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Thread #152141   Message #3559348
Posted By: GUEST,Tunesmith
16-Sep-13 - 11:52 AM
Thread Name: Improving Lyrics?
Subject: RE: Improving Lyrics?
Well, these are two arguments going on here.
First, is the question of whether my new line is an improvement on the original.
Well, of course, I think it is.
Why?
Well, clarity, clarity, clarity! The is no ambiguity in my line!
Some have said that my line is clunky! Well, it's not "clunky" when I sing it!
I have a feeling that some posters are attracted to the "romance" of the original line. Words like "that was long before" are going to have a certain appeal to folkies who are, a lot of the time, dealing with music from the past.
Now, the second "thing" that is going on, is the preposition that lyrics should never be changed and to do so - or even suggest it - is gross arrogance!
Now, the problem there is that so many great artists have "changed things".
I mentioned Pete Seeger who has "improved" songs, and, in turn, other people have "improved" his songs.
Well, what's good enough for Pete is certainly good enough for me1