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Unless I'm very much mistaken, the first line of the song 'Live and Let Live', as featured on Love's 'Forever Changes' album, is "Oh, the snot has caked against my pants."

I'm struggling to recall a more unlikely, but genuine, opening lyric. Any suggestions?

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How about The Doors -

Peace Frog

There's blood in the streets, it's up to my ankles


Spanish Caravan

Carry me Caravan take me away


some Bob Dylan

Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues

When you're lost in the rain in Juarez

Desolation Row

They're selling postcards of the hanging

Highway 61 Revisited

Oh God said to Abraham, "Kill me a son"

Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Mama, take this badge off of me

some Jimi Hendrix

Hey Joe

Hey Joe, where you goin' with that gun in your hand?

some Beatles

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

I look at you all see the love there that's sleeping

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How about Simon and Garfunkel -

Mama pajama rolled outta bed, and she ran to the police station - Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard

I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail - El Condor Pasa

Let us be lovers, we'll marry our fortunes together - America

Many's the time I've been mistaken - An American Tune

It's a still life watercolor - Dangling Conversation

Slow down, you move too fast, you've got to make the moment last - Feeling Groovy (59th St. Bridge Song)

When I think back on all the crap I've learned in highschool - Kodachrome

I am just a poor boy, though my story's seldom told - The Boxer

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Here's some more -

Me & Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin

Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train

And I was feeling nearly as faded as my jeans.

Stormy Monday - Bobby 'Blue' Bland

They call it stormy monday, but tuesday's just as bad.

Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen

My Pappy said, "Son, you're gonna' drive me to drinkin'

If you don't stop drivin' that Hot Rod Lincoln"

Ghost Riders in the Sky - Johnny Cash

An old cowboy went riding out one dark and windy day.

Little Red Riding Hood - Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs

Owwww! Who's that I see walkin' in these woods?

Why, it's little Red Riding Hood!

I'd Love to Change the World - Ten Years After

Everywhere is freaks and hairies

Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity


I heard Papa tell Mama, let that boy boogie-woogie ~ John Lee Hooker

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Has anyone heard the song Jumpdaf***up by Soulfly? That starts out really well. I also enjoy this opening line by Eve 6:

Cheap shot hocked straight to the ear drum

Is it some sick sign of affection?

Violated and singed with deceit

Disgust from my head to my hands to my feet

Showerhead ~ Eve 6

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