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Writing Better Lyrics, 2nd Edition by Pat Pattison

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CHAPTER NINE

STRIPPING YOUR REPETITION FOR REPAINTING

Strong verse development is crucial to deepening the colors of your refrain or chorus. Just as important, however, is making sure your refrain chorus can be recolored. Sometimes it can resist recoloring, no matter how well your verses develop. Look at this example:

Exploding from the starting blocks Again he set the pace Though he was crowned by laurel wreaths As thousands cheered he came to grief He lost the human race

Yessirree, what a refrain: He lost the human race. Even a double meaning! Of course, now you have to figure out what to say next so the refrain will be as interesting the second time as it was the first. Let's try:

It's hard see through miles ahead To shoulders bent by ...

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