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  1. #41
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilson View Post
    I love the Beach Boys. Lots of people don't realize they were much more than just the "surf's up" confections for which they're best known. "Pet Sounds" is a masterpiece.
    Check out Lyle Lovett's version of God Only Knows from the Brian Wilson Kennedy Center tribute (it's on youtube). Brian says it's the best version done; I'm not so sure. But I challenge anyone to get through that entire tribute with dry eyes. Only downer: G.W. Bush was sharing the honorees' box.

    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.

  2. #42
    Quote Originally Posted by eastwind View Post
    Great one, feldspar. The opening riff to that Hendrix song has to be one of the best ever.

    Here's a couple:

    Blue Spanish eyes
    teardrops are falling from your Spanish eyes
    Please please don't cry,
    this is just adios and not good-bye

    *** *** ***

    You get a shiver in the dark
    Its been raining in the park but meantime
    South of the river you stop and you hold everything
    A band is blowing dixie double four time
    You feel all right when you hear that music ring

    *** *** ***
    Spanish Eyes was a hit by Al Martino when Jimi was learning the guitar.

    http://www.leoslyrics.com/listlyrics...vxc4LvVWhHY%3D

  3. #43
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    New Orleans
    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

  4. #44
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkbaseball View Post
    How about a variation -- best instrumental riff before the opening lines?
    In this category, there's "Layla," and there's everything else.

  5. #45
    Quote Originally Posted by dkbaseball View Post
    How about a variation -- best instrumental riff before the opening lines?
    Sweet Child o' Mine

  6. #46
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    Seattle, WA
    Quote Originally Posted by dkbaseball View Post
    How about a variation -- best instrumental riff before the opening lines?
    New York State of Mind, Billy Joel

  7. Quote Originally Posted by billybreen View Post
    Sweet Child o' Mine
    Oooh, good choice. In that spirit how about Cult of Personality by Living Colour. In the opposite of that spirit, how Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers. And I don't think Miserlou counts (unless "huph hup, hup haaa" counts as lyrics) but I really like that riff before the "song" starts.

  8. #48
    Quote Originally Posted by DevilAlumna View Post
    New York State of Mind, Billy Joel
    Great call!

    I was born and raised on Billy Joel, but that song always reminds me of a Sex and the City episode, I'm secure enough to admit.

  9. #49
    Quote Originally Posted by DevilAlumna View Post
    New York State of Mind, Billy Joel
    For that matter, great opening lines as well:

    Some folks like to get away
    Take a holiday from the neighborhood
    Hop a flight to Miami Beach or to Hollywood.
    But I'm taking a Greyhound on the Hudson River line
    I'm in a New York state of mind

  10. #50
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    instrumental riff

    Quote Originally Posted by dkbaseball View Post
    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
    Eminence Front by The Who

  11. #51
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    Los Angeles

    can't not mention this one

    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?

  12. #52
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    Los Angeles
    If I leave here tomorrow
    Would you still remember me?

  13. #53
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    last one for tonight

    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.

  14. #54
    Quote Originally Posted by tommy View Post
    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?
    Also gets a vote for opening riff.

  15. #55
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    Lexington, KY

    Cool Who?

    Quote Originally Posted by tommy View Post
    Eminence Front by The Who
    When I think the Who, I think the opening of Baba O'Riley.

    To each his own.

    Cheers,
    Lavabe

  16. #56
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    "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"

  17. #57
    Quote Originally Posted by g_olaf View Post
    More obscure still:

    I was sitting in the Hollywood Hawaiian Hotel
    I was staring in my empty coffee cup
    I was thinking that the gypsy wasn't lyin'
    All the salty margaritas in Los Angeles--I'm gonna drink 'em up

    And if California slides into the ocean
    Like the mystics and statistics say it will
    I predict this motel will be standing until I pay my bill
    Don't the sun look angry through the trees
    Don't the trees look like crucified thieves
    Don't you feel like Desperados under the eaves
    Heaven help the one who leaves

    One of my very favorite Zevon songs. Such incredibly imagry.

  18. #58
    Quote Originally Posted by allenmurray View Post
    [I]Strap them kids in
    Give 'em a little bit of vodka in a cherry coke
    We're going to Oklahoma to the family reunion for the first time in years
    It's up at uncle Slayton's cause he's getting on in years
    You know he no longer travels but he's still pretty spry
    He's not much on talking and he's just too mean to die
    James McMurtry, from Choctaw Bingo. It is an extraordinary song about life in the meth-infested midwest. It lacks much melody, meter, or rhyme, but really works anyway, as the driving nature of the guitar work ties it all together.

    (An Austin based singer/songwriter, son of Larry McMurtry of The Last Picture Show and Lonesome Dove fame).

  19. #59
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    Raleigh, NC

    Another parrothead checking in...

    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."

  20. #60
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    Location
    Washington, North Carolina

    Elvis.

    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

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