December 27, 2006

Blues Lyrics...

by Chris Randall

Are there any blues-format lyrics that haven't been already written like 71,255 times? I've got this song that has been kicking my ass for like 6 months. It's fully produced and done, but it doesn't have any vocals, because I haven't been able to think of something that isn't derivative of, like, every song ever.

This is especially annoying because it's the very last song for this album, and as soon as I get the vocals recorded, I can move my studio in to the house. (It's cold out here!) Fuck! Shit! Fuck!

UPDATE: Hey, look! The world's most useless web page! I knew I'd find it eventually.



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Dec.28.2006 @ 2:36 AM
"I said Blues, not folk, you fucktard."

folk, blues, punk, whatever. Unless you have what it takes to make it a brilliant work of satire you're better off refraining from bitching about social injustice in your songs, or despite (or because of) the very best of intentions, you are likely to come off like a total wanker. If you do have what it takes to make a great satirical song, by all means, go ahead. There are many great examples of that genre out there. There's Taxman;
There's a 30s song called "Prohibition doesn't work" sample lyrics:"the policeman, he'll arrest you, and he'll throw your ass in jail. Then he'll drink up all your whisky and he'll let you out on bail."

There's a 200-odd year old song called "arthur mcbride" about a couple of strapping irish lads who kill a recruiting seargeant and his corporal when they try the hard sell.

There are a lot of great examples of the genre, and I didn't say don't ever do it, ever. That said, it's really hard to do without coming off like a whiny little bitch. ("hardcore" armchair revolutionaries are also stunningly lame.)


Dec.28.2006 @ 2:43 AM
Sorry if I came off a little strong there, but I'm from Oregon, so I've heard way way more than my share of protest songs, many of them sung by the same kind of people who have cars plastered with environmental bumperstickers, etc. etc. and completely fail to see the irony. The world really doesn't need another one anymore than it needs another one of those nauseating schmalzy-ass "patriotic" country western music videos extolling the virtues of dying for our god-given right to drive enormous SUVs everywhere.

Dec.28.2006 @ 5:58 AM
See if you can make it a tribute to someone you respect by getting their permission to use their lyrics over it or something? I don't know. Or make it an instrumental. Have a chorus of retarded children sing about space.

I think the problem may be that you are looking to use a somewhat classic genre without using the classic formula. If your going to stick to blues format lyrics, your probly going to have to stick to something thats been done 71,255 times because its been around for so long. Maybe write a song about something that happened to you at a really bad time?

Or maybe write something about trying to finish of an album during a power outage? Nothing says blues than something as self indulgent as that while the world is falling apart.


Dec.28.2006 @ 6:37 AM
frank zappa's "road ladies" off of the chunga's revenge album. ive grown a strong disliking of the blues for all the reasons mentioned, but i keep turning back to this song.

Dec.28.2006 @ 1:49 PM
Chris Randall

Anyways, I think it comes to this: I have over 300 published songs, and I'm running out of interesting things to say.



Dec.28.2006 @ 4:19 PM
take some magic mushrooms
& call me in the morning
dr roberts

Dec.28.2006 @ 5:30 PM
Chris Randall
Problem solved. I just ad-libbed 'em. They may be shallow, but not any more shallow than the following:

My baby done left me, think I'm gonna cry
Oh, my baby done left me, think I'm gonna cry
Or I might just lay down my head and die



Dec.29.2006 @ 12:27 AM
"Sorry if I came off a little strong there, but I'm from Oregon,"


That explains it. I'm from Orange County, where the only "protest songs" are about abortions (I think they're against them). Anyway it is easy to be self-righteous in a song, be it political or no. I do like Billy Bragg - is he self-important? Yeah I guess, but if you like his songs that doesn't matter. OTOH a bad songwriter who's humble is still a bad songwriter.

Anyway every Blues song is a protest song, in a sense. Consider- what's the subtext of "I'm a Man?"


Dec.29.2006 @ 10:54 AM
Blues is a lot like your Grandmother telling you the story of Snow White. Some Grandmothers are very good at it; others not so good and very few can tell the story so it makes your hair stand on end. IMHO what makes Blues special is the delivery, not the content.

Protest songs, on the other hand have near identical delivery and varying content (for CR, just add Ethel Merman to Bob Dylan and you've got Joan Baez). Here it's the content that makes the song special.


Dec.29.2006 @ 11:28 AM
Work in a country feel. The basic premise is that your women left you. Now work in the three major ingredients:
1. truck
2. dog
3. bottle of whiskey

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