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Great opening lines to songs

crispybug2crispybug2 Posts: 2,997
edited May 2017 in The cake stop
Exactly what it says in the title bar!

I'll go first.

Joe Jackson- Is She Really Going Out With Him

"Pretty women out walking with gorillas down my street"
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  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,390
    "Oh-oh I bet you're wondering how I knew, about your plan to make me blue"

    "Oh, I just don't know where to begin" - Also album opener by Elvis Costello, Accidents Will Happen.

    Obscure, but as it's Friday:

    "Now my work is done, I feel I'm owed some joy" - Bright Smile, Dark Eyes by Josh Ritter (also an album opener on Hello Starling)
  • Warren Zevon "Werewolves of London":
    "I saw a werewolf walking with a Chinese menu in his hand
    Through the streets of Soho in the rain"...
    Ecrasez l’infame
  • courtmedcourtmed Posts: 177
    "I come from down in the valley where mister when you're young, they bring you up to do like your daddy done"

    Springsteen - The River. I know this is opening line, but it's the opening harmonica that really does it for me...
  • Thick MikeThick Mike Posts: 357
    Well, I stand up next to a mountain,
    and I chop it down with the edge of my hand.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 9,138
    Sipping on Rosé, Silver Lake sun, coming up all lazy
    Slow cooking pancakes for my boy, still up, still fresh as a Daisy
    Playing ping pong all night long, everything's all neon and hazy
    and then the next thing you know
  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,390
    Four by the Fab Four:

    "Close your eyes and I'll kiss you, tomorrow I'll miss you"

    "I Heard the news today, oh boy!"

    "Hey Jude, don't make it bad, take a sad song and make it better"

    "Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly"
  • haydenmhaydenm Posts: 2,868
    We're no strangers to love, you know the rules and so do I
    A full commitment's what I'm thinking of, You wouldn't get this from any other guy
  • joe2008joe2008 Posts: 1,919
    Disarm you with a smile
  • Garry HGarry H Posts: 6,614
    'Allo
    I'm-a Giuseppe
    I got-a something special-a for you
  • secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,523
    "Here I am, motherf*cke*s" Nausea - Therapy?

    Also a side 1, track 1

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,390
    "I got chills,
    they're multiplyin' "
  • secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,523
    "Despair and Deception, Love's ugly little twins, came a-knockin' on my door..."

    I let love in - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • Garry HGarry H Posts: 6,614
    Soon I discovered that this rock thing was true
    Jerry Lee Lewis was the devil
    Jesus was an architect previous to his career as a prophet
    All of a sudden, I found myself in love with the world
    So there was only one thing that I could do
    Was ding a ding dang my dang a long ling long

    Ministry - Jesus built my hotrod
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    It's the kind of night that's so cold, when you spit
    it freezes before it hits the ground

    Cause Cheap is How I Feel
    Cowboy Junkies
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
  • sungodsungod Posts: 12,207
    alberto y lost trios paranoias - kill...

    oaaaahhh i don't give a damn i don't fu​cking care
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • chris_basschris_bass Posts: 4,913
    snuff - cake

    "Cake"
    www.conjunctivitis.com - a site for sore eyes
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    Shaking like a dog shittin' razorblades
    Waking up next to nothing after dreaming of you and me
    I'm waking up all alone, waking up so relieved
    While you're taking your time with apologies

    Alkaline Trio - Radio
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
  • FocusZingFocusZing Posts: 4,416
    Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away.
    Now it looks as though they're here to stay.
    Oh, I believe in yesterday.
  • mfinmfin Posts: 6,652
    Girlfriend in a coma, I know
    I know, it's serious
  • cornerblockcornerblock Posts: 3,228
    Punctured bicycle
    On a hillside desolate,
    Will nature make a man of me yet?
  • cornerblockcornerblock Posts: 3,228
    With the money from her accident
    She bought herself a mobile home
    So at least she could get some enjoyment
    Out of being alone
    No one could say that she was left up on the shelf
    It's you and me against the World kid she mumbled to herself
  • cornerblockcornerblock Posts: 3,228
    Dirty old river, must you keep rolling
    Flowing into the night
    People so busy, makes me feel dizzy
    Taxi light shines so bright
    But I don't need no friends
    As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset
    I am in paradise
  • mfinmfin Posts: 6,652
    Punctured bicycle
    On a hillside desolate,
    Will nature make a man of me yet?

    Na that one's run of the mill lazy lyric writing.
  • mfinmfin Posts: 6,652
    Dirty old river, must you keep rolling
    Flowing into the night
    People so busy, makes me feel dizzy
    Taxi light shines so bright
    But I don't need no friends
    As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset
    I am in paradise

    Great opening to a song, but not sure the lyrics do much more than play their part.
  • mfinmfin Posts: 6,652
    With the money from her accident
    She bought herself a mobile home
    So at least she could get some enjoyment
    Out of being alone
    No one could say that she was left up on the shelf
    It's you and me against the World kid she mumbled to herself

    Naa, he's done much better than that.
  • cornerblockcornerblock Posts: 3,228
    mfin wrote:
    Punctured bicycle
    On a hillside desolate,
    Will nature make a man of me yet?

    Na that one's run of the mill lazy lyric writing.

    Righto.
  • cornerblockcornerblock Posts: 3,228
    mfin wrote:
    With the money from her accident
    She bought herself a mobile home
    So at least she could get some enjoyment
    Out of being alone
    No one could say that she was left up on the shelf
    It's you and me against the World kid she mumbled to herself

    Naa, he's done much better than that.

    I was choosing mine not trying to guess yours!
  • cornerblockcornerblock Posts: 3,228
    mfin wrote:
    Dirty old river, must you keep rolling
    Flowing into the night
    People so busy, makes me feel dizzy
    Taxi light shines so bright
    But I don't need no friends
    As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset
    I am in paradise

    Great opening to a song, but not sure the lyrics do much more than play their part.

    Thank you Hal David.
  • cornerblockcornerblock Posts: 3,228
    Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night
    Enter Patty Valentine from the outer hall
    She sees the bartender in a pool of blood,
    Cries out, "My God, they killed them all!"
    Here comes the story of the Hurricane,
    The man the authorities came to blame
    For somethin' that he never done
    Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
    The champion of the world

    What do you think Hal? ;-)
  • mfinmfin Posts: 6,652
    Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night
    Enter Patty Valentine from the outer hall
    She sees the bartender in a pool of blood,
    Cries out, "My God, they killed them all!"
    Here comes the story of the Hurricane,
    The man the authorities came to blame
    For somethin' that he never done
    Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
    The champion of the world

    What do you think Hal? ;-)

    Naaa...

    I think whilst the thread is always gonna be full of subjective opinions, there's a difference between a great opening lyrics and lyrics that are part of a great opening to a song.

    ...that one doesn't work much, might work better if it was "great opening verse to a song" (no, actually it wouldn't).

    Glad to be of service.
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