Best Verses In Music History

The greatest verses of any genre of any genre to ever grace the wonderfulness of music:

The Top Ten

1 "Imagine" - John Lennon, 1st Verse

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace - CastlevaniaFanboy128

2 "The Sound of Silence" - Simon and Garfunkel, Final Verse

That verse has been permanently etched on my memory since I first heard the song. What a brilliant work. - PetSounds

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming.
And the sign said, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence." - Donut

3 "Stairway to Heaven" - Led Zeppelin, 6th Verse

And as we wind on down the road!
Our shadow's taller than our souls!
There walks a lady we all know!
Who shines white light and wants to show!
How everything still turns to gold!
And if you listen very hard!
The truth will come to you at last!
When all is one and one is all,
To be a rock, and not to roll!
And she's buying a stairway,
To heaven... - MontyPython

4 "Stairway To Heaven" - Led Zeppelin, 4th Verse

Woe woe woe woe woe oh
If there's a bustle in your hedgerow
Don't be alarmed now
It's just a spring clean for the May Queen
Yes there are two paths you can go by
but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on

And it makes me wonder…ohhh ooh woe

Your head is humming and it won't go - in case you don't know
The piper's calling you to join him
Dear lady can you hear the wind blow and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind - Donut

5 "Time" - Pink Floyd, 2nd Verse

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking
Racing 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

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 - Donut

6 "American Pie" - Don McLean, Final Verse

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn't play

And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken
And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died
And they were singin - Donut

Reading the lyrics, compels me to listen to the song! - keycha1n

7 "Like A Rolling Stone" - Bob Dylan, Final Verse

I loved every verse of this song. - zxm

Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
They're all drinkin', thinkin' that they got it made
Exchanging all precious gifts
But you'd better take your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse
When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal. - Donut

8 "Kashmir" - Led Zeppelin, 1st Verse

Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed

Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear
But not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear
Oh, oh. - Donut

9 "Come Sail Away" - Styx, Second Verse

"I look to the sea, reflections in the waves spark my memory
Some happy, some sad
I think of childhood friends and the dreams we had
We live happily forever, so the story goes
But somehow we missed out on that pot of gold
But we'll try best that we can to carry on." - Juan-Luis

10 "Yesterday" - The Beatles, 1st Verse

Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away.
Now it looks as though they're here to stay.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly I'm not half the man I used to be.
There's a shadow hanging over me.
Oh, yesterday came suddenly. - Donut

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The Contenders

11 "Time In a Bottle" - Jim Croce, Verse 1

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day til eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you - Billyv

12 "Ruby Tuesday" - The Rolling Stones, Final Verse

There's no time to lose, I heard her say
Catch your dreams before they slip away
Dying all the time
Lose your dreams
And you will lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind? - Donut

13 "A Quick One, While He's Away" - The Who, 4th Verse

Little girl, why don't you stop your crying? I'm gonna make you feel alright!
My name is Ivor, I'm an engine
I know him well,
I know why you feel blue!
Just 'cause he's late,
don't mean he'll never get through!
He told me loves you.
He ain't no liar, I ain't either!
So let's have a smile for an old engine driver.
So let's have a smile for an old engine driver!
Please take a sweet. (Take a sweet! )
Come take a walk with me! (Walk with me! )
We'll sort it out! (Sort it out! )
Back at my place, maybe! (Back at my place, maybe! )
It'll come alright,
you ain't no fool, I ain't either!
So why not be nice to an old engine driver?
Better be nice to an old engine driver.
Better be nice to an old engine driver... - MontyPython

14 "Welcome to the Black Parade" - My Chemical Romance, 4th Verse

Do or die
You'll never make me
Because the world, will never take my heart
You can try, you'll never break me
You want it all, you wanna play this part
I won't explain or say I'm sorry
I'm unashamed, I'm gonna show my scar
Give a cheer, for all the broken
Listen here, because it's only you
I'm just a man, I'm not a hero
I'm just a boy, who's meant to sing this song
I'm just a man, I'm not a hero
I -- don't -- care - CastlevaniaFanboy128

15 "Hotel California" - The Eagles, Verse 3

Mirrors on the ceiling
The pink champagne on ice
And she said: "We are all just prisoners here of our own device" (Can you understand?! )
And in the master's chambers
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives
But they just can't kill the beast
Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
"Relax" said the night man
"We are programmed to receive
You can check-out any time you like
But you can never leave! " - peyman_eun

16 "Lose Yourself" - Eminem, Final Verse

I am a Eminem fan and this verse is killer - YanRocky

Sorry, can't remember the lyrics off-hand but I do know they are inspirational. This doesn't mean I am an Eminem fan, OK? - Britgirl

17 "One" - Metallica, Final Verse

Darkness, imprisoning me,
All that I see,
Absolute horror,
I cannot live,
I cannot die,
Trapped In Myself,
Body My Holding Cell.

Has taken my sight,
Taken my speech,
Taken my hearing,
Taken my arms,
Taken my legs,
Taken my soul,
Left me with life in hell! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

It gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. - Metal_Treasure

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18 "The Times They Are A Changing" - Bob Dylan, Final Verse

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'. - Donut

19 Crossing Field - Adapted from Sword Art Online, Chorus
20 'Dogs' - Pink Floyd, 6th/Final Verse

Who was born in a house full of pain
Who was trained not to spit in the fan
Who was told what to do by the man
Who was broken by trained personnel
Who was fitted with collar and chain
Who was given a pat on the back
Who was breaking away from the pack
(Breaking away)
Who was only a stranger at home
(Stranger at home)
Who was ground down in the end
Who was found dead on the phone
(Found dead)
Who was dragged down by the stone - FredTheGooner

21 "Changes" - David Bowie, 2nd Verse

I watch the ripples change their size but never leave the stream of warm impermanence. And so the days float through my eyes, but still the days seem the same. And these children that you spit on, as they try to change their worlds, are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through. - PetSounds

I feel so dumb now. I can't believe I forgot Bowie! Thanks for adding that part, though. - Donut

22 "Don't Talk To Strangers" - Dio,1st Verse

"Don't talk to strangers
Cause they're only there to do you harm
Don't write in starlight
'Cause the words may come out real
Don't hide in doorways
You may find the key that opens up your soul
Don't go to Heaven cause it's really only Hell
Don't smell the flowers
They're an evil drug to make you lose your mind
Don't dream of women
'Cause they'll only bring you down" - Metal_Treasure

23 "A Change of Seasons" - Dream Theater, 1st Verse
24 "The End" - The Beatles, Last Verse

"And in the end,
The love you take,
Is equal to the love you make"

Greatest lines in music history, from the greatest band of all time.

25 "What Sarah Said" - Death Cab For Cutie, Final Verse

Cause there's no comfort in the waiting room
Just nervous paces bracing for bad news
And then the nurse comes round
And everyone lifts their head
But I'm thinking of what Sarah said
That "love is watching someone die! "
So who's gonna watch you die?! - peyman_eun

26 "I'm Just The Singer In A Rock and Roll Band" - The Moody Blues, verse 2

A thousand pictures can be drawn from one word
Only who is the artist
We gotta agree
A thousand miles can lead so many ways
Just to know who is driving
What a help it would be
So if you want this world of yours to turn about you
And you can see exactly what to do
Please tell me
I'm just a singer in a rock and roll band - Billyv

27 "Isn't Life Strange" - The Moody Blues, Last Verse

Isn't life strange
A turn of a page
A book without light
Unless with love we write
To throw it away
To lose just a day
To the quicksands of time
You know it makes me want to cry, cry, cry -- - Billyv

28 The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian, Final Verse

"In my thoughts and in my dreams
They're always in my mind
These songs of hobbits, dwarves and men
And elves
Come close your eyes
You can see them too". - Metal_Treasure

29 "If You Could Read My Mind" - Gordon Lighfoot, Last Verse

If you could read my mind love
What a tale my thoughts would tell
Just like an old time movie
'bout a ghost from a wishing well
When you reach the part where the heartaches come
The hero won't be me
Heroes often fail
But if you read between the lines
you'll know that I'm just trying to understand
The feelings that you left

- tough decision as to which of the three verses of this song is the songs' best, but this is what they build to... - Billyv

30 "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" - Bob Dylan Last Verse
31 "Fade to Black" - Metallica, Final Verse

No one but me can save myself now, it's too late
Now I can't think, think why I should even try
Yesterday seems as though it never existed
Death Greets me warm, now I will just say goodbye

Compacts the emotion of an entire song in a few lines. Not to mention this overall is one of the greatest songs of all time. - Songsta41

32 "Gimme Shelter" - The Rolling Stones, 1st verse

It's actually only going, "o", but still, it summarizes the song up greatly and really relaxes you. - MontyPython

33 "Run Like Hell" - Pink Floyd, 2nd Verse

You better make your face up in your favorite disguise!
With your buttoned up lips and roller blind eyes!
With your empty smile and your hungry heart!
Feel the fire rising from your guilty past!
With your nerves in tatters as the cockshell shatters!
YOU BETTER RUN! - MontyPython

34 "The Ocean" - Led Zeppelin, Final Verse
35 "Somewhere Only We Know" - Keane, 2nd Verse

I came across a fallen tree
I felt the branches of it looking at me
Is this the place we used to love?
Is this the place that I've been dreaming of?

Oh simple thing where have you gone?
I'm getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you're gonna let me in
I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin - CastlevaniaFanboy128

36 "The Spirit Carries On" - Dream Theater, 1st Verse
37 "Baba O'Riley" - The Who, 1st Verse
38 "Supper's Ready" - Genesis, 10th Verse

There's Winston Churchill dressed in drag,
he used to be a British flag, plastic bag, what a drag.
The frog was a prince, the prince was a brick, the brick was an egg,
the egg was a bird.
(Fly away you sweet little thing, they're hard on your tail)
Hadn't you heard?
(They're going to change you into a human being! )
Yes, we're happy as fish and gorgeous as geese,
and wonderfully clean in the morning - FredTheGooner

39 "Thick As a Brick" - Jethro Tull, 6th Verse

The cattle quietly grazing at the grass down by the river
where the swelling mountain water moves onward to the sea:
the builder of the castles renews the age-old purpose
and contemplates the milking girl whose offer is his need.
The young men of the household have all gone into service
and are not to be expected for a year.
The innocent young master - thoughts moving ever faster -
has formed the plan to change the man he seems.
And the poet sheaths his pen while the soldier lifts his sword.
And the oldest of the family is moving with authority.
Coming from across the sea, he challenges the son who puts him to the run. - FredTheGooner

40 "The Weight" - The Band, 1st Verse

I pulled into Nazareth, was feeling 'bout half past dead
I just need some place where I can lay my head
Hey, mister, can you tell me, where a man might find a bed?
He just grinned and shook my hand, "No" was all he said. - zxm

41 "Stairway to Heaven" - Led Zeppelin, 2nd Verse

There's a feeling I get when I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who stand looking - zxm

42 "High Hopes" - Pink Floyd, 3rd Verse

Encumbered forever by desire and ambition
There's a hunger still unsatisfied
Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon
Though down this road we've been so many times - zxm

43 "Oniket Prantor" - Artcell, Last Verse
44 "In The Ghetto" - Elvis Presley, Last Verse

And as her young man dies
On a cold and gray Chicago morning
Another little baby child is born
In the ghetto - zxm

45 "Won't Get Fooled Again" - The Who, Third Verse

There's nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now the parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight - zxm

46 "Green Grass & High Tides" - The Outlaws, 1st Verse

In a place you always dream of, where your soul is always free
Silver stages, golden curtains, filled my head plain as could be
As a rainbow grew around the sun, all my stars above, who died
Came somewhere beyond the scene you see
These lovely people played for me - zxm

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Top Remixes

1. "Imagine" - John Lennon, 1st Verse
2. "American Pie" - Don McLean, Final Verse
3. "Stairway to Heaven" - Led Zeppelin, 6th Verse
1. "A Quick One, While He's Away" - The Who, 4th Verse
2. "Stairway to Heaven" - Led Zeppelin, 6th Verse
3. "Welcome to the Black Parade" - My Chemical Romance, 4th Verse
1. "Like A Rolling Stone" - Bob Dylan, Final Verse
2. "Time" - Pink Floyd, 2nd Verse
3. "Stairway To Heaven" - Led Zeppelin, 4th Verse


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