Best opening lines (song edition)

The title says it all; list your favorites!

“I was born in a crossfire hurricane.”
“The world is a vampire.”
“Born down in a dead man’s town, the first hit I took was when I hit the ground,”
“I’m not aware of too many things; I know what I know, if you know what I mean.”
“We’re both dirty baby, that’s just the way it goes, you breathe deep when it comes to you and hold tight when it blows.”

If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?Free Bird

Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say
And if you do this it’ll help you some sunny day*–Simple Man
Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train
And I’s feeling nearly as faded as my jeans.
Me & Bobby McGee

“Bobby’s in the basement, mixin’ up the medicine. . .”
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"Everybody’s gone away; said they’re moving to L.A. . . "
“Hit it! This ain’t no disco. . .”

“Want some whiskey in your water. Sugar in your tea. What’s all these crazy questions they askin’ me?”

A long, long time ago…
I can still remember
How that music used to make me smile.
American Pie

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
-The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day…Ode to Billie Joe

Jeremiah was a bullfrog!
Was a good friend of mine.
Open if you dare. :smiley:

It’s a world of laughter
A world of tears
It’s a world of hopes
And a world of fears

I’ve got a mind to give up living,
And go shopping instead
I’ve got a mind to give up living,
And go shopping instead
Pick me up a tombstone,
And be pronounced dead

Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking
When I said I’d like to smash every tooth
In your head

There is a house in New Orleans they call the Rising Son
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy. And God, I know I’m one.

I absolutely love the word picture Neil Diamond paints in the first verse of “I Am, I Said”:

L.A.‘s fine, the sun shines most the time
And the feeling is laid back
Palm trees grow, and rents are low
But you know I keep thinkin’ about
Making my way back

Well I’m New York City born and raised
But nowadays, I’m lost between two shores
L.A.'s fine, but it ain’t home
New York’s home, but it ain’t mine no more

Sitting in the morning sun, I’ll be sitting when the evening vomes.
Watching the ships rolll in, then I’ll watch them roll away again.

“I met her in a club down in old Soho where they drink champagne and it tastes just like Coca-Cola.”

I’m sitting on the toilet
with my sunglasses on
wondering what you are up to

John Hiatt - Ethylene

I dream of occasional fanzine mentions, I’ve been to one too many David Lynch conventions.

Half Man Half Biscuit, Aad3DCD

*You’ve been told that this won’t do.
They put me in the picture but the film turned blue, a glimpse of you, turning the town red. *

Elvis Costello, Turning The Town Red


With a handful of backhanders and a bevy of beauty,
You’re going off limits
Going off duty,
Going off the rails,
Going off with booty.

Elvis Costello - Clubland.

Actually, most Costello tracks have fantastic opening lines.

I backed my car into a cop car
the other day
He just drove off
sometimes life’s okay.

Modest Mouse, Float On

Bye-bye, love. Bye-bye, happiness.

“I am the god of hellfire!” - Arthur Brown

“It’s getting to the point
where I’m no fun anymore” - Crosby, Stills & Nash

“I know you want to leave me, but I refuse to let you go”
– The Temptations, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg

“Scarecrow on a wooden cross, blackbird in the barn; 400 empty acres that used to be my farm”
–John Mellencamp, Rain on the Scarecrow

“Once upon a time, you dressed so fine, threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you?”
–Bob Dylan, Like a Rolling Stone

“I saw her today at a reception,
a glass of wine in her hand…”

The Rolling Stones
You Can’t Always Get What You Want

I am an American aquarium drinker, I assassin down the avenue

~I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Wilco