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Added by riotnerd on 24 Nov 2012 11:49
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Best First Lines in Music

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Whiskey Rabbi - Geoff Berner
"Why did god put evil in the world, god damnit?
Was it just an accident – or did he plan it?"


Two thousand years of philosophy on the true nature of god summed up in a blasphemous two liner. That's Geoff Berner for you.

From "The True Enemy".
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A to B: Life - Mewithoutyou
"You were a song that I couldn't sing
you were a story I couldn't tell
I've only ever loved myself
but I loved myself so well"


"We never met, you and I
we were always inside
we were somewhere inside one another.
And I'd live without you, love, but
what good is one glove
without the other?"


Love in times of crisis and put it into verse.

From "Nice and Blue" and "Gentlemen".
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Catch for Us the Foxes - Mewithoutyou
"And not one motion, one gesture could I forget
the prettiest bag lady I ever met.
Pushing her cart in the rain, and
gathering plastic and glass, she watched the day pass
not hour by hour
but pain by pain."


"I wrote a four word letter / post-script in crooked lines:
'Though I'd lived I'd never been alive.'"


Mewithoutyou's second album. Wondering how to live, and why.

From "Paper Hanger" and "Four Word Letter".
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Hail To The Thief - Radiohead
"In pitch dark / I go walking in your landscape"


Poetic metaphors about sex? Count me in.

From "There There".
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Travels With Myself And Another - Future Of The Left
"I know it only happened 'cos I couldn't stop drinking
it only happened 'cos I couldn't drink more"


"Goddamn it's gonna rain / I only brought my socks"


The paradoxes of alcohol consumption and the absurdity of modern life.

From "Chin Music" and "You Need Satan More Than He Needs You".
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Orange - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
"Baby, baby
you sho' like to fuck"


The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is straight and to the point, as always.

From "Full Grown".
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The Stage Names - Okkervil River
"By the second verse, dear friends,
my head will burst, my life will end,
so I'd like to start this one off
by saying: Live and love."


Gotta love narrators within songs who reflect on the fact that they're narrators of songs. The joys of post-modernity.

From "John Allyn Smith Sails".
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The Decline of British Sea Power - British Sea Power
"Jesus fucking christ, oh god, no!"


The guys from British Sea Power sure seem to enjoy a bit of over-dramatic anticipation.

From "Fear of Drowning".
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A lot of famous novels have famous first lines. First lines in songs are generally underappreciated. This list seeks to rectify this and collect some awesome or funny or thoughtfully poetic ways musicians begin their songs. In no particular order.

To be continued.

Suggestions welcome!

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