Re: Cringe-inducing lyrics
Posted by: PaulBonrud ()
Date: May 03, 2013 07:25AM

I love Sammy's voice and he has written a ton of great songs (I was a Sammy fan before becoming a VH fan as a kid) but yeah, sometimes he misses just a little outside in the lyrical department. ;-) Case in point...the 2004 VH reunion song "Up For Breakfast". LOL!!! OMG!!! I'm sure he was just having fun but still...that sits around for the world to hear forever. Ugggh! Truth be told, everyone writes crappy lyrics. Nobody can be brilliant 100% of the time. It's just that some people keep writing, writing, and rewriting and are smart enough to throw away the crap. Don Henley and Bob Seger for example have undoubtedly written some terrible stuff but they only let us hear the brilliant stuff they have toiled over and it shows. Henley in particular is a brilliant lyricist...but I'm positive he's just smart enough to throw away/hide his crappy lyrics. ;-) Writing great lyrics takes quite a bit of literary talent but it's also a ton of hard work. Guys like Henley aren't easily satisfied and always strive to deliver their best and thus the quality shows in their body of work.

Lyrics are the hardest part of writing songs for me. Music and melodies come easily but I work really hard on the lyrics (I have to!) Sometimes I do pretty well right away and other times, it's a long, grueling, iterative process to improve my lyrics. Revisiting the lyrics a week or two later can really give helpful perspective in knowing what needs improvement.


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