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Posted By: Joe Offer
12-Dec-12 - 06:37 PM
Thread Name: I need a word or term: spoken song?
Subject: RE: I need a word or term: spoken song?
When I saw ther first post, the song that came to mind for me was "MacArthur Park." I went to Spotify to see if "Park" fit this genre, and found that it really doesn't. I think "MacArthur Park" is better defined as "a song recorded by a person who can't sing."

Whether we come up with a proper term for "spoken song" or not, this thread is an interesting study of songs of this genre.

When I hear these "spoken songs," I can often hear the sung version song in my head, even though the performer is speaking. I can't imagine Walter Brennan actually singing, but I can tell in my mind how the song would sound if somebody did sing it.