My Favorite Rock Quotes

(Don Chance)

Rock music is full of great lines. These are my personal favorites, an expanding set, of course. I can't say why I like these. They're just lines that for some reason I tend to remember and enjoy.
The show is over, say goodbye.
"Take a Bow"
Madonna
All the boys think she's a spy
She's got Bette Davis eyes

"Bette Davis Eyes"
Kim Carnes
Sometimes the snow comes down in June
Sometimes the sun goes ‘round the moon

"Save the Best for Last"
Vanessa Williams
Rose he knows he's such a credit to the game (how ironic)
But the Yankees grab the headlines every time

"Road to Zanzibar"
Billy Joel
And whatever road you choose
I'm right behind you, win or lose
Forever young

"Forever Young"
Rod Stewart
My momma prayed the night Chicago died
"The Night Chicago Died"
Paper Lace
Where have you gone Joe Dimaggio
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you

"Mrs. Robinson"
Simon and Garfunkle
Yoko brought a walrus
There was magic in the air

"Garden Party"
Rick Nelson
I've been this way since 1956
"Love Potion Number Nine"
The Searchers
Teach your children well
"Teach Your Children"
Crosby, Stills and Nash
Seems to me you've lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
.
"Goodbye Norma Jean."
Elton John
I saw a dead-head sticker on a Cadillac
"The Boys of Summer"
Don Henley
Well I've never been to heaven
But I been to Oklahoma

"Never Been to Spain"
Three Dog Night
Everyone keeps telling me
You're not a kid at 33
.
"Good Time Charley's Got the Blues"
Danny O'Keefe
Hit me with your best shot
Fire away

"Hit Me With Your Best Shot"
Pat Benatar
She blew my nose and then she blew my mind
"Honky Tonk Women"
Rolling Stones
The pleasures of a journey to the center of your mind
"Journey to the Center of Your Mind"
Amboy Dukes
Hello, is there anbody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me

"Comfortably Numb"
Pink Floyd
‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky
"Purple Haze"
Jimi Hendrix
When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school
"Kodachrome"
Simon and Garfunkle
I like smoke and lightning.
Heavy metal thunder

"Born to Be Wild"
Steppenwolfe
The albatross and the whale they are my brothers
"Cool Change"
Little River Band
He ain't heavy, he's my brother
"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
Hollies
Mother earth will swallow you,
Lay your body down

"Find the Cost of Freedom"
Crosby, Stills and Nash
Someone painted ‘April Fool' in big black letters on a dead end sign
"Just Dropped In"
The First Edition
If you believe in forever
Then life is just a one-night stand

"Rock and Roll Heaven"
The Righteous Brothers
He's a well respected man about town
Doing the best things so conservatively

"A Well-Respected Man"
The Kinks
And the three men I admire the most
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died

"American Pie"
Don McLean
You can check out any time you like
But you can never leave

"Hotel California"
The Eagles
It's not for lack of bread
Like the Grateful Dead

"Hair"
The Cowsills
He said to her 'How'd you like to be a star?
You're a girl who could go far
Specially dressed the way you are'

"Lady Godiva"
Peter and Gordon
A hunka-hunka burnin' love
"Burnin' Love"
Elvis Presley
I got a big fat momma trying to break me
"Sunny Afternoon"
The Kinks
And no one's getting fat
‘Cept Momma Cass

"Creque Alley"
Mamas & the Papas
I keep your picture upon the wall
It hides a nasty stain that's lying there

"I'm not in Love"
10CC
Does anyone know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"
Gordon Lightfoot
I thought it might be nice to visit my grave
See what kind of tombstone I might have

"The Frozen Man"
James Taylor
Long time ago when we was fab
"When We Was Fab" George Harrison
Life is what happens to you
While you're busy making other plans

"Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)"
John Lennon
I had a friend was a big baseball player Back in high school
He could throw that speedball by you
Make you look like a fool

"Glory Days"
Bruce Springsteen
But time slips away and leaves you with nothing mister but boring stories of
Glory days

"Glory Days"
Bruce Springsteen
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and fallin fast

"American Pie"
Don McLean
And somewhere in the darkness
The gambler he broke even
But in his final words I found
An ace that I could keep

"The Gambler"
Kenny Rogers
Marconi plays the mamba
Listen to the radio

"We Built This City"
Starship
We had it all, just like Bogie and Bacall
Starring in our own late, late show
Sailing away to Key Largo

"Key Largo"
Bertie Higgins
Skippin' over the ocean like a storm
"Everybody's Talkin'"
Harry Nilsson
Just like an old time movie
Bout a ghost from a wishing well

"If You Could Read My Mind"
Gordon Lightfoot
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind

"Colors of the Wind"
Vanessa Williams
Beyond the door, there's peace I'm sure
And I know there'll be no more tears in heaven

"Tears in Heaven"
Eric Clapton
Suddenly someone is there at the turnstile
The girl with kaleidoscope eyes

"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
The Beatles
Just a pawn outplayed by dominating queen
"Someone Saved My Life Tonight"
Elton John
My love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

"The Boys of Summer"
Don Henley
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down
"Rainy Days and Mondays"
The Carpenters
She's the terror of Colorado Boulevard
"The Little Old Lady from Pasadena"
Jan and Dean
All we are is dust in the wind
"Dust in the Wind"
Kansas
But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man
That he didn't, didn't already have

"Tin Man"
America
I was a free man in Paris
I felt unfettered and alive

"Free Man in Paris"
Joni Mitchell
My life has been a tapestry
Of rich and royal hue

"Tapestry"
Carole King
And the jailor man and sailor Sam
Were searching everyone

"Band on the Run"
Paul McCartney and Wings
Oh no one ever left alive
In nineteen-hundred eighty-five
Will ever do

"Nineteen-hundred Eighty-Five"
Paul McCartney and Wings
About how I catched the devil's snatch
And outran the hounds of hell

"Hello Old Friend"
James Taylor
Moving in silent desperation
Keeping an eye on the Holy Land

"Walking Man"
James Taylor
I get by with a little help from my friends
"With a Little Help From My Friends"
The Beatles
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

"Strawberry Fields"
The Beatles
I read the news today oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire

"A Day in the Life"
The Beatles
You can get married in Gibraltor near Spain
"The Ballad of John and Oko"
The Beatles
I got the Presidential Seal
I'm up on the Presidential Podium

"Loves Me Like a Rock"
Paul Simon
You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don't need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free

"Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover"
Paul Simon
Kathy I said as I boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh
'Michigan seems like a dream to me now'

"America"
Simon and Garfunkle
Then you flew your Learjet to Nova Scotia
To see a total eclipse of the sun

"You're So Vain"
Carly Simon
Put me in coach, I'm ready to play. Today
Look at me, I can be
Centerfield

"Centerfield"
John Fogerty
She helped me with my suitcase
She stands before my eyes
Drivin' me to the airport
And to the friendly skies

"Just a Song Before I Go"
Crosby, Stills and Nash
Sometimes even now when I'm feelin lonely and beat
I drift back in time and I find my feet
Down on Main Street

"Main Street"
Bob Seeger and the Silver Bullet Bank
Who else is gonna bring you a broken arrow
"Broken Arrow"
Rod Stewart
If I were you I'd take a permanent vacation
"My Boyfriend's Back"
The Angels
Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news.
"Roll Over Beethoven"
Chuck Berry (and later, the Beatles)


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Last updated: April 21, 2011