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Top 10 lyrics that became popular sayings

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05.07.2019

Phil Riley started this one by noting references to a “Hotel California” Brexit – “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.” A lot of good nominations this week, so I made it a Top 20.

1. You can’t always get what you want. Rolling Stones. Nominated by Patrick Hennessy, John Peters, Harriet Marsden and Tim Hailstone.

2. Things can only get better. D:Ream. Thanks to Niall Litchfield, Maria Sale. “Now used ironically since things stopped getting better,” pointed out Zaki Moosa.

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3. See you later, alligator. Bill Haley & His Comets (via Bobby Charles). Call and response, although I was surprised to discover the original lyric goes, “after ’while, crocodile”. Nominated by Svennig, John Hall and Lawrence Freedman.

4. Green........

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