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Thread #152141   Message #3557766
Posted By: GUEST,Grishka
10-Sep-13 - 08:00 AM
Thread Name: Improving Lyrics?
Subject: RE: Improving Lyrics?
Joe, What a day's work used to get us *is* a sum of money - not in my understanding, but I cannot speak for the whole English-listening community. In fact the song "complains" about loss of wealth by inflation, which means it assumes savings in dollars. "A day's work" is from a different branch of economics, so it forms awkward poetry even if we concede it to be correct. In fact the whole song reflects the sort of economics discussed in pubs after a pint or two, so correct theory is not the point at all - that's the fun of it.

Generally, I agree that many successful songs are of questionable craftsmanship, in their lyrics and in their music. Discussing the problems is a good idea, but the main benefit should be to make better songs oneself, rather than doctoring on existing ones.

A "serious" Song Challenge, starting from the complete contents in prose, might bring about such benefits. See my proposal in Jokes turned into songs.