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Whats your favourite opening lyric to a song?

Asked by mickhock (540 points ) September 27th, 2010

What is your favourite first line and why ?

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MissA's avatar

What took you so long to find me.

Gamrz360's avatar

“Airplane, Airplane sorry I’m late. I’m on my why so don’t close that gate. If I don’t make that then I’ll switch my flight and be back right on it.”

Who doesn’t love Airplanes?

SuperMouse's avatar

“I don’t get many things right the first time, in fact I am told that a lot.” The Luckiest by Ben Folds. Because they describe me and they are from my very favorite love song in the whole world.

TexasDude's avatar

I know my story is not the oldest of it’s kind, I was too touched to see you clearly and far too young to realize that I had loved so dearly you, whose world I had designed but the sweet smoke came with mirrors and it brought tears to my wide eyes.

Because damn.

And:

God that was strange to see you again, introduced by a friend of a friend, smiled and said yes I think we’ve met before. In that instant it started to pour.

Because it does a great job setting up the story of the rest of the song.

rebbel's avatar

Oh my baby baby I love you more than I can tell
I don’t think I can live without you
And I know that I never will
Oh my baby baby I want you so it scares me to death
I can’t say anymore than “I love you”
Everything else is a waste of breath
I want you

I Want You – Elvis Costello

jrpowell's avatar

Fifteen
Petroleum Distillation

“I’ve been having a hard time trying to justify the clouds arising from the cars we drive.”

global_nomad's avatar

This is the way you left me, I’m not pretending. No hope, no love, no glory, no happy ending. This is the way that we love, like it’s forever. Then live the rest of our lives but not together.—“Happy Ending” by Mika

I just think it’s so final and true. We may want to pretend that our lives will go in a different direction, but sometimes it just isn’t meant to be.

annielorena's avatar

“Call it education, It was somewhere in between. You gave me some sound advise, but I wasn’t listening.” (Modest mouse, Education)
It just makes me think of all the good advise I have been given, but never seem to listen to.

laureth's avatar

“The Salvation Army band played, and the children drank lemonade.” Video

It’s just so random.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

This
It’s lovely,that is why :)

tragiclikebowie's avatar

@SuperMouse OH MY GOD THAT SONG IS SO SAD AND BEAUTIFUL. A couple I knew used it as their first dance and I cried like a baby.

mrentropy's avatar

Today, as you listen to this song
Another 394,000 children were born into this world
They break like waves of hunger and desire upon these eroded shores
Carrying the curses of history and a history yet unwritten
The oil burns in thick black columns, the buzz saws echo through the forest floor
They shout give us our fair share, give us justice
Here comes the war

global_nomad's avatar

@laureth I love that song.

Mamradpivo's avatar

“They’re selling postcards of the hanging
They’re painting the passports brown
The beauty parlor is filled with sailors
The circus is in town.”

I like the opening to “Desolation Row” because it’s these four very vivid images that don’t yet seem to have anything to do with each other.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

“Her name is Yoshimi. She’s a black belt in karate.”

From ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1’ – by the Flaming Lips.

The second this song starts, it just makes me smile.

Joker94's avatar

“I think I’ll go home and mull this over
before I cram it down my throat.
At long last it’s crashed, it’s colossal mass
has broken up into bits of my moat.”
From the song “Caring is Creepy” by The Shins. The line reminds me of all the strange things that have happened in my life, and the way it’s performed makes me feel like I’m waking from a dream when I think of them..

Jay484's avatar

glory, glory what a hell of a way to die
glory, glory what a hell of a way to die
glory, glory what a hell of a way to die
we aint gonna jump no more

tragiclikebowie's avatar

“Well I heard there was a secret chord that David played, and it pleased the Lord. But you don’t really care for music, do you?”

aprilsimnel's avatar

I’m 12 o’ clock, all daylight hours; I’ll warm your bed, I’ll grow your flowers like I’m a miniature sun.

It’s so sweet.

Except later, you see he’s taken it too far. Oh, Andy, the last to know, indeed.:(

muppetish's avatar

“This looks familiar, vaguely familiar,
Almost unreal, yet, it’s too soon to feel yet.
Close to my soul, and yet so far away.
I’m going to go back there someday.”

Ever since I watched the Henson Memorial, this song has made me weep.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

“Uh! With your bad self. Say it loud: I’m black and I’m proud!”

The James Brown.

Pretty sure it doesn’t get better than that when it comes to opening song lyrics.

rangerr's avatar

Wake up, kids. We’ve got the dreamer’s disease.
You Get What You Give – New Radicals

rooeytoo's avatar

Outside another yellow moon has punched a hole in the nightime!

It is so poetic and yet it is what happens when the moon appears.

Good ole Rod the Bod, still going strong after all these years.

john65pennington's avatar

We will we will rock you,,,,,,,,you know the song.

heresjohnny's avatar

Sailin’ down, behind the sun…

Why? The first time I heard the song, I almost cried, it was so beautiful. I like this live version much better than the studio version.

muppetish's avatar

@heresjohnny Is that the song Clapton wrote for his son?

rooeytoo's avatar

@dverhey – I was a little disappointed that even though they wrote a song about it, apparently they thought it was inappropriate to actually show it. Interesting song, wonder what Freud would have to say about that one???

heresjohnny's avatar

@muppetish No, that was Tears in Heaven. Also a fantastic song. My Father’s Eyes was about Clapton’s Dad, whom he never met.

breedmitch's avatar

I don’t practice Santaria. I ain’t got no crystal ball…

I don’t particularly like the rest of the song but the first line makes me laugh.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

It’s our song with Alex – here.

Love of mine, someday you will die…

It kills me every time

Trillian's avatar

It’s a toss up between; In this age of grand illusion, you walked into my life out of my dreams. And Here are we, one magical moment such is the stuff from where dreams are woven.
Because the sheer poetry of the words is evocative of a feeling that I cannot attain in any other way.

Rarebear's avatar

Salamander. Because it’s a silly word for a song (of the same name, by the way)

jazmina88's avatar

welcome back, my friend to the show that never ends…...

ELP
Carneveil #9

Deja_vu's avatar

I’m an alligator, I’m a mama-papa comin’ for you
I’m the space invader, I’ll be a rock’n’rollin’ bitch for you
Keep your mouth shut, you’re squawking like a pink monkey bird
And I’m busting up my brains for the words
Keep your ‘lectric eye on me babe
Put your ray gun to my head
Press your space face close to mine, love
Freak out in the moonage daydream oh! yea!

iammia's avatar

Please could you stop the noise, I’m trying to get some rest
From all the unborn chicken voices in my head…

Radiohead ~ Paranoid Android

mickhock's avatar

Trudging slowly over wet sand
Back to the bench where your clothes were stolen
This is the coastal town
That they forgot to close down
Armageddon – come Armageddon!
Come, Armageddon! Come!
THE SMITHS

OpryLeigh's avatar

You can’t run away forever, but there’s nothing wrong with getting a good head start. – Rock n Roll Dreams Come Through by Meat Loaf

DeanV's avatar

@rooeytoo I dunno, though, did you really want to see it? It in detail would leave a lot of people wondering just how it attached when it was there. Velcro, perhaps?

rooeytoo's avatar

@dverhey – that’s funny, velcro was my first thought as well. My mind is very visual and I always wonder about the how!

Earthgirl's avatar

Early one mornin’ the sun was shinin’,
I was layin’ in bed
Wond’rin’ if she’d changed at all
If her hair was still red.
-Tangled Up in Blue by Bob Dylan
pulls you right in

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

I feel good! (do-be-do-be-do-be-do), I knew that I would (do-be-do-be-do-be-do),
I feel good! (do-be-do-be-do-be-do), I knew that I would (do-be-do-be-do-be-do),
So good, so good,
I got you!
(do-do-do-do-be-do)

I love the way this song starts, the way he says that first “I feel good” with such gusto.

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