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Worst Lyrics Ever: My List is Better Than Yours Edition [Updated]

So this guy came up with the 100 worst lyrics of all time (with a little help from his friends). Personally, I think his list sucks. Which is why I'm coming up with my own. With a little help from my friends.


  • Songs from 1980 and on only. There are way too many songs before that with ridiculous lyrics. Let's keep it recent.
  • No novelty songs. Songs that were meant to be stupid, insipid, parodying, etc. do not count.
  • No more than three lines. That should be sufficient to prove stupidity.

I think that's it.

I'll start off with the first three that came to mind, and I'll add my own from here, then compile a list of the top 100. So don't worry if someone has already said yours. The count is weighted.

Remembering all the memories - Mest/Jaded
I love the way you smack my ass - Puddle of Mud/Control
Sex in the kitchen over by the stove, put you on the counter by the buttered rolls - Sex in the Kitchen/R. Kelly

Update: Added rule: D-12, ICP and Gwar lyrics don't count.


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I said give me two pair
(cause) I need two pair
So I can get to stompin in my air force ones

Or maybe I'm just too white.

I don't know the boy band who sung it, but I heard this gem somewhere:

I only like girls who wear Abercrombie & Fitch.

I remember when A&F used to be a really cool store with chess sets and all.

Put your message in a modem
And throw it in the Cyber Sea

Rush - Virtuality. This song has some of the worst lyrics Neil Peart has ever written. The sad thing is that the song has an amazing riff.

Do you mean lyrics of the entire song or a sog with some really bad lyrics in it.

If it's the latter, here's my submissions.

Not sure if this violates rule #2

"Mmmbop, ba duba dop ba do bop,
Ba duba dop ba do bop,
Ba duba dop ba do. oh yeah,
Mmmbop ba duba dop ba do bop,
Ba duba dop ba do bop,
Ba duba dop ba do"
Hanson- MMMMMBop

"I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a veg-e-mite sandwich"
Men at Work - Down Under

Basic face kick, elemental
Swings, brings new technology
With K the L the F an' the ology

- 3AM Eternal, KLF

Oh, oh... I wanna play! I nominate "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls with this snippet from the chorus:

So tell me what you want, what you really really want,
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna really
really really wanna zigazig ha.

Zigazig ha? WTF?

The lyrics to Mariah Carey's new song make me want to cut people. I know it's very recent, but DUDE...

You like this and you know it
Caution, it's so explosive
Them chickens is ash and I'm lotion
Baby, come and get it...

It's like that y'all (that y'all), that y'all (that y'all)
It's like da da da da, I like that y'all (that y'all)


We live in a wheel
where everyone steals
and when we rise
its like Strawberry Fields

Glycerine, Bush

That said, I love the song.

I also remember when Mariah Carey used to be talented.

Rob, I love that song, also. But it does have some retarded lyrics.

One from my favorite band.

He starts to shake, he starts to cough
Just like the old man in that famous book by Nabakov.

The Police- Don't stand so close to me

Hubris, The KLF was a parody band.

You didn't take their shit serious did you?

"I've got my mind set on you" by George Harrison.

He must have had a relapse of Secondhand Yoko Syndrome with that.

Oh, man- this one's too easy.

Jewel- Pieces of You

In college, I'd hear the sensitive girls playing this non-stop. The whole song is gold, but, I'll stick to the three line rule:

You say he's a Jew, does it mean that he's tight?
You say he's a Jew, do you want to hurt his kids tonight?
You say he's a Jew, he'll never wear that funny hat again.

I can see a new horizon underneath the blazing sky
I'll be where the eagle's flying higher and higher
Gonna be your man in motion, all I need is a pair of wheels
Take me where my future's lyin', St. Elmo's Fire

John Parr

Puttin' on the Ritz- Paco?Taco?

I just remember it being one of the lamest hits ever.


They weren't a parody band, although their first hit was a novelty song.

Sadly, my site can serve as a research archive on the subject (read the comment thread).

More here.

And yes, I took any song as seriously as was necessary to score. Didn't you?

Ah, Benny Mardones made it just over the 1980 threshold:

She's just sixteen years old
Leave her alone, they say

I wish that I could fly
Into the sky
So very high
Just like a dragonfly

- Lenny Kravitz, "Fly Away"

Here's a vote that the song/line has to be meant seriously to be eligible - e.g., the Men at Work "vegemite sandwich" line wouldn't count because it was supposed to be goofy. Nor should nonsense goofiness, e.g. "MMMBop" or "Wannabe", qualify.

Foppa21, right on - that line has always made me cringe. It shouldn't be legal to rhyme "cough" with "Nabokov". I'll bet Sting just couldn't think of anything else and so left that in.

Sorry, but I gotta go with Train's Drops of Jupiter. Any song that mentions love and deep-fried chicken in the same line has got to be a finalist for this contest.

Here's a vote that the song/line has to be meant seriously to be eligible - e.g., the Men at Work "vegemite sandwich" line wouldn't count because it was supposed to be goofy. Nor should nonsense goofiness, e.g. "MMMBop" or "Wannabe", qualify.

He's right.

I'm going to annoy the Rock Snobs and nominate Smells Like Teen Spirit. My brain hurt a lot less when I couldn't tell what the words were.

I guess Creed should be a safe pick in the taking-themselves-seriously aspect:

A court is in session, a verdict is in
No appeal on the docket today
Just my own sin

Ian, All Apologies is worse.

I'll take all the blame
Aqua sea-foam shame

Genius, my ass.

Cobain sang in English?

Metallica- "Your lifestyle determines your deathstyle."

A grown man actually actually thought that sounded good.

'They're justified and they're ancient,
And they drive an ice cream van.'

Justified and Ancient by KLF featuring Tammy Wynette.

Judas Priest, "Parental Guidance"

You say I waste my life away, but I live it to the full And how would you know anyway,
youĻre just mister dull

Her placenta falls to the floor
Live, "Lightning Crashes"

how has ashlee simpson not made this list?

On a Monday, I am waiting
And by Tuesday, I am fading into your arms...
So I can breathe

you'd think her singing would seem amazing just based on the ineptitude of the lyrics. but no.

"Quick to the point, to the point no fakin, I'm cookin' MC's like a pound of bacon." - Rob Van Winkle AKA Vanilla Ice

"Everybody have fun tonight, everybody Wang Chung tonight." - duh, Wang Chung

She's just sixteen years old, leave her alone, they said." - Benny Mardones (Into the Night). I dunno about worst, but this line disturbs me every time I hear it. the worst part? I like the rest of the song.

OK, one more. "Where do you go, my lovely? Where do you go? I wanna know, my lovely, I wanna know... where do you go." - No Mercy (Where do you go?) now, the inane-ness of the lyrics is bad enough, but that's all there is to the song. wow. and it made money. wow.

Guns 'N Roses, "Out Ta Get Me"

They're out ta get me
They won't catch me
'Cuz I'm innocent

Yup, we all know innocent people are much so harder to catch than guilty ones.

you know that vegemite is a real product right? it is actually eaten in Australia.

ah, I see that coverboy Hubris already mentioned Benny Mardones...

oh yeah, I almost forgot about this one:

"Girl I... I think I wanna... I think I wanna file my nails." - Morris Day & the Time (Jungle Love).

hey Jesse. N-now Jerome. Yes.

I was just about to nominate Whiplash, by Metallica:

But we will never stop
We will never quit
Cause we're Metallica

But then I saw the above comment about everybody Wang Chunging, and I'm think there ought to be more generic nomination for all self-referential songs.


made by Kraft. it is the "Australian spread made from yeast products".

damn, i almost forgot:

How do you talk to an angel?
How do you hold her close to where you are?
How do you talk to an angel?
It's like trying to catch a falling star.

- the Heights, from that stupid failed TV show


I thought that was the definition for "Kylie Minogue".

Brothers everywhere
Raise your hands into the air
We're warriors
Warriors of the World

Actually, a very large portion, if not all, of Manowar's catalogue would suffice

"Your lifestyle determines your deathstyle."

But, Kirk - that's so.....deep.

Hubris: just...ew. Ew, ew.

I rushed the lady's room
Took the water from the toilet
Washed her feet and blessed her name
--Live, "Lakini's Juice"

Round here we stay up very very very very late
--Counting Crows

and the vomit-inducing:

Hike up your skirt a little more and show your world to me. --Dave Matthews, Crash

I'll take you to the candy shop
I'll let you lick the lollipop
Go ahead girl, don't you stop
Keep going til you hit the spot, whoaa

Candy Shop - 50 Cent and Olivia.

how sad. my work playlist is just filled with songs with bad lyrics. i'm not even trying to come up with more!

"Baby let's put the X in sex
Love's like a muscle and you make me wanna flex
Baby let's put the X in sex
Keep it undercover, baby, let me be your private eye.

um. OK.


Don't you never say an unkind word about the Time.

Another great one:

"Only time will tell if we stand the test of time"

Van Halen - Why Can't This Be Love

"I want to tell her that I love her, but the point is probably moot"

Jessie's Girl -Rick Springfield

Was it really that tough to find a decent rhyme for 'cute'?

Feeling down 'n' dirty, feeling kinda mean
I've been from one to another extreme
This time I had a good time, ain't got time to wait
I wanna stick around till I can't see straight

Foreigner Doublevision

Doublely awful.

"Shut your mouth you dirty slut
You know you want it in your butt
Iíll put it in your cunt
Let Bizarre nutt"
-Bizarre of D-12 in "Purple Pills"

"I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me."

I've Never Been to Me by Charlene

Paper late,
Paper late,
Paper late,
Paper late ... et cetera
---- Genesis, Paper late

I should have mentioned right out: Gwar, D-12 and ICP lyrics don't count.

Keith - Charlene breaks the year rule...

Well, I'll put in another vote for 'Summer Girls' (the Abercrombie and Fitch song), but with the stirring couplet:
New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits/Chinese food makes me sick

Let's see, what else...Ah, yes, another one with an embarrasment of potential parts to cite would be Vanilla Ice's Ice, Ice, Baby. I'll go with the refreshingly honest couplet:
'Cause my style's like a chemical spill/ Feasible rhymes that you can vision and feel

hold me
like the river jordan
- michael jackson "will you be there"

also in the spoken word part he says "will be there through my trials?" it kills me every time.

Kinda fonda Wanda. (x2)
Yeah, I'm kinda fonda Wanda.
'Cause Wanda always
wanna, wanna, wanna. (x5)

"Kinda Fonda Wanda"

Neil f'ing Young

Had to look this one up, and saw it is full of crappy goodness, from the Blessed one herself:

Music makes the people come together
[Never gonna stop]
Music makes the bourgeoisie and the rebel
[Never gonna stop]

Shawn... EVERYTHING by Manowar is just cheesy.

Including their album covers.

oh Michele... you just HAD to, didn't you??

Under the Milky Way Tonight
"Wish I'd known what you were looking for,might have known what you would find." WTF?
Texas, Southside

I don't see why D-12 don't count. They aren't a joke band, just... proof that knowing Eminem doesn't make you a good rapper. Personally, I consider those lines by Bizarre to be the apex of Western civilization.
But since my last didn't count:

"Y'all niggaz is scared. I'm your worst nightmare squared.
That's double for niggaz who ain't mathematically aware."
-Common and Canibus, "Making a Name For Ourselves"

Any song by Helmet. I think the lead singer tried channeling Yoda....

your will to speak clearly
exposed too much
unsung once too often
could not rub off

I love the Deftones dearly, but sometimes it sounds as if Chino was using a magnetic poetry game to write his lyrics.

Hear me spit on you, wither I
Remold into gold and bury I from sun
Reborn left to sigh, recure maybe I'll
Be born and simplify the way I lie before

Deftones - Bored

"Y'all niggaz is scared. I'm your worst nightmare squared. That's double for niggaz who ain't mathematically aware."
-Common and Canibus, "Making a Name For Ourselves"


And yeah, Manowar is just one big wheel of Gouda.

Spicy cajun we gon a good time over there
You better suck them head on that there crawfish
You gotta bend all the way over to dance off this
by Mystikal.
This song kills me, its so rediculous

Why does every female like "Glycerine" by Bush? That song is in my top three of overrated 3-chord slop.

Bad Lyrics:
Closing time,
One last call for alcohol,
So finish your whiskey or beer.
(I don't know the band - maybe the verve or the verve pipe or something verve.)

I've used this one before somewhere:
The Cult - Aphrodisiac Jacket
Sittin' on a mountain, looking at the sun
Plastic fantastic lobster telephone
Drive on baby, through the electric night
All the way sister, in the taxi of life


And yeah, Manowar is just one big wheel of Gouda."

How DARE you disgrace the smokey goodness of Gouda by compairing it to Manowar??


I'm currently searching for some F'ed up Slayer songs... South of Heaven comes to mind at the moment...

Dammit, I was sure that Charlene song came out in the early eighties.


How DARE you disgrace the smokey goodness of Gouda by compairing it to Manowar??


I guess when someone determines which cheese goes best with beefcake, we'll have a perfect match.

Okay, how about some Yes? From 90125, here's Hearts.

Set your heart sail on the river (hearing)
Look around you as you drift downstream (talking)
Pouring souls into the ocean (yes I)

Spellbindingly stupid. I love it, but it's lyrically ridiculous.

And you should love it, way more then you hate it

Nigga you mad? I thought that you'd be happy I made it
I'm that cat by the bar toasting to the good life

You that faggot ass nigga trying to pull me back right?
-50 cent, in da club

That's way worse than anything The Church wrote. ;)

She's electric
She's got a family full of eccentrics
She's done things I've never expected

Oasis -"She's Electric"

Wow. I didn't see that one coming!

Dave has it right, "Drops of Jupiter" of by Train.

Can you imagine no love, pride, deep-fried chicken/
Your best friend always stickin' up for you even when I know you're wrong

I don' think I can be convinced that there's anything worse than that.

Since Dave beat me to that one I'll add "Brooklyn" by Jesse Malin.

You couldn't live me with/So you moved...to Brooklyn

Some more candidates: John Mayer's "Daughters". I find this song's lyrics stupid from top to bottom and back again for various reasons, but I'll ignore the semantics and go with and she's just like a maze/Where all of the walls all continually change as the post-80's equivalent of It's an ever-changing world in which we live in

And has nobody mentioned Sting's "Russians" yet? We share the same biology/ Regardless of ideology is evergreen for this sort of thing.

Bq. John Mayer's "Daughters"

Worst. Song. Ever.

He has many other songs that qualify here, as well.

My vote goes, and always will go, to the incomparable...the indescribable...the one and only...Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Corey Hart!

Don't switch the blade
On the guy in shades, oh-no
Don't masquerade
With the guy in shades, oh-no
I can't believe it
Don't be afraid
Of the guy in shades, oh-no
It kinda scared you
'Cause you got it made
With the guy in shades, oh-no

Oh, I say I wear my sunglasses at night
I wear my sunglasses at night
I wear my sunglasses at night
I say it to you now
I wear my sunglasses at night
I wear my sunglasses at night
I wear my sunglasses at night
I cry to you
I wear my sunglasses at night
I wear my sunglasses at night

I love that R. Kelly lyric.

We'll be making love /
Like the restaurant is closed


Krokus, "Long Stick Goes Boom"
My stick is tight, my blood is hot
Let's do it here, right on the spot

I don't know when this treacley piece of garbage was released, but it sucks for all time:
And sometimes when we touch
The honesty's too much
And I have to close my eyes
And hide
I wanna hold you till I die
Till we both break down and cry
I wanna hold you till the fear in me subsides
-Dan Hill

Kill me.

How could nobody mention Musical Youth?!

Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side
Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side
It a gonna burn, give me music make me jump and prance
It a go done, give me the music make me rock in the dance

You play it on the radio, a so me say, we a go hear it on the stereo
A so me know you a go play it on the disco
A so me say we a go hear it on the stereo

I want to reach out and grab ya

No, seriously, that's the lyric. I wouldn't make it up.

gotta nominate this one:

"your body is slammin
so honey can I do ya
cuz you and I both know tricks are for kids
so get the don perignon outta the fridge"
("I Wanna Sex You Up" - Color Me Badd)

I vote for "How Do You Talk To An Angel", though. Ay caramba, what a song.

Half the rock played on VH1 during the mid-90s. What fucking no-talent bums. (Ex.: "Hey look around pretty baby/yes look around pretty baby/The right place, the right time/the wrong me." Or something similar.)

Also, I don't know if Hearts count just for being really spacey. BTW, "It Can Happen" is much better IMO.

I think Michele should include a "no-country" rule as well, as there is so much stupid country music out there ("life ain't been much fun since I quit drinking" "Honky-tonk superman!" "She thinks my tractor's sexy")

That stupid song that got way too much radio play; "Mrs. Brian Rudy, don't know what you do to me."

Also, I'm not sure any of the Britney Spears or 'N Sync songs hold a candle to any in this comment thread, but they still make me want to rip out the singer's larynx.

I try to avoid bad music as much as possible, and block it from my mind, so I can't contribute much really bad.

One more that I bet the rest is just as bad: "Yummy yummy I got love in my tummy."

It went #1. Not sure when though.

Catalano is a Manowar hater?

This just isn't my day. sigh

anything by that 'i have to rhyme every other line' ugly guy tom petty.

and the comment above about 'got my mind set on you' from traveling wolberries (sp) or was it just george harrison who did that trash:

the best part is weird al yankovich's take on those lyrics, which i thought his rendition was BRILLIANT:

'this song's only six words long, this song's only six words long.
this song's only six words long.
this song's only six words long.

and i'm gonna make-a money!
a whole lot of spending money.
i'm gonna make plenty of money...

sorry, i went over the limit. but it's brilliant and i never listened to anything from a former beatle again. or the whole group for that matter...

It's an illusion, it's a game,
Or reflection of someone else's name
When you wake in the morning,
Wake and find you're covered in cellophane.


Context is everything:

ďsaid I shot a man named gray and Took his wife to italy
She inherited a million bucks
And when she died it came to me I canít help it if Iím lucky"

Brilliant when Bob Dylan wrote it. Inane when Hootie and the Blowfish stuck it into the middle of "I only want to be with you."

Belize...Steve Miller was definitely scraping the bottom of the lyrics barrel with his "Abracadabra" song.

It's hard to believe that's the same man that came up with "Brave New World"...

Manowar: allowing repressed gay metalheads to stare at himbos without guilt.

I nominated Kelly Osbourne's 'Shut Up' for rather shite lyrics. 'American Idiot' by Green Day comes close to for absolute rubbish as well.

Course as a lyricist I have come up with some doozies as well...quite rightly rejected by my band-mates for their vomit inducing tendencies.

From a song called Fey as you go

I ain't the butchist fellow going
Not the best at the ole' pullin'
But that is the way it goes
So why get uptight any mo'

Just pick any three lines from "Humpty Dance" by Digital Underground...
"Hey yo fat girl, com'ere are ya ticklish?
Yeah, I called ya fat. Look at me I'm skinny.
It doesn't stop me from gettin' busy."

And yet, YET. I like it. And at 42 can quote it all.

Kiss me once.
Kiss me twice.
Come on pretty baby, kiss me deadly.

Yeah, OK. I haven't heard the Manowar fans are all latent homosexuals things before. /end sarcasm

I just hope my fiancee doesn't start asking me why I make her wear the Matt LeBlanc mask during sex.

Do NOT be dissin' Lita Ford.

I just hope my fiancee doesn't start asking me why I make her wear the Matt LeBlanc mask during sex.

Heh. I needed that laugh.

Panties 'round your knees
With your ass in debris
Doin' dat grind
with a push and squeeze
Tied up, tied down,
up against the wall
Be my rubbermade baby
An' we can do it all
- Anything Goes, GNR

Talk about chauvanistic. And this loser probably got more than I did.

Hey! you said bad lyrics ... those are awful!

Clickity clank, clickity clank
the money goes into my piggy bank
Clickity clank, clickity clank
the money goes into my piggy bank

Just about anything by Nickelback can win this competition.


"...get up, eat jelly sandwich bars and barbed wire"

you've got feotus on your breath--

"...you've got feotus on your breath"

david bowie--

"...we spoke with tall Venusians passing through"

talking heads--

"...making flippy-floppy"

this is a game that never ends

I did a whole post on the stupidest lyrics ever written. Someone actually mention the song upthread-- Benny Mardones' Into the Night.

It's just stupid.

If I could fly
I'd pick you up
and take you into the night
and show you a duck...

See? Makes no frickin' sense. Who wants to see a duck?

"The Bad Touch", by the Bloodhound Gang. Sadly, whenever I see anything on the Discovery Channel, I am reminded of that song.

Tom's Diner

~ /


/ ~

which I count as a lyric in that particular song.

Was (not Was) Earth to Doris:

She makes champagne out of 7-Up and cheap wine ...Like a chemist
Next to one of those insect electric chairs ... Her skin gleaming blue everytime a fly died

Anything 80's pop, but this really stands out:

Shake your love
I just can't shake your love
Shake your love
I just can't shake
your love.

...Debbie ("Now I'm Deborah")Gibson

The best part is how much fun it is to use any other noun in place of "love"
Try it!

a friend of mine pointed out that the word 'warm' can be substituted for 'hot' in any given song.

"Warm Child in the City", et cetera.

He said he thought of this about 3/4s of the way through a trip across country on a motorcycle - a 250cc honda, iirc.

Toto: "I bless the rains down in Africa. I bless the rains down in Africa. I bless the rains down in Africa. Gonna take some time to do the things we never had."

Wang Chung: "Everybody have fun tonight. Everybody Wang Chung tonight."

Dexy's Midnight Runners: "Toora-loora toora-loo-rye-aye. We can sing just like our fathers."

Boy's Don't Cry: "I've got my hat on,
I've got my boots dusty. I've got my saddle on my horse. He's called... T-t-t-t-t-trigger. Of course."

Kajagoogoo: "You're too shy, shy. Hush hush, eye to eye. Too shy, shy. Hush hush, eye to eye. Too shy, shy. Hush hush, eye to eye. Too shy, shy. Hush hush."

And people keep teling me the 70's sucked.

Jeff Buckley, Morning Theft. So help me, I love this song. But the lyrics:

"you're a woman, I'm a calf,
you're a window, I'm a knife,
we come together making chance into moonlight"

mystify me. I live in China, and once was forced into translating these lyrics for a friend, who proceeded to fall on the floor in hysterics. I'm no longer allowed to make fun of Chinese pop lyrics as a result, and believe me, the targets here are plentiful.

Kiss do a wonderful line in lame lyrics as well, even though they are great band.

My God. Nobody hass mentioned Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart".

"Once upon a time I was fallin' in love
But now I'm only fallin' apart.
Nothin' I can do; a total eclipse of the heart."

There's also some b.s. in there about powder kegs and sparks. My, the imagery is so poignant.

Personally, I prefer the expletive-laden Dan Band version featured on the movie "Old School".

Wall of Voodoo - Mexican Radio

"I wish I was in Tijuana
eating barbecued iguana." WTF?

LL Cool J has three that would qualify

1) You're the kind of guy who acts suspicious
I'm the kind of guy who thinks puddin' is delicious

2) I love you more than a man that's 10 feet tall

3) The cards are on the table and the deal is dealt
Mmmm... I'm in the mood for a tuna melt

I can't believe nobody has come up with the two VERY worst rock lyrics of the 1990s yet, apart from Live's whole splashy placenta thing, which are to wit:

"Turn your head, now baby just spit me out!", by the (S)creaming Trees,

and the worst song of all time, "Sex and Candy" by Marcy Playground"

"Hangin' round downtown by myself
And I had so much time
To sit and think about myself
And then there she was
Like double cherry pie
Yeah there she was
Like disco superfly
I smell sex and candy here
Who's that lounging in my chair
Who's that casting devious stares
In my direction
Mama this surely is a dream"

... did I mention I'm the founder and pope of the Church of F*ck Marcy Playground, and we're currently recruiting new members?

"Turn your head, now baby just spit me out!", by the (S)creaming Trees,

I believe that was Collective Soul.

Wall of Voodoo - Mexican Radio

"I wish I was in Tijuana
eating barbecued iguana." WTF?

Damn straight with the WTF!

This is from Immortal's Nebular Ravens Winter from the album Blizzard Beasts:

Damnation calls
Final beasts clone the earth
Immortal victory

What the hell does that mean? Is like an even more nonsensical haiku poem! It bakes my noodle, that's for sure...

Man, I read the whole thing and didn't find:

Cornershop's "Brimful of Asha"

Everybody needs a bosom for a pillow
Everybody needs a bosom (x5)
Mine's on the forty-five

And R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It" Which has ones like,

Team by team reporters baffled, trump, tethered
crop. Look at that low plane! Fine then. Uh oh, overflow, population, common group, but it'll do.
Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves its
own needs, listen to your heart bleed. Tell me with the rapture and thereverent in the right - right.
You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright
light, feeling pretty psyched.

Though luckily for Michael Stipe, most people can't hear him sing these in the song...