lines from a song writing prompt 3

Below I’m posting a bit from a song I love and then I’ll write something around it (not necessarily in the context from the original source but maybe).  If the line grabs you, please steal it and play along too.  Post a link in the comments so I can check out what you did with it as well.


“And the three men I admire most, the father, son and the holy ghost, they caught the last train for the coast.”


The station was a mess.  People running every which way trying to catch their connections.  Late.  Everyone was always late.  Coming or going.  North or south.  It didn’t matter.  Trains always ran late and that meant everyone was always in a hurry when they finally made it to the station.

That was only part of the mess, though.  Others sat around, blocking the hallways and generally bottling up the whole works.  Tears in their eyes.  Down trodden and depressed, the moved slowly with lowered heads and slumped shoulders.  Sometimes they congregated together but most of the time they stayed as far apart as their was room for.

Those were the two general reactions people had when they’d heard the news.  They either raced about frantic or they stopped altogether and did nothing.  They couldn’t be blamed, of course.  Nothing like this had ever happened before.  Nothing like this would ever happen again.

I’m not sure why they chose me but when they called I answered  because I admired them so greatly and then dropped them off at the station.  I even walked them to their platform to make sure they got off okay.  I didn’t ask why they were going and they didn’t offer an explanation but off they went all the same, to the coast of all places.  Why not, I guess.  Perhaps things would be different there.

Here the music had died and life would never be beautiful again.

now we’re talking two (too)

After posting two weeks ago about movie quotes,  and reading through other submissions across the blogosphere, and then posting last week about literary quotes that I’ve incorporated into my everyday conversations, it dawned on me that I could do a series of posts on the dialogue I’ve stolen borrowered procured from cinema (already covered), literature (already covered), and music.

So, I humbly submit the third installment in this series, and yes, I know it doesn’t make sense to have this be the third installment but label it as the second.  I’m sorry if that’s confusing, but that’s just the way I roll (kind of like how I leave my about page blank):

Over the years I’ve incorporated an abundance of song lyrics into my day to day lingo.  The following is a useful guide I’ve put together of situations you may find yourself in and the appropriate responses.

Q: What do you say when life has you down and there is no end in sight?
A: “I met a girl who sang the blues, and asked her for some happy news.  She just smiled and turned away.”
 – Don McLean – American Pie

Q: What do you say when it feels like your life has been split in two?
A: “Sometimes it’s like someone took a knife baby, Edgy and dull, and cut a six-inch valley through the middle of my soul.”
 – Bruce Springsteen – I’m on Fire

Q: What do you say when you find yourself in a turbulent relationship?
A: “Maybe that’s what happens when a tornado meets a volcano.”
 – Eminem – Love the Way You Lie

Q: What do you say when you need some inspirational words to get you up and moving?
A: “I’ve got this energy beneath my feet Like something undergound’s gonna come up and carry me.”
 – The Killers – Sam’s Town

Q: What do you say when you are trying your best, and failing, to make someone else happy?
A: “If I could, I’d only wanna make me smile, if you wanna stay with me awhile.”
 – +44 – Make You Smile

Q: What do you say when you see people being taken advantage of by those around them, those who are supposed to be helping them?
A: “Well the God I believe in isn’t short of cash mister!”
 – U2 – Bullet the Blue Sky (from the Rattle and Hum album)

Q: What do you say when the world is closing in around you and you need to get away from it all for awhile?
A: “Echoes and silence, patience and grace, all of these moments I’ll never replace.  No fear of my heart, absence of faith, all I want is to be home.”
 – Foo Fighters – Home

Q: What do you say when someone needs inspiration to rise up and take charge of their own life?
A: “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds.”
 – Bob Marley – Redemption Song

Q: What do you say when your special someone is looking especially nice?
A: “Foxy lady!”
 – Jimmy Hendrix – Foxy Lady

Q: What do you say when you see people seemingly succeeding in life without putting in any effort?
A: “That ain’t workin’, that’s the way you do it, money for nothin’ and chicks for free.”
 – Dire Straits – Money for Nothing

Q: What do you say if life seems jolly rotten?
A: “Always look on the bright side of life.”
 – Monty Python – Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

Q: What do you say when you are contemplating violence on someone but want to verbalize it rather than actually carry through with it?
A: “Boot to the head!”
 – Frantics – Boot to the Head

This, along with the first and second, are by no means complete lists, but they should be enough to get you through most of life’s experiences.  Well, I’ve found them useful anyway.

(“Very good, class.”)