What single line in a song hits the hardest?
By - thesaltyscientist
“You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun”
Pink Floyd - Time
"No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun”
Its really sad how true this line is to my life. I watched most people I knew in High School go places in life and I'm still stuck here.
Dude, just walk out when they open the doors.
From "Cat's in the Cradle" the line:
"When you coming home, son? I don't know when, but we'll get together then."
As a parent realizing that your time with your kids is so incredibly limited but having all the "important things to do" (working) while they're young and you blink and have missed it all.
Yeah ima agree with this one. That song is rough if you have kids.
All of his songs really…
I like “Story of a life” from the Bottom Line live album. He’s a great storyteller.
I really liked the song until I read the lyrics. Then I realized whole nother side of parenting I had never thought about. Now I hate this song. But it's true and sad and something to keep in mind.
Yeah I hear you. It’s a sad, but also real, song.
I enjoy my wife, and I know we love each other, so I take that last line “she’s the only story…of my life” as endearing to me. I love spending time together, and doing new things, like traveling, so I have many more experiences to go through with her.
My days of “lips you never kissed” are gone, and I’m perfectly cool with that.
Just lost my father 2 weeks ago (I’m 27). And it’s hard knowing I’ll never get the chance to see his smile in person again. Or hear his laughter. Or sing songs with him.
Cherish the time you have with those that care about you and those you care about. They might be gone sooner than you know it.
My dad always played this song when I was very young, but even in the slightest bit of retrospect I realize how damn sad that was.
I can ***never*** cry, but I heard the "[that's my job](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf_UV0TAjM8&ab_channel=mahouston1022)" song at a bar I used to frequent, and for whatever reason that shit hit ***hard*** \- to the point I had to go outside and take a few to collect myself.
I think the last line, "my boy was just like me" is where it really stings.
I used to like this song, and then I became a dad.
_cries in Spanish_
"If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."
I will choose freewill!
“Quick to judge, quick to anger, slow to understand, ignorance and prejudice walk hand in hand”
Time is a valuable thing, watch it fly by as the pendulum swings
Watch it count down to the end of the day
The clock ticks life away
It's so unreal
Didn’t look out below
Watch the time go right out the window
Trying to hold on
didn't even know, I wasted it all just to watch you go
I tried so hard and got so far
But in the end, it doesn't even matter.
I had to fall, to lose it all
I know what it takes to move on / I know how it feels to lie / All I wanna do is trade this life for something new / Holding on to what I haven't got
RIP Chester Bennington
What I haven’t gooooooootttttttt
If this stupid poem could fix this home, I’d read it everyday.
so here’s your holidayyyy
I had all and then most of you, some and now none of you
Came here for this one.
I don't wanna die, I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all...
Cliché song, but that line always gets me.
Came here to post a Boh Rap lyric too. I live with bipolar disorder which manifests mainly in prolonged suicidal depressions.
“Mama, didn’t mean to make you cry
If I’m not back again this time tomorrow, carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters”
It hits hard for me.
Queen fan and bipolar person. That song triggered my my breakdown. I'd heard it a hundred times before but this time - I don't know man. I was living on a manic high with psychotic features and religious OCD. It was like someone hit a switch and went from paranoid and euphoric to paranoid and deeply depressed.
Nice, that’s what I was thinking too.
I find it so interesting that when you get a large group of people singing along with this song, they always seem to sing that line the loudest and with the most passion. Like it really resonates with them. I wonder if some people feel like it's the safest setting for them to express darker thoughts like these, like there's no risk of being too vulnerable since they're just singing along.
The whole song hits. One of my favorites.
Wreck of the Edumund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot
"Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?"
Sends chills down my spine
In a song full of powerful lyrics, this one has always stood out the most for me.
I know someday you'll live a beautiful life
I know you'll be a star
In somebody else's sky
Why can't it be
Oh can't it be mine
(Black by Pearl Jam)
The [Unplugged](https://youtu.be/5ZH2it92ZmA) performance is the rawest version.
"We belong. We belong together."
Knew that’d be here!!!
Makes me cry, every time.
Real G’s move in silence, like lasagna.
"You run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking /
It races around to come up behind you again. /
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older /
Shorter of breath, and one day closer to death."
So many fantastic Pink Floyd lyrics. “Wish You Were Here” is a personal favorite.
That's a great one, but I prefer Comfortably Numb just a bit more
I was going to write this exact verse out but it's not a single line
Fine, here's one Pink Floyd line that puts things into perspective:
"All that you touch and all that you see, all that you taste, all you feel, and all that you love, and all that you hate, all you distrust, all you save, and all that you give, and all that you deal, and all that you buy, beg, borrow or steal, and all you create, and all you destroy, and all that you do, and all that you say, and all that you eat, and everyone you meet, and all that you slight, and everyone you fight, and all that is now, and all that is gone, and all that's to come, and everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon."
Fucking listening to that song while breaking through on LSD was a whole other experience jesus fuck
The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say
"Guilty feet have got no rhythm"
True story: in 1988 I was in the Navy, at sea in the Med on a 6 month cruise. When that many guys are in one place, and everybody has money (as we hadn’t been in any port in several weeks), gambling happens…sometimes, stupid beds occur. “Careless Whisper” came on the radio and a buddy said “that’s a great line!” To which I said “Feet?? It’s not feet! It’s guilty FEELINGS got no rhythm!!!” Well the betting got pretty high pretty quick. Long story shorty: I lost $500.
I thought for the longest time it was feelings till I looked up the lyrics during an argument with a friend, I guess arguments are just the way to find out it isn't feelings. Anyways, thank you for your service
"How I wish, how I wish you were here."
Pink Floyd is great for gutwrenching lyrics
> Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
> Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
> Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
> The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say
"we're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year"
Yup. This one.
"Life is a waterfall, you're one in the river then one again after the fall"
“Children get older and I’m getting older too”
That is what I came to say. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac. There was a week that I was going through done difficult stuff and I listened to that song and it did not help.
I cannot even listen to that song it reminds me so much of sad times in life. I lunge for the skip button if it comes on!
listened to this song on the way to work the other day. dunno why but this was the only part i sang along to and it hit me kinda hard.
It’s such a melancholy song
the original version is the best but i have to say the smashing pumpkins cover is surprisingly poignant, really moving
Wrecks me now that I’m a parent, now that I’m watching my own parents get so much older…
When life leaves us blind, love keeps us kind
"Kathy, I'm lost," I said though I knew she was sleeping
I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why
The whole song is amazing!
“i’m so ugly, but that’s ok cause so are you”
nirvana - lithium
Every little thing gonna be alright
SAYING, DON'T WORRY.
"Oh don't you worry you'll find yourself. Follow your heart and nothing else. And you can do this oh babe if you try. All that I want for you my son is to be satisfied" - Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd (or Shinedown)
I got my days where I feel like a failure to both my parents for my lack of understanding and being too ignorant in understanding the luxury I had as a kid that I took for granted. All they wanted for me was the best and now I'm just making it through by a thread.
"The old man then prepares to die regretfully, that old man here is me"
The unforgiven - Metallica
The whole song hits like a train btw.
The Unforgiven II:
Lay beside me, tell me what they've done
Speak the words I want to hear, to make my demons run
The door is locked now, but it's open if you're true
If you can understand the me, then I can understand the you
The Unforgiven III:
Forgive me not
Forgive me, why can't I forgive me?
Set sail to sea but pulled off course
By the light of golden treasure
How could he know this new dawn's light
Would change his life forever?
The whole trilogy is amazing.
But will there be an unforgIVin
"And I wish grandpas never died"
“A dragon lives forever, but not so little boys.”
I'd probably still adore you with your hands around my neck
> Did you exchange a walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?
Two lines from Time, Pink Floyd.
"And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun"
This one always makes me shiver...
I turned 30 a month ago. This hit me in a new way when I listened to dark side last week
I started tearing up with the solo lol
And then David full sends it. The guitar tone does something to my skull.
" Is anyone out there " / The intro into Comfortably Numb.
Just nod if you can hear me
“How many wasted lives, how many dreams did fade away, broken promises they won’t be coming home.”
Hey, what can you say, we were overdue
But it'll be over soon, you wait...
and at the end of the day, you think to yourself, "my body is a product being sold on a shelf"
"Though it's not easy to tell you goodbye
I gotta take a risk, take a chance, make a change and breakaway"
“My biggest failures in life are knowing I never tried.”
"What hurts the most was being so close."
"Promise me a place in your house of memories"
“all you touch and all you see
Is all your life will ever be”
I don't care if it hurts
I wanna have control
I want a perfect body
I want a perfect soul
I want you to notice
When I'm not around
So fuckin' special
I wish I was special
**"I'd always hoped for better / Thought maybe together, you and me'd find it."**
Tracy Chapman, *Fast Car.*
The narrator is so selfless and hopeful throughout the entire song, as she works to break the cycle of poverty and addiction to build a good life for herself and her family, only for it to culminate in the realization that her partner, who she longed so hard would be her teammate, is inadvertently dragging her back down to the same kind of life she escaped from. It still ends on a hopeful note since she leaves him to continue down her track to a prosperous life on her own, but this line is heartbreaking--the entire song up to that point has her envisioning the two of them building that prosperous life as a team.
> It still ends on a hopeful note since she leaves him to continue down her track to a prosperous life on her own,
Maybe, but she did the same thing her mother did to her father.
One of the greatest songs of all time in my opinion.
"I hurt myself today".
From “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber (I know):
“My mama don’t like you, she likes everyone.”
That’s probably the simplest yet most devastating way of saying “You suck.”
but in the end
it doesn't really matter
"I got so tired of discussing my future
I've started avoiding the people I love
Evenings of silence and mornings of nausea"
Jeff Rosenstock - "Nausea"
It's been a long day without you, my friend
And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
We've come a long way from where we began
Oh, I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
When I see you again
"For you the blind who once could see, the bell tolls for thee"
From the song "Losing It" by Rush on the Signals album
I don’t believe in destiny, or the guiding hand of fate. I don’t believe in forever, or love as a mystical state, I don’t believe the stars or the planets, or angels watching from above, but I believe there’s a ghost of a chance we can find someone to love… and make it last…
Rush lyrics are glorious.
Roll The Bones is a great album!
Or, from an older song:
A long, long time ago / I can still remember how that music / Used to make me smile
If you wanna live life on your own terms, you gotta be willing to crash and burn
If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
"I changed myself for the internet, designed my peace of mind. I sold my soul, I'm a shell of it, cause if everybody loves my then I'm never gonna cry again"
“I can’t fucking breathe…”
*Lydia* by Highly Suspect
The buildup of the entire song is needed for the effects of the hit, but it’s awesome. It happens around 2:25
Absolutely. Johnny meant that shit.
Dark for fear of failure
An inner gloom as wide as an eye and fermenting
Deathgrip in my veins
Unveiling rancid petals
Flowering forth foul nectar
The space between a blink and a tear...
They tried to make me go to Rehab but I said no, no, no
Sadly, she was singing her epitaph, and a lot of people knew it
Sun is the same, in a relative way, but you're older. Shorter of breath, one day closer to death
There's a Tool song called Prison Sex about the cycles of abuse where the abused go on to inflict the same suffering on others, the line before the instrumental break "you look so precious now" sends chills down my spine every time
"I'll draw your bath and I'll load your gun, but I'll hope so bad that you'll bathe and hunt."
From *A Better Place, A Better Time* by Streetlight Manifesto, a song in which the singer is hopelessly begging someone they care about not to kill themselves, even if it means running away and never seeing the singer or anyone else again.
"Well, I awoke in relief, my sheets and tubes were all tangled
Weak from whiskey and pills in a Chicago hospital
And my father was there, in a chair by the window, staring so far away
I tried talking, just whispered, "So sorry, so selfish"
He stopped me and said, "Child, I love you regardless
And there's nothing you could do that would ever change this
I'm not angry, it happens
But you just can't do it again"
For an actual single line: "No one's gonna stop you from dying young and miserable and right, but do you want something better, you gotta set that shit aside"
Don't even care it was on a comedy special, Bo Burnham's All Eyes On Me goes hard.
You say the ocean's rising like I give a shit
You say the whole world's ending, honey, it already did
You're not gonna slow it, Heaven knows you tried
Got it? Good, now get inside
come and watch the skinny kid with a
steadily declining mental health
and laugh as he attempts to give you
what he cannot give himself
I cried like a bitch in Possible Ending Song too:
*Well, well, look who's inside again*
*Went out to look for a reason to hide again*
*Well, well, buddy, you found it*
*Now come out with your hands up*
*We've got you surrounded*
Learning to walk again. I believe I’ve waited long enough. Where do I begin?
"You ever love somebody so much, you can barely breathe when you're with him? You meet, and neither one of you even know what hit em." - Love The Way You Lie
I don't t have a gun... Kurt Cobain lied
“So you can leave like the sane abandoned me”
No one's gonna know this one, "The one thing I loved more than anything was used as the bomb"
"You're not special, for winning a game with someone who you know was never playing"
Moving on and getting over are not the same, it seems to me.
There is no enemy, there is no victory. Only boys who've lost their lives in the sand
The more things change, the more they stay the same - MachineHead
“Get a look at this monster he doesn’t know how to communicate his mind is in a different place can everyone give him a little bit of space”
"I thought I saw you yesterday, but I knew it wasn't you 'cause you passed away dad."
Up until that point it seems like your average breakup song. I know I'll never be able to listen to it again after my dad eventually passes (hopefully long from now)
My stupid friends are having stupid children.
From [*Danny Don't You Know* by NSP](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT8cX2-_7pQ):
"You're just going through an awkward phase from 12 to 29"
From Muse’s Hoodoo, “I’ve had recurring nightmares, I was loved for who I am, missed the opportunity to be a better man”. Always makes me stop and think
PearlJam Black ...I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life, I know you’ll be a star in somebody else’s sky, but why....why...why can it be mine?
“Billie Jean is not my lover”
"She just a ho i fucked" translation from the 80's
“Imagine all the people, living life in peace”
From XAmbassadors Unsteady- “Mama, come here, approach, appear. Daddy, I’m alone, cause this place don’t feel like home.” It hits me hard because my mom has always been very distant and sometimes even horrible to me at times while all I wanted was attention or being told that I’m a good son. My dad was kicked out by my mom and i felt alone because I love my dad and always felt happier with my dad than I did with my mom.
“And I’m jerking, but this whole bag of Viagra isn’t working” -Eminem, The Real Slim Shady
Damn, I'm tearing up
"And it's all in my head, but she's touching his
Chest now, he takes off her dress now
Let me go
I just can't look, it's killing me
And taking control"
"We need someone to talk to and someone to sweep the floor."
"I tried to defend our castle walls, but the attack came from within the halls"
Wearing our vintage misery, no I think it looked a little better on me
They blacken your eyes and then 'pologize...
Dance, little girl, and don't tell mommy a thing
Be a good little boy, and you'll get a new toy
Tell grandma you fell off the swing
Hell is for children
"You talk far too much for someone so unkind."
What happened to that kid, he used to play in the street?
I think about that kid, he looked just like me.
Had a smile, had a home, never grow old.
When we grow up, do we have to grow cold?
"It doesn't mean that much to me to mean that much to you."
I think a line by Amigo The Devil, his song "Cocaine and Abel" hit pretty hard,
"'Cause I've always been scared of loving someone, just a little bit more than I'm loved."
'Cause with my mid-youth crisis all said and done
I need to be youthfully felt 'cause, God, I never felt young
"I am not a stranger to the dark
Hide away, they say
'Cause we don't want your broken parts
I've learned to be ashamed of all my scars
Run away, they say
No one'll love you as you are
“Can I confess? I’ve been hanging round your old address.
Years have proved, to offer nothing since you moved.
You’re all gone…and I can’t move on”
This song didn’t smash records for nothing. It captures a phase we all go through at some stage in life. Stellar stuff.
You are someone else
I am still right here
"what does the fox say? DINGDINGDINGDINGDINGDINGDINGDINGDINGDINGDING" - 😪
Dreams die in silence and piece by piece you go with them, forsaken, unseen
Dying In silence - Heaven shall burn
"There is no enemy"
-Cliffs of Gallipoli, Sabaton
"*while you're doin' fine, theres some people and I, who have a really tough time getting through this life, so excuse us while we sing to the sky*"
Twenty Øne Piløts
I tried so hard and got so far
But in the end it doesn't even matter
I had to fall to lose it all
But in the end it doesn't even matter
Linkin Park - In the End
im sexy and i know it
*"who let the dogs out?!"*
Hurt by Johny Cash. "Everyone I know goes away in the end."
Baby shark do do do do do.
Basically anything Bob Dylan said from 1965-1966. Except that Rainy Day Women song. That's such an odd outlier.
Anything from a song like Visions of Johanna has such powerful imagery
Masters of war has a ton of lines that stick out to me.
“Ain’t worth the blood that runs through your veins.”
“Even Jesus would never forgive what you do.”
“All the money you made will never buy back your soul.” The song is ruthless . I’d have to agree there are a ton of Dylan songs that aren’t talked about as much but the writing is very powerful to me. I can’t do schoolwork or any work while listening to Dylan because it’s like he forces you to actually listen to the song.
I don’t wanna die, but I sometimes wish I was never born at all
mama, just killed a man
"One more thing - it looked like me, back when in breathed. Rest in Peace."
Such a dark song
I’m pretty sure I wasn’t your first choice
I think I was the last one remaining
"Defeats in the evening rain will make me stronger"
I dont want to make the same mistake
We're all born from the burst of a star
"You found your faith and turned on heaven. You're now where you belong. Judas, Judas. You found your faith when all was blackened. Your blame and shame all be gone." - Lord of the Lost - The gospel of Judas.
Hits me hard because of some very personal reasons.
And as for friends youvdont have any
The older I get the more that I see, my parents aren't heroes, they're just like me
And I'll smile and I'll learn to pretend, and I'll never be open again.
“Catching things and eating their insides, like indecision to call you…”
Now wait, wait, wait for me, please hang around; I'll see you when I fall asleep.
And if you ask me how I'm feeling
Don't tell me you're too blind to see
“I was too lost in the way that others perceive me
To remember that being oneself, is supposed to be easy” Hellions, 24
“How many friend around me are helping me lose? How many excuses until I’m excused?”
At the beginning of the Les miserables song "On my own" there was a segment
"Sometimes I walk alone at night when everybody else is sleeping, I think of him and Im happy with the company I'm keeping. The city goes to bed, and I can live inside my head"
And all i wanna hear is the message beep..
"All this time I was finding myself, and I did know I was lost."
“I had all and then most of you, some and now none of you.”
“I don’t want to battle from beginning to end, I don’t want a cycle of recycle revenge”
From “I’m Still Standing” - Your blood like winter freezes just like ice