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Best First Line in Popular Music

John Simkin

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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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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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