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Old 02-14-22, 02:19 PM
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Favorite final lines to a song

Was just listening to Springsteen's Brilliant Disguise and have always loved the final lines to that tune:

"Tonight our bed is cold
I'm lost in the darkness of our love
God have mercy on the man
Who doubts what he's sure of"

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So, what are your favorite final lines to a song?
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Re: Favorite final lines to a song

"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss"

and

I ainít sayiní you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I donít mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But donít think twice, itís all right
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Stronger than dirt!
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And if my thought-dreams could be seen
They’d probably put my head in a guillotine
But it’s alright, Ma, it’s life, and life only

Bob Dylan - It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
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Not sure if it's the same idea, but I always get choked up by the final lines of Memphis. Whole song is about a guy missing a phone call from his girl Marie, and you assume it's his girlfriend. Then the final lines hit like a ton of bricks.

Marie is only six years old
Information please
Try to put me through to her in Memphis Tennessee
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Maybe not my favorite, but the most poignant: "Think I'll save suicide for another year" - from Frightened Rabbit's "Floating in the Forth". 10 years later lead singer/songwriter Scott Hutchinson committed suicide in the exact manner & location described in the song.
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ďPlanet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can doíĒ

Hmm, I need to think of something more upbeat.
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And a rock feels no pain.
And an island never cries.

That really spoke to me when I was a teenager. My life is better now, and I prefer this ending:

But wait! What do I see?
Is she walking back to me? Yeah she's walking back to me!
Oh, oh, pretty woman.
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^ I remember an interview I read where Paul Simon says he hates that song and wishes he had never written it.
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oh wow, can't believe I forgot the Descendents' Coolidge:

I looked up one day and saw that
it was up to me
You can only be a victim if you
admit defeat
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Electric Light Orchestra "Mr. Blue Sky"

Please turn me over.
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Re: Favorite final lines to a song

Dream Theater - The Glass Prison

Fell down on my knees and prayed
"Thy will be done"
I turned around, saw a light shining through
The door was wide open


The last line is amazing but it really needs context. The entire song is about the first 3 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Mike Portnoy explained, "It's about battling addiction and recovery and those were some things that I have dealt with in my personal life over the past few years. All three of the movements are written directly about the first three steps in twelve step recovery of Alcoholics Anonymous. So the first step in the first section of the song is admitting being powerless, the second step is needing the help of others, came to believe a power greater than ourselves to restore sanity. The third section is being willing to turn your life over to a higher power and handing over your will. So the three sections are directly out of the first three steps in AA."

The lyrics leading up to the last line:
Way off in the distance I saw the door
I tried to open
I tried forcing with all of my will and still
The door wouldn't open

Unable to trust in my faith
I turned and walked away
I looked around, felt a chill in the air
Took my will and turned it over

The glass prison which once held me is now gone
A long lost fortress
Armed only with liberty
And the key of my willingness

Fell down on my knees and prayed
"Thy will be done"
I turned around, saw a light shining through
The door was wide open
Lyrically, it's just a beautiful piece.
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"And in the end,
The love you take,
is equal to the love,
You make."

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Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
"And in the end,
The love you take,
is equal to the love,
You make."


That's awesome, man.
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