The question I am about to pose… I wonder if you have ever asked yourself this?
It is definitely something you’ll have a view on.
I also think that you may come up with an immediate answer, and then have a battle with yourself about whether your gut-response is in fact right for you.
You’ll probably do that scrunched-up-face thing as you think.
My question is:
What song has the best opening lines?
Please comment on this below if you don’t mind. I am interested. It’s not necessarily the best song you know. And it’s very personal to you.
The words will hook you in every time though. And make you feel something.
For me it’s Kinky Afro, the Happy Mondays 1990 tune:
Son, I’m 30
I only went with your mother cos she’s dirty
And I don’t have a decent bone in me
What you get is just what you see yeah
I was 22 in October 1990 when it was released. I’d recently graduated. It always makes me smile.
It makes me think of my birth city – Manchester – and all the madness I didn’t see because I left when I was 13. I missed, and was probably a bit young for, the Hacienda days. The drugs and the crazy times.
I wish I had seen it all. I may be a bit cooler if I had. But then again as I am quite an obsessive guy I may never have recovered.
I like the swagger and the confidence of the lyric. Or my interpretation of the lyric.
I like that he’s speaking his mind too. Cheeky and raw. Unmeasured.
Apparently the song was conceived on the back of two weeks of smoking opium. I tend to stick to freshly ground coffee for my highs these days. It is, I hope, marginally safer.
Anyhow. Let me know yours please. And why.
PS For the real music geeks out there, you could argue that the first line of this song is, ‘You go spooky in a band’ – because that’s what Shaun Ryder says quietly at the beginning. Either way. It’s all very cool.
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