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The Songwriter's Idea Book by Sheila Davis

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STRATEGY TWENTY - FOURSex as Plot Device

Clarifying the Subject

Earlier I made the point that the best-crafted lyrics result from the writer's having made good judgments based on fine discriminations: for example, between the voices of talking and thinking, between the figures of metaphor and metonym, and now I add–between the subjects of love and sex.

In the pursuit of successful songwriting, let's discriminate between love–as in the feelings of caring, concern and commitment, and sex–as in physical attraction, desire and copulation. Although in life and song they often bear an effect/cause or cause/effect relationship, the point here is to decide which subject you want to write about in a single lyric. Making that distinction at the outset ...

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