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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/08/26 08:58:04 (permalink)
Big Ole Life


Glass half empty, glass half full
Depends on the day, depends on the fool who is asking
And the fool who replies
You're gonna drink it up anyway
Does it really matter what you say?
Raise your cup to another day in this big ole life

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/08/27 08:10:03 (permalink)
We-de-de-de
De-de-de-de-de
De-we-um-um-a-way
We-de-de-de
De-de-de-de-de
We-um-um-a-way

A-wimmoweh, a-wimoweh
...  The Lion Sleeps Tonight
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/08/27 09:10:19 (permalink)
No no no no no no no no no
No no no no
No no no no
No no no no
No no no no
No no no no no

Nobody But Me
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/08/30 21:01:16 (permalink)
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Mosca

Did you ever see Dallas
From a DC9 at night?
Dallas is a jewel,
Dallas is a beautiful sight.
And Dallas is a jungle,
but it sure gives off
a beautiful light.


My all-time favorite Jimmie Dale song.  That voice!
Yes indeedy.

Here's a song written by Butch Hancock but made famous by Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and it's my fave song of his.
 
Thirst is not the answer, oceans come & go
I loved her seven seas worth, Lord I loved her so
But she let me down so easy, one slow drop at a time.
I would've killed myself, but it made no sense
committin' suicide in self-defense
when she said, "Babe, you're just a wave, you're not the ocean."
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/08/30 23:21:45 (permalink)
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Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

Mosca

Did you ever see Dallas
From a DC9 at night?
Dallas is a jewel,
Dallas is a beautiful sight.
And Dallas is a jungle,
but it sure gives off
a beautiful light.


My all-time favorite Jimmie Dale song.  That voice!
Yes indeedy.

Here's a song written by Butch Hancock but made famous by Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and it's my fave song of his.
 
Thirst is not the answer, oceans come & go
I loved her seven seas worth, Lord I loved her so
But she let me down so easy, one slow drop at a time.
I would've killed myself, but it made no sense
committin' suicide in self-defense
when she said, "Babe, you're just a wave, you're not the ocean."

Mine also.

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/08/31 11:24:14 (permalink)
If you were a bluebird, honey, you'd be a sad one.
I'd give you a true word but you've already had one.
If you were a bluebird, you'd be crying,
You'd be flying home.
 
edit: I love his lyrics, but his melodies move me to tears sometimes, they are so simple and beautiful. 
 
 
 

post edited by Mosca - 2010/08/31 11:38:29
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/08/31 11:42:57 (permalink)
Another songwriter who has the same effect; Dan Penn.
 
At the dark end of the street
That's where we always meet
Hiding in shadows where we don't belong
Living in darkness to hide our wrong
You and me, at the dark end of the street
Just you and me
 
 
 
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/08/31 13:13:09 (permalink)
Mosca

Another songwriter who has the same effect; Dan Penn.

At the dark end of the street
That's where we always meet
Hiding in shadows where we don't belong
Living in darkness to hide our wrong
You and me, at the dark end of the street
Just you and me




 
Clarence Carter's version!   Though it's barely a version.
post edited by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle - 2010/08/31 13:14:47
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/08/31 14:11:10 (permalink)
Whle you were off in France, we were stranded in the British Isles.
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/08/31 15:23:00 (permalink)
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

Mosca

Another songwriter who has the same effect; Dan Penn.

At the dark end of the street
That's where we always meet
Hiding in shadows where we don't belong
Living in darkness to hide our wrong
You and me, at the dark end of the street
Just you and me





Clarence Carter's version!   Though it's barely a version.


James Carr version.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzcdNwIkmYA
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/01 07:31:16 (permalink)
Speaking of songwriters.....
Let us pause in life's pleasures and count it's many tears
While we all sup sorrow with the poor
There's a song that will linger forever in our ears
Oh, hard times come again no more
 
...Stephen Foster was no slouch
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/01 07:53:02 (permalink)
i95 
Whle you were off in France, we were stranded in the British Isles.



Along those same lines - one's about a band's lazy manager, the other about a blow-up doll, but I always think of them as a pair:
 
Judy was an American girl
She came in the morning with the U.S. mail
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/01 09:10:38 (permalink)
And, of course, they're both on this GREAT CD...
 
 
 
 
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/01 10:46:43 (permalink)
Hey, Bo Diddley
(Hey, Bo Diddley)
Hey, Bo Diddley
(Hey, Bo Diddley)
Hey, Bo Diddley
(Hey, Bo Diddley)
Hey Bo Diddley
(Hey, Bo Diddley)
 
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/01 13:05:16 (permalink)
Mosca

Hey, Bo Diddley
(Hey, Bo Diddley)
Hey, Bo Diddley
(Hey, Bo Diddley)
Hey, Bo Diddley
(Hey, Bo Diddley)
Hey Bo Diddley
(Hey, Bo Diddley)

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/01 22:35:18 (permalink)
I want a hippopotamus for Christmas,
Only a hippopotamus will do,
I don't want a doll or winky tinker toy,
I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy.
I can see him now on Christmas morning,
Creeping down the stairs.
What a joy and what suprize,
When I open up my eyes,
And see my hippo hero,
Standing there.
 
 
post edited by chicagostyledog - 2010/09/01 22:46:32
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/02 05:01:36 (permalink)
 A lot of the opening lines to songs I listen to are instrumental. I listen to a lot of Jazz. Some of my favorite artists are Ellis, Wynton, and Branford Marsaillas. The whole family is so talented. Harry Conick is also one of my favorite Jazz guys. Charlie Parker had the greatest opening riffs on a Sax that I ever heard. Dick Dale had the best guitar opening riffs that I ever heard! Best drum riffs have to go to John Bonham of the WHO.
 
  JMHO
 
  David O.
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/02 07:04:49 (permalink)
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 ...John Bonham of the WHO.


Robert Plant has just turned over in his grave. What? He's not dead yet? Oh. In that case, he's either jumped off a bridge or is now, God forbid, a folk singer. " />
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/03 08:37:38 (permalink)
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boyardee65 

...John Bonham of the WHO.


Robert Plant has just turned over in his grave. What? He's not dead yet? Oh. In that case, he's either jumped off a bridge or is now, God forbid, a folk singer. " />



Excellent, i95
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/08 08:35:14 (permalink)
Mosca

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Mosca

Another songwriter who has the same effect; Dan Penn.

At the dark end of the street
That's where we always meet
Hiding in shadows where we don't belong
Living in darkness to hide our wrong
You and me, at the dark end of the street
Just you and me





Clarence Carter's version!   Though it's barely a version.


James Carr version.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzcdNwIkmYA


I like The Commitments version also...Russ
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/08 08:35:54 (permalink)
I am he as you are he as you are me
and we are all together
See how they run like pigs from a gun
see how they fly
 
...Russ
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/08 08:49:46 (permalink)
Your cheatin' heart,
Will make you weep,
You'll cry and cry,
And try to sleep,
But sleep won't come,
The whole night through,
Your cheatin heart, will tell on you...
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/08 19:32:34 (permalink)
How many days has it been since I was born
And how many days till I die
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/08 19:52:21 (permalink)
The First Mate's name was Ripper
By God he had a pipper
He lined his
(Oh, never mind)
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/08 20:24:30 (permalink)
The admiral's daughter
Went down by the water
With Davey and his dinghy
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/09 07:10:59 (permalink)
Michael Hoffman

The First Mate's name was Ripper
By God he had a pipper
He lined his
(Oh, never mind)


Hoffman, DON'T drink the brandy!! " />
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/10 20:10:59 (permalink)
Well, I can't forget this evening
And your face when you were leaving
But I guess that's just the way the story goes
You always smile, but in your eyes your sorrow shows
Yes, it shows
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/22 16:25:51 (permalink)
Old thread, and I didn't read it all, but...
  "Laid my head on the railroad track,
    waitin' for the double E,
  The train don't come by no more,
    poor, poor, pitiful me."
         Warren Zevon.
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/22 18:44:53 (permalink)
Oh, yeah, Zevon was a great songwriter.
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song 2010/09/23 03:40:50 (permalink)
Hello All,
I wrote these words...
Well I smoke like a fish
And drink like a chimney,
And money in my pockets,
Well, I ain't got any,
But I've got love for you.
Take Care,
Fieldthistle
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