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Writing Better Lyrics, 2nd Edition by Pat Pattison

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CHAPTER FIFTEEN

SPOTLIGHTING WITH COMMON METER

Don't be depressed because people are nodding off during your best song, their eyes crossing, their faces drooping inexorably toward the tabletops at your best lines. Don't bother spending big bucks on an exotic vacation pilgrimage to find “inspiration” again. Before you call your travel agent, try a little juggling. It could be a simple case of dull, lifeless lyric structure, and a little excitement might be all you need to put your ideas in a nice, bright spotlight.

Let's start with a common meter structure and see if we can get your listeners' faces off the table:

 

Rhyme

Stresses

I hitched to Tulsa worn and soaked

a

4

Stopped to get a bite

b

3

The waitress ...

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