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Rock Lyrics That Could Be Poetry

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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Watching the wheels by John Lennon

 

"People say I'm lazy

dreaming my life away

Well they give me all kinds of advice

Designed to enlighten me

When I tell them that I'm doing fine watching shadows on the wall

"Don't you miss the big time boy, you're no

longer on the ball"......

 

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The poet laureate of my generation---Bob Dylan.

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I AGREE ABOUT DYLAN, WE COULD ADD HENDRIX &OF COURSE JIM MORRISON CONSIDERED HIMSELF A POET FOREMOST( WHETHER OR NOT WE AGREE)! I THINK TOM WAITS IS BEYOND POETRY- MORE A PERFORMANCE ARTIST.
EVEN A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP.
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Another group that is poetry in music is the Mama's and the Papa's. My song choice of theirs is:

Dedicated to the one I love

 

"Each night before you go to bed my baby

Whisper a little prayer for me my baby

And tell all the stars above

This is dedicated to the one I love"......

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I Am I Said by Neil Diamond - pure poetry

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Simon and Garfunkel: The Sounds of Silence

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"God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys

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Anything by the Moody Blues and songs by Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane) especially "Today" and "Comin' Back To Me" from Surrealistic Pillow.

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The best two songs on my #1 album in my large collection.

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Totally agree with your choice of the Moody Blues. 

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I loved Jefferson Airplane too. But my fav song by them that is totally poetry is "Miracles", written also by Marty Balin. They don't write songs like this nowadays 😎

 

"I can hear windmills and rainbows whenever you talkin' to me (Never say never)

I feel like swirling and dancing whenever you walk in

with me (whenever,whenever you walk with me)

You ripple like the river when I touch you (let me touch you)

Then I pluck your body like a string"......

 

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"Miracles"...one of his best, but anything by him is incredibly sensual. Also "Caroline". I finally met him years ago and he signed my chest but, unfortunately, I could not afford to have it tattoed. I could have been quite the stalker as far as he's concerned! lol

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That's a great story about Marty Balin! I agree about his music being sensual. I love the Moody Blues also and if you check this whole thread out you will find 7 postings by me of Moody Blues songs. They truly are poetry in rock imo

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Today: John Denver (Today while the blossoms still cling to the vine, etc).

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Tiny Dancer by Sir Elton

 

"Blue Jean baby, LA lady, seamstress for the band

Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man

Ballerina, you must of seen her, dancing in the sand

And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand"......

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Storms by Fleetwood Mac 

 

"Every night that goes between
I feel a little less

As you slowly go away from me

This is only another test"......

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Tragedy: Thomas Wayne

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Man on the Moon by REM

 

"Mott the Hoople and the game of life (yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah)

Andy Kauffman in the wrestling match (yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah)

Monopoly, 21, checkers and chess (yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah)

Mister Fred Blassie in a breakfast mess (yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah)

Let's play Twister, let's play risk (yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah)

See you in heaven if you make the list (yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah)"......

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Longfellow Serenade - Neil Diamond (He even named it after a poet! Cat Wink)

 

Longfellow serenade
Such were the plans I'd made
For she was a lady
And I was a dreamer
With only words to trade
You know that I was born for a night like this
Warmed by a stolen kiss
For I was lonely
And she was lonely
Ride, come on baby, ride
Let me make your dreams come true
I'll sing my song
Let me make it warm for you
I'll weave his web of rhyme
Upon the summer night
We'll leave this worldly time
On his winged flight
Then come, and as we lay
Beside this sleepy glade
There I will sing to you
My Longfellow serenade
Longfellow serenade
Such were the plans I made
But she was a lady
As deep as a river
And through the night, we stayed
And in my way, I loved her as none before
Loved her with words and more
For she was lonely
And I was lonely
Ride, come on baby, ride
Let me make you dreams come true
I'll sing my song
Let me sing my song
Let me make it warm for you
I'll weave this web of rhyme
Upon the summer night
We'll leave this worldly time
On his winged flight
Then come, and as we lay
Beside this sleepy glade
There I will sing to you
My Longfellow serenade

 

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Neil Diamond
Longfellow Serenade lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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Someone like you by Van Morrison

 

"I've been travelin' a hard road

Baby, lookin' for someone exactly like you

I've been carryin' my heavy load

Waiting for the light to come shining through"......

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Pieces of April by Three Dog Night


"April gave us springtime and the promise of the flowers

And the feeling that we both shared and the love that we called ours

We had no time for sadness, that's a road we each had crossed

We were living a time meant for us, and even when it would rain

We would laugh it off"......

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Legend of a mind by the Moody Blues

 

"Timothy Leary's dead

No,no he's outside looking in

Timothy Leary's dead

No,no he's outside looking in

He'll fly his astral plane

Take you trips around the bay

Brings you back the same day

Timothy Leary, Timothy Leary

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Tennessee Whiskey
 
Used to spend my nights out in a barroom
Liquor was the only love I'd known
But you rescued me from reachin' for the bottom
And brought me back from being too far gone

You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
You're as sweet as strawberry wine
You're as warm as a glass of brandy
And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time

I've looked for love in all the same old places
Found the bottom of a bottle always dry
But when you poured out your heart I didn't waste it
'Cause there's nothing like your love to get me high

You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
You're as sweet as strawberry wine
You're as warm as a glass of brandy
And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time

[Instrumental]

You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
You're as sweet as strawberry wine
You're as warm as a glass of brandy
And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time

You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
Tennessee whiskey
Tennessee whiskey

You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
Tennessee whiskey
Tennessee whiskey

 

— Chris Stapleton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You've got to hide your love away by the Fab 4️⃣

 

"Here I stand head in hand

Turn my face to the wall

If she's gone I can't go on

Feeling two foot small

Everywhere people stare

Each and every day

I can see them laugh at me

And I hear them say

Hey, you've got to hide your love away".......

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A Poem On The Underground Wall - S&G

 

The last train is nearly due
The underground is closing soon
And in the dark deserted station
Restless in anticipation
A man waits in the shadows
His restless eyes leap and scratch
At all that they can touch or catch
And hidden deep within his pocket
Safe within its silent socket
He holds a colored crayon
Now from the tunnel's stony womb
The carriage rides to meet the groom
And opens wide and welcome doors
But he hesitates, then withdraws
Deeper in the shadows
And the train is gone suddenly
On wheels clicking silently
Like a gently tapping litany
And he holds his crayon rosary
Tighter in his hand
Now from his pocket quick he flashes
The crayon on the wall he slashes
Deep upon the advertising
A single-worded poem comprised of four letters
And his heart is laughing, screaming, pounding
The poem across the tracks rebounding
Shadowed by the exit light
His legs take their ascending flight
To seek the breast of darkness and be suckled by the night, ooh

 

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Paul Simon
A Poem On The Underground Wall lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits

 

"You get a shiver in the dark

It's a raining in the park but meantime

South of the river you stop and you hold everything

A band is blowing Dixie, double four time

You feel alright when you hear the music ring".......

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Rock the Casbah by the Clash

 

"Now the king told the boogie man

"You have to let that raga drop"

The oil down the desert way

Has been shaken' to the top

The sheik he drove his Cadillac 

He went a-cruisin' down the ville 

The Muezzin was a-standin'

On the radiator grille"......

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Fields of Gold - Sting 

 

You'll remember me when the west wind moves upon the fields of barley
You'll forget the sun in his jealous sky as we walk in fields of gold
So she took her love for to gaze awhile upon the fields of barley
In his arms she fell as her hair came down among the fields of gold
Will you stay with me, will you be my love among the fields of barley?
We'll forget the sun in his jealous sky as we lie in fields of gold
See the west wind move like a lover so upon the fields of barley.
Feel her body rise when you kiss her mouth among the fields of gold
I never made promises lightly and there have been some that I've broken
But I swear in the days still left we'll walk in fields of gold
We'll walk in fields of gold
Many years have passed since those summer days among the fields of barley
See the children run as the sun goes down among the fields of gold
You'll remember me when the west wind moves upon the fields of barley
You can tell the sun in his jealous sky when we walked in fields of gold
When we walked in fields of gold, when we walked in fields of gold
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Gordon Sumner / Dusan Bogdanovic
Fields Of Gold lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Dancing with myself by Billy Idol

 

"On the floors of Tokyo

A-down in London town's a go go

A-with the record selection

And the mirrors reflection

I'm a dancin' with myself"......

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It's Never Too Late - Steppenwolf

 

Your eyes are moist, you scream and shout
As though you were a man possessed
From deep inside comes rushing forth
All the anguish you suppressed
Upon your wall hangs your degree
Your parents craved so much for you
And though you're trained to make your mark
You still don't quite know what to do
It's never to late to start all over again
To love the people you caused the pain
And help them learn your name
Oh, no, not too late
It's never too late to start all over again
Well, it's much too late to start again
To try and find a little bliss
So on your woman and your child
You release your bitterness
You drift apart some more each day
You feel the guilt and loneliness
And the God of your childhood you can't find
To save you from your emptiness
It's never too late to start all over again
To love the people you caused the pain
And help them learn your name
Oh, no, not too late
It's never too late to start all over again
You say you've only got one life to live
And when you're dead you're gone
Your family comes to your grave
And with tears in their eyes
They tell you, you did something wrong
"You left us alone"
Tell me who's to say after all is done
And you're finally gone, you won't be back again
You can find a way to change today
You don't have to wait 'til then
It's never too late to start all over again
To love the people you caused the pain
And help them learn your name
Oh, no, not too late
It's never too late to start all over again

 

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: John Kay / Nick St. Nicholas
It's never too late lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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