second-hand words

Sometimes we’ll write a song, finish it up, even play it at a couple of concerts, and then it will fall flat.  Suddenly we don’t want to play it.  Suddenly we can’t even play it (to a kind of weird extent).  Then we throw it out.

But damn it, I always think when this happens, I finished lyrics for that!  I don’t want them to die!  See, sometimes it takes me a really long time to write lyrics.  Really, really, really long.  I can’t logic them finished.  It is all about the gut feeling and the inspiration, and they refuse to be kept on a leash.  So I decided I would let the dead lyrics loose, out into the world.  If any of you want to do something with them, please do.  I herein officially slap them with creative commons, copy left, whatfuckingever, and invite you all to play with them.  If you find a second life for them, let me know. I’d love to know they’d found a good home.

long gone

dirt road, hello
rain’s coming down
row after row
green on brown
long gone, long gone

red road, hello
train’s coming down
car after car
gravel’s leading down
long gone, long gone

black road, hello
truck’s coming down
walking’s slow
but i’m getting on
long gone, long gone

4 Comments on “second-hand words

  1. I’ve signed up for the 3-day-novel contest the first weekend of September. I was sure I’d come up with some kind of an idea for a story by then but still haven’t. Now I’m going to see if I can incorporate your lyrics somehow. It’s as good a starting place as any! (No-one except me and whatever poor sap from the competition has to will ever read my manuscript – I’m not a fiction writer, it’s just something I want to do but if I do use it, I’ll let you know (and credit it, of course). 🙂

  2. Tell me more about this three-day movel contest. So you are going to write a novel in three days?? Sounds hard. And awesome. If you end up incorporating these I def want to see what comes of it! 🙂 Weeeeeee

  3. Everything you could ever want to know about it:
    I think everyone thinks they can write a book but it isn’t really as easy as some people make it look. Although I’m realistic about my writing capabilities, when I heard about this I just thought why the hell not? It’s three days and, hopefully, at the end of it, I’ll be able to say “I wrote a book”. Even if it’s not really any good and I never want to show it to anyone else. It just felt right. Of course, now I’m realising that my total lack of imagination is sort of standing in the way but I’m trying not to stress about it too much. I’m going to adopt a sort of write-by-numbers approach. Have made a list and am making up names for characters (25, since that was the length of the page). That’s a start anyway. No idea what genre I’m even going to end up with but I’m sure it’ll all work out in the end. I think I’ll be blogging and tweeting a lot hoping various people will come along and help out. Someone loaned me a book called How Fiction Works a while ago so I might try to cram a bit of studying of that in this weekend. LOL

  4. There is a series of books on screenwriting, called “The Blue Books,” which are available for not much money on Amazon in Kindle format. They are an excellent resource, and not just for screenwriters. I got them to jumpstart writing for animation. Also there are many internet resources on the Hero pattern, which, if you don’t know about it, might be a revelation. . . or not, depending, of course, on you.

    Anyway, just trying to give back a bit because I love your blog.

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