What’s The Best Opening Line In Country Music?

Sometimes songs take a second to get good.

A first line will intrigue you. Or else you’ll totally miss it, and it’s the chorus that gets you paying attention.

I’ll admit that this happens to me a lot, unless I’m specifically listening to a song with the lyrics in front of me.

Most of the time I’m distracted until a random second verse or key change in the chorus. Whatever makes me close the tab I have open or put down my phone and stare at Spotify for a while.

But sometimes songs will just knock you out of the park right away.

The very first words out of the singer’s mouth will mesmerize you, destroy you, make you stop the car to rest your head on the steering wheel.

Sometimes the opening lines are just so perfect, so wonderful, they’re the best in the song.

A while back we asked the Whiskey Riffers to share their favorite opening lines in country music:

So, here are some of the best:

“Feathered Indians” by Tyler Childers

Well, my buckle is making marks on the inside of her thigh

“Shake The Frost” by Tyler Childers

You remind me of a Sunday at home in old Kentucky…

“Birmingham” by Zach Bryan

Well I killed a man in Birmingham…

“Mine” by Zach Bryan

There’s a fire burning in the basement that I would stoke just for you…

“Enemy” by Cam Davis

I’m walking on the same glass that I broke when I hit the man in the mirror on the nose…

Broken Horses by Brandi Carlile

I wear my father’s leather inside on my skin…

“The Story” by Brandi Carlile

All those lines on my face tell you the story of who I am…

“Today He Stopped Loving Her” by George Jones

He said, “I’ll love you until I die.” She said to him, “You’ll forget in time…”

“Darling On My Tongue” by Steep Canyon Rangers

You’ll go, I better get used to that…

Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson

Well way down the Chattahoochee it’s getting hotter than a hoochie coochie…

“Man! I Feel Like a Woman” by Shania Twain

let’s go girls!

Fire Away by Chris Stapleton

Darling upload your questions and grab your sticks and your bricks…

Ballad of a Southern Man by Whiskey Myers

My first rifle was a .243…

Whiskey Lullaby by Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss

She snuffed him out like the flaming end of a midnight cigarette…

“Good Lord Lorrie” by Turnpike Troubadours

Lorrie lit a cigarette and smiled, waving the smoke off her face…

“The Chair” by George Strait

Excuse me, but I think you got my chair…

“Sunday Morning Comes Down” by Kris Kristofferson

Well I woke up Sunday morning with no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt…

Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks

Blame my roots, I showed up in boots…

“Turtles Down” by Sturgill Simpson

I saw Jesus playing with flames in a lake of fire I was standing in…

Luckenbach Texas by Waylon Jennings

The only two things in life that make it worth living are guitars that tune well and women that feel solid… What’s The Best Opening Line In Country Music?

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