two lines that have always stuck in my mind:
a) FROM fear and loathing in las vegas (you know, the opening line)---
We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert,
when the drugs began to take hold.
b) FROM "king of rock," run-dmc
Every jam we play, we break two needles/ there's three of us,
but* we're not the Beatles
* since there were four Beatles (and three in run dmc--run, dmc, and jam master jay), you'd think the line would have been "and we're not the Beatles," but i don't think this slight ambiguity/problem detracts from the greatness of the song. the beastie boys, the 9th greatest group ever, often get more critical acclaim along with public enemy (deservedly so) but i don't think run dmc ever got their true respects. "it's like that" is a classic. at least in my strange world.
here's a question: do you know of any singers/musicians who have published books of poems? if you do, please feel free to mention them (i know there are many more than this). i'd like to compile a list.
some that come to mind off hand are:
jewel (i didn't say they had to be good poems)
billy corgan (as i said...)
mike watt (from firehose, i know he's published poems but does he have a book?)
stephen malkmus, from the 10th greatest band ever, pavement (magazines, but a book?)