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Best First Lines in Music History


Top 25 (According to AOL)

25) "You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar" - Human League's 'Don't You Want Me'
24) "I've been a bad, bad girl" - Fiona Apple's 'Criminal'
23) "You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips" - The Righteous Brothers' 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin''
22) "Go, shorty. It's your birthday" - 50 Cent's 'In Da Club'
21) "Hello, Darkness, my old friend" - Simon and Garfunkel's 'The Sound of Silence'
20) "I am an Antichrist" - Sex Pistols' 'Anarchy in the UK'
19) "Well, I guess it would be nice if I could touch your body" - George Michael's 'Faith'
18) "We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee" - Merle Haggard's 'Okie From Muskokee'
17) "I was dreaming when I wrote this" - Prince's '1999'
16) "Pigs, they tend to wiggle when they walk" - Pavement's 'Stereo'
15) "She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene" - Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean'
14) "There must be some kind of way out of here, said the joker to the thief" - Jimi Hendrix's 'All Along the Watchtower'
13) "What's with these homies dissin' my girl?" - Weezer's 'Buddy Holly'
12) "A candy-colored clown they call the sandman tiptoes to my room every night" - Roy Orbison's 'In Dreams'
11) "Oh, I just don't know where to begin" - Elvis Costello's 'Accidents Will Happen'
10) "Tommy used to work on the docks" - Bon Jovi's 'Livin' on a Prayer'
9) "Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine" - Patti Smith's 'Gloria'
8) "Well, it's one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go, cat, go!" - Carl Perkins' 'Blue Suede Shoes'
7) "In the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey" - Beck's 'Loser'
6) "Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?" - The Carpenters' 'Close to You'
5) "Don't call it a comeback" - LL Cool J's 'Mama Said Knock You Out!'
4) "Well, she was just seventeen - you know what I mean" - The Beatles' 'I Saw Her Standing There'
3) "Hey, ho, let's go!" - The Ramones' 'Blitzkrieg Bop'
2) "I was born in a cross-fire hurricane" - The Rolling Stones' 'Jumpin' Jack Flash'
1) "She's a very kinky girl" - Rick James' 'Superfreak'

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Re: Best First Lines in Music History

8/24/2007 6:37 PM

Craig Lindsey (5518) wrote:

Fun list. Lately, "Raindrops keep fallin' on my head." Good first line and a true story.

I like great first lines in novels, too.

CL



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8/25/2007 12:11 PM

Bob Kent (10857) wrote:

"During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher."

I am not sure it's the longest, but it's one of the longest opening sentences in literary history.

Personal fave.

The use of proper punctuation allows the reader to effortlessly flow through his intended thought.

Brilliant.

B Kent



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8/25/2007 6:39 PM

Debra Jean (9018) wrote:

Wiping the rivulet of sweat from his furrowed brow, the lone man, breathless and heated from his recent exertion, gazed languorously down at the lushness spread before him, his eyes naturally drawn to the heaving mounds and curvy features, his anticipation mounting and each titillating thought of Beaver exciting him further, his grunting exertions finally thrusting him over the peak of that last incline in the trail where, finally, spilling before him, was his favorite fishing hole at Beaver Lake.



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8/25/2007 7:08 PM

Craig Lindsey (5518) wrote:

"Ya give me fee-ver"

I experience a feverish anticipation upon the discovery of new, unspoiled sites all around the Beaver Lake area.
You're a piece of work, alright.

See ya in the nook, er, corner.


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8/25/2007 12:02 PM

Bob Kent (10857) wrote:

1.) "Woke up this mornin' with a wine glass in my hand..."

2.) "Look up on the wall baby hand me down my shootin' iron..."

3.) "Billy Joe told me said a everythings lookin' fiiiiiine...."

4.) "We were just another band out of Boston..."

5.) "We're off to the witch...."

Just a few I like....


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8/25/2007 12:16 PM

Adriano Parmiggianno (6926) wrote:

The Beatles: Girl
"Is there anybody going to listen to my story"

AP

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8/25/2007 12:18 PM

Kyle Neufeld (803) wrote:

Nice list.

"There must be some kind of way out of here, said the joker to the thief"

That was written by Bob Dylan, not Jimi. Certainly no fault of yours Debra, but just another reason for my dislike of AOL.




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Re: Best First Lines in Music History

8/25/2007 3:24 PM

David Mackie (11072) wrote:

Actually, Bob wrote, "There must be some way out of here..." and Jimi added the "kind of". So it's correct in a way, but I get your point and I saw the error right away too.

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8/25/2007 12:24 PM

Adriano Parmiggianno (6926) wrote:

Sometimes the first line can almost be the entire song:

Baha Men

Who Let the Dogs Out



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Re: Best First Lines in Music History

8/25/2007 2:43 PM

Dale Lindsey (8281) wrote:

One of my personal favorites:

"You were under the impression
That when you were walking forward
You'd end up further onward
But things ain't quite that simple!"
- The Who 'I've Had Enough'

I don't know if any of you watch Battlestar Galactica, but when Colonel Tigh said, "There must be some kinda way outta here!" I nearly flipped. I knew they were referring to that song as soon as he said it.

-Dale

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