James Taylor - Line 'Em Up Lyrics




I remember Richard Nixon back in '74 and the final scene at the White House door
and the staff lined up to say good-bye, tiny tear in his shifty little eye,
he said, "nobody knows me, nobody understands.
These little people were good to me, oh I'm gonna shake some hands."

Somebody line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up.
Somebody line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up.

At that time my heart was all broke, I looked like ashes and smelled like smoke
and I turned away from my loving kind, try to leave my body and live in my mind
but it's much too much emotion to hold it in your hand.
They've got waves out on the ocean, they're gonna wear away the land,

Somebody line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up.
Want you to line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up.

Oh, I've seen corn in Kansas and I've seen picket fences and certain cowboy dances.
I've gone lining up for shows, I've been safely placed in rows, sure I know how it goes.

Another day goes by, little time machine, I'm raking my brain over what it might mean
just to claim the time and to turn away, to make today today.
Who waits for you, lonely tired old toad?
It's your life laid out before you like the broken white line down the center of the road.

Line 'em up line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up.
Line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up.

Yeah, big moon landing, people are standing up,
smiles for the loved ones, they go walking on down the aisles.
Each re-engages stepping into the sun, I watch them turn like pages one by one by one,

Want you to line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up.
Line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up.

[Indecipherable French grunting]





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James Taylor Line 'Em Up Comments
  1. Melodie Greider

    What a gift it is, to have this music.

  2. Matt Garza

    Line em all up

  3. Francesc Ramon

    Una de les seves millors cançons

  4. David Holman

    Love it.

  5. Greeley Miklashek

    The only line-ups our Mad King Donald's staff will be in are done in police stations. "Line 'em up!" Go Bernie and Elizabeth!

  6. Guardian of Asgaard

    My mother would play this song when I was an infant. Such memories!

  7. paul camacho

    i looked like ashes and smelled like smoke..just one the many brilliant lyrics from this classic

  8. jlaneyrie1955

    What's the difference? That are all on the take.Some of us are suffering a painful demise.

  9. Troy Tempest

    This and "Yellow and Rose". Two goodies.

  10. Reseda Mickey

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuNS_qklfoU
    similar composition - both well-written

  11. Patrizia Lo Coco

    The perfect song.

  12. Pastor Taurean Williams

    The love is song.

  13. Nancy Adams

    My Life just would not be the same without these songs James you are Eternal:)

  14. Sean Fullerton

    Hey kids, this recording is a study in how to arrange, record
    and mix (in your living room :) Serious! That said, these musicians
    could make a tin shack in Mojave sound like Ocean Way Studios!

    Janelle Vigil

    You said it all bra--

    Frank De Ruiter

    It was recorded trough a Yamaha O2r mixing desk. Some people say these things sound like sh*t, but I have no idea what they are talking about (neither do they apparently). I think the sound rocks!

  15. Nome Olvides

    great song. Happy to say goodbye. That was that. Time to embrace the sun, the present and the future with gusto

  16. Jake Vanderbeck

    Zz top’s the best band in history and the Beatles are a close second

  17. Timothy Campbell

    Did Richard Nixon really say that?

    dee belfiore

    Timothy Campbell no, James did, dumbass

    Janelle Vigil

    Maybe...He felt it, I'm sure....

    njej lester

    He did actually line up the White House staff to say goodbye and thank them. He did say he was grateful to them for their loyalty.

  18. Jonsey Fuller

    wether you know me or not, thanks for the help.

  19. Mary Campbell

    The Best Singer Songwriting Ever

  20. Gary Light

    03 saw him
    unforgetable.

  21. Kathy Connor

    "Line 'Em Up"

    I remember Richard Nixon back in '74 and the final scene at the White House door
    and the staff lined up to say good-bye, tiny tear in his shifty little eye,
    he said, "nobody knows me, nobody understands.
    These little people were good to me, oh I'm gonna shake some hands."

    Somebody line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up.
    Somebody line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up.

    At that time my heart was all broke, I looked like ashes and smelled like smoke
    and I turned away from my loving kind, try to leave my body and live in my mind
    but it's much too much emotion to hold it in your hand.
    They've got waves out on the ocean, they're gonna wear away the land,

    Somebody line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up.
    Want you to line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up.

    Oh, I've seen corn in Kansas and I've seen picket fences and certain cowboy dances.
    I've gone lining up for shows, I've been safely placed in rows, sure I know how it goes.

    Another day goes by, little time machine, I'm raking my brain over what it might mean
    just to claim the time and to turn away, to make today today.
    Who waits for you, lonely tired old toad?
    It's your life laid out before you like the broken white line down the center of the road.

    Line 'em up line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up.
    Line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up.

    Yeah, big moon landing, people are standing up,
    smiles for the loved ones, they go walking on down the aisles.
    Each re-engages stepping into the sun, I watch them turn like pages one by one by one,

    Want you to line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up.
    Line 'em up, line 'em all up, line 'em up, line 'em all up.

    Mary Campbell

    Kathy Connor thank you for the memories

    Patrizia Lo Coco

    Thank you so much 😃

  22. 김재현

    NewsRoom which is one of S.Korean news program played this song. It was my first time and then I love this

  23. xXMoon_ ShadeXx

    line em up up up line em up up up line em up up up IM ON FIRE!!!!!

  24. Jake Vanderbeck

    James Taylor's best post 70s record next to October road

  25. jlaneyrie1955

    wish we could get rid of the present mafia .Good luck with that huh?

  26. Jamila Hayes

    one of my favorite guitarist

  27. carlwinslo

    This song is so comforting and disheartening all at the same time. It makes me know i should be stronger and accomplish more but its such a task.

  28. Urim Lee

    Carlos Vega ‼️

    Greg Gordon Smith

    That pocket. Underrated, I wish he'd stayed with us longer

    Sean Fullerton

    OMG, totally. RIP. I got to record with Carlos once in LA
    back in 1988 ish. It was a ranchera ballad, but oh mercy,
    what a laidback relaxed feel and groove. Plus he had an 18"
    kick drum that sounded like the heartbeat of God. Ha!
    Simply masterful... can't say enough.

  29. Martin gardner

    I listen to this one sometimes driving around

  30. Martin gardner

    One of the greatest. Been to five concerts. I have several of his albums.

    GIB

    He has been my favorite singer since 1978. Every album is better than the last (if thats possible). Having said this, I do NOT like his last two albums at all. Hourglass (and all albums before it) have something that the rest have lost. Don't know what it is either.

    Martin gardner

    +gibwise fun fact: this album was recorded in a cold house on Martha's Vineyard

    GIB

    No kiddin'? Thats cool. (NPI) Thanks!