Posts Tagged ‘rock lyrics’

I still have Total Eclipse of the Heart playing in my head, despite someone’s best intention to put Hotel California there. As some of my older readers know, I hate the fucking Eagles and I think Hotel California has some of the worst lyrics in the history of the recorded universe.

Which means, of course, that today we will NOT be talking about crappy lyrics because I have enough of them stuck in my head right now. Let’s go the opposite way. If nothing at all can be learned from Hotel California (except something about mirrors on the ceiling), we can at least impart words of wisdom from some of our favorite rock songs.

Notice I said ROCK songs. I don’t want to hear about Muskrat Love offering sage advice. Maybe if you’re a furry, sure. But not in my world.

Sure, there was a time when I used to think “to be a rock, but not roll” was profound, deep and meaningful. But now that the haze of Panama Red has cleared and I can see that Robert Plant was just a Lord of the Rings fanboy with an overblown sense of self, I have moved on to bigger, better lyrics. Like, Live Fast, Die Young.

Yea, this is going to be like coming up with a quote for your high school yearbook. Humor me. What’s the best advice you got from a rock song?


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deep thinking poll: rock wisdom (updated)

Beth has a post up with a good question that she thought I’d be interested in. And she’s right. Not just interested in answering it myself, but I really want to put this out there to you guys because I know you’ll have good answers. I figure if we get enough response to this, we’ll do some kind of poll later on and come up with the definitive (ok, subjectively definitive) answer. The question is:

What do you think is the best advice/wisdom given in a rock song?

Now, when I use the word “rock” I use it to encompass all if it; metal, punk, classic, soft, hard, prog, whatever…..but I really want to stick to the “rock” part of this.

I have a few hours of parent/teacher conferences facing me right now, so I will be updating this post with my suggestions later on in the day. It will take me a bit to think on this, anyhow. “To be a rock, but not to roll” just doesn’t have the same wisdom it did for me when I was a teenager.

Meanwhile, add your own answers in the comments. Feel free to post as many lyrics as you want. I’d love to get a large sampling here, so tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell your readers!

Update: It’s been a really busy day, I wish I had more time to devote to this. But while waiting to see my kids’ teachers I did come up with two simple yet meaningful lines:

Stupid people do stupid things
Smart people outsmart each other…then themselves


If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding.

Really. When you (over)analyze that, it’s really quite profound.

I’m also fond of the Circle Jerks’ Live Fast Die Young, but I never did take that advice.

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