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John Simkin

Best First Line in Popular Music

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The BBC Radio 2 is currently holding a poll for the best first line in a popular song. One suggestion is from A Design For Life by Manic Street Preachers.

"Libraries gave us power"

Any other suggestions?

Maybe we could ask the students currently taking part in the international debate to join in.

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Whereas the Manic Street Preachers lyrics reflect a 19th century view of education, the Pink Floyd’s is a much more a recent cynical view. I am a supporter of the Manic Street Preachers position. Of course education can be manipulated to support the dominant ideology. However, history shows us that there are always enough teachers with integrity to make sure this does not happen in a democratic society. As you know, I am the eternal optimist.

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'Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking when I said I'd like to smash every tooth in your head' by the greatest lyricist in History.

Edited by dan lyndon

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If I ventured in the slipstream

Between the viaducts of your dream

Where immobile steel rims crack

And the ditch in the back roads stop

Van Morrison - Astral Weeks

I can't resist adding a bit more

Could you find me?

Would you kiss-a my eyes?

To lay me down

In silence easy

To be born again

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'Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking when I said I'd like to smash every tooth in your head' by the greatest lyricist in History.

You mean second greatest lyricist...

after William Bragg:

'The party that became so powerful, by sinking foreign boats...'

Back to first lines please Nick! :blink:

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What about this one?

Won't you scratch my itch, sweet Annie Rich

Gram Parsons - Return of the Grievous Angel

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What about the best last lines:

'She cut her hair and I stopped loving her.'

Billy Bragg - Walk Away Renee

Did Billy Bragg actually write that?

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Walk Away Renee

The Four Tops version will be the most memorable

Written by B.Calilli, M.Brown, T.Sansone

:rolleyes:

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And here are a few more

Oh the snot has caked against my pants

Love – Live and Let Live

I saw yuh baby dancin’ in yer x-ray gingham dress

I saw you were under duress

Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band – My Human Gets Me Blues

More challenging tunes at

http://www.live365.com/stations/285707

:rolleyes:

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Walk Away Renee

The Four Tops version will be the most memorable

Written by B.Calilli, M.Brown, T.Sansone

:rolleyes:

Sorry should made that clear earlier...

Billy Bragg - Walk Away Renee (Version)

Interestingly enough with J. Marr (Smiths again) on guitar.

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