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What's that one song with lyrics that stops you in your tracks?

Asked by stardust (10552points) August 6th, 2010

Can you limit yourself to one song with profound lyrics that makes you stop whatever you’re doing to sit, listen and contemplate life?

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ucme's avatar

Nothing compares 2 U : Sinead O Connor. Still gives me goosebumps, great lyrics very emotional.

Cruiser's avatar

I am a guitartist and my whole life I ignored lyrics as I am zeroed in on the guitar licks. I must admit Nora Jones has a tremendous writing style and when I hear her songs all I hear is her voice and her words

perspicacious's avatar

I have a lot of favorites. I just listened to these yesterday.

Swimming To The Other Side, Pat Humphries

We are living ‘neath the great Big Dipper
We are washed by the very same rain
We are swimming in the stream together
Some in power and some in pain
We can worship this ground we walk on
Cherishing the beings that we live beside
Loving spirits will live forever
We’re all swimming to the other side


We Were There, Bev Grant

We were there in the factories,
We were there in the mills,
We were there in the mines and came home to fix the meals.
We were there on the picket lines
We raised our voices loud
It makes me proud just knowing we were there.

misstrikcy's avatar

‘All along the Watchtower…’ Jimi Hendix version.


Zyx's avatar

Satellites And Astronauts by In Flames

“Buy me a trip to the moon, so I can laugh at my mistakes.
You see, I can see the earth from here;
from this perspective, it looks kind of silly.
Sattelites and astronauts,
tell me there are greater things ahead.”

john65pennington's avatar

Sonny Knight.

ipso's avatar

Queensrÿche – Jet City Woman

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Pink Floyd’s “Breathe” :)

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”, the tribute to Syd Barrett. I’m convinced that the lyrics of “See Emily Play” were the product of an autistic mind, not one destroyed by drugs.

mYcHeMiCaLrOmAnCe's avatar

Our Lady Of Sorrows, by My Chemical Romance

‘trust, you said.
who put the words in your head.
oh, how wrong we were to think, that immortality meant never dying….


Demolition Lovers, by My Chemical Romance (yeah, it’s MCR again, I know)

‘as lead rains, pass on through
our phantoms
forever and ever
like scarecrows, that fuel this flame
we’re burning
forever and ever
know how much I want to show you you’re the only one
like a bed of roses, there’s a dozen reasons in this gun’


Special Needs, by Placebo

‘Just nineteen, a suckers dream
I guess I thought you had the flavor
just nineteen, a dream it seemed
with six months off, for bad behavior….
remember me’

poofandmook's avatar

Lately it’s been “The Blower’s Daughter” by Damien Rice. The entire song is so haunting. For reference, it’s the song playing in the beginning of the movie “Closer” when Jude Law and Natalie Portman are walking toward each other in slow motion.

zannajune's avatar

Nine Inch Nails – The Great Below.

zenele's avatar


CMaz's avatar

@zenele you are a sick person.

zenele's avatar

Read the question, just the question, then look again at my answer.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I guess technically it would be Tool’s “10,000 Days (Wings pt 2)”
Though it’s the combination of “Wings for Marie (part 1)” and “10,000 Days (part 2)” that make it so powerful. The song is written about Maynard’s mother’s battle with cancer and ultimately her passing, and there is so much raw emotion. Gives me goosebumps and it moved me to tears to hear them played live. (There are nearly 20 minutes worth of lyrics between the two songs, so you can read them if you’re interested by clicking either youtube link.)

Part One
Part Two

Austinlad's avatar

Many, but here’s one that always gets to me:

For The Good Times
Words and music by kris kristofferson

Don’t look so sad;
I know it’s over;
But life goes on and this old world will keep on turning.
Let’s just be glad we had some time to spend together
There’s no need to watch the bridges that we’re bur…..ning.

Lay your head upon my pillow,
Hold your warm and tender body close to mine.
Hear the whisper of the raindrops
Blowing soft against the window
And make believe you love me one more time
For the good times.

I’ll get along; you’ll find another;
And I’ll be here if you should find you ever need me.
Don’t say a word about tomorrow or forever.
There’ll be time enough for sadness when you leave me.

ubersiren's avatar

Magic by Ben Folds

You’re the magic that holds the sky up from the ground-
You’re the breath that blows these cool winds ‘round.
Trading places with an angel now.
Saw you last night, dance by the light of the moon-
Stars in your eyes, free from the life that you knew.
Saw you last night, stars in your eyes-
Smiled in my room.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Levon by Elton John

filmfann's avatar

After the Goldrush by Neil Young

“I was thinking about what a friend had said
I was hoping it was a lie.”

I dated a woman years ago, and it didn’t end well. A friend of both of ours told me she told him that she wouldn’t cross the street to say hello to me. I still cared for this woman, and though I was the one who ended it, it devastated me.

I hear ATG now, and it always takes me to that moment.

poofandmook's avatar

Oh, and “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds.

SundayKittens's avatar

I was just thinking this myself, @stardust.
Bright Eyes-“I Believe in Symmetry”.
Sometimes there’s that onnnnne line in a song that makes you put your hands on your heart and shake your head, and I love when that happens.

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