i prefer lyrics that take a complex subject (like life love, the pursuit of happiness - all that good stuff found on planet earth) and crystalise it in a nutshell.
as opposed to lyrics that take the banal and try to make it sound arty by obscuring what the heck they are talking about. it such a drag to find out...pfffffffffft, they ain't talking about nothing. and it seemed like such a mystery that something deep MUST be going there. not.
Mick Jagger (a much better lyricist than he is given credit for) takes notes on the subject that he wants to write about and then distills it. i tried it. i can't do it.
my lyrics come from pure inspiration. a good line or two to build around, and then it has to be finished off. with harmony and feeling.
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