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carlton pierre
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Thu, 08/26/10 8:58 AM
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 - Fri, 08/27/10 8:10 AM
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 - Fri, 08/27/10 9:10 AM
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 - Mon, 08/30/10 9:01 PM
NYPIzzaNut


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."

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Mon, 08/30/10 11:21 PM
carlton pierre


NYPIzzaNut


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 - Tue, 08/31/10 11:24 AM
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. 
 
 
 

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Tue, 08/31/10 11:42 AM
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 - Tue, 08/31/10 1:13 PM
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.
<message edited by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Tue, 08/31/10 1:14 PM>

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Tue, 08/31/10 2:11 PM

Whle you were off in France, we were stranded in the British Isles.


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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Tue, 08/31/10 3:23 PM
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 - Wed, 09/1/10 7:31 AM
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 - Wed, 09/1/10 7:53 AM
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 - Wed, 09/1/10 9:10 AM

And, of course, they're both on this GREAT CD...

 

 

 

 

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Wed, 09/1/10 10:46 AM
Hey, Bo Diddley
(Hey, Bo Diddley)
Hey, Bo Diddley
(Hey, Bo Diddley)
Hey, Bo Diddley
(Hey, Bo Diddley)
Hey Bo Diddley
(Hey, Bo Diddley)
 
http://www.youtube.com/wa...RY&feature=related

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Wed, 09/1/10 1:05 PM
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)

http://www.youtube.com/wa...RY&feature=related




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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Wed, 09/1/10 10:35 PM
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.
 
 
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Thu, 09/2/10 5:01 AM
 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 - Thu, 09/2/10 7:04 AM
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.

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Fri, 09/3/10 8:37 AM
i95


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 - Wed, 09/8/10 8:35 AM
Mosca


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


I like The Commitments version also...Russ

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Wed, 09/8/10 8:35 AM
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 - Wed, 09/8/10 8:49 AM
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 - Wed, 09/8/10 7:32 PM
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 - Wed, 09/8/10 7:52 PM
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 - Wed, 09/8/10 8:24 PM
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 - Thu, 09/9/10 7:10 AM
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 - Fri, 09/10/10 8:10 PM
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 - Wed, 09/22/10 4:25 PM
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 - Wed, 09/22/10 6:44 PM
Oh, yeah, Zevon was a great songwriter.

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Thu, 09/23/10 3:40 AM
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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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Thu, 09/30/10 3:48 PM
"Begin the day with a freindly voice,
A companion unobtrusive..."
Rush- Spirit of the Radio

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Fri, 10/1/10 7:53 AM
Saturday night and the bars are packed
The drinks are watered and the decks are stacked
The whores are grinning with their faces cracked
The gamblers cursing at the horses they backed.
 
Saturday night and the bar is jammed
We've got our table and the rest be damned
The waiter's hovering near at hand
We're loaded earlier than we'd planned.
 
Some damn fool is starting a fight
Why does he wait for Saturday night?
 
Tom Paxton

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Sun, 10/3/10 6:57 PM
It was the third of September.....Russ

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Mon, 10/4/10 12:28 AM
From the 1940s or early 50s:
She's got freckles on her but.......she's nice
And when she's in my arms it's paradise
Oh she smells just like a rose
From her head down to her toes
She's got freckles on her but.......she's nice

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Mon, 10/4/10 12:51 PM
Russ Jackson


It was the third of September.....Russ

 
I love that song. I love all their stuff from that era, but this... this is a great song.

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Wed, 10/6/10 9:41 PM
"Kick out the jams, m************!"

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Fri, 10/8/10 12:28 PM
SeamusD


"Kick out the jams, m************!"

 
Classic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
She was a sex machine, she kept me warm and mean, she was the best damn woman I have ever seen..................



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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Fri, 10/8/10 1:26 PM
I don't think that's the line?

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Fri, 10/8/10 3:51 PM
Nancypalooza


I don't think that's the line?


Oh, sure. Next you're going to tell us that Manfred Mann's Earth Band's "Blinded by the Light" (yes, written by Bruce Springsteen) wasn't about a feminine hygiene product. 

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Sun, 10/10/10 12:34 PM
No, that one is.

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Wed, 10/13/10 8:37 PM
I've seen the bright lights of Memphis and the Commodore Hotel
And, underneath a street lamp I met a Southern Belle
Well, she took me to the river where she cast her spell
And, in that southern moonlight she sang the song so well

If you'll be my Dixie Chicken, I'll be your Tennessee Lamb
And we can walk together down in Dixieland
Down in Dixieland
 
 
The great Lowell George and Little Feat
 
 

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Thu, 03/3/11 9:40 AM
Ahhh...Randy Newman. The man can turn a phrase, but this one always touched me more than any...
 
Since I was a child
I've tried to be what I'm not
I've lied and I've enjoyed it all my life
I lied to my dear mother
To my sisters and my brother
And now I'm lying to my children and my wife
Big Hat, no cattle
Big head, no brain
Big snake, no rattle
I forever remain
Big hat, no cattle
I knew from the start
Big boat, no paddle
Big belly, no heart



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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Fri, 03/4/11 8:42 PM
We would sweat and moan
Until the need in us was gone
In one anothers arms
All through the night
You would cry out my name
As we were drawn into the flames
What will I do now
Now that your gone
 
Newbury


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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Fri, 03/4/11 11:19 PM
I hope someday you'll join us. And tha world will be as one.
John Lennon
 
I hope I got that right.
Joe

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Sat, 03/5/11 9:45 AM
You looked like a princess the night we met
With your hair piled up high
I will never forget
I'm drunk right now baby
But I've got to be
Or I never could tell you
What you meant to me

I loved you the first time I saw you
And I always will love you Marie
I loved you the first time I saw you
And I always will love you Marie

YOu're the song that the trees sing when the wind blows
You're a flower you're a river you're a rainbow
Sometimes I'm crazy
But I guess you know
And I'm weak and I'm lazy
And I've hurt you so
And I don't listen to a word you say
When you're in trouble I just turn away
 
I loved you the first time I saw you
And I always will love you Marie
I loved you the first time I saw you
And I always will love you Marie

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Sat, 03/5/11 8:04 PM
 

 

 

This thread has nicely morphed into

a Randy Newman kind of day.


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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Fri, 02/24/12 9:05 AM
Every time I think of you
I always catch my breath
And I'm still standing here
And you're miles away
And I'm wondering why you left
And there's a storm that's raging

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Fri, 02/24/12 9:36 AM
May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Fri, 02/24/12 1:36 PM
 You ask how much I need you, must I explain?

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Fri, 02/24/12 3:06 PM
I tried so hard my dear to show that you're my every dream.
Yet you're afraid each thing I do is just some evil scheme
A memory from your lonesome past keeps us so far apart
Why can't I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold cold heart

Another love before my time made your heart sad and blue
And so my heart is paying now for things I didn't do
In anger unkind words are spoke that make the teardrops start
Why can't I free your doubtful mind,and melt your cold cold heart

You'll never know how much it hurts to see you sit and cry
You know you need and want my love yet you're afraid to try
Why do you run and hide from life,to try it just ain't smart
Why can't I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold cold heart

There was a time when I believed that you belonged to me
But now I know your heart is shackled to a memory
The more I learn to care for you,the more we drift apart
Why can't I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold cold heart

-- Hank Williams

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Fri, 02/24/12 3:23 PM
From Monty Python...and used as my ring-tone and playback sound on my cellphone...
" I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK,
     I drink all night and I work all day...."

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Fri, 02/24/12 3:58 PM
I met a gin-soaked barroom queen in Memphis.

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Fri, 02/24/12 5:02 PM
And I drank and drank 'till she looked good to me ...

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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Fri, 02/24/12 9:33 PM
Michael Hoffman


the ancient mariner




In '45 I was stationed in San Francisco and went to a resort for a weekend.
A trio was there Saturday night----just getting started on their own----a guy named Dave Barbour was the boss and his singer was his wife Peggy Lee.  Not bad for a cheap weekend in the mountains south of Frisco.  I was in heaven.

True story. In the 1950s I was running a charter boat out of Pier Five in Bayfront Park in Miami, and one day I had a party that included this really great looking blonde named Rose. Anyway, I started dating Rose, who was staying in Coral Gables.
 
One day an old school friend of mine from New Haven named Marie Fortune, who was a cousin of the Consiglio's from Sally's Apizza, stopped by the boat and said I should go to a party that night at the Fountainbleu Hotel on Miami Beach. I was going out with Rose that night, sowe went to the party. It was in the Presidential Suite, and the host was some guy named Frank Sinatra.
 
Now, many people are likely aware of the fact that Sinatra used to go to Sally's in New Haven whenever he was in the area, and in fact he used to have people bring pies to him when he was in New York, and would have it flown to him when he was in other places. Anyway, that was the Yvonne Fortune connection.
 
So, we're at this party and at one point some guy came over and whispered something to Rose, my date. She excused herself and went off with the guy. I was busy enjoying myself and didn't pay any attention to what was going on. A few minutes later the same guy came to me and told me to follow him. I did.
 
The next thing I knew I was being introduced to Sinatra by my friend Yvonne, and Rose, my date, was there, too. He was pretty nice, and we talked about New Haven and apizza. I told him that while I liked Sally's, and went to school with a couple of Consiglios, The Spot and then Pepe's were my favorites.
 
He then asked me how come I was with Peggy Lee.
 
Boink! No wonder Rose looked familiar

That is such a great story, Mr Hoffman. i missed it the first time through.But I do have a question. Is that all there is?
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Fri, 02/24/12 9:38 PM
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Re:Best Opening Line to a Song - Sat, 02/25/12 11:02 AM
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way
Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then the one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.  ("Time" Lyrics by Roger Waters & David Gilmour)
 
Reminds me of so many of my friends trying to make sense of their lives in the early 70's.  Some figured it out, but sadly, others never did.

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