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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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Cedars of Lebanon - U2

 

Yesterday I spent asleep
Woke up in my clothes in a dirty heap
Spent the night trying to make a deadline
Squeezing complicated lives into a simple headline
I have your face in an old Polaroid
Tidying the childrens clothes and toys
You smiling back at me I took the photo from the fridge
Can't remember what Emily did
Haven't been with a woman, it feels like, for years
Thought of you the whole time, your salty tears
This **bleep**ty world sometimes produces a rose
The scent of it lingers but then it just goes

Return the call to home

The worst of us are a long drawn-out confession
The best of us are geniuses of compression
You say you're not gonna leave the truth alone
I'm here 'cause I don't wanna go home
Child drinking dirty water from a riverbank
Soldier brings oranges he got out from a tank
Waiting on the waiter, he's taking a while to come
Watching the sun go down on Lebanon

Return the call to home

Now I got a head like a lit cigarette
Unholy clouds reflect in a minaret
So high above me, higher than everyone
Where are you in the cedars of Lebanon?
Choose your enemies carefully, 'cause they will define you
Make them interesting 'cause in some ways they will mind you
They're not there in the beginning but when your story ends
Gonna last with you longer than your friends

 

Writer/s: BRIAN PETER GEORGE ENO, HAROLD BUDD, ADAM CLAYTON, DAVID EVANS, PAUL DAVID HEWSON, DANIEL ROLAND LANOIS, LAURENCE MULLEN JNR.
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Royalty Network
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I'm looking through you by the Fab 4️⃣

 

"Your lips are moving, I cannot hear

Your voice is soothing but the words aren't clear

You don't sound different, I've learned the game

I'm looking through you, you're not the same"......

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Kashmir - Led Zepplin

 

Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face
Stars fill my dream
I'm a traveler of both time and space
To be where I have been
Sit with elders of the gentle race
This world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait
All will be revealed
Talk in song in tongues of lilting grace
Sounds caress my ear
There are not a word I heard could I relate
Story was quite clear
Oh
Oh
Oh yeah I been flyin'
Love oh ain't no denyin', no
Oh, ooh yea, I been flyin'
Mama, mama, ain't no denyin', no denyin'
All I see turns to brown
As the sun burns the ground
And my eyes fill with sand
As I scan this wasted land
Try to find, try to find what I feel
Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace
Like thoughts inside a dream
Heed the path that led me to that place, yellow desert stream
My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again
Sure as the dust that floats high in June, when movin' through Kashmir
Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails, across the sea of years
With no provision but an open face, along the straits of fear
Oh
Oh
When I'm on, when I'm on my way, yeah
When I see, when I see the way, you stay-yeah
Tryin' to find, tryin' to find where I been yeah, yeah
Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, when I'm down
Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, well I'm down
Ooh, let me take you there
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: John Bonham / Robert Anthony Plant / James Patrick (Jimmy) Page
Kashmir lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc
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Imagine
John Lennon
 
Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today (ah ah ah)
 
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace
 
You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one
 
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world
 
You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Silver Conversationalist

This is a long poetic song by Sir Elton John.                                        Funeral For Friend/Love Lies Bleeding 

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Ride my see saw by the Moody Blues

 

"Left school with a first class pass,

Started work but as second class.

School taught one and one is two,

But right now, that answer just ain't true."

 

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When it comes to poetry in music, heavy metal or metal music might not be the first thing that pops into your mind. But the Unforgiven trilogy (Unforgiven, Unforgiven II, Unforgiven III) written by James Hetfield tell an amazing story based on his own life experiences. It's about learning to forgive yourself. This one is my favorite -

 

Unforgiven II - Metallica

Lay beside me and tell me what they've done
And speak the words I wanna hear to make my demons run
The door is locked now but it's open if you're true
If you can understand the me then I can understand the you
Lay beside me, under wicked sky
Through black of day, dark of night, we share this, paralyzed
The door cracks open but there's no sun shining through
Black heart scarring darker still but there's no sun shining through
No there's no sun shining through, no there's no sun shining
What I've felt, what I've known
Turn the pages, turn the stone
Behind the door, should I open it for you?
Yeah, what I've felt, what I've known
Sick and tired, I stand alone
Could you be there
'Cause I'm the one who waits for you
Or are you unforgiven too?
Come lay beside me, this won't hurt I swear
She loves me not, she loves me still but she'll never love again
She lay beside me but she'll be there when I'm gone
Black hearts scarring darker still, yes she'll be there when I'm gone
Yes she'll be there when I'm gone, dead sure she'll be there?
What I've felt, what I've known
Turn the pages, turn the stone
Behind the door, should I open it for you?
Yeah, what I've felt, what I've known
Sick and tired, I stand alone
Could you be there
'Cause I'm the one who waits for you
Or are you unforgiven too?
Lay beside me, tell me what I've done
The door is closed so are your eyes
But now I see the sun, now I see the sun
Yes now I see it
What I've felt, what I've known
Turn the pages, turn the stone
Behind the door, should I open it for you
Yeah, what I've felt, what I've known
So sick and tired, I stand alone
Could you be there
'Cause I'm the one who waits
The one who waits for you
Oh, what I've felt, what I've known
Turn the pages, turn the stone
Behind the door, should I open it for you? (so I dub thee unforgiven)
Oh, what I've felt
Oh, what I've known
I'll take this key and I'll bury it in you
Because you're unforgiven too
Never free, never me
'Cause you're unforgiven too, oh oh
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: James Alan Hetfield / Kirk L. Hammett / Lars Ulrich
The Unforgiven II lyrics © BMG Rights Management
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@LouLit01  - great topic!

 

Practically everything written by Paul Simon (and Bob Dylan, of course). But I'm starting off with a Paul Simon favorite, written for his girlfriend (at the time) named Kathy - - -

 

Kathy's Song - Paul Simon

 

I hear the drizzle of the rain
Like a memory it falls
Soft and warm continuing
Tapping on my roof and walls
And from the shelter of my mind
Through the window of my eyes
I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets
To England where my heart lies
My mind's distracted and diffused
My thoughts are many miles away
They lie with you when you're asleep
And kiss you when you start your day
And as a song I was writing is left undone
I don't know why I spend my time
Writing songs I can't believe
With words that tear and strain to rhyme
And so you see I have come to doubt
All that I once held as true
I stand alone without beliefs
The only truth I know is you
And as I watch the drops of rain
Weave their weary paths and die
I know that I am like the rain
There but for the grace of you go I

 

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Paul Simon
Kathy's Song lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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Happiness is a Warm Gun

DBEATLS

 

She's not a girl who misses much
Do do do do do do, oh yeah
She's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet hand
Like a lizard on a window pane
The man in the crowd with the multicolored mirrors
On his hobnail boots
Lying with his eyes while his hands are busy
Working overtime
A soap impression of his wife which he ate
And donated to the National Trust
I need a fix 'cause I'm going down
Down to the pits that I left uptown
I need a fix 'cause I'm going down
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I've just seen a face by the Fab 4

"I've just seen a face

I can't forget the time or place

Where we just met

She's just the girl for me

And I want all the world to see

We've met, mm-mm-mm-m'mm-mm"

No one sings poetry like the Beatles!

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@BeatleloverKT wrote:

I've just seen a face by the Fab 4

"I've just seen a face

I can't forget the time or place

Where we just met

She's just the girl for me

And I want all the world to see

We've met, mm-mm-mm-m'mm-mm"

No one sings poetry like the Beatles!


The first 2 Beatles songs I ever heard were I've Just Seen a Face and I'll Cry Instead. I had no idea rock could sound like that. 45 years later I'm a bigger fan than ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Girl Before I met you,  I was F I N E Fine

 

But your love made me a prisoner, yeah

My hearts been doing time


Aerosmith ❤️

 

 

Life's a Journey, not a Destination" Aerosmith
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Time Passages by Al Stewart 

 

"It was late in December, the sky turned to snow

All round the day was going down slow

Night like a river beginning to flow

I felt the beat of my mind go

Drifting into time passages

Years go falling in the fading light

Time passages

Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight"......

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Shield -  Deep Purple (lyrics by Rod Evans) 

 

Mama plays a queen on the hill built on a dream
While the children play in the field
Papa smokes the pipe of a sweet and better life
But how strong is the shield?
Can peace be found on the carpet above ground
Where sky is forever blue
So let it pass baby now, the slow and riding cloud
Which may take me from you
Many things a man can lose
His self, his rights, his views
But never his heart or his love
So take this hand of mine and climb baby, climb
To the hill up above
Now you can play a queen on the hill built on a dream
While our children play in the field
I can smoke the pipe of a sweet and better life
And trust in the strength of the shield
So trust in you love, and Lucy of above
And let light pass like a wheel
Don't take the chance of life's hectic dance
Kiss the strength of the shield
The seeker will be found by the looker on the ground
And to his wish he will yield
Fate will have it's word, of course
And time will change its course
And hold the strength of the shield
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Jon Lord / Ritchie Blackmore / Rod Evans
Shield lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
 
IMO, Rod Evans was a very gifted songwriter for Mk 1 Purple. He also had this Elvis-like quality to his voice. It's sad to think that a label didn't sign him as a solo artist when DP moved in the direction of hard rock. I loved the Mk 1 records, and still enjoy playing them. They had some really good covers, too.
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Forever Autumn by the Moody Blues

(I never tire of Justin Hayward's beautiful voice)

 

"I watch the birds fly south across the autumn sky

And one by one they disappear 

I wish that I was flying with them

Now you're not here

Like the sun through the trees you came to love me

Like a leaf on a breeze you blew away".......

 

 

 

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Piano man by Billy Joel

 

"It's nine o'clock on a Saturday

The regular crowd shuffles in

There's an old man sitting next to me

Makin' love to his tonic and gin"......

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@BeatleloverKT wrote:

I've just seen a face by the Fab 4

"I've just seen a face

I can't forget the time or place

Where we just met

She's just the girl for me

And I want all the world to see

We've met, mm-mm-mm-m'mm-mm"

No one sings poetry like the Beatles!


Had it been another day

I might have looked the other way

And I'd have never been aware

But as it is I'll dream of her tonight

(Da da da, dada dai)

 

 

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Can't get it out of my head by ELO

 

"Midnight on the water,

I saw the ocean's daughter,

Walking on a waves chicane,

Staring as she called my name".......

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Nights in White Satin - Moody Blues, lyrics by Justin Hayward

 

Nights in white satin
Never reaching the end
Letters I've written
Never meaning to send

Beauty I'd always missed
With these eyes before
Just what the truth is
I can't say any more

Gazing at people, some hand in hand
Just what I'm going through they can't understand
Some try to tell me, thoughts they cannot defend
Just what you want to be, you will be in the end

'Cause I love you
Yes I love you
Oh how I love you
Oh how I love you

Writer/s: Justin Hayward
Publisher: T.R.O. INC.
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

 

Story behind the song -

https://www.loudersound.com/features/the-story-behind-the-song-nights-in-white-satin-by-the-moody-bl...

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Silver Springs by the Mac

 

"You could be my silver springs

Blue-green colors flashin'

I would be your only dream 

Your shinin' autumn ocean crashin' ".......

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The Soft Parade
The Doors
 
 
When I was back there in seminary school
There was a person there
Who put forth the proposition
That you can petition the Lord with prayer
Petition the lord with prayer
Petition the lord with prayer
You cannot petition the lord with prayer!

Can you give me sanctuary
I must find a place to hide
A place for me to hide

Can you find me soft asylum
I can't make it anymore
The Man is at the door

Peppermint, miniskirts, chocolate candy
Champion sax and a girl named Sandy
There's only four ways to get unraveled
One is to sleep and the other is travel, da da
One is a bandit up in the hills
One is to love your neighbor 'till
His wife gets home

Catacombs
Nursery bones
Winter women
Growing stones
Carrying babies
To the river

Streets and shoes
Avenues
Leather riders
Selling news
The monk bought lunch

Ha ha, he bought a little
Yes, he did
Woo!
This is the best part of the trip
This is the trip, the best part
I really like
What'd he say?
Yeah!
Yeah, right!
Pretty good, huh
Huh!
Yeah, I'm proud to be a part of this number

Successful hills are here to stay
Everything must be this way
Gentle streets where people play
Welcome to the Soft Parade

All our lives we sweat and save
Building for a shallow grave
Must be something else we say
Somehow to defend this place
Everything must be this way
Everything must be this way, yeah

The Soft Parade has now begun
Listen to the engines hum
People out to have some fun
A cobra on my left
Leopard on my right, yeah

The deer woman in a silk dress
Girls with beads around their necks
Kiss the hunter of the green vest
Who has wrestled before
With lions in the night

Out of sight!
The lights are getting brighter
The radio is moaning
Calling to the dogs
There are still a few animals
Left out in the yard
But it's getting harder
To describe sailors
To the underfed

Tropic corridor
Tropic treasure
What got us this far
To this mild equator?

We need someone or something new
Something else to get us through, yeah, c'mon

Callin' on the dogs
Callin' on the dogs
Oh, it's gettin' harder
Callin' on the dogs
Callin' in the dogs
Callin' all the dogs
Callin' on the gods

You gotta meet me
Too late, baby
Slay a few animals
At the crossroads
Too late
All in the yard
But it's gettin' harder
By the crossroads
You gotta meet me
Oh, we're goin', we're goin great
At the edge of town
Tropic corridor
Tropic treasure
Havin' a good time
Got to come along
What got us this far
To this mild equator?
Outskirts of the city
You and I
We need someone new
Somethin' new
Somethin' else to get us through
Better bring your gun
Better bring your gun
Tropic corridor
Tropic treasure
We're gonna ride and have some fun

When all else fails
We can whip the horse's eyes
And make them sleep
And cry
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I should of known better by the Fab 4️⃣

 

"I should of known better with a girl like you

that I would love everything that you do

And I do, hey,hey,hey, and I do"

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SUNDOWN - Gordon Lightfoot

 

"Sometimes I think it's a sin

When I feel like I'm winning

When I'm losing again."

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Listen, Learn, Read On - Deep Purple

 

In ages past when spells were cast
In a time of men in steel
When a man was taught no special thing
It was all done by feel
So listen, so learn, so read on
You gotta turn the page, read the Book of Taliesyn
Hear the song of lovely Joan
Her sound so sweet and clear
In the courtroom of the King
Among children and the peers
So listen, so learn, so read on
You gotta turn the page, read the Book of Taliesyn
"Now hear ye the words of Taliesyn,
On the foaming beach of the ocean,
In the day of trouble,
I shall be of more service to thee
Than three hundred salmon"
The hare he bounds across the page
Past castles white and fair
Past dreaming chessmen on their boards
With a fool's mate as a snare
So listen, so learn, so read on
You gotta turn the page, read the Book of Taliesyn
"Three times I have been born
I know this from meditation"
The bird he flies the distance
From pages two to six
Past minstrels in their boxes
To the waters of the Styx
So listen, so learn, so read on
You gotta turn the page, read the Book of Taliesyn
Don't take the pictures lightly
Listen to their sound
For from their coloured feeling
Experience is found
So listen, so learn, so read on
You gotta turn the page, read the Book of Taliesyn
"All the sciences of the world are collected in my breast,
For I know what has been, what is now,
And what hereafter will occur"
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Ian Paice / Jon Lord / Ritchie Blackmore / Rod Evans
Listen, Learn, Read On lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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In my life by the Fab 4️⃣

 

"There are places I'll remember

All my life, though some have changed

Some forever, not for better

Some have gone, and some remain

All these places had their moments

With lovers and friends, I still can recall

Some are dead, and some are living

In my life, I've loved them all"......

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He ain't heavy, he's my brother

 

"The road is long

with many a winding turn

That leads to us to who knows where

Who knows where

But I'm strong

Strong enough to carry him

He ain't heavy, he's my brother"......