The Best Line In Indiepop

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The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by Furtho » Mon Aug 18, 2008 17:57

A killer lyric thread. My favourite is this, from The Siddeleys' Falling Off Of My Feet Again:

"But the longing of the night gives way
To the darkness of the dawn..."

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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by shaved head thrills » Mon Aug 18, 2008 19:49

these have always been some of my favorite lyrics.
from heavenly's "so little deserve"

Made a steeple with your fingers
Made a cradle with a piece of string
Made a snowman, made a treehouse
Made a game of everything

But when you, when you grew up
You grew up and forgot what's real
What's precious, not precocious
How being in love with life feels
all i ever wanted was a happy happy heart!
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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by shaved head thrills » Mon Aug 18, 2008 19:52

i also really love the entirety of the field mice's "song six"
all i ever wanted was a happy happy heart!
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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by tonieee » Mon Aug 18, 2008 20:41

shaved head thrills wrote:these have always been some of my favorite lyrics.
from heavenly's "so little deserve"

Made a steeple with your fingers
Made a cradle with a piece of string
Made a snowman, made a treehouse
Made a game of everything

But when you, when you grew up
You grew up and forgot what's real
What's precious, not precocious
How being in love with life feels
You've made me really want to listen to that again!

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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by Rob » Tue Aug 19, 2008 08:46

i am just now listening to PO! and Ruth's song "Ever been had" has the following line:

I'm walking in to town
To watch my old school burning down


It feels very powerful and ominous to me
"Wish that i could make you see
Just how much you mean to me"

---LaLa Brooks (The Crystals)

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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by Martijn » Tue Aug 19, 2008 08:57

Oh, that Heavenly line is brilliant, even though technically it's eight lines! I'm not even sure I know that song!

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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by tervisel » Tue Aug 19, 2008 09:29

"We held our breath across each bridge
Til we were blue
But I wonder if I wished the same as you
Like a ten-year-old pretending
Summer isn't really ending"
It is one of many Lucksmith's perfect lines !

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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by humblebee » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:15

"I'm lost inside a flipping vortex!"

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Post by alexie » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:52

anorak records wrote:"We held our breath across each bridge
Til we were blue
But I wonder if I wished the same as you
Like a ten-year-old pretending
Summer isn't really ending"
It is one of many Lucksmith's perfect lines !
The Lucksmiths are full of perfect lyrics! I could quote a million of their songs, but my favourite comes from 'The Golden Age of Aviation'.

You put your hair in pigtails and you put your hand in mine.

A similar lyric I love comes from The Softies' 'The Best Days':

You hid your smile with one hand, and with the other you held mine.

Actually, I love every single line in that song.
you're just too obscure for me

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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by darvé » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:58

humblebee wrote:"I'm lost inside a flipping vortex!"
I prefer the following from Falling Leaves -

It's like a red hotel on Mayfair,
superlative on a triple word score,
Like a battleship, you're a direct hit,
and i'm sinking..


(i think thats all correct)

Post ABR popshow at the Betsey in February i found myself in a taxi speeding towards waterloo telling anyone who'd listen (my girlfriend, her brother, the taxi driver) that was the best lyric ever written.

I was drunk on San Miguel and happiness.
and that snare drum, that drum roll
means we've got a winner

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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by alex_cornetto » Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:46

"You ain't ugly, you can kiss me if you like..."

for some reason sprung instantly to mind.

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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by crystalball » Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:53

davo wrote: I was drunk on San Miguel and happiness.
Awww! *sob*

I love this totally unassuming line by My Darling YOU!:

"But you're so young and I'm so young too so let's quit our jobs, we've got better things to do"

The Swedish kids know stuff.

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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by owen » Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:54

Furtho wrote:A killer lyric thread. My favourite is this, from The Siddeleys' Falling Off Of My Feet Again:

"But the longing of the night gives way
To the darkness of the dawn..."
Great choice.. this whole song could warrant a thread in itself really.. I mean isn't this just beautiful?

"But the lycanthrope walks easily where angels fear to tread /
I'll never be man enough for you, so i'll kick a can instead"

And so, so many classic Lucksmiths lyrics.. the first one to mind is from Smokers in Love:

"Happy and hungover on the first day of October
Struggling to remember the last night of September"
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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by DimitraDaisy » Tue Aug 19, 2008 13:14

anorak records wrote: Like a ten-year-old pretending
Summer isn't really ending"
That is my google talk status currently. So, yeah, 'tis great.

But my favourite Lucksmiths' song, lyrics-wise, has to be Self-preservation:

Getting this happy takes practice
The world would be duller without us!
You beside and bluer skies above me

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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by Furtho » Tue Aug 19, 2008 13:22

I forgot Rocketship's "Hug hug hug me and kiss kiss kiss me / Tell tell tell me you miss miss miss me"

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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by shaved head thrills » Tue Aug 19, 2008 18:13

alexie wrote:A similar lyric I love comes from The Softies' 'The Best Days':

You hid your smile with one hand, and with the other you held mine.

Actually, I love every single line in that song.
i second that!!! what an extremely pretty song
all i ever wanted was a happy happy heart!
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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by The Boy and the Cloud » Tue Aug 19, 2008 21:15

i find myself singing along to (or more accurately shouting along to) this razorcuts line more often than not:

all my life i dreamt about the letters i would write

from "first day" i believe, one of my favorite razorcuts songs. tim vass is often spot on in his lyrics, and actually almost all razorcuts lyrics were written by him.
Heaven is above your head!

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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by JohaN » Fri Aug 22, 2008 08:28

seeing as all my favourite lucksmiths lines are already posted (well, not really, i could go on and on), i was jsut coming here to post a razorcuts song too.
well, all of "jade" really, but especially:
"and i find it strange how a single day could capture every shade of the summer"
... although looking at it in isolation, it's doesn't really sound so great, does it? perhaps you need the rest of the song... or at least, you need to hear the way gregory sings it... talk of yearning
1 wasn't for the money
2 wasn't for the show
3 is GO! GO! GO!

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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by DimitraDaisy » Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:30

JohaN wrote: "and i find it strange how a single day could capture every shade of the summer"
It is brilliant! It is! It is! I've always thought this line is the definition of indiepop in a way. I think Martijn thinks so too.

Oh, and I believe the exact line is "and it's strange, looking back, how a single day seems to capture every shade of the summer".
You beside and bluer skies above me

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Re: The Best Line In Indiepop

Post by meepmeep » Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:58

Maybe not the best line in indiepop, but indeed a good one. And I always find myself singing it to myself. It's this clever one from Fosca's Storytelling Johnny:

I was getting so afraid
I nearly had a t-shirt made
saying 'Lose friends in days
- ask me how'
beepbeep

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