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Old 05-06-2019, 05:50 PM
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I write the songs - Bruce Johnston
I point you to post 20: https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...8&postcount=20
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Old 05-06-2019, 06:13 PM
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“I Want a Cigarette” by Tommy Womack:

“I was thinking I was the victim of some kind of family curse
So I went outside and had a cigarette so I could feel a little worse
Then I went back inside and checked in with the nurse
Sat down in the waiting room and scribbled out this verse.”
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Old 05-07-2019, 06:47 AM
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I think emo band Fall Out Boy do this a lot. Especially with their song titles. But for a specific lyric from one of their better known songs:

Sugar We're Going Down and the lyric

I’m just a notch in your bedpost
But you're just a line in a song


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Old 05-07-2019, 02:34 PM
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From Dire Straits' "Heavy Fuel":
My chick loves a man who's strong
The things she'll do to turn me on
I love the babes, don't get we wrong
Hey, that's why I wrote this song


From Bruce Springsteen's "Bobby Jean":
Maybe you'll be out there on that road somewhere
In some bus or train traveling along
In some motel room there'll be a radio playing
And you'll hear me sing this song


The latter isn't really about writing the song, but it acknowledges that it is a song, which is interesting in its own way.
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Old 05-07-2019, 04:34 PM
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West End Musical--Mitch Benn
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Old 05-07-2019, 04:36 PM
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Still Writing Songs About You - Old Dominion

"A pawn shop in Dallas cut me a deal on a six string
It doesn't know how you look how you laugh how you kiss me
Well I'm on the end of the bed and it's way past two
I'm stuck on a line cause I know what rhymes with you"
(A sampling, you can probably guess by the title that the whole thing is about song writing!)


A Song for Everything - Maren Morris

"What's your time machine?
Is it Springsteen or Teenage Dream?
One danced you through love
One rocked you through lonely
Mixtaped your heartbreak and made you feel holy"
(This isn't quite about writing, but it is a song about songs.)
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A lot of the songs mentioned are not really ABOUT writing songs, they just mention it as an aside.

One that is really about writing songs, or rather trying and suffering from writer's block, is The Song of the Candle by Stan Rogers. One of my all-time favorite songs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YE0zd_EFKw

Also, I am surprised no-one has mentioned Your Song by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

My gift is my song, and this one's for you

And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple, but now that it's done
I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you're in the world
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Old 05-08-2019, 12:41 AM
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Randy Newman's Rednecks:

Quote:
Last night I saw Lester Maddox on a TV show
With some smart ass New York Jew
And the Jew laughed at Lester Maddox
And the audience laughed at Lester Maddox too
Well he may be a fool but he's our fool
If they think they're better than him they're wrong
So I went to the park and I took some paper along
And that's where I made this song
The first four lines are a reference to Georgia governor Maddox's 1970 appearance on "The Dick Cavett Show," even though Cavett is a gentile from Nebraska.

I just watched that interview for the first time, and although I'd be the last to defend Maddox (I've lived in Georgia for less than a year), I think Newman and the character speaking in the song have a point. Cavett took a cheap shot at Maddox, and he and his audience were arrogantly smug in confronting this notorious Southern racist while assuming that as Northerners they weren't racist at all. Which is the point of the song. (Read the rest of the lyrics, if you're not familiar with the song.)

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Old 05-08-2019, 01:20 AM
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I feel like there's got to be a John Denver song that fits the OP, but I can't think of one.
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A lot of the songs mentioned are not really ABOUT writing songs, they just mention it as an aside.
Fair point. So riddle me this: where does Cecelia by Paul Simon sit? It is said to be addressed directly to the muse.

Celia, you're breaking my heart
You're shaking my confidence daily


I guess you could argue it's a song about not writing songs....

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Also, I am surprised no-one has mentioned Your Song by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

My gift is my song, and this one's for you

And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple, but now that it's done
I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you're in the world
Post 7.............
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Oops - missed it. Sorry...
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Old 05-08-2019, 07:18 AM
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Fair point. So riddle me this: where does Cecelia by Paul Simon sit? It is said to be addressed directly to the muse.

Celia, you're breaking my heart
You're shaking my confidence daily


I guess you could argue it's a song about not writing songs....

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A lot of songs are addressed directly to the muse. That doesn't make them about writing songs.
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:45 AM
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"These Words" by Natasha Bedingfield
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Old 05-08-2019, 11:54 AM
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Sly & the Family Stone’s “Dance to the Music” and Archie Bell & the Drells’ “Tighten Up” both use the concept of introducing the instruments one by one to sort of build the song. I think these fit the category.
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Old 05-08-2019, 10:13 PM
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Old 05-09-2019, 06:40 AM
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Someday (A Good Song) by Redbone

Quote:
Someday I'm gonna write me a good song
Someday, baby, gonna write me a beautiful song
I got something to say
And I wanna sing, and sing it in my own kinda way
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Old 05-09-2019, 07:55 AM
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"Songwriter" by the Good Rats
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:43 AM
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Why do I find it hard to write the next line?
Oh, I want the truth to be said ...


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The baffled king composing hallelujah"
Not "battle king"?

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Old 05-09-2019, 09:23 AM
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Moody Blues, "Song That Never Ends" --

I'm gonna sing my song
I'll sing it all day long
The song that never ends...
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Guy Clark “Some Days You Write the Song”. Some days the song writes you.
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Old 05-09-2019, 09:15 PM
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Here's a song I had almost forgotten about, but youtube suggested for me today:

Faith Marie - Toxic Thoughts


I start this off staring at a blank page
An open office document
A blinking cursor Passing days
Without a single word
Some say it's absurd
Like I float along a stream of words unsaid
Choosing not to cast my net
But I spend so long questioning myself
If this isn't right Then does that mean I failed?
Will my melodies ever live up?
Will my metaphors be profound enough?
Will I ever outdo myself?
The ceiling gets higher and higher
It's harder and harder to shatter
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Old 05-09-2019, 09:35 PM
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Getting in Tune - The Who

I'm singing this note 'cause it fits in well
With the chords I'm playing
I can't pretend there's any meaning here
Or in the things I'm saying
But I'm in tune
Right in tune
I'm in tune
And I'm gonna tune
Right in on you
Right in on you
Right in on you
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Old 05-10-2019, 01:12 AM
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Lonesome L.A. Cowboy - New Riders of the Purple Sage

I been smokin' dope, snortin' coke,
Tryin' to write a song
Forgettin' everything I know
‘Til the next line comes along
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