What's Your Favorite First Line From a Song?

Speaking of great first lines, I'm wondering what your favorite first line from a song is. Post your answers below so we can get a comprehensive overview of fantastic lyrics that kick off good (or bad) tunes.

What's mine? Well, I'm going to have to go with the first line from Robbie William's "Ghosts": "Here I stand victorious/The only man who made you come." Now that's how you start a song!


  1. Nothing so powerful for me (I might possibly have gone with No Regrets if it weren't copycatting you).

    I know too many songs and this is the one that I always come back to as having the best first line(s):

    "Blackbird singing in the dead of night: Take these broken wings and learn to fly. All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise."
    -- Blackbird, The Beatles.


    she got it... one of the best first lines ever.

    i so hate her.

    wait, she can read this, can't she?


  3. Actually, you can't damn her because...that submission doesn't count! She can't have a whole stanza to make her case!

    One line or one complete sentence only! :-)

    Oh, and now I'm gonna let you post more than one song because I just thought of another great one.

    The opening line from John Wesley Harding's "Miss Fortune": "I was born with a coat hanger in my mouth."

  4. The first line of Ghosts is "Here I stand, victorious", so I assumed you were at least allowing second lines.

  5. Let me just make rules up as I go along. Ha!


    First line only.


    Second (or third) line is okay if combined with the first line it creates one complete sentence, as in, "Here I stand, victorious, the only man who made you come."

    Man, this is getting complicated.

  6. "My name is Prince,
    And I am funky"
    ~the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince

    Betcha' never heard THAT one before!


  7. Rufus Wainwright has a few good ones:

    "California, California, you're such a wonder that I think I'll stay in bed." (California)

    "My phone's on vibrate for you." (Vibrate)

    "I don't know what I'm doing, I don't know what I'm saying, I don't know why I'm watching all these white people dancing." (This Love Affair)

  8. Dolores Lovebombs9/12/2007

    I've always enjoyed Joe Jackson (no big winner of the handsome lottery himself) singing the first line of "Is She Really Going Out With Him?":

    "Pretty women out walking with gorillas down my street..."

    That's ballsy, Joe, and I love you for it.

  9. Okay okay, Im gona go with Kelly Clarkson's new one, Never Again.

    "I hope the ring you gave to her, turn her finger green."

    Thats a pretty awesome 1st line for me but its better when its combined with the second line:

    "I hope when you're in bed with her, you think of me."

    I effing love that song.
    And yes, I have issues.

  10. And oh oh!! I got another one!

    "Its Britney bitch"