There are some other discussions on lyrics, but I didn't see any that were about songs that you thought had good lyrics in general, or just lyrics you thought were interesting. So, if there are any lyrics that you thought were especially well-crafted, post a link (and the song that goes with it if you please ^^) and try to describe what it is about the lyrics that you think is so interesting.
To get the ball rolling...
I love great music lyrics, thought I seem to prefer snobby/depressing/screwed-up type lyrics. My favorite lyricist of all time (right now) is Chino Moreno - best known as the frontman for the Deftones, but he also has a notable side-project, "Team Sleep".
In the Deftones' "My Own Summer (Shove It)", for example, I just love the way he uses words. The song is basically about an apocalyptic fantasy he had of seeing the entire human race disappear, but the way he describes it is just so cool. The interlude, for instance, is just so ominous, and goes so well with the bass solo: "the shade is a tool, a device, a savior - see I try and look up to the sky, but my eyes burn" and then it breaks into the chorus, where he shouts at the clouds, "cloud, come shove the sun aside". Just the image that it creates, the violence he imbues in what's normally seen as such a peaceful phenomenon is cool to me. His work is just so complex and metaphorical that it's fun just to figure it out.
Here's the video
| These are the lyrics
On a completely different note is "The Bullets' Breath" by Iniquity. Death metal in general is about corpses and death and rotting and so on, but the thing that I love about the lyrics in this one is the way that it reveals the narrators obsession
with the physical breakdown of the body after death. The lyrics aren't just gory, they're obsessed, fascinated.
Here's the song
| There are the lyrics
Last one I wanted to give was "Parabol/Parabola" by Tool. If you can overlook the Buddhism in the song, it's really neat-o :P It's not as cryptic as many other songs - it's basically about the process of rebirth, but it's really well-done, IMO.
Here's the video
| Part I Part II