The cards are no good that your are holding unless you're from another world.
Sold my guitar to the baker's son for a few crumbs and a place to hide.
I was so much older then; I'm younger than that now. From the back pages.
I have tried my hand at bribery, blackmail, and deceit. And I've served time for everything, cept beggin on the street.
You're better than no one and no one is better than you.
As he weeps to wicked birds of prey, who pick up on his bread crumb sins, and there are no sins inside the Gates of Eden.
In writing songs, I've learned as much from Cezanne as I have from Woody Guthrie.
Dead man, dead man
When will you arise?
Cobwebs in your mind
Dust upon your eyes.
You hurt the ones that I love best and cover up the truth with lies. One day you'll be in the ditch, flies buzzin' around your eyes.
Charity is suppose to cover up for a multitude of sins.
It will scramble your head and drag your brain about, sometimes you gotta do like Elvis did and shoot the damn thing out.
Well the deputy walks on hard nails and the preacher rides a mount, But nothing really matters much it's doom alone that counts.
The man in the coon skin cap in the pig pen wants eleven dollar bills, you've only got ten.
Because Dickens and Dostoyevsky and Woody Guthrie were telling their stories much better than I ever could, I decided to stick to my own mind.
You have to work out where your place is. And who you are. But we're all spirit. That's all we are, we're just walking dressed up in a suit of skin, and we're going to leave that behind.
You've got to lose your passion for dumbness.
I fought with my twin, the enemy within.
I once loved a girl, her skin it was bronze With the innocence of a lamb, she was gentle like a fawn I courted her proudly but now she is gone Gone as the season she's taken.
The executioner's face is always well hidden.
Done so many evil things in the name of love, it's a crying shame. I never did see no fire that could put out a flame.
You five and ten cent women with nothing in your heads, I got a real gal I'm loving and Lord I'll love her 'til I'm dead.
When I first heard Elvis' voice, I knew that I wasn't going to work for anybody ... hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail.
Your mind is a your temple, keep it beautiful and free. Don't let an egg get laid in it by something you can't see.
God knows there's a heaven.
I really don't like to hurt myself. I have a good understanding with all the women who have been in my life, whether I see them occasionally or not.
Sailin' 'round the world in a dirty gondola
Oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!
She had bullets in her eyes and they fired.
I've never gone for having a great voice, for cultivating one. I'm still not doing it now.
How many times have you heard someone say If I had his money I'd do things my way Hmm, but little they know Hmm, it's so hard to find One rich man in ten with a satisfied mind.
I believe in you, even though I be outnumbered.
Get jailed, jump bail, join the Army if you fail.
To preach of peace and brotherhood, oh what might be the cost? A man he did it long ago, and they hung him on a cross.
Well, it's always been my nature to take chances My right hand drawing back while my left hand advances.
Maybe in the 90s or possibly in the next century people will look upon the 80s as the age of masturbation, when it was taken to the limit; that might be all that's going on right now in a big way.
Mona Lisa must have had the highway blues; you can tell by the way she smiles.
I am against nature. I don't dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can't touch with decay.
He hands you a nickel, he hands you a dime. He asks you with a grin, if you're having a good time.
Advertising signs: they con you into thinking you're the one That can do what's never been done That can win what's never been won Meantime life outside goes on all around you.
Mothers tell your children not to do the things I have done, to spend my life in sin and misery in the House of the Rising Sun.
I can't see my reflection in the waters, I can't speak the sounds that show no pain. I can't hear the echo of my footsteps, or can't remember the sound of my own name.
If there's an original thought out there, I could use one right now.
Proud to steal her anything she sees, but you will wind up peeking through her key hole down upon your knees.
On the stone that remains carved next to his name, his epitaph plain, only a pawn in their game.
Art is the perpetual motion of illusion. The highest purpose of art is to inspire. What else can you do? What else can you do for any one but inspire them?
My love is like some raven at my window with a broken wing.
Life is sad, life is a bust, all you can do is do what you must.
The good Samaritan, he's getting dressed, he's getting ready for the show. He's going to the carnival tonight on Desolation Row.
I was down in the sewer with some little lover.
I've been sitting down studying the Art of Love. I think it will fit me like a glove.
Shedding off one more layer of skin, Keeping one step ahead of the persecutor within.
A cork screw to my heart, ever since we've been apart.
Sometimes I wonder what it's gonna take to find dignity.
You just have to keep going to find that thing that lets you in the door. Sometimes in life when that day comes and you're given the key, you throw it away.
Gold will never free your father, the price, my dear, is you instead.
She knows there's no success like failure, and that failure's no success at all.
It may look like I'm moving but I'm standing still.
There's not even room enough to be anywhere It's not dark yet, but it's getting there... I was born here and I'll die here against my will I know it looks like I'm moving, but I'm standing still.
Lord knows I've paid my dues getting through, tangled up in blue.
You swore you'd never compromise With the mystery tramp, but now you realise He's not selling any alibis As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes And say, do you want to make a deal How does it feel.
I'll remember you. When I've forgotten all the rest.You to me were true. You to me were the best.
Shadows are falling and I've been here all day It's too hot to sleep, time is running away Feel like my soul has turned into steel I've still got the scars that the sun didn't heal.
I just try to understand that tomorrow is another day.
Too much information about nothing.
Everything from toy guns that spark
To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark
It's easy to see without looking too far
That not much is really sacred.
If you don't underestimate me, I won't underestimate you.
I realize I don't do a very good job in keeping up to date, but I try to.
How many times can a man turn his head, and pretend that he just doesn't see?
Watch waterfalls of pity roar, you feel to moan but unlike before, you discover that you'd just be one more person crying.
You know, the streets are filled with vipers Who've lost all ray of hope You know, it ain't even safe no more In the palace of the Pope.
The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handle.
There used to be a time when the idea of heroes was important. People grew up sharing those myths and legends and ideals. Now they grow up sharing McDonalds and Disneyland.
Now, each of us has his own special gift And you know this was meant to be true. And if you don't underestimate me I won't underestimate you.
I feel like falling in love with the first woman I meet, putting her in a wheel-barrow and wheeling her down the street.
If you choose to live outside the law, you must obey the law more stringently than anyone.
You got men who can't hold peace and women who can't control their tongues. The rich seduce the poor, and the old seduce the young.
You don't count the dead, when god's on your side.