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Lyrics as Tattoos

People have been inspired by song lyrics ever since words were first put to music. Poetry can move you, but when it is accompanied by just the right melody, it can leave an indelible mark on you soul... just like a tattoo. So it's perfectly understandable that people would want to commemorate their favorite lyrics as tattoos.

Before you go inking some lines from the latest pop hit of the moment into your skin however, put a little thought into what you really want. Is there a special song that moves you, reminds you, inspires you, or defines you? Is it one you won't be sick of in a few years? Or embarrassed by in certain situations? If its lyrics fit the bill, then a tattoo might just be in order.

If you don't have particular song lyrics in mind for a tattoo, check out the ideas below. Or maybe you have the perfect song in mind but have questions. For example, should there be some type of graphic to accompany the text? In that case, some of the tattoo designs below might just give you some ideas...

weeping angel apple with skull

"Angel", Sarah McLachlan
Songwriters: Simmons, Earl / Lorenzo, Irving Domingo / Green, Taiwan

"All That You Have Is Your Soul"
Lyrics: Tracy Chapman

"Let the river rock you like a cradle
Climb to the treetops, child, if you're able
Let your hands tie a knot across the table.
Come and touch the things you cannot feel."

"Follow", Richie Havens
Songwriter: Jeff Merrick

scarred heart with flames

"Joan of Arc"
Leonard Cohen

"If the future's looking dark
We're the ones who have to shine
If there's no one in control
we're the ones who draw the line"

"Everyday Glory", Rush
Lyrics by: Neil Peart

"You're still a part of everything I do
You're on my heart just like a tattoo"

"Tattoo", Jordin Sparks
Songwriters: Amanda Ghost / Ian Dench / StarGate

rose with drops of blood

"The Rose"
Songwriter: Amanda McBroom

"When the day is long and the night
The night is yours alone
When you're sure you've had enough
Of this life, well hang on"

"Everybody Hurts", R.E.M.
Songwriters: Peter Buck / Michael Mills / William Berry / Michael Stipe

blue nautical star in black circle
blue and orange nautical star with quote

"The Pass", Rush
Lyrics by: Neil Peart

"Are you taking over
Or are you taking orders?
Are you going backwards
Or are you going forwards?"

"White Riot", The Clash
Songwriters: Strummer, Joe / Jones, Mick / Simonon, Paul / Headon, Topper

"Poverty stole your golden shoes
It didn't steal your laughter
And heartache came to visit me
But I knew it wasn't ever after"

"Hand", Jewel
Songwriters: Kilcher, Jewel / Leonard, Patrick

Dave Matthews Band logo with lyrics

"Cry Freedom"
Dave Matthews Band

"If the future's looking dark
we're the ones who have to shine
If there's no one in control
we're the ones who draw the line"

"Everyday Glory", Rush
Lyrics by: Neil Peart

"We can be heroes."

"Heroes", David Bowie
Songwriters: Bowie, David / Eno, Brian

bird flying toward the sun

"Spirit", The Waterboys
Scott, Michael


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