greatest-opening-linesI asked you for your favorite opening line of a song a wee bit ago and before I get to your favorites. Quite a few good ones too. Let me explain (no that will take too long let me sum up) the genesis to that question.

I was riding in my car. Had my iPhone streaming via bluetooth. Love bluetooth. It’s the simple things in life. No cords. Magic. Or Science.

So I have a playlist called Radio 180 (as in “radio” needs to do a 180). I had not listened to this playlist in awhile and wasn’t sure what I had put on it…And on comes this song…

“Not Now John” by Pink Floyd. Damn. I crank the volume. Hit rewind. So I could hear the first line again. Louder. Damn fine driving song. Also love the backing vocals. Just brilliant. Plus how many other songs start with a naughty word? “Fuck all that we gotta get on with these…”now that’s a way to kick off a song. Followed by the backing singers singing that line too. You know, just in case you didn’t hear it the first time. Brilliant.

Then I start thinking about other great opening lines to songs.

In college we would start every house party with SRV. Another great opening line.

So that’s where the question came from and when I asked you for a few of our favorite 1st lines.

Rob wrote: “I went home with the waitress, the way I always do” by Warren Zevon has always been my hands down favorite.

and Rob continued: There are a lot of other good ones, but here’s 2.
“I was dreamin’ when I wrote this / Forgive me if it goes astray” – Prince
Prince doesn’t allow his music on sites…so you’ll just have to sing 1999 on your own.
“In the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey.” – Beck

Man I miss the 90s. Great music made it to the radio…crazy idea.

David said: “Please allow me to introduce myself / I’m a man of wealth and taste.” Sympathy For The Devil – Rolling Stones

“Don’t call it a comeback. I’ve been here for years.” Amen brother man. Nice job David.

So when LL’s Mum is really mad at him does she yell at him “Get down here and clean up that mess Ladies Love Cool James”?

Mimi wanted us to think with: “How can you say that you’re not responsible” Driven To Tears, The Police

Patrick with the possible winner: “Charlie, I’m pregnant!”

Tom Waits may be my favorite song writer. Ever.

need to include this intro to “Christmas Card from…”

Peter wrote: All I want to do, is to thank you, even though I don’t know who you are – “Driving in My Car” – Geggy Tah. I don’t care what you think of the songs THAT is a great first line. We should say thank you more often.

Nancy chimed in with: “I met her in a club down in old Soho/where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry-cola” Lola, The Kinks

and she didn’t stop there either
“I know when to go out/I know when to stay in./Get things done.”Modern Love, David Bowie

Also SRV played guitar on this album.
she also added…
“Imagine there’s no Heaven/It’s easy if you try/No Hell below us./Above us only sky.”Imagine, John Lennon

Imagine what John would be doing if he were still alive.

Annette said: “Lost my shape trying to act casual” Talking Heads

Great first lines NEXTers.

Have another not listed here? Add it below.


  • This is fantastic Chris! Thanks for putting this together…and I agree with you…Tom Waits may be my favorite songwriter (of the 70s). I have Blue Valentine and all of his older albums, but I didn’t remember this song…it’s been so long!

    • Thank you Mimi. Appreciated greatly. I always (mostly?) love hearing from my listeners. They usually surprise me songs I didn’t think about…or forgot about etc.

      Always (yes always) fun.

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