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If you were to get a line or five of lyrics tattoed upon you, what would you pick, and why?

Personally, I'm sure I would get something from one of Leonard Cohen's songs. Or perhaps Tom Waits.

Date: 2009-07-28 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hackerguitar.livejournal.com
Wordsworth, maybe, a couplet from his best-known sonnet:

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;

Or Yeats, from The Second Coming; almost anything from that poem will work....I've bolded a few bits I might select.

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Date: 2009-07-28 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snurri.livejournal.com
Almost certainly some Waits. "How do the angels get to sleep when the Devil leaves the porch light on?" springs immediately to mind. Pretty much encompasses the battle between good and evil, both internal and external, right there.

Date: 2009-07-28 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amy37.livejournal.com
So far, the only lyrics that have appealed to me are "half-doomed and semi-sweet". And they're really tempting me.

I thought about "I'm all right in bed but I'm better with a pen," but ... no. ;-)

Date: 2009-07-28 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drummertobeat.livejournal.com
the words i want to get tattooed aren't lyrics, but they're similar.

When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back;
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five will return, and one go alone.

Iron for the birthday, bronze carried long;
Wood from the burning, stone out of song;
Fire in the candle-ring, water from the thaw;
Six Signs the circle, and the grail gone before.

Fire on the mountain shall find the harp of gold
Played to wake the Sleepers, oldest of the old;
Power from the green witch, lost beneath the sea;
All shall find the light at last, silver on the tree.

On the day of the dead, when the year too dies,
Must the youngest open the oldest hills
Through the door of the birds, where the breeze breaks.
There fire shall fly from the raven boy,
And the silver eyes that see the wind,
And the light shall have the harp of gold.

By the pleasant lake the Sleepers lie,
On Cadfan’s Way where the kestrels call;
Though grim from the Grey King shadows fall,
Yet singing the golden harp shall guide
To break their sleep and bid them ride.

When light from the lost land shall return,
Six Sleepers shall ride, six Signs shall burn,
And where the midsummer tree grows tall
By Pendragon’s sword the Dark shall fall.

Y maent yr mynyddoedd yn canu,
ac y mae’r arglwyddes yn dod.

Date: 2009-07-28 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sowilo.livejournal.com
I don't know that I'd get this tattooed, but one of my favorite lyrics is

And you wanted to dance
So I asked you to dance
But fear is in your soul
Some people will call it a one night stand
But we can call it paradise.

yes, cheesy 80s song, but I love that lyric.

Date: 2009-07-28 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] water-of-fire.livejournal.com
I wouldn't get words tattooed on me. But if I were to, it'd be Genesis 1:3 in Hebrew.


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