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Writing Better Lyrics, 2nd Edition by Pat Pattison

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CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

PROSODY:

STRUCTURE AS FILM SCORE

Now that you have some tools for manipulating common meter and matched couplets, let's take a closer look at the power you have at your fingertips when you use your tools effectively. Look at this lyric, “Can't Be Really Gone” by Gary Burr (recorded by Tim McGraw):

Her hat is hanging by the door The one she bought in Mexico It blocked the wind and stopped the rain She'd never leave that one So she can't be really gone

The shoes she bought on Christmas Eve She laughed and said they called her name It's like they're waiting in the hall For her to slip them on So, she can't be really gone

I don't know when she'll come back She must intend to come back And I've seen the error of my ways Don't waste ...

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