I like this one for its powerful spiritual vibe:
The dust to which this flesh shall return
It is the ancient, dreaming dust of god
John Mellencamp, Human Wheels
I like this one for the sheer sensory images it calls up:
Sweet desert rose
Whose shadow bears the secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume that would torture you more than this
Sting, Desert Rose
Wow, this one pretty much sums it up for me:
I'm so happy now that I'm older
And I've learned what needs to be done
I wish I could've been older back when I was young.
I was dumb in life's springtime
And now I'm smarter in November
How come you lose memory capacity just as you've got so much more to remember?
Garrison Keillor, The Lives of the Cowboys
I like this one for the way it conveys life changes:
Remember when old ones died and new were born
And life was changed, disassembled, rearranged
We came together, fell apart
And broke each other's hearts
Alan Jackson, Remember When
I like this one for its cinematic heft. You can see it as well as hear it:
Well, your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah
I like this one because it sounds like something a young man would write about his crush:
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Train, Drops of Jupiter
I like the sheer WHAT factor of this verse (plus the fact that my writing prof said NEVER to write the word "thing' if you can help it):
"There were plants
--America's 'Horse With No Name'
And apropos of nothing, Do innocent feet have rhythm?
"I'm never gonna
Guilty feet have
Got no rhythm"
--Wham's 'Careless Whisper'