I was spinning one of my all-time favorite records last night, Dogbowl’s 1992 post-apocalyptic nightmare Flan, and was struck (as I always am) by how perfectly concise and scene-setting the album’s very first lyrical line is, in the context of the music and story that follow:
“Flan awoke to the terrible realization that his room was on fire . . . “
I posted this observation up on the “Xnet2 Too Too Liste” (hit the “huh?” button at that link a few times for a full sense of what this venerable and secretive Interweb cabal is all about), asking the Liste’s members what other albums contained such classic, scene-setting opening lyrics. The very clever folks there came up with some doozies, indeed. And here are some of the other ones that popped into my own head as I pondered the question:
“This is a public service announcement . . . with guitar . . .”
(From The Clash’s Combat Rock)
“In the corner of my eye, I saw you at Rudy’s, you were very high . . .”
(From Steely Dan’s Aja)
“Remember when we were young? You shone like the sun . . .”
(From Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here)
So what opening lines would you, Indie Albany readers, consider as all-time greats?
Keep in mind as the sole rule that these have to be first lines of first songs on albums as they’re originally issued, not compilations of earlier material. So while “I read the news today, oh boy . . . ” is one of the greatest song opening lines of all time, it doesn’t qualify here, since “A Day in the Life” is not the first track on Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
“Here come old flat top, he come grooving up slowly . . . “, on the other hand, would qualify, as those are the first words you hear on Abbey Road.
What else you got?