Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Fireblossom Friday: Sing It, Toads

Hello Toads. Fireblossom here with another Fireblossom Friday challenge! Here's the scenario:

Your pop star pal Elton Baum reveals to you that he's sick of his idiot lyricist Bernie Dolphin. "How would YOU like to write the words to my next song?" he asks you. Well...I....sure!

Song lyrics offer a wide range of possibilities, from the very simple:

Nobody,
nobody
will ever love you like I do,
cos nobody's that strong.
Nobody's that strong.  (Tom Waits, "Nobody")

to the poetic complexity of 

Your multi-lingual business friend
has packed her bags and fled
leaving only ash-filled ash trays
and the lipsticked, unmade bed.
The mirror on reflection
has climbed back upon the wall
for the floor she found descended
and the ceiling was too tall 

("Homburg" by Keith Reid and Gary Brooker, also known for "A Whiter Shade of Pale.")

"La La Means I Love You" is extremely simple, but works beautifully, while Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujiah" is about as poetic as song lyrics get. Lyrics range from the sardonic lines of Morrissey to the heartbreaking country songs of Emmylou Harris.

Subject and style are up to you, but rhyme is such a staple of song writing--from Gershwin to the latest hits--that I do request that it be at least part of your lyric.

Since we can't hear the music--and, indeed, there doesn't have to be any actual music for this--you might want to let us know if you've got a certain kind of music in mind; pop, rap, standards, country, whatever it might be.

Don't let your pal Elton Baum down! Write an original NEW song lyric, and sign the linky. Have fun!

   

21 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

Hey, FB! I found your post under crafts in the schedule so I clicked publish. Hope that's okay. Heading out to pick up my daughter for the weekend but I'll compose lyrics as I drive and check in late.

Kerry O'Connor said...

*drafts*
Stupid auto-correct!

ccchampagne said...

Absolutely loved this challenge!!! Haven't written lyrics in ages... But unless Elton Baum is heavily into country and doesn't want me to write lyrics to a song he's already composed, I'll confess to being in trouble with this one. Thanks for the prompt!

grapeling said...

since my NPWM offering is not really a lyric, didn't post it here, but will be back to read later... ~

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Amazing to be first!

Fireblossom said...

Thanks Kerry! No idea what went wrong, but all's well that ends well. :-)

angieinspired said...

I haven't time, nor talent, to write a lyric. I dashed some asinine thing off quickly for another prompt because I'm off for the day with my kids to an amusement park, as we are on Spring Break. Hope to come back this evening to read some songs.

Mama Zen said...

I thought "la la" meant I'm not listening!

hedgewitch said...

I had a tremendous lot of fun with this challenge, in my own grim, brooding Nordic way--my song is not anything that will ever hit the charts, not without time travel anyway, but Shay--you said I could go there. ;_) Happy April, all.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Great post - loved most of the songs you mentioned, esp the Defonics and Randy Newman. Here's my offering: I wrote it thinking of Ray Price, circa 1970. (specifically, https://youtu.be/phLlo_t-z-U) Loved this prompt Shay-la!

Susie Clevenger said...

Oh no rhyme! It is an awesome challenge, but rhyme and I aren't friends. I am going to try!

Kenia Cris said...

Beautiful idea but I suck at writing lyrics. My poem doesn't fit as well. Will visit you people later. :*

Jim said...

Nice prompt, FB, fun to write/compose. I don't sing (maybe croon a bit) so this was harder for me. My 'song' does sing a little though, on its own.
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Kerridwen said...

I'll have to catch up tomorrow - today went by a bit too fast! Anyway I need to catch up also on commenting on everyone's posts, so day three poem will have to be.. a day four one.. ;)

Outlawyer said...

Very cool. I stayed very traditional though I'm afraid. K.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

hey Shay - thanks for the prompt. I think it scared a few folks away, but I love what it produced in those who stayed!

La la la la la la la la la
means I love you - Mosk

Marian said...

Heya Shay, I did something different for 4/3 as songwriting is wayyyyyy over my head... but wanted to check in and I'm looking forward to reading the entries. Maybe you all will inspire me to try. A girl can dream! La la la la la :)

Lolamouse said...

Recovering from food poisoning. That's my excuse for the silliness I posted today!

Outlawyer said...

Shay, Kerry--I came up with very repetitive music for my song poem. It is not a great recording, and too long, and my own voice, and no back-up and I am not in any way a composer, but anyway wanting a laugh or cry should feel free to listen. k.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wow, what a wonderful batch of responses to this prompt. I could not come up with a song, but certainly enjoyed reading all of yours. Thanks so much!

Susan said...

Please forgive me for this song! I'm out of town for the weekend, writing in the small hours of the night on a borrowed computer. I'll be around ...