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Thread #152141   Message #3557073
Posted By: GUEST,Grishka
08-Sep-13 - 04:20 AM
Thread Name: Improving Lyrics?
Subject: RE: Improving Lyrics?
Cover versions with slightly changed lyrics do exist, presumably with the copyright holders' consent. If the implied attitude is "I corrected a blunder", it takes very strong arguments to convince the fans. -
My problem with the words, in the line in question, is that they suggest that the writer of the song didn't really get inside the heads of the characters that he created!
My impression is quite different, as I stated above. "We all had thought his heart was made of solid rocks; if only we had known the contents of the box long before, when he was still alive, we could have had a better relationship!" would sound perfectly understandable to me. (Like many people, I also inherited such boxes from deceased relatives. I was not shocked, but sometimes surprised, and my thoughts were "Why did s/he never talk about that? Some misunderstandings could have been avoided" - always related to the past.)

The problem I see is only of language and poetic rhetorics. If you sacrifice the latter in favour of the former, you may not achieve the overall improvement required to appease RT fans.

(Folk process must not be misunderstood as any kind of licence, but a justification from hindsight by an evolutionary process.)