Free Fallin' Tom Petty Download 'Free Fallin'' on iTunes
For National Poetry Day, let's dip into the lyric book to rifle through some of the greatest quotes in music.
"Punctured bicycle... on a hillside desolate / Will nature make a man of me yet?" Photo: PA
“Blackbird singing in the dead of night / Take these broken wings and learn to fly.” Photo: PA
“Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld / So I can sigh eternally.” Photo: PA
"Libraries gave us power / Then work came and made us free / What price now for a shallow piece of dignity?"
"You used to get it in your fishnets / Now you only get it in your night dress / Discarded all the naughty nights for niceness / Landed in a very common crisis."
"I'll be the corpse in your bathtub / Useless / I'll be as deaf as a post / If you hold me like a newborn / Whisper what you feel / My badly strung declaration / To you."
"Rows of houses, all bearing down on me / I can feel their blue hands touching me."
"Jealousy, turning saints into the sea / Swimming through sick lullabies / Choking on your alibis."
"Trapped in a prism, in a prism of light / Alone in the darkness, darkness of white / We fell in love, alone on a stage / In the reflective age."
"Time on your side it'll never end / The most beautiful thing you can ever spend / But you work in a shirt with your name tag on it / Drifting apart like a plate tectonic."
"But we're trash you and me / We're the litter on the breeze / We're the lovers on the streets .|
"And into the sea / Goes pretty England and me / Around the bay of Biscay / And back for tea / Hit traffic on the Dogger bank / Up the Thames to find a taxi rank / Sail on by with the tide / And go to sleep."
"It's on America's tortured brow / That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow / Now the workers have struck for fame / 'Cause Lennon's on sale again."
"Bones sinking like stones / All that we've fought for / Homes, places we've grown / All of us are done for."
"All this talk of getting old / It's getting me down my love / Like a cat in a bag, waiting to drown / This time I'm comin' down."
"First night of your life / Curled up on your own / Looking at you now / You would never know"
"A heart of stone, a smoking gun / I can give you life, I can take it away."
"You came on your own, that's how you'll leave / With hope in your hands and air to breathe."
"Have you noticed, I've never been impressed / By your friends from New York and London / I'll level accusations like the press / Till you realise that you've dressed yourself in tatters."
"This is the straw, final straw in the / Roof of my mouth as I lie to you / Just because I'm sorry doesn't mean / I didn't enjoy it at the time."
"You spent the evening unpacking books from boxes / You passed me up so as not to break a promise / Scattered Polaroids and sprinkled words around your collar / In the long run, you said you knew that this would happen."
"So I'll start a revolution from my bed / Cause you said the brains I had went to my head / Step outside, summertime's in bloom / Stand up beside the fireplace / Take that look from off your face / You ain't ever gonna burn my heart out."
"Nightswimming deserves a quiet night / The photograph on the dashboard, taken years ago / Turned around backwards so the windshield shows / Every streetlight reveals the picture in reverse." Still, it's so much clearer
"She tried to peel me off the pavement / Tried to insinuate sometimes / I am in danger of going too far / Asked me would I like to go for tea and toast."
"An ending fitting for the start / You twist and tore our love apart / Your light fingers threw the dark / That shattered the lamp and into darkness it cast us."