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post Mar 1 2008, 07:24 PM
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Rob Halford writes some awesome lyrics, even though some of them are a bit on the homo erotic side lol. tongue.gif


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post Mar 1 2008, 07:26 PM
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Will have to go for John Petrucci here smile.gif
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post Mar 1 2008, 10:52 PM
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Chris Cornell...his lyrics make complite sense only with music


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post Mar 2 2008, 02:41 PM
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QUOTE (Guitarman700 @ Feb 26 2008, 11:35 AM) *
Another of my favorite songwriters is Dave Mustaine. he covers topics like war and politics with a cynical and personal view.


Mustaine could be pretty good, but I feel most his lyrics are a bit misinformed and sometimes edging on the cheesey side, I mean "United Abominations" is just so cliché'd sounding. The whole born again Christian mentality he's adopted recently is also a bit disturbing for me as its started leaking into the songs...

Having said that I did like "there is no logic in biological warfare". Nice quip.

QUOTE (albino @ Feb 27 2008, 04:08 AM) *
Morrisey in the Smiths; sometimes depressing but often hilarious...For Example...
"I fell down on the crossbar and the pain was enough to make a shy bald Buddhist reflect and plan a mass-murder" [Song; "Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before"]
"writing frightening verse to a buck-toothed girl in Luxemburg" [Song; "Ask"]


Agreed.

"Savour the flavour of murder"

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Johnny's in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I'm on the pavement
Thinking about the government


On Bob Dylan, yeah, his songs may have meant something once but these days they're just used to sell Cadillacs, something tells me he's not thinking about the government any more...

Propagandhi's lyricist Chris Hannah is by far one of my favourites, just the dry wit and sarcasm that goes into their lyrics I enjoy, many would disagree though;

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I f**kin’ love that one rock video where that f**king jack-ass mohawked millionaire prances around by far the worst sausage party on earth, where by mere chance he’s caught on film shaking hands with an incredibly diverse collection of patriotic skins. I like the message it sends: With a Rebel™ yell, Just Do Exactly What You’re Told. One million douche bags can’t be wrong? “When did punk rock become so safe?” You’ll excuse me if I laugh in your face as I itemize your receipts and PowerPoint your balance sheets. I hear this year’s Vans Warped Tour is “going green!” I guess they heard that money grows on trees.


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post Mar 2 2008, 02:46 PM
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QUOTE (Owen @ Mar 2 2008, 01:41 PM) *
On Bob Dylan, yeah, his songs may have meant something once but these days they're just used to sell Cadillacs, something tells me he's not thinking about the government any more...

That is just wrong. Masters of War lyrics fit more than ever. Best lyrics ever and I hope you agree these are more relevant today and they have more meaning than most bands these days.

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You've thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain't worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death'll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I'll watch while you're lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I'll stand o'er your grave
'Til I'm sure that you're dead



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post Mar 2 2008, 02:56 PM
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I did say that they meant something "once", in that Dylans attitude has completely changed so much that his songs are now completely irrelevant to what he is today. He has no integrity left, seeing fit to sell his name out to gas guzzling capitalism that funds the destruction of this world, as such I feel they're empty and hollow.


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post Mar 2 2008, 02:59 PM
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I'll never feel that. People change. You don't know their situation. The lyrics for Masters of War are incredible. Just because he is a different person doesn't take anything away from the lyrics or the quality of the songs.


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post Mar 2 2008, 03:18 PM
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Indeed, I agree with you, as lyrics on their own they are pretty damn good.

Its just that Dylans lyrics deal greatly with what has happened to him or what he see's - they reflect his thought and opinion, and I'm sorry but I just cant really take his past glories very seriously when I see what he has become, so really my dismissiveness really relates more to the author than the piece.


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post Mar 3 2008, 10:02 PM
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I just realised I forgot to mention Tomas Lindberg. He can write lyrics that are more trying to make a point than just being beautiful and make them sound awesome. The best example would be Slaugher of the Soul:

Never again
On your forcefed illusions to choke
You feed off my pain
Feed off my life

[Chorus:]
There won't be another dawn
We will reap as we have sown

Always the same
My tired eyes have seen enough
Of all your lies
My hate is blind

[Chorus:]

Slaughter of the soul
Suicidal final art
Children - born of sin
Tear your soul apart

Never again
My tired eyes have seen enough
Of all your lies
My hate is blind

[Chorus:]

Slaughter of the soul
Suicidal final art
Children - born of sin
Tear your soul apart

'Men must attempt to develop
in themselves and their children
liberation from the sense of self
...men must be free from
boundaries, patterns and
consistencies in order to be free
to think, feel and create in new ways'

[Luke Rhinehart, 'The Diceman' - 1971]


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