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  • Great Hard Rock/Metal lyricists...

    As most of you know it's not easy writing hard rock/metal lyrics that don't quickly become dated sounding or embarrassing to listen to as you get a bit older.  I was never really one to go in for all of that rainbow, wizards, dungeon & dragons/lord of the rings type fantasy lyrics so much preferring things that are more grounded in actual daily life experiences. So with that said I'd like to pay tribute to a couple of guys named Phil.  Lynott and Mogg alphabetically.  Both of these guys could really turn a phrase and were very handy with the double entendres and sexual innuendo as well but usually not in a cringe-inducing type way.  I was listening to some UFO and Thin Lizzy over the weekend and found myself alternately laughing, crying and contemplating the meaning of love,life and the universe. Obviously guys like Freddie Mercury, Steven Tyler and Bon Scott were excellent at this as well but in my mind the two Phils were/are just a notch above.  That's all folks...


  • #2

    Eddie Spaghetti of Supersuckers.

     

     

    www.kingsofthedrink.com







    Originally Posted by Prages


    I think everyone in the world has been lonely at some point in their life...and most of them could have probably written a more betterest song about it.









    Originally Posted by tiger roach


    Once my mom told me not to go outside because there was a bird fight going on. I thought, "Bird fight, WTF? She can't really think I would fall for that crap." So I went outside anyway and a bird pecked me on the head.









    Originally Posted by gennation


    Negatory, even dressed as a man I'm more of a man than you.

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    • 335clone
      335clone commented
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      Sandy Pearlman/Richard Metzler

       

      /thread


    • Mav64
      Mav64 commented
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      fanuvbrak wrote:

      Eddie Spaghetti of Supersuckers.

       

       


      I'll take your word for it brak...


  • #3

    Oli Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon

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    • Mav64
      Mav64 commented
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      shredderboy1658 wrote:

      Oli Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon


      Again I'd have to take your word for it bud but I'd have a hard time believing his stuff measures up to classic TL/UFO...where are all the forumites with good taste in songwriting???  Place gets more depressing daily...


    • 335clone
      335clone commented
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      shredderboy1658 wrote:

      Oli Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon


      How on earth can you tell without reading along?


  • #4

    There is no such animal.

    Keep the company of those who seek the truth, and run from those who have found it.

    -- Vaclav Havel

    The Universe is unimaginably vast. For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.

    -- Carl Sagan


    Life - the way it really is - is a battle not between Bad and Good but between Bad and Worse.

    -- Joseph Brodsky

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    • CGord
      CGord commented
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      Red Ant wrote:

      There is no such animal.


      The girl in the Slayer jacket
      Gave me my first kiss
      When I was in the seventh grade
      She used to smoke
      Weed with my older sister
      In the woods behind the arcade
      The woods behind the arcade
      She had thick skin
      But if you cut her
      The wound
      Would bleed forever
      She would bleed forever
      She
      She would bleed forever
      She hung herself
      From an overpass
      Down in McLean
      Where the old trees loom
      Her parents
      Tried to sue Slayer
      They blamed her boyfriend and PCP
      But the truth is her eyes
      Had been dead since she was five
      She just hadn't disposed of her body


  • #5

    Mav64 wrote:

    As most of you know it's not easy writing hard rock/metal lyrics that don't quickly become dated sounding or embarrassing to listen to as you get a bit older.  I was never really one to go in for all of that rainbow, wizards, dungeon & dragons/lord of the rings type fantasy lyrics so much preferring things that are more grounded in actual daily life experiences. So with that said I'd like to pay tribute to a couple of guys named Phil.  Lynott and Mogg alphabetically.  Both of these guys could really turn a phrase and were very handy with the double entendres and sexual innuendo as well but usually not in a cringe-inducing type way.  I was listening to some UFO and Thin Lizzy over the weekend and found myself alternately laughing, crying and contemplating the meaning of love,life and the universe. Obviously guys like Freddie Mercury, Steven Tyler and Bon Scott were excellent at this as well but in my mind the two Phils were/are just a notch above.  That's all folks...


    "I always get chocolate stains on my pants"

    If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face...forever

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    • wok
      wok commented
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      I agree the majority of metal singers can't write good lyrics to save their lives, however there are a few exceptions

      I always thought Dark Tranquillity's Mikael Stanne writes great lyrics

      Arkhangelsk

      Willed by winter's so called frost
      Fix the in anxieties from grip
      The frost that burned the honorees
      Underneath the heavy clouds
      The lifted sword, the broken shield
      The hand that drew the final word
      From the frozen mouth of Arkhangelsk

      Let them go, let them burn the world to cinders
      Let the rats run down
      Falling through the tungsten skies
      The burning clouds of Arkhangelsk

      To the eye of judgement now
      What will stand when time of the end (time of the end)?

      Center stone, into fire
      All to nothing and nothing to lose
      They gather groaning to the souls
      Of the grinding wheels of Arkhangelsk

      With one word, one movement in the fabric
      Everything dies
      The storm that sweeps the world away
      From the frozen plains of Arkhangelsk

      Inherit from the morning star
      What others brought
      And the land, forgot

      Soaring through van allen belts
      Through blazing stars, through dying suns
      Collide not now, but carry us
      Through the burning air of Arkhangelsk

      And I think Portal has some evocative lyrics:

      The Endmills

      Propelling sour roots
      Implanting neath

      Parasitic antique mills
      Decrepit inelegant ornaments
      Habitual origin equivocal

      Four crooked limbs
      In creaking circuition
      Instruments for the swey
      Antique gluttons exhaust
      Deflate the living earth

      Werships

      Fogging stark crepuscules
      Awash with squalid aghast
      Course in septic blight

      Drones of inequity
      Servile of the manors steer
      Knell of antiquate tide

      Sub-ornament creaking carcasses
      Stagger blackest harbours
      Moored frothing profuse



      Bow, oh graving faces
      Bow, oh graving faces
      Bow, oh graving faces
      Bow, oh graving faces


  • #6

    I think there are some obvious B+ lyricists....SOAD had a few cool lyric moments. Does alternative count? Pearl Jam, Weezer etc had a few nice moments.

     

    This very cool way of describing depression, self awareness, and a glimmer of hope all at once by King's X:

    SHOES

    there can be but better ways from yesterdays to me
    somewhere there are better days for better ways to be
    sunny days have funny ways of quieting the roar
    is it still a blessed thing to live and live some more

    and I'm left with the truth and I'm right in my mind
    given some of the time maybe never
    so I walk in these shoes
    when I feel it's the blues
    if it ain't it will do

    I woke up early one morning like I'd been under a spell
    gazed into the mirrored reflection
    said I had to do it or else

     

    and I'm left with the truth and I'm right in my mind
    given some of the time maybe never
    so I walk in these shoes
    when I feel it's the blues
    if it ain't it will do

    "Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work" - Gustave Flaubert

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    • fanuvbrak
      fanuvbrak commented
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      Not hard rock, but Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood and Jason Isbell have all had great lyrics. Rhett Miller from Old 97's writes really good stuff, too:

       

      Richard Wagner's letters to his lover Mathilde were a mess
      He should have quit before he had written the address
      They made love on the mezzanine her husband was his friend
      Vienna in a fugue-state working on a thing
      That when he finished it took almost seven hours to sing
      He still found time to write to her his heart-exploding words
      Our love surpassed our love so fast
      Our love's all wrong our love goes on and on
      Our love became our love by name when I wrote it to you in a song
      Our love goes on and on
      Our love our love
      Kafka in his letters to his lover Milena was alive
      But he was waiting for a love that never would arrive
      Their rendezvous was singular her husband was his friend
      She is a living fire she is a reason to live
      She is killing me burning only for him
      I'll spend my whole life loving her my heart exploding words
      Our love surpassed our love so fast
      Our love's all wrong our love goes on and on
      Our love became our love by name when I wrote it to you in a song
      Our love goes on and on
      Our love our love our love our love
      Our love surpassed our love so fast
      Our love's all wrong our love goes on and on
      Our love became our love by name when I wrote it to you in a song
      Our love goes on and on our love our love
      Our love our love our love our love our love


  • #7

    And btw brak, all those cats you mentioned are great lyricists. I'd include Todd Snyder and Townes Van Zant.

    "Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work" - Gustave Flaubert

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    • Calum
      Calum commented
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      One likes to believe in the freedom of music.


  • #8

    Jus Oborn!  m/


     


    Hail covens this is it
    a thousand amps toll the end time riff
    the sky a coffin lid
    all condemned beneath its shadow
    the chosen few, the chosen knew
    spelled out in the stars his prophecy
    raise your fists, now you exist
    the bell of doom strikes 13th hour

    the time has come
    all, the chosen time to put down your bongs
    take up a knife, end all life
    legalise drugs and murder
    Satanas Luciferus we pledge these souls to you
    now Satans slaves, your lives weren't saved
    die now in the shadow of the pentagram


     


     


     


     

    Originally Posted by Calum


    Is she cuddling a dirty swan?









    Originally Posted by vikingrat


    The world doesn't need a new generation of hippies.

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    • wok
      wok commented
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      Motorik wrote:

      Jus Oborn!  m/

       

      Hail covens this is it
      a thousand amps toll the end time riff
      the sky a coffin lid
      all condemned beneath its shadow
      the chosen few, the chosen knew
      spelled out in the stars his prophecy
      raise your fists, now you exist
      the bell of doom strikes 13th hour

      the time has come
      all, the chosen time to put down your bongs
      take up a knife, end all life
      legalise drugs and murder
      Satanas Luciferus we pledge these souls to you
      now Satans slaves, your lives weren't saved
      die now in the shadow of the pentagram

       

       

       

       


      m/ m/ 


    • Mav64
      Mav64 commented
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      Motorik wrote:

      Jus Oborn!  m/

       

      Hail covens this is it
      a thousand amps toll the end time riff
      the sky a coffin lid
      all condemned beneath its shadow
      the chosen few, the chosen knew
      spelled out in the stars his prophecy
      raise your fists, now you exist
      the bell of doom strikes 13th hour

      the time has come
      all, the chosen time to put down your bongs
      take up a knife, end all life
      legalise drugs and murder
      Satanas Luciferus we pledge these souls to you
      now Satans slaves, your lives weren't saved
      die now in the shadow of the pentagram

       

       

       

       


      High-Larious!



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