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another new one: circle (provisional title)

treetops are made of circles
the trunks are painted blue
my mind is on the line
that leads from me to you
and all my thoughts reflect on
what it is you do

the ground beneath us wobbles
emitting orange fumes
I'm waiting for the evening
when our wishes bloom
right now we pass the hours
because it's still too soon

round and round
we'll do the circle
up and down
we'll do the climb
pink and red
we'll do the colours
clink and clonk
we'll do the chime

a green and sparkling beetle
is cruising through the streets
you think I should consider
providing tasty treats
to honour the occasion
when we finally meet

round and round
we'll do the circle
up and down
we'll do the climb
pink and red
we'll do the colours
clink and clonk
we'll do the chime

holding my own

'm not sure my songwriting partner (from Sri Lanka this time) will like what I've written. He didn't say if the song is meant for male or female vocals. Therefore, I first wrote a rather generic chorus. Then I had to decide which way to go. I went political:

waving flags, and people yelling
incited masses in a fury
about to change their country for the worst
an angry mob who's keen...

on enthroning a new tyrant
who'd also act as judge and jury
beyond reproach 'cause he'd be ranking first
head and leader

I cannot stop the rushing flood
I cannot stop the rain from falling
I do my best to keep from breaking
tryin' to come through
holding my own

I cannot stop the burning heat
I cannot stop the fire from spreading
I do my best to keep from breaking
tryin' to come through
holding my own

freedom of the press abolished
the intellectuals all in prison
hints of rebellion defeated long ago
the spark of freedom has given...

way to marching, looming forces
the evil vermin has arisen
the human rights knocked down like dominoes
our world broken

I cannot stop the rushing flood
I cannot stop the rain from falling
I do my best to keep from breaking
tryin' to come through
holding my own

I cannot stop the burning heat
I cannot stop the fire from spreading
I do my best to keep from breaking
tryin' to come through
holding my own

Two more

1.) you can't keep the waves off the beach
is the result of a little fun action on a Facebook forum:

your kisses were sweet
and your touch was so skilled
you had me on my knees
I was done for and thrilled

you have entered my dreams
and you're haunting my nights
I keep building up steam
once I switch off the light

you see, I'm a desperate man
and I just had to see you again
if I'm getting too close to you
tell me, what else can I do

you can't keep the waves off the beach
you cannot keep me off your door
I can't stand you bein' out of reach
I got a taste of you, now I need more

you mess up my day
when I should do my job
'cause my thoughts drift away
it makes me look like a slob

you see, I'm a desperate man
and I just had to see you again
if I'm getting too close to you
tell me, what else can I do

you can't keep the waves off the beach
you cannot keep me off your door
I can't stand you bein' out of reach
I got a taste of you, now I need more

2.) under seven billion stars
is written to music by David Gareth Stephens:

wide as the country
and furtile as its soil
smoother on the skin than almond oil

some bright as fire
some silent as a stone
some are prayin' to gods who're still unknown

life's so bountiful
wide and far
life's so wonderful
living under seven billion stars

now hot as blazes
then colder than the poles
delicate and frail like wafting souls

some fierce like fighters
some gentle as a dove
feelings fleeting just like puppy love

life's so bountiful
wide and far
life's so wonderful
living under seven billion stars

behold the mountains
behold the endless sea
feel the bond that's joining you and me

see all the people
and watch them buzz around
open your mind to the world of sound

life's so bountiful
wide and far
life's so plentiful
life's so wonderful
wide and far
life's so wonderful
living under seven billion stars

lyrics that do not make sense?

Would that work? Writing lyrics that don't make any sense at all?

It does! Read this:

Ariadiamus late ariadiamus da
Ari a natus late adua

Aravare tue vate
Aravare tue vate
Aravare tue vate latea


It's the beginning of "Adiemus" by Karl Jenkins. A huge hit in 1994.

In Germany there was "Da Da Da" by the band "Trio". And there have been many more ("da doo ron ron", and "balla balla" spring to my mind).

Namely Jenkins' concept of using an artificial 'language' he specially invented for his music illustrates my 'rule' (for popand dance music) that lyrics should SERVE THE MUSIC.



In the rock genre I know of several singers who actually don't sing any meaningful words at all but just some mumbo-jumbo that sounds like real words. I actually admire them as they are able to invent syllables and lines on the fly that flow well with the song they are performing. I would get stuck halfway. The audience normally doesn't notice. Just remember the "Born in the USA" example. The audience never noticed what the lyrics were about. So - apart from the chorus that WILL be noted - what use ARE lyrics in a rock song you might ask. There are three uses, actually:

- you have text that you can print and people can read and understand
- there is less risk of getting stuck while trying to invent lines of text on the fly
- the lyrics actually can enhance the 'message' of the song (I actually mean its groove, mood, or attitude as I mentioned in a former post)

So there actually ARE uses but the literal meaning of the song lyrics is not THAT important.

pleasure ride

I kept the title, and changed "hardness test" to "acid test" (I didn't know the term before, but that's what I mean). I'm applying the 'standard' pop structure ** verse - verse - lift - chorus - verse - lift - chorus - bridge - chorus ** so as to optimize the lyrics' usability. As in the first post I offer variants for male versus female singer, and also a 'family friendly' alternative for the chorus :


sometimes life is like a pleasure ride
sometimes life is like a bore
there are days when I can't get enough
sometimes I can't stand no more
when I look into your loving eyes
I see what I'm living for

sometimes life is like a acid test
sometimes it's a thrill of joy
there are days I feel like chucking in
sometimes life's like a decoy
when I look into your loving eyes
I know that you are my boy*

when I'm with you
life looks so easy
carefree and breezy
like it's a pleasure ride

ride me now*
ride me now
ride me now
do the pleasure ride

ride me now
ride me now
ride me now
do the pleasure ride

sometimes life is unbelievable
sometimes life's like predefined
there are days I hardly can conceive
in my mixed up state of mind
when I look into your loving eyes
I know we're one of a kind

when I'm with you
life looks so easy
carefree and breezy
like it's a pleasure ride

ride me now
ride me now
ride me now
do the pleasure ride

ride me now
ride me now
ride me now
do the pleasure ride

you turn my world around
you turn me upside down
we can have so much fun
tell me that I'm the one

ride me now
ride me now
ride me now
do the pleasure ride

ride me now
ride me now
ride me now
do the pleasure ride


*
I know that you are my boy - OR - I know that I am your boy
ride me now - OR - ride with me (if you want it less saucy )