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Rock N' Roll's Top Ten Greatest Quotes (In My Opinion)
1. Mother, Mother, theres far too many of you crying. Brother, Brother, Brother, theres far too many of you dying.- Marvin Gaye, Whats Going on
2. Time is a jet plane, it moves too fast- Bob Dylan, You're A Big Girl Now
3. Pleased to Meet You. Hope you guessed my name.- The Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the devil
4. Scuse Me while I kiss the sky- Jimi Hendrix, Purple Haze
5. Imagine all the people living in the world today- John Lennon, Imagine
6. Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run- Bruce Springsteen, Born To Run
7. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Find out what it means to me- Aretha Franklin, Respect
8. ... Who never ever learned to read or write so well, but he could play guitar just like a ringing a bell.- Chuck Berry, Johnny B. Goode
9. Cause London is drowning and I live by the river.- The Clash, London Calling
10. How could you just leave me standing, Loaded in a world thats so cold.- Prince, When Doves Cry
Interesting Dylan choice.
It's Loaded in a world that's so cold?" I thought it was "alone in a world that's so cold."
It is "Alone in a world so cold".
Cool list, I'd like to add one:
"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss." The Who "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Great work, Dudemon. One more:
"And if a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die"
(The Smiths, There Is a Light That Never Goes Out)
Okay here's a few more
11. Just sitting on the dock of the bay, wasting time- Otis Redding The dock of the bay
12. The way things are going, they're going to crusify me.- Beatles, Ballad of John and Yoko
13. Mamas in a Factory she aint got no shoes, daddy's in the alley he's looking for food, I am in the kitchen with the tombstone blues- Boby Dylan, Tombstone Blues
14. Won't you help to sing another song of freedom- Bob Marley, Redemption
15. Now your crosses are burning fast- Neil Young, Southern Man
16. Well when that foghorn blows into the mystic- Van Morrison, Into the Mystic
17. Papa's got a brand new bag- James Brown, Papa's got a brand new bag
18. I wanna be anarchy!- The Sex Pistols, Anarchy in the U.K.
19. I have spoke in the tounge of angels, I have held the hand of the devil- U2, I Still haven't found what I'm looking for.
20. Why don't you all fade away, and don't try to dig what we all say- The Who, My Generation
21. Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine- Patti Smith, Gloria
22. Bass, how low can you go? Death Row? What a brother know?- Public Enemy
23. Load up on guns and bring your friends- Nirvana, Smells like teen spirit
24. Are you ready for a brand new beat- Martha & The Vandellas, Dancing in the street.
25. Billie Jean is not my lover, she's just a girl...- Michael Jackson
26. How does it feel, to be on your own- Bob Dylan, Like a rolling stone
27. And we would cook cornmeal porridge, of which I'll share with you- Bob Marley, No Woman no cry.
28. Living just enough for the city- Stevie Wonder, Living for the city
29. I say mother I'm down on my knees- Sam Cooke, A change is gotta come
30. You aint no friend of mine- Elvis Presley, Hound Dog
Not a quote from a song lyric, but the trademark combination of swagger, cynicism and self-irony is fine:
"One chord is fine, two is pushing it -- three and you're into jazz" -- Lou Reed
21. Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine- Patti Smith, Gloria
Nice. In my opinion, the greatest and most provocative opening line to an album.
Here's a line from a 2005 album that brilliantly plays off one of the lines that Dudemon singled out earlier:
"Tramps like us ... and we like tramps."
- from "Charlemagne in Sweatpants" off the Hold Steady's SEPARATION SUNDAY
Now that you mention it there are a few memorable quotes from this decade:
- And when he's gone he'll leave your ass for a white girl- Kanye West, Gold Digger.
-Now we're a family and we're all right now, we've got money and a little place to fight now.- White Stripes, The Hardest Button To button
- Thank god for mom and dog for sticking together cause we don't know how- Outkast, Hey Ya
- And kids are playing guns in the street. And this one's pointing his treebranch at me. So I put my hands up and said "enough is enough" and he shot me dead.- Bright Eyes
- So if you're lonely, you know I'm here waiting for you.- Franz Ferdinan, Take me out.
- London Calling, speak the slang now- M.I.A., Galang
- I'm an extraordinary machine- Fionna Apple, Extraordinary Machine
- You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow, cause opportunity comes once in a lifetime- Eminem, Lose yourself
Wish I could think of a few more, but I haven't listened to everything yet.
Now that's a worthy post!
"I was sayin let me out of here even before I was born - oh I'd rather go and journey where the diamond crescent's glowing - and just like the river I've been ever running ever since - I remember standing by the wall the guns shot above our heads - black people gotta lot of problems but they don’t mind throwing a brick - government leaving the youth on the shelf -- it's such a gamble when you get a face - the sun's not yellow, it's chicken!!!"
Ok Here's a few more
-I'll stand up next to a mountain and chop it down with the edge of my hand- Jimi Hendrix, Voodo Chile
-Flying on your motorcycle, watching all the ground beneath you drop- Radiohead, High and dry
-Ziggy played guitar jamming good with Weird and Gilly, and the spiders from mars.
-I'm the traveler of both time and space, To be where I have been- Led Zeppelin, Kashmir
-How many rivers do we have to cross, before can talk to the boss?- Bob Marley, Burning & a Looting
-I wanted a girl, or should I say she wanted me- The Beatles, Norwiegen Wood
-You need me, and I need you, without each other, there aint nothing people can do- Aretha Franklin, Think
-The wind is in from Africa, and last night I couldn't sleep, Oh you know it sure is hard to leave yah carey, but it's really not my home- Joni Mitchell, Carey
-Even jesus would never forgive what you've done- Bob Dylan, Masters of War
-Hate was just a legend, war was never known- Neil Young, Cortez the killer
-It’s silly, no? When a rocket ship explode And everybody still wants 2 fly- Prince, Sign O The Times
-It aint me, I ain't no senator's son- Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fortunate One
-Well I'm a west coast struting, one bad mother, got a rattlecase suitcase, under my arms- Guns N' Roses, Nighttrane
-We got live together- Sly & The Family Stone, Everyday People
-Fucking with me cause I'm a teenager, with a little bit of gold and a pager, searching my car, looking for the product, thinking every N**** is selling narcotica- N.W.A., Fuck the Police
-You can crush us You can bruise us But you’ll have to answer to. Oh, the guns of brixton- The Clash, Guns of Brixton
- Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be- The Beatles, Let It Be
-Love it's a bitch- The Rolling Stones, Bitch
Actually, the line from Norwegian Wood is "I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me".
"He may be a father but he sure ain't a dad." Replacements
"The ones who love us best, are the ones we'll lay to rest; and visit their graves on holidays at best.
The ones who love us least, are the ones will die to please; But if it's any consolation, I don't begin to understand them." Replacements
You ain't a beauty, but hey you're alright; and that's alright, tonight. The Boss
I could drink a case of you, darlin' And I would still be on my feet; I'd still be on my feet.
Still I see here face, framed in blue skies, at the top of the slide, coming down. Ron Sexsmith
A couple of classic hip-hop quotes
"You having girl problems, I feel bad for you, son / I've got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one." -- Jay-Z "99 Problems"
"Elvis was a hero to most, but he don't mean shit to me / Straight up racist the sucker was, simple and plain / Yeah, mother fuck him and John Wayne." -- Public Enemy "Fight the Power"
"I burn down your cities, how blind you must be. I take from you your children and you say how blessed are we. You all must be crazy to put your faith in me. That's why I love mankind. You really need me." - GOD'S SONG, Randy Newman. Creationism, anyone?
I believe there'll come a day when the lion and the lamb/Will lie down in peace together in Jerusalem./
And there'll be no barricades then - There'll be no wire or walls/And we can wash all this blood from our hands - and all this hatred from our souls/And I believe that on that day all the children of Abraham/
Will lay down their swords forever in Jerusalem.
-- Steve Earle, "Jerusalem"