Thirteen Great Opening Lines from Rock, Pop and Country
"Little too tall, coulda used a few pounds..." - Bob Seger, "Night Moves" (idea stolen from Nat.
"I hear that train a-comin'/It's rollin' 'round the bend/and I ain't seen the sunshine since/I don't know when" - Johnny Cash, "Folsom Prison Blues"
"Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine" - Patti Smith, "Gloria"
"Oh it's so funny to be seeing you after so long, girl/And with the way you look I understand/that you were not impressed/But I heard you let that little friend of mine/take off your party dress." - Elvis Costello, "Allison"
"Nice girls not one with a defect/cellophane shrink-wrapped, so correct/Red dogs under illegal legs/She looks so good that he gets down and begs" - Elvis Costello again, "Watching the Detectives" (I could come up with 13 just on Elvis C. alone)
"Early one mornin' the sun was shinin'/I was layin' in bed/wonderring if she'd changed at all/If her hair was still red." - Bob Dylan, "Tangled Up in Blue"
"Think of London, a small city/It's dark, dark in the daytime/people sleep, sleep in the daytime/If they want to, if they want to" - Talking Heads, "Cities"
"God save the queen/the fascist regime/She made you a morrrron/a potential H-bomb" - Sex Pistols, "God Save the Queen"
"I stood stone-like at midnight suspended in my masquerade/I combed my hair till it was just right and commanded the night brigade" - Bruce Springsteen, "Growin' Up"
"Teddy sniffing glue, he was 12 years old/Fell from the roof on East Two-nine/Cathy was 11 when she pulled the plug/On 26 reds and a bottle of wine" - Jim Carroll Band, "People Who Died"
"Now every cheap hood strikes a bargain with the world/An' ends up making payments on a sofa or a girl/Love and hate tattooed across the knuckles of his hands/hands that slap his kids around 'cause they don't understand" - The Clash, "Death or Glory"
"It was raining hard in 'Frisco/I needed one more fare to make my night/A lady up ahead waved to flag me down/She got in at the light." - Harry Chapin, "Taxi" (honorable mention to "Cat's in the Cradle")
"My my, hey hey/Rock and roll is here to stay/It's better to burn out Than to fade away/My my, hey hey" - Neil Young, "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)"
*If you don't recognize the lyrics in the title, they're the opening lines from "Surrender," by Cheap Trick, and would also make my list.