Saturday, September 13, 2014

5 greatest lyrics of all time.

Wake the neighbors, phone the kids: it has finally been done. Someone (me) after all these years, has put together a list of the best song lyrics ever (rest assured that none belong to Wierd Al.) Now, I know what you are thinking: What qualifications do I have to make such a compilation? The truth is that I have very few, but that's what makes the internet go, people like me making grandiose and unsubstantiated claims (heh, it works for Fox News!) On the other hand, neither is this like getting tips on conflict resolution from Ray Rice or parenting advice from Adrian Peterson <winces>  as I do have some credibility--meaning that I have an iTunes account and access to Google.

Ok, it's time. Here they are, complete with the videos, the 5 best song lyrics of all time: (and no, for the sake of originality, I did not include Stairway to Heaven, Imagine or The Sounds of Silence.)

Someone Like You, Van Morrison
I've been searching a long time
For someone exactly like you
Ive been traveling all around the world
Waiting for you to come through
Someone like you
Make it all worth while
Someone like you
Keeps me satisfied
Someone exactly like you

(If you play this song on a date and you still get the Heisman, consider the Monastery, the Convent, or lifelong Celibacy as a realistic option.)

 Round Here, The Counting Crows

Step out the front door like a ghost into the fog
Where no one notices the contrast of white on white
And in between the moon and you, angels get a better view
Of the crumbling difference between wrong and right

(Looks like Adam Duritz has let himself go a little.)

 Thunder Road, The Boss

Don't run back inside
Darling you know just what I'm here for
So you're scared and you're thinking
That maybe we ain't that young anymore
Show a little faith there's magic in the night
You ain't a beauty but hey you're alright
Oh and that's alright with me


(If you live in my neighborhood and hear what you think is a rabid wolf with a bad case of the croup on a Saturday night, it is just me using my Karaoke machine trying to imitate The Boss.)
One, U2
Is it getting better?
Or do you feel the same?
Will it make it easier on you now?
You got someone to blame

You say, one love, one life
When it's one need in the night
One love, we get to share it
Leaves you baby if you don't care for it

(I will admit that the key to appreciating these lyrics is to pretend they weren't written by one of the most overtly narcissistic people of our age.)

  The Space Between
The space between the tears we cry
Is the laughter keeps us coming back for more
The space between the wicked lies we tell
And hope to keep safe from the pain

Read more: Dave Matthews Band - The Space Between Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Peter Hogenkamp is a physician and author living in Rutland, Vermont. Peter's writing credits include ABSOLUTION, the first book of The Jesuit thriller series; THE LAZARUS MANUSCRIPT, a stand-alone medical thriller; and The Intern, a serialized novel based loosely on Peter's internship, published bi-weekly on #Wattpad. Peter can be found on his Author Website as well as his personal blog, PeterHogenkampWrites, where he writes about most anything. Peter is the founder and editor of Prose&Cons; a frequent contributor and reviewer at ReadWave; the founder and moderator of groups on Facebook (The Library), Google+ (Fiction Writers Anonymous), and LinkedIn (Tweets, Novels and Blogs); and a Beta-reader at StoryShelter. Peter tweets--against the wishes of his wife and four children--at @phogenkampvt and @theprosecons. He can be reached at or through his literary agent (Liz Kracht of Kimberely Cameron & Associates) at



Peter Hogenkamp said...

What are your favorite song lyrics?

Sue Coletta said...

Great tunes, Peter.

Eliza Cross said...

What a great post, Peter -- I love all these songs! Two additions that come to mind are "Desperado" by the Eagles, and "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak.

Sue Coletta said...

Love "Desperado"! And "Sitting On The Dock of The Bay", too.

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