In my current work in progress (I’m at 50,000 words but I still have a few scenes to write and then the whole thing to revise. Thankfully, the bow-tied one is being patient.) the main characters are teen pop stars. At one point I have the guy write a song for the girl called: Give First Impressions a Second Chance.
I keep thinking that I should put in a few lyrics because after all he does sing it to her. But here’s the thing. I’m lousy with song lyrics. I had to put in song lyrics in Revenge of the Cheerleaders and no matter how long I worked on them they always sounded stupid. (They were supposed to be a little cheesy, but still.)
The thing is, most song lyrics sound stupid without the music. Really. Here are a few song lyrics from popular songs of the past that I’m pulling off of the top of my head (because I’m too lazy to google them).
She loves you, yeah,yeah, yeah. She loves you, yeah yeah yeah.
Hey Mickey you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind, hey Mickey.
I believe in miracles. Where did you come from, you sexy thing?
And the possible all time stupidest song lyrics: Some one left the cake out in the rain, and I don’t know if I can take it, cause it took so long to bake it, and I’ll never have the recipe again!
I’m not totally mocking stupid song lyrics. I mean, I just bought a song from Itunes which starts out: Uga chacka uga uga uga chacka. Uga uga uga chacka, Really, it does that for ten seconds before normal lyrics start. And it’s a great song. Check out Hooked on a Feeling, if you’ve never heard it.
But the point is, I’m clearly not equipped to write song lyrics if even popular song writers frequently come up with stupid ones.
If anyone out there is a budding lyricist (is that a word?) feel free to send me some good ones about how if you judge people by first appearances you’re likely to miss out on love. This song should be a duo. Nothing sappy.
Otherwise I may have to revert to stealing the Uga chacka lyrics.