Thursday, July 23, 2009

Rock On

In this post, I'm paying homage to some of the most inspiring rock marvels and their creators that have been a significant part of our times and before and will remain so long after! Check out the emboldened portions of the lyrics and stop for a moment before it occurs to you that they do reflect parts of your life!

There you go.........

Lay beside me, under wicked sky
Through black of day, dark of night, we share this pair of lives
The door cracks open, but there's no sun shining through
Black heart scarring darker still, but there's no sun shining through

-- Unforgiven II, Metallica, 1998

You were caught on the crossfire of childhood and stardom,
blown on the steel breeze.
Come on you target for faraway laughter,
come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!

-- Shine on you crazy diamond, Pink Floyd, 1975

Many times I've been a traveller, I looked for something new
In days of old, When nights were cold
I wandered without you, But those days I thought my eyes
Had seen you standing near, Though blindness is confusing
It shows that you're not here

-- Soldier of Fortune, Deep Purple, 1974

Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us
To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side
Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again
Dragged by the force of some inner tide
At a higher altitude with flag unfurled
We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed up world

-- High Hopes, Pink Floyd, 1994

There's a sign on the wall, But she wants to be sure
cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, There's a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.

-- Stairway to Heaven, Led Zepplin, 1971

Now the suns gone to hell, And the moons riding high
Let me bid you farewell, Every man has to die
But its written in the starlight, And every line on your palm
Were fools to make war, On our brothers in arms

-- Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, 1985

I awake to find no peace of mind.
I said how do you live, As a fugitive?
Down here, where I cannot see so clear
I said what do I know? Show me the right way to go.

-- Spies, Coldplay, 2000

The world is closing in, Did you ever think
That we could be so close, like brothers
The future's in the air, I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change

-- Wind of Change, Scorpions, 1990

Sometimes I need some time...on my
own Sometimes I need some time...all alone
Everybody needs some time...on their own
Don't you know you need some time...all alone

-- November Rain, Guns N Roses, 1992

Then fly away from here, Anywhere
Yeah, I don't care, We'll just fly away from here
Our hopes and dreams are out there somewhere
Won't let time pass us by, We'll just fly

-- Fly away from here, Aerosmith, 2001

I laughed and shook his hand, I made my way back home,
I searched for form and land, Years and years I roamed,
I gazed a gazely stare, We walked a million hills -- I must have died alone,
A long long time ago.

-- The Man who sold the World, Nirvana, 1993

I take a walk outside, I'm surrounded by some kids at play
I can feel their laughter, so why do I sear?
Oh, and twisted thoughts that spin round my head
I'm spinning, oh, I'm spinning, How quick the sun can drop away

-- Black, Pearl Jam, 1991


The aforesaid list is certainly not exhaustive and more inputs are welcome via comments


  1. Oh some wonderful lines, Rak...a fine set, i got to listen to some of them

    & so many more favourite lyrics....Now, i was listening to this...a tribute to Vangogh:


  2. How does it feel...
    To be on your own....
    with no direction home...
    a complete unknown...
    like... a rolling stone!

    Like a rolling stone- Bob Dylan

  3. Great job man!! Must have dug a lot!! Most of them are my favourite songs!!

  4. waaaah!!!!!!
    I enjoyed the highlighting a true..those lines can be applie dto any of us..

    all in the list of my fav tracks..
    super post :D
    thnks 4 reminding all those gems...

  5. Oh you know ! I have nothing to comment when it comes to Rock !!! the only genre of music that I dont listen to !!!

  6. my fav is 'In the End' by linkin park

  7. Nice list!

    I would add this one by U2 (my fav band!):

    Tough, you think you`ve got the stuff
    You`re telling me and anyone
    You`re hard enough

    You don`t have to put up a fight
    You don`t have to always be right
    Let me take some of the punches
    For you tonight ........

    And it`s you when I look in the mirror
    And it`s you that makes it hard to let go
    Sometimes you can`t make it on your own
    Sometimes you can`t make it
    The best you can do is to fake it
    Sometimes you can`t make it on your own

    Love this song.

  8. hello rakesh long time, thanks for your comment thought you would like this

  9. Great music choice :)

    Dire Straits
    Led Zepplin
    Deep Purple
    Pink Floyd
    all nr 1 music songs ^__^

  10. Hi Rakesh!
    Sorry for the long absence! But don’t you think it was a great vacation; some very busy weeks and just a few days off... ;)

    Great post, wonderful choice, though some of my favourites are a bit older than these... ;)

    Meanwhile Blogtrotter is still turning around Iceland. Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend!

  11. My connection has been running slow since past few days and it took me a while to open this page ..
    anyway.. nice going through this collection. :) Keep rocking..

  12. Devika Chechi

    Thanks very much! These are all part of my favorite tracks! I will keep posting more and more in the course of time!

    Thanks very much for the link on the tribute to Van Gogh, which is very deep, true in purpose and extremely articulate!



  13. AJ

    Ah, Dylan's Like a rolling stone......! What a marvel! Many thanks for the mention!

    Have you heard Tambourine Man?



  14. Jeet


    Years of listening, introspection and introspective-listening have prompted me to make this post!

    More to follow, stay tuned ;)



  15. Praveen

    Knew, you'd like 'em all!

    Quite right when you say that "those lines can be applied to any of us.."

    Thanks budd



  16. Vimmuuu

    U must, at least once listen to all of them! As a passionate music maker yourself, I'm sure you will appreciate them, trust me!



  17. Venky

    Yes, 'In the end' is one of my favs too! Very relevant and relative too!



  18. Bhargav

    Thanks so much for U2's "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own"

    Certainly, a wonderful band!

    On another note, have you listened to "The hands that built America," also by U2?



  19. Prabhu Anna

    Long time indeed! Good to see you! Thanks for the link! Its a very interesting piece!



  20. Anya

    Thanks so much! All of them, like yours, are my favorites too!




  21. Gil

    It's great to hear from you after so long! I hope you enjoyed your vacations well!

    Thanks for the comments. I'm sure the music of your times is fabulous and very enjoyable!



  22. Aria

    Thanks very much! Appreciate your thoughts very much! Am very happy to see you active on blogs, much like before!



  23. Hi Rakesh,

    Of course! That's such a powerful song..a brilliant song from a brilliant film! Loved Gangs of New York!

  24. Bhargav

    Yes it is a very powerful song from an equally wonderful movie!

    Loved watching it and also listening to the track!



  25. had read this post..for some strange reason didn't leave a comment..yeah..i love this phase when you listen to a song you've prolly heard 39812 times before and suddenly you see them in a different light

    'The more you know the less you feel
    Some pray for others steal
    Blessings are not just for the ones who kneel... luckily'
    --City of blinding lights, U2

    'Can you see your days blighted by darkness?
    Is it true you beat your fists on the floor?
    Stuck in a world of isolation
    While the ivy grows over the door'
    --Lost for words, Pink Floyd

    'How far you are I just don't know
    The distance I'm willing to go
    I pick up a stone that I cast to the sky
    Hoping for some kind of sign'
    --Lonestar, Norah Jones

    'Yeh roshni ke saath kyoon
    Dhuaan utha chiraag se'
    --Ajeeb Dastan hai yeh, Lata Mangeshkar

    'We're after the same rainbows end
    Waiting round the bend
    My huckleberry friend, moon river
    And me'
    --Moon River, Frank Sinatra

    you asked for it!! :)

  26. Swati

    Indeed, listening to some fav track over and over again - perpetual bliss!!!

    Thanks a bunch for those wonderful masterpieces that you've posted!



  27. My black backpack stuffed with broken dreams
    Twenty bucks should get me through the week
    Never said a word of discontentment
    Thought it a thousand times, but now I'm leaving home

    Here in the shadows, I'm safe, I'm free
    I've nowhere else to go, but I cannot stay where I don't belong

    Two months pass by and it's getting cold
    I know I'm not lost, I'm just alone
    But I won't cry, I won't give up, I can't go back now
    Waking up is knowing who you really are

    Here in the shadows, I'm safe, I'm free
    I've nowhere else to go, but I cannot stay where I don't belong
    In the shadows, I'm safe, I'm free
    I've nowhere else to go, but I cannot stay here oh

    Show me the shadow where true meaning lies
    So much more dismay in empty eyes

    Had sunk for a few days, sorry could not follow up-

  28. DoE

    Welcome back buddy! U've been gone a long time now and its damn good to see a note from U!

    Thanks for the piece from Evanescence, which is indeed one of my fav bands!



  29. I am thrilled with the welcome I received from you.. will think twice before disappearing again.