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What are your favourite lyrics/lines in their songs?

At the time of posting this I am really liking the delivery and clever writing in Bad Apples:

"I've got a headache like a mother twice the price of my thrills"


"now we're down in the deep end where they'd love to watch you drown

I said your laundry could use washing, we'll hang it up all over town

Cuz Hollywood's like a dryer, and we're down on sunset strip

And you'll be sucking down the clorox 'till your life's so nice and crisp"

Also, Rocket Queen has some good double meanings all lined up nicely:

"i can turn on anyone just like I turned on you

Ive got a tongue like a razor, a sweet switch blade knife"


"And if you turn me on to anything, you better turn me on tonight"

I hope I got those right...

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With a misfired synapse

with a bent configuration

I'll hold the line while you gasp for breath

Yep, that's a good one!

I'm dying to just pollute my own thread with all of my own favourites, but that'd destroy the point I guess. I'm betting that as with the above line people are going to point out shit I hadn't taken particular notice of before.

I'm brand new to this forum and kind of loving being able to geek out like this btw. It'll take some of the pressure of my girlfriend who couldn't give less of a shit about Guns N Roses. She tries to act interested... When she is in a good mood.

One last thing,

Nobody gets to use "with your bitch slap ra..." cuz it's too obvious. So I have decided.

Actually, now I'm interested in whether or not anybody was gunna say that.

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There were always ample warning
There were always subtle signs
And you would have seen them coming
But we gave you too much time
And when you said that no one's listening
Why'd your best friend drop a dime
Sometimes we get so tired of waiting for a
Way to spend our time

And it's so easy to be social
It's so easy to be cool
Yeah, its easy to get hungry
When you ain't got shit to lose
And I wish that I could help you
With what you hope to find
But I'm still out here waiting
Watching reruns of my life
When you reach the point of breaking
Know it's gonna take some time
To heal those broken memories
That another man would need
Just to survive

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Some of my favourites off the top of my head:

"It's harder to live with the truth about you than to live with the lies about me." - Sorry

"By a parlor trick or some words of wit, a hidden hand up a sleeve to think, the one you love could hurt you now is a little hard to believe, but everybody darlin' sometimes bites the hand that feeds." & "If someone really cared, then they'd take the time to spare, a moment to try and understand another one's despair, remember in this game we call life that no one said it's fair."

- Breakdown

"Your only validation is living your own life, vicarious existence is a fucking waste of time." - Don't Damn Me

"Most organized religions make a mockery of humanity, our governments are dangerous and out of control. The Garden of Eden is just another graveyard, said if they'd find someone to buy it, said I'm sure they'd sell my soul." - Garden of Eden

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The CITR outro is, IMO, the best lyrical piece Axl has ever written:

"On an ordinary day

Not in an ordinary way

All at once the song I heard

No longer would it play

For anybody

Or anyone

That needed comfort from somebody

Needed comfort from someone

Who cared

To be

Not like you

And unlike me"


"You took our innocence

Beyond our stares

Sometimes the only thing

We counted on

When no one else was there"

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You can use your illusion, let it take you where it may,

we live and learn and then sometimes it's best to walk away.


Funny how everything was roses, when we held on to the guns,

just because you're winning', don't mean you're the lucky ones

Coma: the whole Outro-part


This melody inside of me still searches for solution

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Truth is the truth hurts don't you agree? it's harder to live with the truth about you than to live with the lies about me

I'll never find anyone to replace you. Guess I'll have to make it through this time; oh this time....without you.

and this one :)

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..any line pre Chinese. I guess Slash and Duff were onto something after all (..see other thread about Axl moaning about what Slash and Duff *possibly* said about Axl's writing abilities :D )

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" You can have anything you want, but you better not take it from me" Welcome to the Jungle

"Double talkin jive, get the money mother fucker, cause I got no more patience" double talkin Jive

God so many amazing lines so little time to write them all down.

I think every GNR song has lines that are awesome and we can identity with at one time or another.

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My hands are tied
The billions shift from side to side
And the wars go on with brainwashed pride
For the love of God and our human rights
And all these things are swept aside
By bloody hands time can't deny
And are washed away by your genocide
And history hides the lies of our civil wars

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Civil War has some great lines throughout, with the exception of "human grocery store...aint that fresh" bit.

Don't Damn Me has some good ones:

Be it a song or casual conversation
To hold my tongue speaks
Of quiet reservations
Your words once heard
They can place you in a faction
My words may disturb
But at least there's a reaction...

...But your delusions are yours and not mine
We take for granted we know the whole story
We judge a book by its cover
And read what we want
Between selected lines

And of course Estranged:

When I find out all the reasons
Maybe I'll find another way
Find another day
With all the changing seasons of my life
Maybe I'll get it right next time
An now that you've been broken down
Got your head out of the clouds
You're back down on the ground
And you don't talk so loud
An you don't walk so proud
Any more, and what for

Well I jumped into the river
Too many times to make it home
I'm out here on my own, an drifting all alone
If it doesn't show give it time
To read between the lines
'Cause I see the storm getting closer
And the waves they get so high
Seems everything We've ever known's here
Why must it drift away and die

I'll never find anyone to replace you
Guess I'll have to make it thru, this time- Oh this time
Without you

I knew the storm was getting closer
And all my friends said I was high
But everything we've ever known's here
I never wanted it to die


We all come in from the cold
We come down from the wire
And everybody warms themselves
to a different fire

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