AOTY's Favorite Lyrics of 2020

Lyricism can add context, relatability, story and much more to music. It's possibly one if the most important aspects of music. Which leads me to my question, what is your favorite song lyric of this year? Please provide the song name/album name as well!

Submit yours in the comments and I will add you to the list. I am also allowing 3 submissions, and please keep the lyric content low unless you absolutely need to add more.

Thank you for participating!

Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
1.
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Chode, okcomputer12127, and redbded's pick
"Well, good morning/Good morning/You raped me in the same bed your daughter was born in"
From the song "For Her"
Chode also adds "Just because of how frantic and insane the song building up to it is, the huge switch the track sees after the line is delivered, how the specific line seems like a major turning point in the narrative of the album, and how passionately it's delivered."

nostalgia's pick
"Evil is a relay sport when the one who's burned turns to pass the torch"
From the song "Relay"

AndreManfre93's pick
"Kick me under the table all you want, I won't shut up".
Andre also added "This is a very touching verse in a very important topic and I always support equal rights for everyone, especially in this tragic year where many women are obliged to live with violent men due to Covid lockdowns."
From the song "Under the Table"

Maqtheus' pick
"When you resist me, hon ', I cease to exist Because I only like the way I look when looking through your eyes "
From the song "Cosmonauts"

Mixtape's pick
“I grew up in the shoes they told me I could fill
Shoes that were not made for running up that hill
And I need to run up that hill, I need to run up that hill
I will, I will, I will, I will, I will”
From the song "Fetch The Bolt Cutters"

Flamingoooo's pick
"I'd like to buy you a pair of pillow-soled hiking boots
To help you with your climb
Or rather, to help the bodies that you step over, along your route
So they won't hurt like mine"
From the song "Under the Table"
Idles - Ultra Mono
2.
PipePanic's pick
"You only die once
You'll never come back
You’re gone when you're gone
So, love what you can"
From the song "Carcinogenic"

CrazyCrusher's pick
"Not a single thing has ever been mended by you standing there saying you're offended"
From the song "Grounds"
Mac Miller - Circles
3.
88
eliiscool5 and MrMercury7's pick
"I know maybe I'm too late, I could make it there some other time. Then I'll finally discover that there's a whole lot more for me waiting."
From the song "Good News"

Chode's 2nd pick
"I'm runnin' out of gas, hardly anything left
Hope I make it home from work
Well, so tired of bein' so tired"
From the song "Good News"

redbded and jkpyg's pick
“Some people say they want to live forever, that’s way too long I’ll just get through the day.”
From the song "Complicated"

elextranodpl's pick
“Can I get a break?
I wish that I could just get out my goddamn way
What is there to say?
There ain't a better time than today
Well, maybe I'll lay down for a little, yeah
Instead of always tryin' to figure everything out
And all I do is say sorry
Half the time I don't even know what I'm sayin' it about”
From the song "Good News"

ChildisBambino's pick
"There's a whole lot more for me waiting on the other side"
From the song "Good News"
The Strokes - The New Abnormal
4.
TreyLikesBands and ParthanyJobtano's pick
"Life is too short, but I will live for you."
From the song "Selfless"

Pickle's pick
"I want new friends, but they don't want me"
From the song "Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus

BGL13's 2nd pick
"One shot is never enough i just wait for us to go in circles”
From the song "Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus"

Allofasudden's pick
“Juliet I adore”
From the song "Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus"
The Microphones - Microphones in 2020
5.
87
CLJesse's pick
"I keep on not dying, the sun keeps on rising.
I remember my life as if it's just some
dreams that I don't trust, burning off, layered thick,
a cargo that I haul, wounds and loves unresolved."
From the song "Microphones in 2020"

EnigmaticSnob's pick
"And if there have to be words, they could just be:
"Now only"
And
"There's no end"
From the song "Microphones in 2020"
Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
6.
93
JoaoSantos' pick
"And when I grow up, I'm gonna look up
From my phone and see my life
And it's gonna be just like my recurring dream
I'm at the movies, I don't remember what I'm seeing
The screen turns into a tidal wave
Then it's a dorm room, like a hedge maze
And when I find you
You touch my leg, and I insist
But I wake up before we do it"
From the song "Garden Song"

MasterCrackfox's pick
"I hate living by the hospital
The sirens go all night
I used to joke that if they woke you up
Somebody better be dying"
From the song "Halloween"

TomBejoy and patricia4221's pick
"Windows down, heater on
Big bolt of lightning hanging low
Over the coast, everyone's convinced
It's a government drone or an alien spaceship
Either way, we're not alone
I'll find a new place to be from
A haunted house with a picket fence
To float around and ghost my friends
No, I'm not afraid to disappear
The billboard said "The End Is Near"
I turned around, there was nothing there
Yeah, I guess the end is here"
From the song "I Know The End"
Run the Jewels - RTJ4
7.
78
Rater's pick
"Look at all these slave masters posin' on yo' dollar"
From the song "JU$T"

dominic's pick
"The way I see it, you're probably freest from the ages one to four
Around the age of five you're shipped away for your body to be stored
They promise education, but really they give you tests and scores
And they predictin' prison population by who scoring the lowest
And usually the lowest scores the poorest and they look like me
And every day on the evening news, they feed you fear for free
And you so numb, you watch the cops choke out a man like me
Until my voice goes from a shriek to whisper, 'I can't breathe'"
From the song "Walking in the Snow"

Chode's 3rd pick
"And you so numb, you watch the cops choke out a man like me
Until my voice goes from a shriek to whisper, 'I can't breathe'"
From the song "Walking in the Snow"

JustSomeGuy's pick
"And you sit there in the house on couch and watch it on TV
The most you give's a Twitter rant and call it a tragedy
But truly the travesty, you've been robbed of your empathy
Replaced it with apathy"
From the song "Walking in The Snow"

redbded's pick
“And you so numb, you watch the cops choke out a man like me, Until my voice goes from a shriek to whisper, "I can't breathe", And you sit there in the house on couch and watch it on TV, The most you give's a Twitter rant and call it a tragedy”
From the song "Walking in The Snow"
Taylor Swift - folklore
8.
80
marvelgaryen's pick
"And there's nothing like a mad woman
What a shame she went mad
No one likes a mad woman
You made her like that
And you'll poke that bear 'til her claws come out
And you find something to wrap your noose around
And there's nothing like a mad woman"
From the song "mad woman"

jkpyg's pick
'‘I was so ahead of the curve that the curve became a sphere, fell behind all my classmates but I ended up here’'
From the song "This is Me Trying"

mediocre_feet's pick
"Only twenty minutes to sleep
But you dream of some epiphany
Just one single glimpse of relief
To make some sense of what you've seen"
From the song "epiphany"

GersonAOTY's pick
"Now I'm begging for footnotes in the story of your life, drawing hearts in the byline, always taking up too much space or time, you assume I'm fine, but what would you do if I break free and leave us in ruins"
From the song "tolerate it" on Taylor's "evermore"
Spanish Love Songs - Brave Faces Everyone
9.
Toasterqueen12's pick
"You twenty-nine year panic attack
You're not the fashionable kind
The kind where you wake up and say
"Man, I just wanna survive""
From the song "Generation Loss"
Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By - Side B
10.
27
Jazpurz's pick. That's it. The whole album's lyrics are the best, and I agree!

Schmoobin, Scre4meh, and GeMann's pick
"Bitch, I can make orange rhyme with banana, Oranana"
From the song "Tone Deaf"

Basic_Garci 1st and Scre4meh's 2nd pick (sorta, part of the same line)
"Eating pork rinds, sword fightin' in pajamas
At the crib, playin' Fortnite with your grandma"
From the song "Tone Deaf"

Stal's pick
"(Woman getting brutally stabbed)
[Intro: Eminem]
Yeah"
From the song "Premonition"
Elitimesfour - t;he_si..gna_l
11.
82
elitimesfour's pick
Now get this. The lyric the great Eli picked was...
"(instrumental)"

Why was Eli the only one who picked this? An intellect I see.

STREAM THE SIGNAL!
Moses Sumney - græ
12.
87
RakkSmells' pick
"Are you dancing with me?
Or just merely dancing?"
From the song "Polly"

RuR's pick
"Is it laced within my DNA
To be braced in endless January?
Have I become the cavity I feared?
Ask me in twenty years"
From the song "Me In 20 Years"
Matt Elliott - Farewell to All We Know
13.
kengoji's pick
"From this day on, Until the end of time, I'll count and monitor the flaws that corrupt and foul my mind"
From the song "The Day After That"
Food House - Food House
14.
86
Riskr's pick
"Sometimes I hate myself so much i feel like mike pence"
From the song "Metal"

BGL13's pick
"Think about how many people know they’re gay because of me”
From the song "Mos Thoser"
Logic - No Pressure
15.
80
TehSniper_143's pick
"Now I ain't sayin' this my "Jesus Walks"
I'm just sayin', God, I need to talk
Too many kids in the community outlined in chalk
Scared of drive-bys when they should just be scared of the dark
Who's really doin' they part?"
From the song "Hit My Line"

Metrik_System's pick
"I knew I always wanted more like The Roots in nine-five
And I'll be sure to do more for my family than mine did
'Cause hip-hop rhymes taught me more than my moms did
Didn't drink 'til I was 25 'cause I'm my mom's kid
All I knew was alcoholism and prison
Only saw domestic violence and racial division
Social worker trying to take me away
But I know that group home probably worse, hell nah, no way
At least I know my odds here, I'ma be okay
Adapted to the lifestyle, so I'ma be okay
Keep that one just in case, yeah"
From the song "Aquarius III"
Porridge Radio - Every Bad
16.
Dabzilla's pick
“My mum says that I look like a nervous wreck
Because I bite my nails right down to the flesh
And sometimes, I am just a child, writing letters to myself
Wishing out loud you were dead, and then taking it back”
From the song "Sweet"
Jay Electronica - A Written Testimony
17.
AZIZ's pick

"Eyes fiery, cry tears to my diary
Sometimes a Xanny bar can't help you fight back the anxiety
I go to my love quietly, teardrops on our faces
Teardrops on my faces, like teardrops become waterfalls
By the time they reach my laces
My eyelids is like levees but my tear ducts is like glaciers
'Cause I contemplate creation, the salt that heals my wounds
Pour out my eyes, it's like libations"
From the song "APIDTA"
Porter Robinson - Something Comforting
18.
SMTCubes' pick
"Cause getting made you want more, and hoping made you hurt more / Oh, there must be, something wrong with me / And getting made you want more, and hoping made you hurt more / Someone tell me something comforting"
Lil Baby - The Bigger Picture
19.
Cry's pick
"Every colored person ain't dumb and all whites not racist
I be judging by the mind and heart, I ain't really into faces"
Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter
20.
80
MikeOwen's pick
"I should write to him tomorrow, I wrote that yesterday"
Mike also added "I'm not sure why I like that particular one so much, but for some reason it's the one that has stuck with me the most. I think it might be because I had a good friend who I haven't seen in over two years since I left my old school, but only got round to writing to back in September. I don't even know if that's exactly what she meant with that line but I just assigned it that meaning anyway."
From the song "Hope We Meet Again"
Fontaines D.C. - A Hero's Death
21.
Nightwing734's pick
"Life ain't always empty"
Halsey - SUGA's Interlude
22.
realrealweasel's pick
"Sometimes I don't know if I'm really walking
If I ceaselessly run towards the end of the tunnel
What else would there be?
Is it even right? It's honestly different to the future I had hoped for
It doesn't matter, now it's a matter of survival
However it goes, it doesn't matter, yeah, yeah
It may be different to what you were hoping for
How you live on and how you love might change
That’s true (That’s true, that’s true)
(Yeah) Yeah, so, are you gonna move?
We are too young to be hesitating, just run head-on onto it
So what you gonna do?"
Gus Dapperton - ORCA
23.
Nico's pick
"She's got a heart the size of I-95, I'll drive."
From the song "First Aid"
AURORA - Exist for Love
24.
Nico's 2nd pick
"And then I learned the truth, how everything good in life seems to lead back to you."
Isaac Dunbar - scortons creek
25.
Nico's 3rd pick
"But there's no way that you can control how you feel, so I'll just have to learn between what's fake and real."
21 Savage & Metro Boomin - Savage Mode II
26.
82
TomBejoy's pick

"He doesn't sell secrets for power or cash, he betrays the trust of his team or his family hoping to save his own cowardly ass
The difference is, at least a snitch is human, but a rat is a fuckin' rat, period"
From the song "Snitches and Rats (Interlude)
Bring Me The Horizon - POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR
27.
KnifeTrick's pick
"Tell me, how's it gonna feel without my arms wrapped around, wrapped around you? / Bet it feels pretty real when your skin starts to peel from the bone / You were dead to the world, now I'm dead to you / Haunting your own house, nothing to lose / How did I let you sink your fangs so deep? / You know you can't breathe on your own"
From the song "One Day The Only Butterflies Left Will Be In Your Chest As You March Towards Your Death"
BTS - BE
28.
58
August's pick
“혼자 가네 시간이 미안해 말도 없이”
(“Time goes by on its own Without a single apology”)
From the song "Life Goes On"
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2mo
great list <3
2mo
@nxnzn I asked you in the Discord and you never responded...
2mo
Thank you so much for including me :)
2mo
WOW DIDNT EVEN ASK ME
2mo
I really felt those Em lines - how poetic... Great list!
2mo
Poetic list!
2mo
Oranana :)
2mo
This is amazing! Thank you for including me!
2mo
Cool
2mo
This is the best of All Time
2mo
Pog list my guy
2mo
Poggies
2mo
Great list!

thanks for including me :p
2mo
Eminem really trying to outshine Shakesphere when it comes to poetry. Great List!
2mo
i'm more crazy than a short lady tryna give birth to 84 babies
2mo
good effort though appreciate that you took so long to culminate in something this good
2mo
WHERE IS BALD!!!!
2mo
amazing LIST
2mo
Great minds think alike on Em's new album
2mo
THE LIST IS NOW COMPLETE! Anyone can add more lyrics too!
2mo
oranana
2mo
"Is it laced within my DNA
To be braced in endless January?
Have I become the cavity I feared?
Ask me in twenty years"

Moses Sumney
2mo
‘I was so ahead of the curve that the curve became a sphere, fell behind all my classmates but I ended up here’ hits me pretty hard from This is Me Trying by Taylor Swift. The entire Ichiko Aoba record and also ‘Some people say they want to live forever, that’s way too long I’ll just get through the day’ from Complicated by Mac Miller.
2mo
Submissions should be out by tomorrow!
2mo
“I’m at the crib playing Fortnite with your grandma”

-Eminem, Music to be Murdered By - B Sides
2mo
this is the breakdown of the 1974 binary code from weightless from we will always love you by the avalanches lmao
2mo
The numbers one (1) to ten (10) (white)
The atomic numbers of the elements hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and phosphorus, which make up deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) (purple)
The formulas for the chemical compounds that make up the nucleotides of DNA (green)
The estimated number of DNA nucleotides in the human genome, and a graphic of the double helix structure of DNA (white and blue, respectively)
The dimension (physical height) of an average man (blue/white), a graphic figure of a human being (red), and the human population of Earth (white)
A graphic of the Solar System, indicating which of the planets the message is coming from (yellow)
A graphic of the Arecibo radio telescope and the dimension
2mo
Hairline proof God needs balance BALD!

- JPEGMAFIA, Bald!
2mo
"He doesn't sell secrets for power or cash, he betrays the trust of his team or his family hoping to save his own cowardly ass
The difference is, at least a snitch is human, but a rat is a fuckin' rat, period" - snitches and rat interlude, 21 Savage/Metro Boomin/Morgan Freeman

"It's a government drone or an alien spaceship, Either way, we're not alone, I'll find a new place to be from
A haunted house with a picket fence
To float around and ghost my friends
No, I'm not afraid to disappear
The billboard said "The End Is Near"
I turned around, there was nothing there
Yeah, I guess the end is here" - Phoebe Bridgers, I know the end
2mo
oranana
2mo
(Woman getting brutally stabbed)

[Intro: Eminem]
Yeah
2mo
“You raped me in the same bed your daughter was born in.” -Fiona Apple, For Her
“Some people say they want to live forever, that’s way too long I’ll just get through the day.” -Mac Miller, Complicated
“And you so numb, you watch the cops choke out a man like me, Until my voice goes from a shriek to whisper, "I can't breathe", And you sit there in the house on couch and watch it on TV, The most you give's a Twitter rant and call it a tragedy” - RTJ (Killer Mike), walking in the snow

Those are my picks, take out any of needed, but I’d say my favorite out of these three is the Fiona one.
2mo
@Nico Thanks :)
2mo
@CrazyCrusher love that one
2mo
I have three!

"She's got a heart the size of I-95, I'll drive." - Gus Dapperton in First Aid

"And then I learned the truth, how everything good in life seems to lead back to you." - AURORA in Exist For Love

"But there's no way that you can control how you feel, so I'll just have to learn between what's fake and real." - Isaac Dunbar in Scortons Creek

Thank youuuuuu Matthew
2mo
"Not a single thing has ever been mended by you standing there saying you're offended"
Album - Ultra Mono
Artist - IDLES
Song - Grounds
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