Paul McCartney has said many times that Pet Sounds inspired the Beatles to do their very best work when they were working on Sgt. Pepper.
How about a variation -- best instrumental riff before the opening lines?
Badlands by Springsteen
Gloria by Them
Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes by Edison Lighthouse
So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell,
Blue skys from pain.
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?
If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?
People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall"
You thought they were all kiddin' you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin' out
Now you don't talk so loud
Now you don't seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next meal.
"Hello darkness, my old friend"
"Yesterday, all my troubles seemed to pass away"
"I'm a believer"
"Big Girls Don't Cry"
"There's a somebody I'm longing to see"
"Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord"
(An Austin based singer/songwriter, son of Larry McMurtry of The Last Picture Show and Lonesome Dove fame).
Here's one of my favorites....
In the middle of late last night I was sittin' on a curb
I didn't know what about, but I was feelin' quite disturbed
A street sweeper came whistlin' by, he was bouncin' every step
It seemed strange how good he felt, so I asked him while he swept
He said, "It's my job to be cleaning up this mess
And that's enough reason to go for me
It's my job to be better than the rest
And that makes a day for me."
Now that your picture's in the paper being rhythmically admired
and you can have anyone that you have ever desired,
all you gotta tell me now is why, why, why, why