Dan Auerbach: 5 Great Songs Where the First Line Is Also the Title

The Black Keys singer picks out his favorite tunes with this odd commonality, from the Beatles to Willie Nelson

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Don Williams, "Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good"

Don worked with this band for his whole recording career, just like Al Green. Those guys transformed Nashville. Nothing sounded like these records in Nashville when they came out. It was the first time anyone was playing conga drum instead of a drum kit. It's a lot like "Love and Happiness" in that it's so intimate and light and soulful. It gives those songs so much more depth and meaning. They feel more genuine.

When they were putting together Don Williams' records, they worked for almost a year trying to come up with a sound. Allen Reynolds, the producer, told me they'd keep taking things away, breaking it down. The bassist doesn't do walk-ups in the choruses. There's no flair anywhere. They just bring it down to the bare bones and that's what gave Don Williams his whole thing, when they stripped everything back. Allen told me that's when he started to have success is when he stopped listening to the radio and stopped caring and tried to make something he believed in.

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