I had a plan, Internet. I'd start compiling a list of some of my favorite song lyrics so I could share them with you and then you could tell us yours. I started my list in a document where I save stuff like that.
The title of this post was the first one I picked. It is not only one of my favorite song lyrics, but possibly also one of my all-time favorite sentences. It's the first line in The Chain by Ingrid Michaelson, a video of which I've included in a post before. As a very wordy writer who aspires to one day master the art of writing with economy, I'm blown away by how much those four short words do. The sky looks pissed. I can see that.
Another lyric that gets me for being evocative is from Vincent (Starry Starry Night) by Don McLean: the snowy linen land. That one scores a lot of points for the feel of it when you roll it around in your mouth. Lovely.
Less pretty, but still a little alliterative is candy-coated misery from Carrie Underwood's Cowboy Casanova. I guess I don't have a lot to say about this one. It just strikes me every time I hear it as really perfectly phrased.
I think I used "It's time for a few small repairs," she said. from Sunny Came Home by Shawn Colvin as a post title once. It's just so matter of fact but has such a dark meaning in the song. There's Sunny, sitting at the kitchen table, planning to burn shit down under the guise of a few small repairs. I've come to associate a few small repairs with taking matters into one's own hands. Mostly not arson-related things, in my case.
And finally, for my sappy awwww... submissions we have these lyrics from very different songs, the first from Blind Melon's No Rain:
I just want someone to say to me (no oh oh oh) I'll always be there when you wake.
and the second from Harry Connick, Jr.'s To See You:
I ran from love to love and lied with laughter / not knowing that at some point I'd collide / with someone who would be my ever after / and happily would stay here by my side.
I know I missed, you know, almost everything. The thing about my plan to slowly compile favorites is that I never added anything after the initial few. And it's been quite a while since I wrote those down, so it wasn't looking like it was ever going to get any more substantial as a list.
Except now it can, because you can do my work for me. Tell me all of the good lyrics I missed, Internet.