Favorite Opening Lines from Songs

So, a little bit ago, Flavorwire featured a blog of famous opening lines from great songs.  I felt compelled to list my own here after reading the post and feeling pretty dissatisfied with the choices made.  Well, whatever, here’s a list of one-liners I think should have been included:

–“I’ve got 54321/I’ve got a red pair of high heels on”–Bata Motel, Crass

–“Tonight I’m gonna have myself a real good time/I feel alive and the world it’s turning inside out Yeah!”–Don’t Stop Me Now, Queen

–“Punk ain’t no religious cult/punk means thinking for yourself/you ain’t hardcore if spike your hair/if a jock still lives inside your head”–Nazi Punks, Fuck off, Dead Kennedys

–“You wear guilt/like shackles on your feet/like a halo in reverse”–Halo, Depeche Mode

–“I want to be stereotyped/I want to be classified”–Suburban Home, Descendents

–“Old pirates, yes, they rob I/Sold I to the merchant ships”–Redemption Song, Bob Marley

–“Twist away the gates of steel/Unlock the secret voice”–Gates of Steel, Devo

–“The moment I wake up/before I put on my make up/I say a little prayer for you”–Say a Little Prayer, Dionne Warwick

–“Under blue moon I saw you/So soon you’ll take me”–Killing Moon, Echo & The Bunnymen

–“I am a patient boy/I wait, I wait, I wait, I wait”–Waiting Room, Fugazi

–“Damn it feels good to be a gangsta”–Geto Boys

–“I watched us struck/struck by lightning fuck/you been out driving her into your dick/guiding me/boy girl revolutionaries you and me”–Herjazz, Huggy Bear

–“Wanna play in the sandbox/Wanna lick your lollipop”-Everyone’s Dead, The Homophones

–“Fresh out of school ’cause I was a high school grad/Gots to get a job ’cause I was a high school dad”–Bird in the Hand, Ice Cube

–“Most of my Latino and black people who are struggling to get food, clothes and shelter in the hood are so concerned with that, that philosophizing about freedom and socialist democracy is usually unfortunately beyond their rationale.”–Poverty of Philosophy, Immortal Technique

–“Here comes Johnny Yen again/With liquor and drugs”–Lust for Life, Iggy Pop

–I’m back…I’m back…I’m back….I’m back…Get up offa that thing/Dance and you’ll feel better”–Get Up Offa That Thang, James Brown

–“Early one morning while making the rounds/I took a shot of cocaine and I shot my woman down”–Cocaine Blues, Johnny Cash

–“WHOOP WHOOP That’s the sound of da police/WHOOP WHOOP that’s the sound of da beast”–KRS-One

–“I want a girl with extensions in her hair/Bamboo earrings, at least two pair”–Around the Way Girl, LL Cool J

–“Father wears his Sunday best/Mother’s tired, she needs a rest/The kids are playing up downstairs”–Our House, Madness

“And right now, it’s time to kick out the jams, motherfucker!”–Kick Out the Jams, MC5

–“How do you do?  I don’t think that we’ve met/My name is Ian, and I’m from Minor Threat”–Cashing in, Minor Threat


–“In she came with the same type game/Type of girl that give out a fake cell phone and name”–Ms. Fat Booty, Mos Def

–“And the first one tore a picture/Of a dead and hanging man/Who was kissing foreign fishes/That flew right out from this hands”–Song Against Sex, Neutral Milk Hotel

–“I be tossin’, enforcin’, my style is awesome/I’m causin more family feuds than Richard Dawson”– Ain’t Nuthin’ Ta Fuck Wit, RZA, Wu-Tang Clan

–“With your feet in the air and your head on the ground/Try this trick and spin it, yeah/Your head will collapse/But there’s nothing in it/And you’ll ask yourself”–Where is My Mind? Pixies

–“Bass! How low can you go?/Death row what a brother knows/Once again, back is the incredible/The rhyme animal/The incredible D. Public Enemy number one/Five-O said ‘Freeze!’ and I got numb”–Bring Tha Noize, Public Enemy

–“Please could you stop the noise, I’m trying to get some rest/From all the unborn chicken voices in my head/What’s that…? (I may be paranoid, but not an android)”—Paranoid Android, Radiohead

–“Beat on the brat/Beat on the brat/Beat on the brat with a baseball bat/oh yeah/oh yeah/oh oh”—Beat on the Brat, Ramones

–“Can’t stay at home, can’t stay at school/Old folks say, ya poor little fool/Down the street I’m the girl next door/I’m the fox you’ve been waiting for”—Cherry Bomb, The Runaways

–“Take me out tonight/Where there’s music and there’s people/Who are young and alive”—There is a Light That Never Goes Out, The Smiths

–“Friends say it’s fine, friends say it’s good/Ev’rybody says it’s just like rock’n’roll”—20th Century Boy, T-Rex

–“I let you beat me on the head/Beat me down till I was dead”—Punk Girl, Thee Headcoatees

“Particle Man, Particle Man/Doin’ the things a particle can”—Particle Man, They Might Be Giants

“The piano has been drinking/My necktie’s asleep/The combo went back to New York/The jukebox has to take leak/And the carpet needs a haircut/and the spotlight looks like a prison break/’Cause the telephone’s out of cigarettes/and the balcony is on the make”—Tom Waits

–“Can I kick it?  Yes you can!… Can I kick it? To all the people who can Quest like A Tribe does/Before this, did you really know what live was?”—A Tribe Called Quest

–“Oh so all my lovin’ goes/under the fog, fog, fog/and I believed them all
well I’m just a poor little baby/’cause well I believed them all”—Y Control, Yeahs Yeah Yeahs

–“There’s too much/There’s too much treble in here/We lost some people this year/Found a way to come back again/Found a way back here again”—Big Stereo, Tracy + The Plastics


~ by Angela Rhetorica on April 25, 2011.

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