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Great topic!

My all time favorite lyric is from a Bruce Cockburn song “Call It Democracy.”

The section I like best is…

Sinister cynical instrument
Who makes the gun into a sacrament --
The only response to the deification
Of tyranny by so-called "developed" nations'
Idolatry of ideology

I never thought anyone would work “idolatry of ideology” into a song lyric, but then Bruce did it!

The whole stinking song gets more apt every year, and it’s 25 years old.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3SQkUSe-ng

The whole song is...

Padded with power here they come
International loan sharks backed by the guns
Of market hungry military profiteers
Whose word is a swamp and whose brow is smeared
With the blood of the poor

Who rob life of its quality
Who render rage a necessity
By turning countries into labour camps
Modern slavers in drag as champions of freedom

Sinister cynical instrument
Who makes the gun into a sacrament --
The only response to the deification
Of tyranny by so-called "developed" nations'
Idolatry of ideology

North South East West
Kill the best and buy the rest
It's just spend a buck to make a buck
You don't really give a flying fuck
About the people in misery

IMF dirty MF
Takes away everything it can get
Always making certain that there's one thing left
Keep them on the hook with insupportable debt

See the paid-off local bottom feeders
Passing themselves off as leaders
Kiss the ladies shake hands with the fellows
Open for business like a cheap bordello

And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy

See the loaded eyes of the children too
Trying to make the best of it the way kids do
One day you're going to rise from your habitual feast
To find yourself staring down the throat of the beast
They call the revolution

IMF dirty MF
Takes away everything it can get
Always making certain that there's one thing left
Keep them on the hook with insupportable debt

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Going more popish, I like bits of some songs where the rest of the song leaves me flat, but the lyrical bit shines.

Sneaking cool references into songs pleases me….

“Just like Pagliacci did
I keep my sorrows hid”

And also…

"It's no use, he sees her
He starts to shake and cough
Just like the old man in
That book by Nabokov"

Really, Pagliacci and Nabokov in pop lyrics? Well done!


I will also go with Bob Dylan still being the bomb. “Spirit on the Water” is killer, as is “Mississippi” (the version from disc one of Tell Tale Signs is worth the price of the whole album.)

I like this little line about his woman…

"Can't explain
The sources of this hidden pain
You burned your way into my heart
You got the key to my brain."
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