The inspiration for this question is slightly derivative from the actual question itself, but I’ve spent a lot of time over the years thinking about tattoos. It took me a long time to confirm that indeed, I would like one, but I’m not settled on content, design or meaning, but the question of lyrics always comes up.

Whatever your opinion on those types of tattoos, it got me thinking about those that I consider would be important enough. I know I’ve mentioned before in this column that my favourite lyricist is Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die; a true modern raconteur and a a really intelligent guy to boot, and one of his lyrics – the last line sung on The Big Dirty closer “Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Battery” in fact – has psoken volumes to me ever since I heard it:

“It is better to destroy than to create what is meaningless.”

He has many quotable lines, but this one has always rung true for me. People often talk about ‘what’s the harm of X if it’s not hurting anybody”, but if it’s not providing any intrinsic worth then I want rid of it.

I’m getting off point though, but I’m sure you guys have got some good stuff for me though, so let us know what your favourites are and why!

– CG

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