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Song writer ideas

Posted by ESC on May 28, 2003

In Reply to: Song writer ideas posted by knox on May 28, 2003

: I'm a song writer, and I need some catchy phraises to write a song about. any ideas? things like..."take one for the team"- refering to get the ugly girl so your buddy gets hooked up. Funny stuff like that. any ideas?

Well, that phrase sure is interesting. But I don't quite understand what it means. Can you give more details?

Offhand I'd recommend a book -- "Wolfpen Notebooks: A Record of Appalachian Life" by James Still (University Press of Kentucky, 1991). You should be able to get a copy at your local library through interlibrary loan. Mr. Still spent a lifetime collecting phrases heard in his neighbors' conversation.

I can't make them rhyme but I think there are some songs in there somewhere.

"There were so many of us...our pap and ma just named us and turned us loose."

"...when he (took) his first step as a baby, he headed for the door."

"...hard-growing-up and killing-dead-time on Troublesome Creek..."

Explaining marriage at a young age: We fell down and "didn't get up quick enough."

Land-ownership: "Heaven-high and hell-deep."