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Set The Scene - 20 Brilliant Opening Lyrics

Updated: Dec 15, 2021

The opening lyric of a song can tell you everything you need to know. These 20 lyrics completely set the scene and hook you in from the outset. Like a great novel, you need to know what happens next...

1. “I don’t believe in an interventionist god, but I know darling that you do.” - Into My Arms by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

2. “I am not in love....but I’m open to persuasion.” - Love and Affection by Joan Armatrading

3. “Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking when I said I'd like to smash every tooth in your head.” - Bigmouth Strikes Again by The Smiths

4. “I never thought it would happen with me and the girl from Clapham.” - Up The Junction by Squeeze

5. “She keeps her Moet et Chandon in her pretty cabinet. “Let them eat cake’ she says, just like Marie Antoinette.” - Killer Queen by Queen

6. “You can tell by the way I use my walk I’m a woman’s man, no time to talk.” - Stayin’ Alive by The Bee Gees

7. “Coming out of my cage and I've been doing just fine.” - Mr Brightside by The Killers

8. “Well my friends are gone and my hair is grey and I ache in the places where I used to play.” - Tower Of Song by Leonard Cohen

9. “Bless my cotton socks I’m in the news.” - Reward by The Teardrop Explodes

10. “This is why events unnerve me” - Ceremony by New Order

11. “I bought a toothbrush, some toothpaste, a flannel for my face. Pajamas, a hairbrush, new shoes and a case.” - Tempted by Squeeze

12. “And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack.” - Once In A Lifetime by Talking Heads

13. “In France a skinny man died of a big disease with a little name.” - Sign O’ The Times by Prince

14. “Oh we were born within one hour of each other. Our mothers said we could be sister and brother.” - Disco 2000 by Pulp

15. “You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar when I met you” - Don’t You Want Me by The Human League

16. “You walked into the party like you were walking onto a yacht." - You’re So Vain by Carly Simon

17. “Please allow me to introduce myself I’m a man of wealth and taste.” - Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones

18. “Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine.” - Gloria by Patti Smith

19. “Oh I just don’t know where to begin.” - Accidents Will Happen by Elvis Costello & The Attractions

20. "Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down." - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince


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