SHEDNOTES 44 – ONLINE & OFF: On opening lines

The Shed is filing this to its library of music documentaries to be made, one day, for broadcast in the small hours, under the heading Powerpoint TV.
Julian Cope told The Guardian 10.1.15 …
“I grew up mostly with poetry books and my mother’s fascination for an index of first lines. She thought every great poem must reveal itself in the first line and I’ve written every rock’n’roll song with that in mind …. I want to go to my grave with a colossal index of first lines.”
The subject of great opening lines is already quite well explored on t’internet but The Shed thinks it can add some suggestions – some Steve Earle, for a start, e.g. “Billy was 17, mean as hell; Bonnie said she was 30, it was hard to tell” (Billy & Bonnie).
Meanwhile, from somebody else’s list, here are a few starters for debate …
“Well, she was just seventeen — you know what I mean” –The Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There”
“Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?”– The Carpenters’ “Close to You”
“Well, it’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go, cat, go!” –Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes”
“There must be some kind of way out of here, said the joker to the thief” – Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower”
“We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee” – Merle Haggard’s “Okie From Muskokee”
“I am an Antichrist” –Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the UK”
“Hello, Darkness, my old friend” — Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence”
“You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips” – The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin”
“You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar” – Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me”

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