I know it rhymes, but do you really......
I'm definitely not by any means knowledgeable on the art of songwriting or crafting lyrics, but there are some stinkers out there. We've all heard them, particularly in the rock/metal genre.
You know when you hear a song, it may be a great song, but if you listen really well you are transported back to room where the lyric was written and the conversation goes something like this:
Singer: "Dudes, I've got this cool love song, but I'm stuck on the 3rd verse, anyone got anything that ryhmes with 'I'll still love you when your beauty fades'?
Guitarist: "Dunno man!"
Bassist: "I'm out"
Drummer: "I know, now stick with me! How about 'I'd still love you if you gave me AIDS'?
After 2 days of the band calling the drummer a total tool, he gets his writing credit on a hit.
Here are 2 less extreme examples where you can feel the desperation of the songwriter:
Des'ree hit "Life"
'I don't want to see a ghost
It's a sight that I fear most
I'd rather have a piece of toast'
Toto hit "Africa" - you can even hear the singer struggling to squeeze in the extra syllables.
'The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what's right
As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti'
I love hearing stuff like this, it shows that even a massive hit can have lyrics that sound like a first attempt.
I would love to hear ones you guys have noticed...