lyrical revisionism

There’s a moment of deep sadness when I finally look up the lyrics of a beloved song only to realize that they are much stupider than I ever imagined. I sometimes consider dropping the artist a line, suggesting they should re-record the song with my obviously improved lyrics.

The only instance I am aware of when an artist reconsidered their lyrics was a Cure song – I thought a few lines were not good, a dull spot in a field of brilliance, and when I saw the Cure perform the song, Smith had changed those very lyrics, resolving all my issues. Huzzah! Would that more artists took that approach.

I always wonder, when I consider bad lyrics, is why no one thought to tell the artist that the lyrics sucked. Maybe they did. If only they did.

About David Cain

David Cain, literary author, bon vivant, rogue romantic poet - author of Witch, Song of Songs, Journals of Lord Malinov, Erotic Romances and others ...
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