:26 AM

And the young people ask me, What are they marching for? And I ask myself the same question

Eric Bogle, And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: jup
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 07:41 AM

Yesterday he purred and played in his pussy paradise decapitating tweety birds and masticating{gotta be careful how ya sing that}mice.

"Nobodys Moggy" Eric Bogle I think.

Jup.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Dharmabum
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 08:05 AM

I met a little gypsy girl
In a fortune tellin' place
She read my mind
And slapped me 'cross my face.

DB.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: allanwill
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 08:14 AM

Incredible String Band

I met a man whose name was time, he said I must be going. But just how long ago that was, I have no way of knowing.

Allan


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Micca
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 08:32 AM

For spinetingles it has to be(among many)
"On Raglan Road,
on an august day
I saw her first and knew
That her Dark hair
would weave a snare
that I might one day rue"


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: van lingle
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 08:46 AM

that one gets me too, micca. always reminds me of my ex-wife.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Willa
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 08:50 AM

"So many young men come learning to die" and "Normandy orchards are waitng to welcome new partners for Death in the mad dance of war" (Keith Marsden Normandy Orchards)
"In the end you deliver thanks to the Giver, and never take more than you need, and the spirit within you is free" (Huw Williams People of the Plains)


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 08:53 AM

Ah yes, the Incredibles. Thanks for reminding me of this, Allan:

When I was born I had no head
My eye was single
And my body was filled with light
And the light that I was
Was the light that I saw by
And the light that I saw by
Was the light that I was

From "Douglas Traherne Harding"


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Morticia
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 09:03 AM

" He didn't leave you very much, not even laughter" Leonard Cohen


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 09:13 AM

Lulu, oh Lulu, come and open up this door, before I have to open it with my old 44.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Gareth
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 09:29 AM

Then there's the "Cholara Song"

DT Version Here

"Quaff a cup to the dead already,
And one to the next who dies.

Though the version I learn't as a child from my father (presmably Army version)

"Let's drink to the dead already,
And here's to the next man to die. "

But then the Dt version was collected 50 years earlier.

Gareth


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Dave T
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 09:40 AM

From Gillian Welch - "Annabelle"
When I'm dead and buried I'll take a hard life of tears
From every day I've ever known
Anna's in the churchyard, she got no life at all
She only got these words on her stone


John Prine - "Hello In There" So if you're walkin' down the street some day,
And spot some hollow ancient eyes,
Please don't just pass 'em by and stare
As if you didn't care, say Hello in there.


One that is not particularly "touching" but very descriptive: from Guy Clark - Rita Balou
She's a rawhide rope and velvet mixture,
Walking, talking Texas texture
High-timing, barroom-flying kind of a girl.


And Kendall...I may be wrong but in MJH's "Shake That Thing" ,I thought it was:
I got something called a wobbley whip, I got that "Elgin" movement in my hips. "Elgin" refers to a make of expensive watch and the "movement" would obviously be of the highest quallity. Robert Johnson used the same phrase in "Walking Blues".

-Dave T


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Dave T
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 09:43 AM

Oops!--that note (in my previous post) about the MJH, "Shake That Thing" lyrics should have been addressed to Khandu not Kendall. Sorry about that
-Dave T


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: GUEST,Frogmore
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 09:51 AM

I recently heard something like this on a Five Chinese Brothers song: "I'm too dumb to get things right, but I'm smart enough to try tonight!" And of course about 57 of Mose Allison's lines.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Bobert
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 09:51 AM

1. "...this time I hurt her more than she loves me."

2. "Time is now and will be long ago."

3. "...the counrty grows... a garden and a grave."

4. "St. Peter doncha call me, cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the company stoe."

5. "Why did I ever buy... a thousand dollar car?" (heehee)


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Dave T
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 10:06 AM

I forgot about this one from Cornell Hurd: I bought the shoes that just walked out on me


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Midchuck
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 10:08 AM

Last winter I found a man and wife,
And it was just about daybreak
Lying in a frozen ditch
North of the interstate.

I wrapped 'em in a blanket
Lord, but she'd already died.
We shipped the man back home alone
South of the borderline.

And I don't know where they came from
Or where they hoped to go,
But he carried her body all night long
Through the California snow.

- California Snow, Tom Russell.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Kelticgrasshopper
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 10:17 AM

A song that really grabbed me recently is a rendition of "My Bonnie" which is sung by Laura Smith on the CD "Fire in the Kitchen".. The line which grabbed my attention goes something like this..

" Soon there will be no differance between the land and the water, I can walk out on the ice to places I've never seen. When I get as far as I can go, I'll turn and throw my cares over my shoulder, along with your memory, and let them float down the Gulf Stream."

Having spent a winter or two in the Canadian Maritimes, I could picture someone doing just that.

If you haven't heard Laura Smith.. Give that CD a listen. What an amazing voice.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: shankmac
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 10:20 AM

Drinking all the day In old pubs where fiddlers love to play Saw one touch the bow He played a reel which seemed so grand and gay Stood on Dingle Beach and cast In wild foam we found Atlantic bass

and all the rest of Song for Ireland (Phil Colclough)


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Menita
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 10:27 AM

I heard this sung the other night and it grabbed me: How can I bear it? Knowing you're there Whilst I'm here and not there, And I'm nowhere and everywhere Dreaming of you.

Poor Ralph McTell must have been suffering when he wrote that. I know how he felt.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: MAG
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 10:44 AM

There's trouble in (having) a husband,
There's trouble in working the land,
There's trouble in being a lover,
There's trouble in (wanting) a man.

But there ain't no trouble in singing ...

Shep Slazlow

er, that's LEON Rosselson, above.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Justa Picker
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 11:21 AM

Jup,
The line I mentioned is from Dylan's 1964 Album entitled "Another Side of Bob Dylan" and the song is "My Back Pages."


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: DMcG
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 12:09 PM

I've prmoted this line before, but never mind!

From "The Bonny Birdy" (Child ballad )

Then he's darked her window up secure
Wi' muckle sugar stane

(Ray Fisher's Version)

Or a somewhat more recent verse, from Andy Irvine I think:

Yes, reading you letters, conviction did grow
I thought it a chance, and I knew I must go
It's hard to believe I could be so naive
Sabra Girl - flattered but to deceive


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: SINSULL
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 12:20 PM

A shriek of woe; a glittering blade;
A lurch, a flash, a dart.
And like the lightening's stroke the blade
Had reached her trembling heart.
"You've killed his bride, oh god," they cried
He swung the gleaming knife
And pierced his own heart as he gasped
"Nay, not his bride, my wife."

"Those Wedding Bells Must Not Ring Out"


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: CapriUni
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 12:52 PM

Non-Trad:

"If I have weaknesses
Don't let them blind me
Or camouflage all I am wary of
I could be sailing in seizures of laughter
Or crawling out from under the heel of love"

Rhythm of the Saints words and music by Paul Simon

Trad:

"And the willow tree it may twist
And the willow tree it may twine
I would I were clasped in my lover's arms fast
For tis he who has stolen my Thyme
"

(Full song in the DT here).

Somewhere, I learned that in flower symbolism, thyme represented virginity and strength, and that if someone fell out of love with their sweetheart, they would let them know by handing them a sprig of willow. So, here, it seems, the singer is lamenting that her lover got what he wanted from her and left. I love these lines because they are an elegant illustration how the mind works and how memories are triggered, especially when we're hurting.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 01:24 PM

Oh the sorrow, the suffering the glory the shame
The killing the dying were all done in vain And again, and again and again and again.. No Mans Land Eric Bogle.

and Slim Dusty's song about the old drunk whose dog had been impounded and put to sleep... "Then someone found him dead one day 'neath a table in a pub
With a collar and a chain clutched in his hand.


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Mervyn
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 01:25 PM

Here are a couple of stanzas that spring to mind:

The men of the forest, they ask it of me How many strawberries grow in the salt sea And I ask it of them, with a tear in my e'e How many fish swim in your forest.

From "The Week Before Easter" Trad. Same melody as Birmingham Sunday.

You've taken what's before me, and and what's behind me You've taken East and West, when you wouldn't have me Sun, moon, and stars from my sky you've taken And God as well, if I'm not mistaken

From Donald Ogh - Trad. (Scots, I think)


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Menita
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 01:45 PM

I love the idea of giving various flowers etc., to lovers-saves a lot of words, loud and sad! That accounts for why Maddy Prior was wearing it "All around her hat"!


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Subject: RE: Lines that really grab you
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 01:54 PM

This thread is getting sadly diluted. How about single attention-grabbing lines as kendall suggested in his original post ?

Murray


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