Songs that have great opening lines

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

  1. footprintsinthesand

    footprintsinthesand Forum Resident

    Haren, DM
    Good evening, I'm from Essex, in case you couldn't tell, my given name is Dickie
    I come from Billericay and I'm doing very well.

    Had a love affair with Lena in the back of my Cortina ...
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  2. Russ_B66

    Russ_B66 Active Member

    Pour me a drink Theresa in one of those glasses you dust off
    And I'll watch the bones in your back like the stations of the cross
    'Round your hair the sun lifts a halo, at your lips a crown of thorns
    Whatever the deal's going down, to this one I'm sworn

    I'll Work for Your Love - Bruce Springsteen
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  3. sws

    sws Forum Resident

    Another favorite. Died forty-nine years ago today.

    Last edited: Dec 10, 2016
  4. footprintsinthesand

    footprintsinthesand Forum Resident

    Haren, DM
    Yes I am Mother Nature's son, and I'm the only one

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  5. jmczaja

    jmczaja Well-Known Member

    New Jersey
    "I'm a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm" - Search and Destroy - Iggy and the Stooges

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  6. Mike Campbell

    Mike Campbell Forum Resident

    Minnesota, USA
    "Generals gathered in their masses...."'''''
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    ALAN SICHERMAN Active Member

    Kew Gardens, NY
    David Ruffin singing ..."I know you want to leave me, but I refuse to let you go"
    on "Ain't to Proud to Beg" by the Temptations.
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  8. Mainline461

    Mainline461 Forum Resident

    Tamiami Trail
    "I met a gin soaked, bar room queen down in Memphis" - Honky Tonk Woman
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  9. AudioLoup

    AudioLoup Active Member

    The Netherlands
    I feel lik a bit of a captain obvious here, but is hasn't been posted yet, so:

    "There must be some kind of way out of here", said the joker to the thief.
    ~ All Along the Watchtower
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  10. History repeats the old conceits, the glib replies the same defeats-Elvis Costello
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  11. Talking heads

    For a long time I felt without style or grace
    Wearing shoes with no socks in cold weather

    Brian Eno:

    Baby's on fire
    Better throw her in the water
    Look at her laughing
    Like a heifer to the slaughter
  12. the sands

    the sands Forum Resident

    Oslo, Norway
    "Look up here,
    I'm in Heaven"

    Bowie "Lazarus". It opens up so much and the song is as earthly as it is spiritual and as heartfelt and real as it is unreal.
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  13. LitHum05

    LitHum05 Forum Resident

    Washington, DC
    Once upon a time you dressed so fine
    Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?
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  14. John Adam

    John Adam Forum Resident

    It's nine o'clock on a Saturday
    The regular crowd shuffles in
    There's an old man sitting next to me
    Makin' love to his tonic and gin

    Piano Man - Billy Joel :)
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  15. Bobby Morrow

    Bobby Morrow Forum Resident

    It's a wonder they didn't throw the old man out for that!:D
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  16. Haristar

    Haristar Forum Resident

    Southampton, UK
    Do you remember a guy that's been
    In such an early song?
    I heard a rumour from Ground Control
    Oh no, don't say it's true
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  17. Veltri

    Veltri ♪♫♫♪♪♫♫♪

    Aimee Mann has a number of great opening lyrics. Here are my two favourites.

    Now that I've met you
    Would you object to
    Never seeing each other again

    Let's assume you were right
  18. John Adam

    John Adam Forum Resident

    It was the 70's. I'm sure people were doing worse things than that! :)
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  19. Haristar

    Haristar Forum Resident

    Southampton, UK
    I like the opening lyrics to "These Are the Days of Our Lives" by Queen for the same reason:

    "Sometimes I get to feeling
    I was back in the old days - long ago
    When we were kids, when we were young
    Things seemed so perfect - you know
  20. Chrome_Head

    Chrome_Head Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA.
    Always loved the evocative opening lyrics to Neil Young's "Last Trip To Tulsa":

    Well, I used to drive a cab,
    you know
    I heard a siren scream
    Pulled over to the corner
    And I fell into a dream

    On a personal note, this thread was started on my birthday in 2012 :edthumbs:
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  21. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    "I remember one night the kid cut off his right arm in a bid to save a bit of power" -- Nick Lowe, "So It Goes"

    "What has happened down here is the winds have changed" -- Randy Newman, "Louisiana 1927"

    "It's alright cause the historical pattern has shown how the economical cycle tends to revolve" -- Stereolab, "Ping Pong"
  22. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Well-Known Member

    "I feel so extraordinary, something's got a hold on me..." - New Order, True Faith
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  23. bleachershane

    bleachershane Forum Resident

    Glasgow, Scotland

    "I am angry, I am ill and I'm as ugly as sin."

    That's one great way to set up a song...
  24. mr. steak

    mr. steak Active Member

    tempe az
    "The backbone of this country is the independent truck" - Big Black

    "Mother told me, yes, she told me that I'd meet girls like you" - Cheap Trick

    "It's cold outside and the paint's peeling off of my walls " - Tubeway Army
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  25. Tokyo Ghost

    Tokyo Ghost Well-Known Member

    Tokyo, Japan
    Stooges - Dirt.

    Ooh, I been dirt
    And I don't care
    Ooh, I been dirt
    But I don't care
    'Cause I'm
    I'm just yearning

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