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    Meta-lyrics in songs.

    Lyrics about writing lyrics (or, indeed, songs).

    What made me think about it was the line in "Fast and Loose" by Motorhead -
    "I'm coming over and I won't be long
    Just let me finish writing this song"

    The next one that really made em thing of it was "S.Y.M.M." by the Manics

    The subtext of this song
    I've thought about it for so long
    But it's really not the sort of thing
    That people want to hear us sing
    The context of this song
    Well I could go on and on
    But it's still unfashionable
    To believe in principles

    The reason for this song
    Well maybe it's a pointless one
    But thank you Jimmy McGovern
    For reminding me of what lives on
    The ending for this song
    Well I haven't really thought of one
    There's nothing I could ever say
    That could really take the pain away

    Any others?

    #2
    Why do I find it hard to write the next line?
    Oh, I want the truth to be said.

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      #3
      I was 21 years when I wrote this song
      I'm 22 now but I won't be for long
      Or
      I write the songs that make the whole world sing

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        #4
        I love you from the bottom, of my pencil case
        I love you in the songs, I write and sing
        Love you because, you put me in my rightful place
        And I love the PRS cheques, that you bring

        Cheap, never cheap
        I'll sing you songs till you're asleep
        When you've gone upstairs I'll creep
        And write it all down, down, down, down
        Oh Shirley, oh Deborah, oh Julie, oh Jane
        I wrote so many songs about you
        I forget your name, I forget your name
        Jennifer, Alison, Phillipa, Sue, Deborah, Annabel, too
        I forget your name
        Jennifer, Alison, Phillipa, Sue, Deborah, Annabel, too
        I forget your name

        I love your from the bottom of my pencil case
        I love the way you never ask me why
        I love to write about each wrinkle on your face
        And I love you 'till my fountain pen runs dry

        Deep so deep, the number one I hope to reap
        Depends upon the tears you weep, so cry, lovey cry, cry, cry, cry
        Oh Cathy, oh Alison, oh Phillipa, oh Sue
        You made me so much money, I wrote this song for you
        I wrote this song for you
        Jennifer, Alison, Phillipa, Sue, Deborah, Annabel, too
        I wrote this song for you
        Jennifer, Alison, Phillipa, Sue, Deborah, Annabel, too

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          #5
          Staying up for days in the Chelsea Hotel
          Writing Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands for you.

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            #6
            One of the things Jaret almost does in the Bowling for Soup song 'Almost' is write a song for the girl he almost went out with who almost went on to be Miss Texas.

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              #7
              Elton was very keen on this:

              If we're all going somewhere let's get there soon,
              The song's got no title just words and a tune.

              --------

              Will the things we wrote today
              Sound as good tomorrow
              We will still be writing
              In approaching years
              Stifling yawns on Sundays
              As the weekends disappear

              We could stretch our legs if we'd half a mind
              But don't disturb us if you hear us trying
              To instigate the structure of another line or two
              Cause writing's lighting up
              And I like life enough to see it through


              -----

              And Your Song.

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                #8
                "How I Wrote Elastic Man".

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                  #9
                  'Take it to the Bridge' - James Brown - 'Like a Sex Machine'

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                    #10
                    You're so vain
                    You probably think this song is about you

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                      #11
                      "I tried to sing this song loud (sic)" -Gloria by U2

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                        #12
                        "How long? How long must we sing this song?" - 40, U2

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                          #13
                          "Some people say
                          This is a song that needs the drums in
                          Some people say
                          No it's a song for the bass"

                          Terrorvision, Some People Say

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                            #14
                            I was dreaming when I wrote this
                            Forgive me if it goes astray

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                              #15
                              Chapter One - the story's just begun,
                              Chapter Two - I think I fell in love with you...

                              Though more a song about writing a book than a song about writing a song.

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                                #16
                                If you're listening to this song,
                                You may think the chords are going wrong,
                                But they're not,
                                We just wrote it that way.

                                If you're listening late at night
                                You may think the band are not quite right
                                But they are
                                They just play it like that

                                And it really doesn't matter what chords I play
                                Or words I say
                                Or time of day it is
                                As it's only a Northern Song

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                                  #17
                                  "Every morning when I wake up
                                  I look like Kiss but without the make-up
                                  And that's a good line to take it to the bridge"
                                  - Robbie Williams, Strong.



                                  "I'm writing these words like the fool that I am
                                  Trying to say something good like the person
                                  But it's all just a sham 'cos the writer I am not
                                  Could say anything, you'd believe them
                                  Just your A-typical Boy-girl-girl-boy androgynous
                                  Play on a publican's decoy
                                  'Cos I had to drop out
                                  'Cos the Art School was sad and
                                  If you believe all of that
                                  You're a bigger fool than me

                                  The lyrics aren't supposed to mean that much
                                  They're just a vehicle for a lovely voice
                                  They aren't supposed to mean that much

                                  Lyrics mean nothing, don't right any wrongs
                                  In fact I'm not having them on this
                                  You say they mean nothing just gobbledy-gook
                                  But just look at yourself you're not clever enough
                                  Understanding the truth, you are so out of touch
                                  You believe all of this, you can't see it's a spoof
                                  Understand all the words when they don't even rhyme
                                  And I'm losing the rhythm
                                  And the whole thing's getting weirder and weirder

                                  They all believe me
                                  It's all so easy now"
                                  - Mansun, An Open Letter To The Lyrical Trainspotter.

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                                    #18
                                    There's only two songs in me and I just wrote the third
                                    Don't know where I got the inspiration or how I wrote the words
                                    Spent my whole life just digging up my music's shallow grave
                                    For the two songs in me and the third one I just made

                                    A rich man once told me
                                    "Hey life's a funny thing"
                                    A poor man once told me
                                    That he can't afford to speak
                                    Now I'm in the middle like a bird without a beak 'cause

                                    There's just two songs in me and I just wrote the third
                                    Don't know where I got the inspiration or how I wrote the words
                                    Spent my whole life just digging up my music's shallow grave
                                    For the two songs in me and the third one I just made

                                    So I went to the President
                                    And I asked old what's-his-name
                                    Has he ever gotten writer's block
                                    Or something like the same
                                    He just started talking
                                    Like he was on TV
                                    "If there's just two songs in ya, boy
                                    Whaddaya want from me?"

                                    So I bought myself some denim pants
                                    And a silver guitar
                                    But I politely told the ladies
                                    "You'll still have to call me Sir
                                    Because I have to keep my self-respect
                                    I'll never be a star
                                    Since there's just two songs in me
                                    And this is Number Three"

                                    - They Might Be Giants, "Number Three"

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                                      #19
                                      Does this count? ;

                                      Well we got no class
                                      And we got no principals
                                      And we got no innocence
                                      We can't even think of a word that rhymes

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                                        #20
                                        "Gotta write a classic
                                        Gonna write it in an attic"

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                                          #21
                                          Originally posted by Patrick Thistle View Post
                                          "How long? How long must we sing this song?" - 40, U2
                                          That's Sunday, Bloody Sunday. 40 is 'How long, to sing this song?'

                                          U2 definitely have form for this. Is That All? goes:

                                          Singing this song makes me angry
                                          I'm not angry with you

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                                            #22
                                            "Song Sung Blue"- Neil Diamond
                                            "Sing A Song" - The Carpenters

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                                              #23
                                              And I went la la la la la la la
                                              La la la la la la laaa
                                              Oh la la la la la la la
                                              Just like everyone else does when they can’t think of any more words

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                                                #24
                                                We had a good thread within a thread on a similar subject (7 years ago bloody hell), does anyone remember the steveeeeeeeee rule :

                                                https://www.onetouchfootball.com/sho...l=1#post595698

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