Songs that have great opening lines

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Lawrence Schulman, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. Lawrence Schulman

    Lawrence Schulman Forum Resident Thread Starter

    "When the truth is found to be lies
    and all the joy within you dies"

    "Somebody to Love" - by Darby Slick
    1966

    "The night is bitter,
    The stars have lost their glitter,
    The winds grow colder
    And suddenly you're older,
    And all because of the man that got away."

    "The Man That Got Away" - by Ira Gershwin (words) and Harold Arlen (music)
    1953
     
  2. GregorSamsa

    GregorSamsa Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sydney
    "Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be so quiet?
    We sit here stranded, though we're all doin' our best to deny it" - Bob Dylan, 'Visions of Johanna'
     
  3. ralph7109

    ralph7109 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Franklin, TN
    "Your day breaks, your mind aches."
    - For No One

    "Ah, look at all the lonely people"
    - Eleanor Rigby

    Two of Paul McCartney's best and when he actually cared about the lyrics.

    "I may not always love you..."
    - God Only Knows

    A very unexpected opening line to a love song.
     
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  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al Senior Member

    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    I don't want to kiss you, I don't want to touch
    I don't want to see you 'cause I don't miss you that much

    - Elvis Costello - No Action
    These were also the opening lines on the album "This Years Model", and set the tone for all that was to come on that one.
     
  5. tootull

    tootull John Norman

    Location:
    Canada
    Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper your deafness a SHOUT.
    - Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick
     
  6. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Mass
    You're breaking my heart, you're tearing it apart
    So **** you - Harry Nilsson

    Lights Out Tonight, trouble in the heartland
    Got a head-on collision smashin' in my guts man
    I'm caught in a crossfire that I don't understand
    - Bruce Springsteen (Badlands and tonesetter for the Darkness album)
     
  7. drivingfrog

    drivingfrog Forum Resident

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Just before our love got lost you said
    "I am as constant as a northern star"
    And I said "Constantly in the darkness
    Where's that at?
    If you want me I'll be in the bar"

    - A Case of You - Joni Mitchell


    Oh, the snot has caked against my pants.
    It has turned into crystal.

    - Live and Let Live - Love
     
  8. bluesbro

    bluesbro Forum Hall of Shame

    Location:
    DC
    Made a meal and threw it up on Sunday

    Oasis - Stand by Me
     
  9. rednoise

    rednoise Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston
    "Oh, I just don't know where to begin..."

    Accidents Will Happen, by Elvis Costello​
     
  10. wolfram

    wolfram Slave to the rhythm

    Location:
    Berlin, Germany
    -What you gonna do when you get out of jail?
    -I’m gonna have some fun.

    Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love
     
  11. 2trackmind

    2trackmind Forum Resident

    Location:
    MA
    "Oh the streets of Rome, are filled with rubble..."

    The Band - "When I Paint My Masterpiece"
     
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  12. noahjld

    noahjld Witchfinder General/ Das Boz Boz

    "Long Shot" - Aimee Mann.
     
  13. heatherly

    heatherly Well-Known Member

    Location:
    USA
    "You're gonna break somebody's heart that's true and someone's gonna break yours too.."

    First One in the Car by The Wallflowers
     
  14. carrolls

    carrolls Forum Resident

    Location:
    Dublin
    “Jesus died for somebody’s sins/But not mine”Patti Smith, “Gloria”
     
  15. rene smalldridge

    rene smalldridge Senior Member

    Location:
    manhattan,kansas
    I am the God of Hellfire and I bring you...............................
     
  16. hodgo

    hodgo Tea Making Gort (Yorkshire Branch) Staff

    Location:
    East Yorkshire
    My Favourite........

    A candy coloured clown they call the sandman
    Tiptoes to my room every night
    Just to sprinkle stardust and to whisper:
    "Go to sleep, everything is alright"

    Roy Orbison "In Dreams"
     
  17. onionmaster

    onionmaster Tropical new waver from the future

    Crash Test Dummies - There Are Many Dangers:

    "When your toast gets stuck in the toaster, do not put a fork in the toaster, while it is hooked up"
     
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  18. agaraffa

    agaraffa Forum Resident

    "Fell into a sea of grass and disappeared among the shady blades."

    Jane's Addiction - Summertime Rolls
     
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  19. john greenwood

    john greenwood Well-Known Member

    Location:
    NYC
    Let me ride on the wall of death one more time - Richard Thompson

    It's quarter to three
    There's no one in the place
    Except you and me.

    Johnny Mercer (music by Harold Arlen)
     
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  20. jmpatrick

    jmpatrick Forum Resident

    Location:
    Detroit, MI
    "High Noon, oh I'd sell my soul for water."

    Rainbow - Stargazer
     
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  21. hernan-r

    hernan-r Forum Resident

    U2's Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses :
    you're dangerous 'cause you're honest
    you're dangerous, you don't know what you want
    Well you left my heart empty as a vacant lot
    For any spirit to haunt
     
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  22. Allen Michael

    Allen Michael Fuh you blue

    "There are places I'll remember, Some have gone and Some remain

    In My Life The Beatles
     
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  23. Scott S.

    Scott S. Indie Music Curator

    Location:
    Walmartville PA
    Teenage angst has paid off well, now I'm bored and old
     
  24. MAYBEIMAMAZED

    MAYBEIMAMAZED Don't think Twice it's alright

    Location:
    DFW TEXAS
    You got a lotta nerve to say you are my friend When I was down, you just stood there grinning You got a lotta nerve to say you gotta helping hand to lend You just want to be on the side that's winning
    Well you're the real tough cookie with the long history
    Of breaking little hearts, like the one in me
    That's O.K., lets see how you do it
    Put up your dukes, lets get down to it!​
    Hit Me With Your Best Shot!​
    I thought I shook myself free
    You see I bounce back quicker than most
    But i'm half delirious, Is too mysterious
    You walk through my walls like a ghost
    And I take everyday at a time
    I'm as proud as a Lion in his Lair
    Now there's no denying it, a note to crying it
    Your all tangled up in my head​
    Baby Im amazed at the way you love me all the time
    Maybe Im afraid of the way I love you
    Baby Im amazed at the the way you pulled me out of time
    Hung me on a line
    Maybe Im amazed at the way I really need you​
     
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  25. ReadySteady

    ReadySteady Custom Title

    "I don't mind other guys dancing with my girl / That's fine, I know them all pretty well"

    The Who - "The Kids Are Alright"
     

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