skip the intro and start the song
by Turtle Jones

Because this has already be a long day for some of us, we have decided to do something fun. We know hitting you with long stories in the morning has been pretty much the norm lately, we dont want to overwhelm anyone to much. Read as we really don't care about you but just want to have fun. So we are still looking for a few more writers for our vacation. I think we have six lined up but we still need a few more to keep up the pace of FTTW. Just gmail us at fttw10 and gmail dot com. We aren't being too picky, we just want writers who have a story to tell. No format. Just have fun.

This morning's post is something that will hurt your head. It did mine, but it's only six here so I can get away with that excuse. I think. This was inspired by a post michele saw at Waved Rumor.

This is about great opening verses. The first few lines off a song that drew you in and held you in. Something simple. The first ones that made you think this is a great song because it spoke to you. Or maybe you just thought they were cool words. We limited ourselves to a few lines and there was no limits on what the music would be like. It could be anything. I have no idea what Michele is doing, but I snagged some of the top of my head.

We want you guys in this one to come in and make us smack our heads and think, "Oh crap. We forgot that one?"

So here are ours.

Have fun with this and don't get too much of a headache thinking about it.


NoMeansNo - The River

"When I speak the words I repeat
Are lost within this roaring
And when I call your eyes turn to me
But what are they exploring"

The beginning of an awesome song. The way he asks this is what hooked me into the song right away.

Misfits - Astrozombies

"With just a touch of my burning hand
I send my astro zombies to rape this land
Prime directive, exterminate
The whole human race"

I don’t know. Just gotta love the chance to sing the lyrics “prime directive.”

TSOL - Code Blue

"I never got along with the girls at my school
Filling me up with all their morals and their rules
They'd pile all their problems on my head
I'd rather go out and fuck the dead"

I think this is self explanatory. No I’m not a necropheliac. Much. I just admire its honesty.

mycoffee.jpgLagwagon - Mr Coffee

"Morning has broken
Mr. Coffee has spoken
The familiar wake-up call
sings to my ears
I wake up with a shrug
To the floor with a thud
Where in this hellhole is my coffee mug?"

My theme song. Really, I mutter it to myself every morning as I walk like a zombie into the kitchen, reaching for the coffee.

The Jam - Thats Entertainment

"a police car and a screaming siren
pneumatic drill and ripped up concrete
a baby wailing and a stray dog howling
the screech of brakes and lamplights blinking
that's entertainment"

The Jam have a lot of great opening lines, but I just love the flow of this one and the story it tells. You can almost see the scene and hear the noises.

Black Flag - I Love You

"I put my fist through the door
I hate myself for you
I love you
Suspicion rules my very soul
My knife is sharp, my thougths are cold
I love you I love you"

Meh. No comment.

Monster Magnet - See You In Hell

"A little room on 7th street is getting cold
And secrets sing like mescaline
They don't get old
I saw a pattern on a blanket just the other day
It looked just like the pillow you threw away"

They always have lyrics that read like non sequiturs. Reminds me of poems I wrote while...on mescaline. -M


Down By Law - 1944

"Somewhere a pen is busy with hate tonight
jaded eyes and cynics bring me down
somewhere a kid is playing his heart out tonight
but he'll get nowhere with the Berkeley in-crowd"

Frustration and anger and frustration and anger and just a total bagging on a scene that bagged itself. No one was good enough. When you try your hardest and get shot down, it makes you do one of two things: quit or ignore them. It's up to you.

snfu809.jpgS.N.F.U. - Welcome To My Humble Life Of Disarray

"Seeing Sunday morning through bloodied eyes
I feel so dead, yet I'm so alive
And the aftertaste of alcohol makes me want more
As I peel my face off the kitchen floor"

This one is pretty easy. Just being fucked up on some floor wondering where your next gasp of air will come from. Making friends with a cat who has slept on your back all night while your body starts to recover from what you did the night before.

nomeansno - Real Love

"Real love is scary. You try to hide when it looks for you
You never know what it will do
Not real love"

Oh, like this is some big shock. You guys have to know by now that nomeansno is one of the most underated bands of all time. They are like a horror movie on acid everytime they sing. You want to look away but instead you watch and think to yourself "This is kinda cool."

Black Flag - Police Story

"This fucking city is run by pigs
They take the rights away from all the kids"

Well that's just a hell of an intro and I really don't think I need to say much about it.

Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time

"Lying in my bed I hear the clock tick,
and think of you
caught up in circles confusion--
is nothing new
Flashback--warm nights--
almost left behind
suitcases of memories,
time after--"

I hate you guys for doing this to me. Yes, I am looking at Michele and Kali. Ok. Great sad song that makes me happy. Damn you two.

So that was it. Short notice. Short first verses. Fast songs. Slow songs. Hell, don't even get me into Cyndi Laupers Time after Time or you will see a turtle cry. Cause it's so sad. Cyndi just wants to be accepted. She just wants to be loved. She will always be there but she has to leave. God, that's a sad song. Time after time.

Time after time.

Well, anyways. Feel free to make fun of my breakdown there and add your own to the mix.

What did we miss?

Time after time. Time after time.

I need a minute here.

What did we skip?

update. Yeah yeah yeah. Time after time was added. I hope you guys are happy now


if you fall i will catch you OH i'll be WAITing...


turtle cries.....

that song is so sad....


i'm saving my piss in a jar
this depression has gone too far
i'm lying here in my bed
am i alive or am i dead


won't you believe it
it's just my luck
no recess


i'm the man
goddamn mean
i'm the man
and i'm clean
i'm the man
real muthafucka
you ain't shit
jsut another sucka

-- nashville pussy

you can't be what you were
so you better start being
just what you are

-- emo kings (fugazi)


Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking when I said

I'd like to smash every tooth
In your head

-the smiths


i updated the post

mock me as you will


I wouldn't mock you for that.

Im lying alone with my head on the phone
Thinking of you till it hurts
I know you hurt too but what else can we do
Tormented and torn apart

There. Not only did I quote Air Supply, but it made me cry, too.


I serve my perdition in this private hell
A thousand angers, have kept me alive
Carve a hole in your distored soul
I'm here to bang it
- Danzig

Cats foot iron claw
Neuro-surgeons scream for more
At paranoias poison door.
Twenty first century schizoid man.
- King Crimson

Gotta go somewhere
When you die
So why not see the world
Through jellyfish eyes

Jellyfish heaven
Where jellyfish go
To get away from Mormons
And drunk Eskimos
Jellyfish heaven
Is a lot
Like LA
- Dead Milkmen


yeah dude. Thank you for not mocking me. It means the world to me that you can see I have some weird musical tastes.

but face it dude

Air Supply is lame, dude

like Silver Dollar lame, dude

Deaf people even know how lame they are, dude

I think god has already punished them to "lame hell" for their music


So I guess we won't be having "Even The Nights Are Better" as a wedding song?

*makes note to not hold back on mocking anymore*


I woke the same as any other day
Except a voice was in my head
It said seize the day, pull the trigger, drop the blade
And watch the rolling heads
Give me your hand and I will hold it forever
On my nightstand in a box with your love letters
I love you dear, and I know we will not be parted
I'll keep you near, scattered around my apartment


*i think i might nave fucked up there with michele*


um ok so this is the second time today i've quoted this song.... on the internet... in the comments section...

But I dont know how to leave you,
And Ill never let you fall;
And I dont know how you do it,
Making love out of nothing at all
(making love)
Out of nothing at all,
(making love)
Out of nothing at all,



Your're going to make me cry again.


Great opening lines:

Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine - Patti Smith, "Gloria"

Little too tall, coulda used a few pounds... - Bob Seger, "Night Moves"

I hear that train a comin'/it's rollin' 'round the bend/and I ain't seen the sunshine since, I don't know when - Johnny Cash, "Folsom Prison Blues"

Just a few of my faves.



P.S. - Time to 'fess up: I stole the "Night Moves" idea from Nat, who quoted it in the comments to this post about the one true Detroit punk, Bob Seger.



Out here in the fields
I fight for my meals
Baba O' Riley - The Who. Just the way Daltrey sings that.


It's in some Fugazi song, I think Red Medicine. Right before the song starts you here Ian and Guy scream that.

I heard this
I heard that
What do I believe?
I've Heard - Dag Nasty.


Oh, oh and



clutch have some good openers...


Only got a few, but.....

It's a boring day - I've got nothing to do
Except to get a load of retards and drive 'em to the zoo - Dead Milkmen

Upon the sand, upon the bay
There is a quick and easy way you say
Before you illustrate
I'd rather state :
I'm not the man you think I am
I'm not the man you think I am - The Smiths

Dreams deep heat teasing my mind
Sleep peels sweet stealing my sighs
She breathes deep when he's inside
Dreams deep heat poisons my mind - Lush

And, because I'm a complete pussy... The song I would hum to myself whenever I was juiced up in a shitty airport bar...

I'm sittin' in the railway station
Got a ticket for my destination
On a tour of one night stands
My suitcase and guitar in hand
And every stop is neatly planned
For a poet and a one man band - Simon and Garfunkel


The screen door slams. Mary's dress waves. Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays. Roy Orbison sangin' for the lonely. Hey that's me and I want you only. Don't turn me home again, I just can't face myself alone again.
Springsteen...knowing full well that Michele HATE-HATE-HATES Springsteen, but come ON.

It's all right if you love me
It's all right if you dont
I'm not afraid of you runnin away
Honey, I get the feelin you wont
Tom Petty

Life's the same, moving in stereo. Life's the same, except for the shoes.
The Cars. I freaking have always loved that.

Oh to live on Sugar Mountain, with the barkers and the colored balloons.
Neil Young. Hurts more every time I listen to it.

Welcome to my nightmare, I think you're gonna like it.
Alice Cooper

Hi. Hello. Awake from thy sleep. God has given your soul to keep.
Patti Smith. Thanks to Andrew for reminding me of a line that makes me grin a sleepy grin every time. Long story, not for public record.

Johnny took a walk
With your sister the moon
Let her pale light in
To fill up your room
You've been living underground
Eating from a can
Youve been running away
From what you dont understand

Led Zepplin


i'm not playing with you,
i clean forgot how to play.
but you can still come around,
in fact i invite you down,
maybe together we can wipe that smile off your face.


falling in your, falling in your in your arms
fish on a line, learns to live on dry land
thrown back again to drown...

-siouxsie & the banshees

every time we do this
i fall for her
wave after wave after wave
it's all for her
"i know this can't be wrong" i say
(and i'll lie to keep her happy)
"as long as i know that you know
that today i belong right here with you"

-the cure

i find it pretty interesting that the same song thefinn used to hum alone, juiced up in the airport, is the same i used to hum to our son when he was first born to get him to sleep on those longlong nights when simply pacing and shushing wasn't doing it for him. i love how these simple weirdnessess occur...


Transport, motorways and tramlines,
starting and then stopping,
taking off and landing,
the emptiest of feelings,
disappointed people, clinging on to bottles,
and when it comes it's so, so, disappointing. - radiohead

If you thought it was boring in Jordan
Then come out here for a day
And by the way, the name is Marcus
But if you like, you can call me Sensei
Well the emperor is in the pig sty
And the geisha is in the shack
And you better believe I'll hold them there
Till the feds, they pay me back - clutch

I got a twenty dollar bill
That says no one's ever seen you without make-up.
You're always made up.
And I'm sick of your tattoos
and the way you always criticize the Smiths.
and Morrissey. - brand new

-------------- could i forget one of the best goddamn song starters ever?

i'm a street walking cheetah
with a heart full of napalm
i'm a runaway son of the nuclear A-bomb
i am the world's forgotten boy
the one who searches and destroys
honey gotta help me please
somebody gotta save my soul...

-iggy & the stooges


Can't believe this was missed... punk AND cars :)

just one line form the song Kiss of Steel by Samhain :

We're having a love affair
with a Chevy in midair

Kiss of steel


Cruisin' Mos Espa, in my DeLorean.........


Chuck wins.

My backpack's got jets......


Here's the first verse or so:

Cruisin' Mos Espa in my Delorian,
War's over I'm a peacetime Mandalorian.
My story has stumped star wars historians
Deep in debate buffet plate at Bennigans.
Rhyme renegade sure to penetrate
First and second defense I won't hesitate.
Got a job to do Darth's the guy that delegates.
Got something against Skywalker someone he really hates.


London's Burning!

London's Burning!

London's burning with boredom now

London's burning dial 99999

The Clash


Hope I got this right:

God Save the Queen!

The fascist regime

Made you a moron

Potential H-bomb

Sex Pistols


Cruisin' Mos Espa in my Delorian,
War's over I'm a peacetime Mandalorian.

the hell is that?


Killdozer - Hamburger Martyr (ffffffffuck you!)

Turbo - Locked Down (Kick it Mr. Summers!)

Kenny Rogers - The Gambler (Don't pretend you don't know the words)


the hell is that?

Fett's Vette by MC Chris.

Didn't I put that on a CD for you?


Zarba - I almost posted "London's Burning" (although you gave the chorus) and agree with "God Save the Queen." Both great intros -- "London's Burning" more for its bombast than lyrical quality, but definitely at least as good as Led Zep's "Ahhhahhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhahh"



it happened in manhattan with rifles and hatchets


I'm kind of fond of this opening from the band Thrice

"late night, brakes lock, hear the tires squeal
red light, can't stop so I spin the wheel
my world goes black before I feel an angel lift me up
an I open bloodshot eyes into fluorescent white
they flip the siren, hit the lights, close the doors and I am gone"

It sounds better than it reads!


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