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I wish I could write meaningless lyrics.

Most of my favourite songs have words that mean absolutely nothing - though they sound like they ought to mean something allusive and poetic.

Stuff like this:
Chorus:
Lawnchairs are everywhere.
They're everywhere,
my mind describes them to me
Only to me.

Verse 1:
As you screen out the light that colors your skin
Can you dress for protection?
Are you having some fun?
Some fun.

And are you sleeping with someone special tonight?
Does she drink tall drinks,
Just to make it feel right?
Feel right.

Break:
And it's a holiday in the middle of the week
As you leave from your job,
Just like a holiday.

And it's a holiday in the middle of the week
As you leave from your job
For only two weeks.

Verse 2 (sort of):
She's a boy that we like and gonna go far.
She's a boy that we like.
And he's gonna go far.

Well, she's go to and he's got to and we got to.

She's a boy that we like and gonna go far.
She's a boy that we like.
And he's gonna go far.


Here's the song on youtube.

I first heard it on vinyl, playing on the creaky old record player of a man who was about to become my boyfriend...and later the only one of my ex-boyfriends I'd move town to avoid.

But he did have a great record collection. It's strange, the reasons you stay with people.

But anyway, SongFight have a new challenge up, with 10 days to write and record a new song. And seeing as it's almost five years (my god is it really that long?) since I last played, I'm setting myself the challenge to enter.

And to write something that doesn't have to mean anything at all - but hopefully sounds like it does, even though you don't know what it could possibly be. The David Lynch school of songwriting.

3 comments:

  1. #falls off chair in shock!#

    It cannot be five years, it simply can't ...! Bloody hell! Oh well, I guess I'd better (tentatively) have a go too.

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  2. I think as long as you have a good tune, any lyrics will do...I mean, who'd've thought that Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini would be classic hit?

    I don't know what the hell a hollaback girl is, but Gwen Stefani had a hit using that term in her song.

    Break a leg with the SongFight!

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  3. @Camy:

    Time does fly when you're...waiting for inspiration, I suppose.

    Here's hoping we can both submit. Be like old times.


    @Eroswings:

    I'm not sure I want to know what a hollerback girl is. Just pretty sure it's got nothing to do with the Broken Cowgirl.

    Seeing as it doesn't really exist.

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