Bijna 6.000 twitteraars hadden wel een idee toen BBC Radio 6 vroeg wat hun favoriete eerste zin van een liedje ooit is:

Er is al vaker over geschreven, natuurlijk: The Independent maakte ooit een lijstje met de tien beste openingszinnen, NME kwam zelfs tot 55, Quote Catalogue schraapte er honderd bij elkaar. Maar als je zelfs The Rembrandts en Wheatus erbij gaat halen, dan kennen wij er ook nog wel een paar.

Soms bekende, maar toch ondergewaardeerde liedjes, natuurlijk.

Keuze Roel Kramer: Crosby, Stills & Nash – Our House (1970)

I light the fire, while you place the flowers in the vase that you bought today

Keuze Dimitri Lambermont: Pink Floyd – One Of These Days (1971)

One of these days I’m going to cut you into little pieces

Keuze Alex van der Meer: Leonard Cohen – Sing Another Song Boys (1971)

Let’s sing another song, boys, this one’s grown old and bitter.

Keuze Marloes Reijenga: Paul Simon – Kodachrome (1973)

When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school,
it’s a wonder I can think at all

Keuze Henk Tijdink: Al Stewart – Year Of The Cat (1976)

On a morning from a Bogart movie

Keuze Willem Kamps: Van Der Graaf Generator – Meurglys III, The Songwriters Guild (1976)

These days I mainly just talk to plants and dogs

Keuze Alexander Honderd: Warren Zevon – Werewolves Of London (1978)

I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand
Walking through the streets of Soho in the rain

Keuze Remco Smith: Het Goede Doel – Franse Auto (1986)

Bij gelegenheid voel ik genegenheid voor jou

Keuze Kari-Anne Fygi: The Black Crowes – She Talks To Angels (1990)

She never mentions the word addiction

Keuze Martijn Vet: Thelonious Monster – Body And Soul? (1992)

I sleep with the TV on, so I don’t feel so alone
This house is an empty wreck, it’s a perfect match for it’s perfect guests

Keuze Erwin Tijms: Urban Dance Squad – Demagogue (1994)

I kick the lyrics so hard people get injuries

Keuze Victor Romijn: Pulp – Common People (1995)

She came from Greece,
she had a thirst for knowledge

Keuze Danny den Boef: Acda & de Munnik – Ik Was Vergeten (2002)

Ik was vergeten het lawaai van honderd stoelen net verlaten, dat ze kraken in de stilte, of wat dat had moeten zijn

Keuze Ronald Eikelenboom: Pearl Jam – I Am Mine (2002)

The selfish, they’re all standing in line

Keuze Jeroen van der Beek: Josh Ritter – Kathleen (2003)

All the other girls here are stars
you are the Northern Lights

Keuze Erwin Herkelman: Sufjan Stevens – Chicago (2005)

I fell in love again

Keuze Hans Dautzenberg: R.E.M. – Supernatural Superserious (2008)

Everybody here comes from somewhere

Keuze Edgar Kruize: Eels – A Line In The Dirt (2010)

She locked herself in the bathroom again.
So I’m pissing in the yard

Keuze Eric van den Bosch: Sade – Still In Love With You (2011)

I think I’ll fall to pieces
If I don’t find something else to do

Keuze Frans Kraaikamp: Bill Fay – Never Ending Happening (2012)

The never ending happening, of what’s to be and what has been.
Just to be a part of it Is astonishing to me

Keuze Tricky Dicky: Five Finger Death Punch – Wrong Side Of Heaven (2013)

I spoke to God today and she said that she’s ashamed
What have I become, what have I done

Keuze Freek Janssen: Father John Misty – Pure Comedy (2017)

The comedy of man starts like this
Our brains are way too big for our mothers’ hips

Keuze Martijn Janssen: U2 – Love Is All We Have Left (2017)

Nothing to stop this being the best day ever

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