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Old Jul 31, 2011, 04:29 AM   #1
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Smile what is your favorite john lennon verse lyrically?

john lennon from the beatles, not from his solo career
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Old Jul 31, 2011, 05:57 PM   #2
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Well, there are too many to name off hand.

Two that I really love are from "Across the Universe:"

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Words are flying out like
endless rain into a paper cup
They slither while they pass
They slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow waves of joy
are drifting thorough my open mind
Possessing and caressing me...

Images of broken light which
dance before me like a million eyes
That call me on and on across the universe
Thoughts meander like a
restless wind inside a letter box
they tumble blindly as
they make their way across the universe ...
and another I adore is from "Julia:"

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"Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it just to reach you Julia..."
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Old Jul 31, 2011, 08:24 PM   #3
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My favorite verse also comes from Across the Universe, but it's this passage:

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Sounds of laughter, shades of life
Are ringing through my open ears
Exciting and inviting me
Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns
It calls me on and on across the universe...
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Old Jul 31, 2011, 08:58 PM   #4
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I'm also in love with this one:

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"I'm in love for the first time
Don't you know it's gonna last?
It's a love that lasts forever,
It's a love that has no past..."
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Old Aug 01, 2011, 10:35 AM   #5
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but of all these friends and lovers
there is no one compares with you
and these memories lose their meaning
when i think of love as something new
though i know i'll never lose affection
for people and things that went before
i know i'll often stop and think about them
in my life i love you more

lennon/mccartney

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Old Aug 01, 2011, 05:27 PM   #6
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When I cannot sing my heart
I can only speak my mind, Julia

lennon/mccartney

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Old Aug 01, 2011, 08:41 PM   #7
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Saving up your money for a rainy day,
Giving all your clothes to charity.
Last night the wife said,
"Oh boy, when you're dead
You don't take nothing with you
But your soul - think!"

lennon/mccartney

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Old Aug 01, 2011, 09:02 PM   #8
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Love this one from "Girl:"

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"When I think of all the times I've tried so hard to leave her
She will turn to me and start to cry;
And she promises the earth to me
And I believe her
After all this time I don't know why"
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Old Aug 01, 2011, 10:23 PM   #9
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^ You know, the more I listen to that song, the more the "that a man must break his back to earn his day of leisure" lyric bugs me... not because it's sexist, which it most gratingly is... No, it bugs me because it's such a crappy lyric... I don't know why John let Paul add that. The rest of the song is so sexy and then, out of nowhere, a very pedestrian lyric that has nothing to do with desire, which the rest of the song is all about.
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Old Aug 01, 2011, 10:45 PM   #10
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^ You know, the more I listen to that song, the more the "that a man must break his back to earn his day of leisure" lyric bugs me... not because it's sexist, which it most gratingly is... No, it bugs me because it's such a crappy lyric... I don't know why John let Paul add that. The rest of the song is so sexy and then, out of nowhere, a very pedestrian lyric that has nothing to do with desire, which the rest of the song is all about.
Oh Maia, it's like we're the same mind sometimes. I could go on and on about why and how John's lyrics stand out exceptionally well without some contributions from others that are sort of, well, BASIC. I'll forgive that particular lyric because I can somewhat try to hum over it as I listen to that stunning song and his gorgeous voice, but I can't disagree with exactly what you just said. Thank you.
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Old Aug 02, 2011, 01:20 AM   #11
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"You know life can be long"
"And you got to be so strong"
"And the world is so tough"
"Sometimes I feel I've had enough"

... and/or, to narrow it to just one line...

"Life is what happens to you, while your busy making other plans" *

"... but you can't hear me !" ("And your bird can sing") *

* Not only for the words, but the tone in his voice when he sings these...
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Old Aug 05, 2011, 07:07 AM   #12
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Hi

Of course, I have a couple of favourite lyric-verse (from In my life, I'm the walrus, Across the Universe), but if I have to pick just one, then it would be this from "Tomorrow never knows":

"Turn off your mind, relax
and float down stream"

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Old Aug 05, 2011, 11:25 AM   #13
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"Turn off your mind, relax
and float down stream"
lol ~ I always say that to people when they're stressed out!

Another lyric I love:

"Sitting on a cornflake
Waiting for the van to come
Corporation t-shirt,
Stupid bloody Tuesday man,
You been a naughty boy
You let your face grow long"

Goo goo ga-joob
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Old Aug 05, 2011, 03:41 PM   #14
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"Sitting on a cornflake" is genius. Genius. I swear they became MY band with these crazy awesome lyrics from "I Am The Walrus" and my personal fave song of all time:

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"Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see,
It's getting hard to be someone, but it all works out
It doesn't matter much to me..."
Try and come close to the lyrics!! They are just so outstanding...sigh...oh John.
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Old Aug 06, 2011, 12:51 PM   #15
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"Sitting on a cornflake" is genius. Genius. I swear they became mY band with these crazy awesome lyrics from "I Am The Walrus" and my personal fave song of all time:

Try and come close to the lyrics!! They are just so outstanding...sigh...oh John.
Yeah, all those lyrics in John's songs during the psychedelic period are just GENIUS

I remember the deep impact of "I'm the walrus" when I listened to the lyrics. I knew I'd love that song forever - and this was more than 30 years ago

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My favourite lyric from Beatle John is:
'Images of broken light which
dance before me like a million eyes
That call me on and on across the universe'
And my favourite lyric from John overall is:
'You know life can be long
And you got to be so strong
And the world is so tough
Sometimes I feel I've had enough'
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 12:55 PM   #17
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Running everywhere at such a speed
'Til they find, there's no need
(There's no need)

speaks to me.
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 01:12 PM   #18
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Hi jeohlsson! Welcome and please post more often!
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 05:12 PM   #19
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Mine is easy.

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans"

I use this often. I don't think it's totally an original Lennon thought. But neither is Dylan's "He not busy being born, is busy dying". But he he sure knew how to use it. As did John.
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 05:44 PM   #20
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Brilliant line Colonel. I believe the original is worded slightly different, but not sure exactly what it was. I agree with you on both counts.
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