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Old 11-28-2017, 05:28 PM
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I wish I was in Austin, down at the chili parlor bar
Drinking Mad Dog margaritas, and not caring where you are.

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Old 11-28-2017, 06:17 PM
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Well, it's one for the money
Two for the show
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Old 11-28-2017, 09:02 PM
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Opening lyrics which inspired another.

I am he as
you are he as
you are me and
we are all together

(The Beatles)

which inspired


I know you know
what you know but
You should know by now
that you're not me

(The Rutles)
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Old 11-28-2017, 09:16 PM
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Why me lord
What did I ever do...

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Old 11-28-2017, 09:26 PM
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"Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face... with stars to fill my dreams..." Led Zeppelin

"Well a person can work up a mean, mean thirst after a hard day of nothing much at all." The Replacements

"See these eyes so green... I can stare for a thousand years..." Giorgio Moroder and David Bowie

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Old 11-28-2017, 09:49 PM
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In-a-gadda-da-vida, honey.
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Old 11-28-2017, 10:42 PM
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ďAsk the stars above, and ask the Earth below, why Iím so in love and why I love you so...Ē
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Old 11-29-2017, 03:04 AM
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The silicon chip inside her head gets switched to overload ("I Don't Like Mondays", Boomtown Rats)

Every time I see your face it reminds me of the places we used to go
But all I've got is a photograph, and I realize you're not coming back any more ("Photograph", Ringo Starr)

As I walk through this wicked world
Searching for light in the darkness of insanity
I ask myself, is all hope lost?
Is there only pain and hatred, and misery? ("What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love and Understanding?", Nick Lowe)
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:26 AM
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It's nine o'clock on a Saturday
The Regular crowd shuffles in.

Those two lines set the scene for the rest of it.
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Old 11-29-2017, 10:39 AM
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"Good and Evil does not exist"
Skinny Puppy - Curcible
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Old 11-29-2017, 01:42 PM
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I pulled back my hand and I showed him the door - House of Orange, by Stan Rogers.

Some others in this thread have spoken about lines that instantly set a scene and a mood. For me, that's the line.
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Old 11-29-2017, 02:15 PM
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"I cut my bangs with some rusty kitchen scissors." This Ain't My Mama's Broken Heart - Miranda Lambert

Now, that's a country song opening.
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Old 11-29-2017, 07:45 PM
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Once upon a time, not long ago
When people wore pajamas and lived life slow
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:08 PM
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"Canadian mounted baby, a police force that works
Red and black, that's their color scheme"

"My heart is black, and my lips are cold
Cities on flame with rock and roll"

"Raise your can of beer on high
And seal your fate forever"

"Deep in the heart of Germany
Lucy clutched her breast in fear"

"I have this feeling that my luck is none too good
This sword here at my side don't act the way it should"

"You see me now a veteran of a thousand psychic wars
I've been living on the edge so long"


__Blue Oyster Cult
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:36 PM
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One toke over the line sweet Jesus
One toke over the line
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line
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Old 11-29-2017, 10:08 PM
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Well, it was all that I could do to keep from cryin'
Sometimes it seemed so useless to remain
But you don't have to call me darlin', darlin'
You never even called me by my name

-David Allan Coe
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Old 11-29-2017, 10:21 PM
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Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train
I was feeling near as faded as my jeans
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:03 PM
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Jeremiah was a bullfrog....


- Three Dog Night, Joy to the World. Belted out at top volume, of course. Always tempted to break into this in church when "Joy to the World" is sung.

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Old 12-01-2017, 02:40 PM
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Hey Joe, where you goin' with that gun of yours?
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Old 12-01-2017, 07:30 PM
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Bobby said he'd pull out/Bobby stayed in
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Old 12-01-2017, 10:38 PM
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BEST opening line of song lyrics

You're probably wondering why I'm here. And so am I, so am I......Zappa

Less metaphysical: You shake my nerves and you rattle my brains, Too much love drives a man insane.....Killer

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Old 12-01-2017, 11:34 PM
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I don't give a damn 'bout my reputation
You're living in the past it's a new generation "Bad Reputation" most notably by Joan Jett

A long time ago came a man on a track
Walking thirty miles with a sack on his back "Telegraph Road" Dire Straits

She struts into the room
Well I don't know her
But with a magnifying glance
I just sorta look her over "Be My Lover" Alice Cooper
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Old 12-02-2017, 04:37 AM
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"The Empty Bottle was half empty"
Old 97s, Barrier Reef

"I am an American aquarium drinker
I assassin down the avenue"
Wilco, I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
Love any shoutout to Wilco!

"One day, you're gonna have to face a deep, dark truthful mirror...and it's gonna tell you things that I still love you too much to say"

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Old 12-02-2017, 06:14 AM
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I wormed my way to the heart of the crowd
I was shocked to find what was allowed.

Magazine, "Shot By Both Sides"
As the day stops dead, at the place where we're lost
I will drug you and fuck you, on the permafrost

Magazine, "Permafrost"

It's always raining over the border
There's been a plane crash out there
In the wheatfields they're picking up the pieces
We could go and look and stare

Magazine, "Feed The Enemy"

Time flies
Time crawls
Like an insect
Up and down these walls

Magazine, "The Light Pours Out Of Me"


Actually, pretty much anything Howard Devoto wrote for Magazine.
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Old 12-02-2017, 06:18 AM
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Steve walks warily down the street with the brim pulled way down low
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Old 12-02-2017, 11:38 AM
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I'ma quit reading this now. A gazillion earworms
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Old 12-03-2017, 12:22 AM
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More Paul Simon: The Mississippi Delta was shining like a National guitar.. Graceland
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Old 12-03-2017, 01:12 AM
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"Health-food faggot with a bartered bride..." - The Great Deceiver by King Crimson

"It's one o'clock and time for lunch. Bum-de-dum-de-dum..." I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) by Genesis
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Old 12-03-2017, 01:25 AM
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He's got himself a homemade special
You know his glass is full of sand
And it feels just like a jaybird
The way it fits into his hand

Tom Waits, "Walking Spanish"
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Old 12-05-2017, 02:29 AM
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With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound
He pulls the spitting high-tension wires down
Helpless people on subway trains
Scream, bug-eyed, as he looks in on them
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:07 PM
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Oh. My. God. Becky, look at her butt.

As I walk through the valley where I harvest my grain
I take a look at my wife and realize she's very plain
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:35 PM
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Moving on the floor now babe you're a bird of paradise

Although for the life of me, I can't recall what song this is from...
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:32 PM
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Moving on the floor now babe you're a bird of paradise

Although for the life of me, I can't recall what song this is from...
Let me Google that for you . . .

It's Rio by Duran Duran.


Listen.
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:59 PM
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I'm a little lizard trapped in a maaaaaan's skin - Rapeman, "Radar Love Lizard"

"It's getting near dawn, and lights close their tired eyes."

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Hey Joe, where you goin' with that gun of yours?

/nitpick/JH, the first time around, very quietly says "...in your hand" at the end of that line, and then the second time he sings that line, "...in your hand" is much louder./nitpick/
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:19 AM
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Well, it was all that I could do to keep from cryin'
Sometimes it seemed so useless to remain
But you don't have to call me darlin', darlin'
You never even called me by my name

-David Allan Coe
Steve Goodman. Coe covered it.
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:27 PM
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The opening line of the Hives' "Come On!" is dynamite:

Come on!

The rest of the lyrics are great too.

Come on!
Come on!
Come on!
Come on!
Come on!
Come on!
Come on!
Come on! (come on!)
Come on! (come on!)
Come on! (come on!)
Come on! (come on!)
Come on! (come on!)
Come on! (come on!)
Come on! (come on!)
Come on! (come on!)
Come on!
Come on!
Come on!
Come on!
Come on...

Everybody come on!
That is a kick-ass song!
Thanks for getting it stuck in my head for the next few hours (I mean it)!
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:30 PM
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Some people get by with a little bit of understanding. Some people get by with a whole lot more.
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:31 PM
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Wipeout!
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:54 PM
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Wipeout!
Actually; Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, wipe out!
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:41 AM
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There's a Live song that begins with this: "Light up a cigarette, she said, and calm the fuck down." A lot of times when I'm feeling frustrated or something, the line pops into my head, and the way it's played just sounds like it's simultaneously legitimizing your feelings and calming you down. Truthfully, it's probably more accurate to call it my "favorite" opening line rather than the "BEST" opening line, but I think favorite is close enough to count.
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:57 AM
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"Well, we busted out of class, had to get away from those fools.
We learned more from a three minute record, baby, than we ever learned in school."
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Old 12-07-2017, 08:48 AM
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Wow. This is the first time that I can recall that anyone's mentioned this band that isn't from Northern Virginia (and perhaps you are). The drummer in that band, Tamer, is an old and dear friend. That really brings back the memories...TT Reynolds, etc.

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Old 12-07-2017, 08:56 AM
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There's a Live song that begins with this: "Light up a cigarette, she said, and calm the fuck down." A lot of times when I'm feeling frustrated or something, the line pops into my head, and the way it's played just sounds like it's simultaneously legitimizing your feelings and calming you down. Truthfully, it's probably more accurate to call it my "favorite" opening line rather than the "BEST" opening line, but I think favorite is close enough to count.
"I dreamed about killing you again last night, and it felt alright to me"

-Wilco, "Via Chicago"
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:31 AM
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"I'm a dead man walking here.
That's the least of all my fears.
Oh, underneath the water."

"At home
Drawing pictures
Of mountain tops
With him on top
Lemon yellow sun
Arms raised in a V
Dead lay in pools of maroon below."
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:56 AM
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I'll put up The Year of the Cat by Al Stewart.

"On a morning from a Bogart movie, in a country where they turned back time,
You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre contemplating a crime" ...

Though it's the very next line that always captivates me: "She comes out of the sun in a silk dress, running, like a watercolor in the rain..."
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Old 12-07-2017, 01:56 PM
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Actually; Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, wipe out!
I prefer to paraphrase it as: "(Idiotic Giggle) Wipeout."
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Old 12-07-2017, 02:29 PM
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I'll put up The Year of the Cat by Al Stewart.

"On a morning from a Bogart movie, in a country where they turned back time,
You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre contemplating a crime" ...

Though it's the very next line that always captivates me: "She comes out of the sun in a silk dress, running, like a watercolor in the rain..."
Well, that's weird. I could have sworn I posted this exact thing yesterday! I must have forgotten to hit the submit button. I didn't put in the bit about the next line but I thought about it. NINJA'd!

Upon further review, I see LLCooL beat us both to it.

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Old 12-07-2017, 02:56 PM
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I stand right next to a mountain
And chop it down with the edge of my hand

(Bwah da badda dwah, dee dee di di di, bwah da badda dwah..)
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:48 PM
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Steve Goodman. Coe covered it.
Steve Goodman and John Prine co-wrote it. They performed it together as well.
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Old 12-08-2017, 04:54 PM
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I have this feeling that my luck is none too good
This sword here at my side don't act the way it should
Keeps calling me its master, but I feel like its slave
Hauling me faster and faster to an early, early grave
And it howls, it howls like hell


- Blue Oyster Cult



In the magic garden
Some were singing
Some were dancing
While the midnight moon
Shone brightly overhead


- Uriah Jeep

(had to do the full verses here)


It was twenty years ago today

(not the cleverest lyric ever written but can still cause the ole goosebumps.)
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