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Best ever opening lyric to any song?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Wanda_the_Wonder, Jul 16, 2020.

  1. Wanda_the_Wonder

    Wanda_the_Wonder Occasional commenter

    My choice would be:

    Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be so quiet?

    This is the opening lyric to Bob Dylan's Visions of Johanna.
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  2. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    Long as there is chicken gravy on your rice
    Everything is nice

    Hoagy Carmichael’s “Lazy Bones”.
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  3. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Not the opening line but one of the verses from "The real me" by the Who (from the Quadrophnia album is...

    Went back to my Mother
    I said "I'm crazy Ma - Help me"
    She said "I know how it feels Son"
    Cos it runs in the family"

    I've always loved that...
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  4. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    Woody Guthrie ' Pastures of Plenty':

    "It's a mighty hard row that my poor hands have hoed"
    [The rest of the first verse continues:
    My poor feet have traveled a hot dusty road
    Out of your Dust Bowl and Westward we rolled
    And your deserts were hot and your mountains were cold"]

    It's a great song. And the cover version by Odetta does it best justice, in my opinion.]
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  5. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    We skipped the light fandango
    Turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
    I was feeling kinda seasick
    But the crowd called out for more
    The room was humming harder
    As the ceiling flew away
    When we called out for another drink
    The waiter brought a tray

    Whiter shade of pale, Procol Harem.
  6. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I only found out this morning that Chris Martin got the idea to write the song "Yellow" after looking at the telephone directory.
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  7. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    I like loads...

    I met her in a club down in old Soho,
    Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like Coca Cola, C-O-L-A Cola.

    Oh yeah! In France, a skinny man died of a big disease with a little name.

    I was born in the wagon of a travellin' show, My mama used to dance for the money they'd throw.

    On a hot summer night would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?

    Tumble outta bed and I stumble to the kitchen pour myself a cup of ambition

    You grew up ridin' the subways, running with people Up in Harlem, down on Broadway. You're no tramp, but you're no lady, talkin' that street talk

    Trailers for sale or rent, rooms to let, fifty cents. No phone, no pool, no pets, I ain't got no cigarettes.

  8. Wanda_the_Wonder

    Wanda_the_Wonder Occasional commenter

    "Out on the wiley, windy moors
    We'd roll and fall in green
    You had a temper like my jealousy
    Too hot, too greedy"

    Wuthering Heights … Kate Bush
  9. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    'Sympathy just does not mean that much to me, compassion is not the fashion in my mind'

    Uriah Heep (Sympathy).

    Another simple but beautiful lyric is:

    'There I stood on a July morning, I was looking for love'

    Uriah Heep (July Morning)
  10. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar when I met you.
  11. jonnymarr

    jonnymarr Occasional commenter

    Sometimes I don't know where
    This dirty road is taking me
    Sometimes I don't know the reason why
    So I guess I'll keep gambling
    Lots of booze and lots of rambling
    Well, it's easier than just waiting around to die
    ( Townes Van Zandt )
  12. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    She came from Greece she had a thirst for knowledge
    She studied sculpture at Saint Martin's College
    That's where I Caught her eye
    She told me that her Dad was loaded
    I said "In that case I'll have a rum and Coca-Cola
  13. jonnymarr

    jonnymarr Occasional commenter

    I'm so sick, sick, sick and tired
    Of working just to be retired

    ( The Enemy - Away from here )
  14. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Please allow me to introduce myself
    I'm a man of wealth and taste

    I've been around for a long, long year
    Stole many a man's soul to waste
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  15. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    It's a God-awful small affair
    To the girl with the mousy hair
  16. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    The trouble with your brother,
    He's always sleeping with your mother.
    And I know that your sister missed her time again this month.
    Am I talking too fast or are you just playing dumb?

    Razzmatazz, Pulp.
  17. WB

    WB Lead commenter

    I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand

    The Werewolves of London, Warren Zennon
  18. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I wrote this song two hours before we met,
    I didn't know your name or what you looked like yet

    Something Changed, Pulp.

    There's a kid out on my corner,
    hear him strumming like a fool,
    shivering in his dungarees
    yet still he's going to school.
    His cheeks are made of peach fuzz
    and his hopes may be the same,
    but he's signed up as a soldier
    out to play the music game.

    There Only Was One Choice, Harry Chapin
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  19. Wanda_the_Wonder

    Wanda_the_Wonder Occasional commenter

    That certain night
    The night we met
    There was magic abroad in the air
    There were angels dining at the Ritz
    And a nightingale sang in Berkeley square

    Beautiful opening lyric to one of the most beautiful songs ever written.
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  20. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    I take your Harry Chapin, and raise you with another of his songs, 'Cat's in the Cradle':

    My child arrived just the other day
    He came to the world in the usual way
    But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay
    He learned to walk while I was away
    And he was talking 'fore I knew it, and as he grew
    He'd say "I'm gonna be like you, dad"
    "You know I'm gonna be like you"

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