Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Whose Opening Line Is It, Anyway: The First Cut Is The Deepest

A few weeks back, I took a vacation and left you all with a music quiz, a test of opening lines to songs that you were asked to then name and identify the artists who performed them. I enjoyed that quite a bit, and kept thinking about it while I was away. (I was also listening to some downloaded episodes of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour from XM Satellite Radio, which played into this idea as well.) What I decided to do is to make the music quiz a regular feature here for a while, and try to make each week's quiz have a common theme to it. Some of these themes will be readily apparent; others (like this one perhaps), maybe not so much. There will be ten opening lines, plus one bonus line that will always be the HDD (Higher Degree of Difficulty) question. Extra credit for guessing the theme, especially when it's not one of the easy ones.

Sound simple? It is! And I think most of these will be not very difficult to identify (though I may not be the best judge of that), because I know you, my readers, are all intelligent and well-versed in the various arts of our culture, especially popular music. So let's have at it, shall we? Answers and a new quiz next week!

1. Well, I just got back, and I wish I never leave now (Where'd you go?)
2. Now that your picture's in the paper being rhythmically admired and you can have anyone that you have ever desired...
3. Let me tell you how it will be; there's one for you, nineteen for me.
4. What is that sound? Where is it coming from? All around. What are you running from?
5. Beside yourself if radio's gonna stay. Reason: it could polish up the grey.
6. Spent some time feeling inferior, standing in front of my mirror...
7. Oh, yeah! I hear you talking, when I'm on the street. Your mouth don't move, but I can hear you speak.
8. Early one morning, the sun was shining, I was laying in bed, wondering if she'd changed at all, if her hair was still red.
9. Mother, mother, there's too many of you cryin', brother, brother, brother, there's far too many of you dyin'...
10. Every day I try so hard to know your mind and find out what's inside you...

**Bonus** You know, and I've been wondering, you know, all the way home, whether the world will see I'm a better man than others by far.
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