Access To Rock

Access To Rock

Classic rock lyrics touch on many different subjects. Popular songs from the golden age of Rock & Roll during the 1960s and the 1970s reflected a lot of serious subjects like political tension, war protests, and other intense issues in society at the time.

However, some other classic rock lyrics invoke a lighter mood and a sense of inspiration. 

The Power of Music

Music empowers feelings. It can be a source of inspiration for people in deep thought, especially in solitude. There’s a reason why so many people look to put on headphones when they need a break from the pressure and stress of rest of the world.

“The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.” -Bruce Springsteen

Musicians, after all, are artists at their core. They are in many cases the critics of society and the voice of the people. That’s never easier to identify than when looking at the depth of poetic lyrics.

Classic Rock Lyrics

Some famous Rock & Rollers built themselves into cultural icons with a lighter style and the occasional nugget of wisdom in their music. Elton John released countless songs with energetic and uplifting tempo, while Tom Petty and Billy Joel sang with a passion that can stir emotion in so many different types of situations.

The light touch of the Beatles inspired a generation. Their lyrics encouraged an entirely new attitude that the world wasn’t always ready for. 

The widespread influence of Bruce Springsteen turned him into a hero of the American working man because of his relatable and inspiring lyrics.

Fast forward into the 1980s when memorable rock songs included the type of upbeat tempo that helped Journey and Bon Jovi stay relevant into the 21st century with at least one spin at every wedding or big event.

Lyrics can provide shelter against adversity. Enjoy 24 of the most inspiring lyrics classic rock has to offer.

  • "Mona Lisa & Mad Hatters" by Elton John

     

    Until you’ve seen this trash can dream come true
    You stand at the edge while people run you through
    And I thank the Lord
    There’s people out there like you
    I thank the Lord there’s people out there like you

  • "Life’s Been Good" by Joe Walsh

     

    I can’t complain but sometimes I still do
    Life’s been good to me so far

  • "Dream On" by Aerosmith

     

    Sing with me, sing for the year
    Sing for the laughter, and sing for the tear
    Sing it with me, if it’s just for today
    Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away

  • "I Won’t Back Down" by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

     

    Well, I know what’s right
    I got just one life
    In a world that keeps on pushin’ me around
    But I’ll stand my ground
    And I won’t back down

  • "Jack and Diane" by John Cougar Mellencamp

     

    Oh yeah, life goes on
    Long after the thrill of living is gone
    They walk on

  • "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles

     

    Little darlin’, the smile’s returning to their faces
    Little darlin’, it seems like years since it’s been here

    Here comes the sun
    Here comes the sun, and I say
    It’s alright

  • "Running on Empty" by Jackson Browne

     

    Everyone I know, everywhere I go
    People need some reason to believe
    I don’t know about anyone, but me
    If it takes all night, that’ll be all right
    If I can get you to smile before I leave

  • "Changes" by David Bowie

     

    I watch the ripples change their size
    But never leave the stream of warm impermanence and
    So the days float through my eyes
    But still the days seem the same

  • "The Promised Land" by Bruce Springsteen

     

    Well there’s a dark cloud rising from the desert floor
    I packed my bags and I’m heading straight into the storm
    Gonna be a twister to blow everything down
    That ain’t got the faith to stand its ground
    Blow away the dreams that tear you apart
    Blow away the dreams that break your heart
    Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted

  • "Beautiful Day" by U2

     

    It’s a beautiful day
    Don’t let it get away
    It’s a beautiful day

    Touch me
    Take me to that other place
    Teach me love
    I know I’m not a hopeless case

  • "The Grand Illusion" by Styx

     

    So if you think your life is complete confusion
    ‘Cause your neighbors got it made
    Just remember that it’s a grand illusion
    And deep inside, we’re all the same

  • "Let It Be" by The Beatles

     

    And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree
    There will be an answer, let it be
    For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see
    There will be an answer, let it be

  • "Piano Man" by Billy Joel

     

    Yes, they’re sharing a drink they call loneliness
    But it’s better than drinkin’ alone

  • "Livin’ On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi

     

    We’ve gotta hold on to what we’ve got
    It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not
    We’ve got each other and that’s a lot for love
    We’ll give it a shot

  • "All You Need Is Love" by the Beatles

     

    Nothin’ you can do, but you can learn how to be you in time
    It’s easy
    All you need is love

  • "Heroes" by David Bowie

     

    Though nothing will drive them away
    We can be Heroes, just for one day
    We can be us, just for one day

  • "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor

     

    Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
    You must fight just to keep them alive

  • "Don’t Stop Believin’" by Journey

     

    Workin’ hard to get my fill
    Everybody wants a thrill
    Payin’ anything to roll the dice
    Just one more time

    Some’ll win, some will lose
    Some are born to sing the blues

  • "Forever Young" by Rod Stewart

     

    May the good Lord be with you
    Down every road you roam
    And may sunshine and happiness
    Surround you when you’re far from home

  • "Against the Wind" by Bog Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

     

    Against the wind
    We were runnin’ against the wind
    We were young and strong, we were runnin’ against the wind

  • "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac

     

    Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’
    ‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
    But time makes you bolder
    Even children get older
    And I’m getting older too

  • "Me & Bobbie McGee" by Janis Joplin

     

    Freedom is just another word for nothin’ left to lose

  • "The Times They Are A Changing" by Bob Dylan

     

    And don’t speak too soon
    For the wheel’s still in spin
    And there’s no tellin’ who
    That it’s namin’
    For the loser now
    Will be later to win
    For the times they are a-changin’

  • "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" by Monty Python

     

    Some things in life are bad
    They can really make you mad
    Other things just make you swear and curse
    When you’re chewing on life’s gristle
    Don’t grumble, give a whistle
    And this’ll help things turn out for the best
    And Always look on the bright side of life

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