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Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd
 
So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?
 
Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?
 
How I wish, how I wish you were here
We're just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
What have we found?
The same old fears
Wish you were here
 
Songwriters: David Gilmour / Roger Waters
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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@cw8749 wrote:

Teach Your Children Well by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

( or pretty much anything in their catalog)

 


Excellent song choice. Here's another one also written by Graham Nash

 

Wasted on the Way - CSN

 

Look around me, I can see my life before me
Running rings around the way it used to be
I am older now I have more than what I wanted
But I wish that I had started long before I did
And there's so much time to make up everywhere you turn
Time we have wasted on the way
So much water moving underneath the bridge
Let the water come and carry us away
Oh when you were young did you question all the answers
Did you envy all the dancers who had all the nerve?
Look round you know, you must go for what you wanted
Look at all my friends who did and got what they deserved
So much time to make up everywhere you turn
Time we have wasted on the way
So much water moving underneath the bridge
Let the water come and carry us away
So much love to make up everywhere you turn
Love we have wasted on the way
So much water moving underneath the bridge
Let the water come and carry us away
Let the water come and carry us away
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Graham Nash
Wasted on the Way lyrics © Spirit Music Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

 

 

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Photographs and Memories by Jim Croce

Photographs and memories
Christmas cards you sent to me
All that I have are these
To remember you

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No sacrifice- Elton John

 

It's a human sign
When things go wrong
When the scent of her lingers
And temptation's strong

Into the boundary
Of each married man
Sweet deceit comes calling
And negativity lands

Cold cold heart
Hard done by you
Some things look better baby
Just passing through

And it's no sacrifice
Just a simple word
It's two hearts living
In two separate worlds
But it's no sacrifice
No sacrifice
It's no sacrifice at all

Mutual misunderstanding
After the fact
Sensitivity builds a prison
In the final act

We lose direction
No stone unturned
No tears to **bleep** you
When jealousy burns

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Kokomo by the Beach Boys 

 

"Aruba,Jamaica, oh I want to take you to

Bermuda,Bahama come on pretty mama

Key Largo,Montego, baby why don't we go

oh I want to take you down to Kokomo

we'll get there fast and then we'll take it slow

That's where we want to go,way down in Kokomo"......

 

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My Little Town: S&G

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Moondance by Van Morrison

 

"Well, it's a marvelous night for a Moondance

With the stars up above in your eyes

A fantabulous night to make romance

'Neath the cover of October skies

And all the leaves on the trees are falling

To the sound of the breezes that blow

And I'm trying to please to the calling

Of your heart strings that play soft and low"......

 

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Always - Bon Jovi

 

This Romeo is bleeding, but you can't see his blood
It's nothing but some feelings
That this old dog kicked up
It's been raining since you left me
Now I'm drowning in the flood
You see I've always been a fighter
But without you I give up
Now I can't sing a love song
Like the way it's meant to be
Well, I guess I'm not that good anymore
But baby, that's just me
Yeah I, will love you, baby
Always and I'll be there
Forever and a day, always
I'll be there, till the stars don't shine
'Til the heavens burst and the words don't rhyme
I know when I die you'll be on my mind
And I'll love you, always
Now your picture's that you left behind
Are just memories of a different life
Some that made us laugh
Some that made us cry
One that made you have to say goodbye
What I'd give to run my fingers through your hair
Touch your lips, to hold you near,
When you say your prayers, try to understand
I've made mistakes, I'm just a man
When he holds you close, when he pulls you near
When he says the words
You've been needing to hear, I'll wish I was him
'Cause these words are mine, to say to you
'Til the end of time
Yeah I, will love you, baby
Always and I'll be there
Forever and a day, always
If you told me to cry for you, I could
If you told me to die for you, I would
Take a look at my face
There's no price I won't pay
To say these words to you
Well, there ain't no luck in these loaded dice
But baby, if you give me just one more try
We can pack up our old dreams, and our old lives,
We'll find a place, where the sun still shines
Yeah I, will love you, baby
Always and I'll be there
Forever and a day, always
I'll be there, till the stars don't shine
'Til the heavens burst and the words don't rhyme
I know when I die you'll be on my mind
And I'll love you, always
Always

 

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Jon Bon Jovi
Always lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Spirit Music Group
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Crazy on you by Heart

 

"My love is the evenin' breeze touchin' your skin

The gentle,sweet singin' of leaves in the wind

The whisper that calls after you in the night

And kisses your ear in the early moonlight

And you don't need to wonder, you're doing fine

My love, the pleasures mine".....

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The Last Resort - Eagles
 
She came from Providence, the one in Rhode Island
Where the old world shadows hang heavy in the air
She packed her hopes and dreams like a refugee,
Just as her father came across the sea
She heard about a place people were smilin',
They spoke about the red man's way, how they loved the land
And they came from everywhere to the Great Divide
Seeking a place to stand or a place to hide
Down in the crowded bars out for a good time,
Can't wait to tell you all what it's like up there
And they called it paradise, I don't know why
Somebody laid the mountains low while the town got high
Then the chilly winds blew down across the desert,
Through the canyons of the coast to the Malibu
Where the pretty people play hungry for power
To light their neon way and give them things to do
Some rich man came and raped the land, nobody caught 'em,
Put up a bunch of ugly boxes and, Jesus, people bought 'em
And they called it paradise, the place to be,
They watched the hazy sun sinking in the sea
You can leave it all behind and sail to Lahaina
Just like the missionaries did so many years ago
They even brought a neon sign 'Jesus is Coming',
Brought the white man's burden down, brought the white man's reign
Who will provide the grand design, what is yours and what is mine?
'Cause there is no more new frontier, we have got to make it here
We satisfy our endless needs and justify our bloody deeds
In the name of destiny and in the name of God
And you can see them there on Sunday morning
Stand up and sing about what it's like up there
They called it paradise, I don't know why
You call some place paradise, kiss it goodbye
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Glenn Frey / Don Henley
The Last Resort lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc
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Are you sitting comfortably by the Moody Blues

 

"Take another sip my love and see what you will see

A fleet of golden galleons, on a crystal sea

Are you sitting comfortably?

Let Merlin cast his spell"......

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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John, lyrics by Bernie Taupin

 

When are you gonna come down?
When are you going to land?
I should have stayed on the farm
I should have listened to my old man
You know you can't hold me forever
I didn't sign up with you
I'm not a present for your friends to open
This boy's too young to be singing, the blues
So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl
You can't plant me in your penthouse
I'm going back to my plough
Back to the howling old owl in the woods
Hunting the horny back toad
Oh I've finally decided my future lies
Beyond the yellow brick road
What do you think you'll do then?
I bet that'll shoot down your plane
It'll take you a couple of vodka and tonics
To set you on your feet again
Maybe you'll get a replacement
There's plenty like me to be found
Mongrels who ain't got a penny
Sniffing for tidbits like you on the ground
So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl
You can't plant me in your penthouse
I'm going back to my plough
Back to the howling old owl in the woods
Hunting the horny back toad
Oh I've finally decided my future lies
Beyond the yellow brick road
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Bernie Taupin / Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
“Music can change the world, because music can change people.” Bono
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Follow you, follow me by Genesis

 

"I will follow you, will you follow me

All the days and nights that we know will be

I will stay with you, will you stay with me

Just one single tear in each passing year".......

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Jupiter's Child - Steppenwolf

 

The one who reads the stars has told me
Why you're not like everyone
Your father is a fiery wizard
He travels all around the sun
No one ever knew just where you came from
Orphan girl, you grew up wild
Your father left you on the way home
Yes, girl, you're a Jupiter's child
Wish I knew the way back
Back to where you came
Gladly I would leave here
Take another name
I can tell by you, it must be true
It's up on Jupiter's face
They don't embrace our own disgrace
Somebody, help me off this place
You really quite belonged
Like a pearl among the swine
You tried to live the way we do
Hoping you would learn in time
But, mankind, with all it's virtue
Will soon make you lose your smile
On this earth, with all it's madness
Heaven help a Jupiter's child
Wish I knew the way back
Back to where you came
Gladly I would leave here
Take another name
I can tell by you, it must be true
It's up on Jupiter's face
They don't embrace our own disgrace
Somebody, get me off this place
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Jerry Edmonton / John Kay / Michael Monarch
Jupiter's Child lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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Avalon by Roxy Music

 

"Now the party's over

I'm so tired

Then I see you coming

Out of nowhere

Much communication in a motion

Without conversation or a notion"......

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I Am The Walrus

DBEATLS

 

 

 

Sitting in an English garden
Waiting for the sun
If the sun don't come you get a tan
From standing in the English rain
 
I am the egg man (How do you do sir?)
They are the egg men (The man maintains a fortune)
I am the walrus
Goo goo g'joob, goo goo goo g'joob
 
Expert, texpert choking smokers
Don't you think the joker laughs at you (Ho ho ho, hee hee hee, hah hah hah)
See how they smile like pigs in a sty
See how they snide
I'm crying
 
Semolina Pilchard
Climbing up the Eiffel tower
Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna
Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allen Poe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Immigrant Song - Led Zepplin  

 

Ah-ah, ah!
Ah-ah, ah!
We come from the land of the ice and snow
From the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow
The hammer of the gods
W'ell drive our ships to new lands
To fight the horde, and sing and cry
Valhalla, I am coming!
On we sweep with threshing oar
Our only goal will be the western shore
Ah-ah, ah!
Ah-ah, ah!
We come from the land of the ice and snow
From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow
How soft your fields so green
Can whisper tales of gore
Of how we calmed the tides of war
We are your overlords
On we sweep with threshing oar
Our only goal will be the western shore
So now you'd better stop and rebuild all your ruins
For peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing
Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Jimmy Page / Robert Plant
Immigrant Song lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc
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Rosalinda's Eyes by Billy Joel

 

"Crazy latin dancing solo down in Herald Square

Oh Havana I've been searching for you everywhere

And though I'll never be there

I know what I would see there

I can always find my Cuban skies

In Rosalinda's eyes"......

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"The fireman rushes in from the pouring rain,

Very strange."

I've always like this from "Penny Lane"

 

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Sentimental Lady by Bob Welch

 

"And all of the things that I said that I wanted

Come rushing by in my head when I'm with you

Fourteen joys and a will to be merry

And all of the things we say are very

Sentimental gentle wind

Blowing through my life again

Sentimental lady

Gentle one"......

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Burnin' For You - Blue Oyster Cult (lyrics by Richard Meltzer)
 
Home in the valley
Home in the city
Home isn't pretty
Ain't no home for me
Home in the darkness
Home on the highway
Home isn't my way
Home will never be
Burn out the day
Burn out the night
I can't see no reason to put up a fight
I'm living for giving the devil his due
And I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you
I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you
Time is the essence
Time is the season
Time ain't no reason
Got no time to slow
Time everlasting
Time to play b-sides
Time ain't on my side
Time I'll never know
Burn out the day
Burn out the night
I'm not the one to tell you what's wrong or what's right
I've seen suns that were freezing and lives that were through
Well I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you
I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you
Burn out the day
Burn out the night
I can't see no reason to put up a fight
I'm living for giving the devil his due
And I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you
I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you
I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you
I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Donald Roeser / Richard Meltzer
Burning for You lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Killer Queen by Queen

 

"She keeps her Moët et Chandon

In her pretty cabinet

"Let them eat cake" she says

Just like Marie Antoinette

A built-in remedy

For Khrushchev and Kennedy

At anytime an invitation 

You can't decline"......

 

 

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@BeatleloverKT wrote:

Killer Queen by Queen

 

"She keeps her Moët et Chandon

In her pretty cabinet

"Let them eat cake" she says

Just like Marie Antoinette

A built-in remedy

For Khrushchev and Kennedy

At anytime an invitation 

You can't decline"......

 

 


I've got this one in my "Songs About Hookers" playlist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"He sang as if he knew me in

all my dark despair

and then he looked right

through me as if I wasn't there.

But he just came to singing.

singing clear and strong."

 

KILLING ME SOFTLY WITH HIS SONG--

Roberta Flack

 

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A few great ones are "Little Wing" and "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" by Jimi Hendrix and "In My Life" by The Beatles.

 


@LouLit01 wrote:
Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd
 
So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?
 
Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?
 
How I wish, how I wish you were here
We're just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
What have we found?
The same old fears
Wish you were here
 
Songwriters: David Gilmour / Roger Waters

 

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Dreamboat Annie by Heart

 

"Heading out this morning into the sun

Riding on the diamond waves, little darlin' one

Warm wind caress her

Her lover it seems

Oh, Annie, Dreamboat Annie

 My little ship of dreams

Going down the city sidewalk alone in the crowd

No one knows the lonely one whose heads in the clouds

Sad faces painted over with those magazine smiles

Heading out to somewhere

Won't be back for awhile".......

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Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall - S&G

 

Through the corridors of sleep
Past shadows dark and deep
My mind dances and leaps in confusion
I don't know what is real
I can't touch what I feel
And I hide behind the shield of my illusion
So I'll continue to continue to pretend
My life will never end
And flowers never bend
With the rainfall
The mirror on my wall
Casts an image dark and small
But I'm not sure at all it's my reflection
I am blinded by the light
Of God and truth and right
And I wander in the night without direction
So I'll continue to continue to pretend
My life will never end
And flowers never bend
With the rainfall
No matter if you're born
To play the King or pawn
For the line is thinly drawn 'tween joy and sorrow
So my fantasy
Becomes reality
And I must be what I must be and face tomorrow
So I'll continue to continue to pretend
My life will never end
And flowers never bend
With the rainfall

 

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Paul Simon
Flowers Never Bend With the Rainfall lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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If not for you by Bob Dylan, George Harrison

 

"If not for you

The winter would hold no spring

Couldn't hear a robin sing

I just wouldn't have a clue, if not for you"......

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Turn The Page - Bob Seger

 

On a long and lonesome highway
East of Omaha
You can listen to the engine
moanin' out his one note song
You can think about the woman
or the girl you knew the night before
But your thoughts will soon be wandering
the way they always do
When you're ridin' sixteen hours
and there's nothin' much to do
And you don't feel much like ridin',
you just wish the trip was through
*
Well you walk into a restaurant,
strung out from the road
And you feel the eyes upon you
as you're shakin' off the cold
You pretend it doesn't bother you
but you just want to explode
Most times you can't hear 'em talk,
other times you can
All the same old cliches,
"Is that a woman or a man?"
And you always seem outnumbered,
you don't dare make a stand
*
Out there in the spotlight
you're a million miles away
Every ounce of energy
you try to give away
As the sweat pours out your body
like the music that you play
Later in the evening
as you lie awake in bed
With the echoes from the amplifiers
ringin' in your head
You smoke the day's last cigarette,
rememberin' what she said
 
*Here I am
On the road again
There I am
Up on the stage
Here I go
Playin' star again
There I go
Turn the page
 
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: BOB SEGER
Turn the Page lyrics © Gear Publishing, Gear Publishing Company Inc, GEAR PUBLISHING CO., INC., HIDEOUT RECORDS/DISTRIBTRS INC (GEAR PUBLISHING DI, HIDEOUT RECORDS DIST. INC., GEAR PUBLISHING CO. INC.
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OH yes yes yes! Love this!
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Alot of lyrics from the group HEART. Ann wilson is a poet that sets her poems to music. Accompanied by her sister nancy who sets the music.

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