Rock lyrics - best one-liner or couplet

For me, maybe: Warren Zevon (with the Boss) - Disorder in the House

"...home of the brave, land of the free....

....where the less you know, the better off you'll be.."


'I have only two emotions, careful fear and dead devotion. I can't get the balance right.' - (The National - Don't Swallow The Cap)


'Now I'm reversing down a lonely street, a cheap hotel where I can meet the past, pay it off, keep it sweet' - (The Libertines - Death on the Stairs)  


OBVIOUSLY anything by Blink 182, especially "Happy Holidays you bastard", but otherwise:


"She would have made such a lovely bride,

What a shame she's f**ked in the head, they said" 

  • Taylor Alison Swift, "Champagne Problems". Yes, it's rock. Shut up. It is. Still gives me the shivers, that line.

"Start asking for forgiveness in advance
For all the future things I will destroy"

  • Julien Baker, "Hardline". Masterpiece of a song. 

"She goes down. She goes down. She goes down, down, down, down"

  • Motley Crue, "She Goes Down". A wry and surprisingly perceptive critique of the human condition.

Could go through a Bruce catalogue here, the bloke's a poet:

"Is a dream a lie if it don't come true, or is it something worse?" - The River

"Well now everything dies baby, that's a fact. But maybe everything that dies someday comes back" - Atlantic City

"Everybody's got a hungry heart" - Hungry Heart

I don't even love his songs but his lyrics have got to be up there.

Into a dancer you have grown from a seed somebody else has thrown, go on ahead and throw some seeds of your own
And somewhere between the time you arrive and the time you go may lie a reason you were alive, but you'll never know.

Jackson Browne - For a Dancer

Not sure Pet Shop Boys count as rock but

I’m always hoping you’ll be faithful but you’re not I suppose

We’ve both given up smoking cos it’s fatal, so whose matches are those


she’s made you some kind of laughing stock

Because you dance to disco and you don’t like rock

Currently for me, Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem”: Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering / there is a crack in everything - that’s how the light gets in.

Worst, from Aretha Franklin’s “Think”: There ain’t nothing you could ask I would answer you with “I won’t” / but “I won’t”’s going to change to “I’m not” if you keep doing things I don’t.

There's also the worst scanning and factually inaccurate lyric from Africa by Toto

I know that I must do what's right
As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti

The closest border of the Serengeti is about 250km from Kilimanjaro.

Another +1 for the Boss - 

"And some kidnapped handicap was complainin' that he caught the clap
from some mousetrap he bought last night
Well, I unsnapped the skull cap, between his ears I saw a gap
and figured he’d be all right"

Hebetation, King Buffalo...


When I was young I tried a million different ways to find

A panacea that would hebetate a restless mind

25 and all I find are clever ways to hide

Every night I dream a million different ways for me to die

More good stuff from the Boss:

"And some new-mown chaperone was standin' in the corner all alone watchin' the young girls dance
And some fresh-sown moonstone was messin' with his frozen zone to remind him of the feeling of romance"