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

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."

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

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...

4 "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

5 "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

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

6 "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

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

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.

I loved every verse of this song.

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.

9 "Lose Yourself" - Eminem, Final Verse

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?

I am a Eminem fan and this verse is killer

10 "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."

The Contenders

11 "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.

It's the perfect pop song.

12 "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

13 "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?

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

[Spoken]
Little girl, why don't you stop your crying? I'm gonna make you feel alright!
[Sung]
My name is Ivor, I'm an engine
driver!
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...

15 "Welcome to the Black Parade" - My Chemical Romance, 4th Verse
16 "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! "

17 "One" - Metallica, Final Verse

It gives me goosebumps every time I hear it.

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'.

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

21 "Bad Guy" - Eminem, Last Verse

Diffidently ems best verse

22 "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" - Bob Dylan Last Verse

This should be one... I looked this up just to see where it was ranked

23 "Piano Man" - Billy Joel
24 "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.

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

25 "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.

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