An ongoing list of song lyrics that mandatorily employ a great deal of punctuation.

The issue here is that some candidates, as with many overdetermined Bad Religion numbers, are simply run-on sentences, viz. “Pessimistic Lines”: “My pessimistic lines, your superstitious lives, and the modern age’s lies won’t absolve you, and the professorial truth, and the dear clairvoyant youth (and, of course, the nightly news) will deceive you.” I’ll try to exclude those.

Then there is the issue of quotations within songs, which can be rendered without quotation marks but really ought not. These are perhaps a cheap and ready-made source, but I am hardly above such things.

And you may vehemently disagree with my use of commas. Yeah, that’d be typical.

“The Rose” (absolutely nothing beats this one)
Just remember: In the winter, far beneath the driven snow, lies the seed that, with the sun’s love, in the spring becomes the rose.
So, when you’re near me, darling, can’t you hear me? S.O.S.
“Don’t Dream It’s Over”
Hey, now, hey, now, don’t dream it’s over.
I remember the day the young man came, said “Your Jackie’s gone. He got lost in the rain.” And I ran to the beach and laid me down. “You’re all wrong, I said,” and they stared at the sand. “That man knows that sea like the back of his hand. He’ll be back sometime – laughing at you.”
She said “You is funny.” I said “ ‘You are funny.’ ” She said “Thank you” and I said “Never mind.” She rolled her eyes – her beautiful eyes.

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