September 10, 2005
I've written well over 50 songs in my life. Some of them ain't bad. But I started to catologue them tonight and realized that I remember the words to only a few of them. That's horrible.
I must have played every one of those songs 5,000 times in my guitar-playing days. I remember how to play them, but I can't recall the words.
In 1980, I entered a "Talent Contest" sponsored by a local radio station that had 100 bands and pickers competing for a $1,000 prize. I played by myself and did a song I wrote called "North Georgia Country Girl," about a lover of mine, and I made the TOP FIVE FINALISTS!!!
In the final competition, I did another song I wrote called "Going For Broke." I ended up finishing second to a woman who sang just like Linda Rondstat. She won with a beautiful rendition of "Blue Bayou."
I cannot remember the words to either one of those songs today. I recall pieces of the lyrics, but not the entire song. I had all of that stuff written down once upon a time, but a couple of divorces tend to make you lose some stuff that you THOUGHT you were going to hang onto.
I want to record both songs, but I don't believe I can re-write the lyrics again--- at least not as good as they once were. I wrote that stuff when I was young and full of passion.
I'm not that person anymore.
Re-write them as a cynical old codger filled with vitriol.
Same EXACT thing has happened to me A-man. I haven't written as many as you have, but I have forgotten them just as well.
Damn, I hate when that happens.
Beforde I go I WILL leave some of my music behind.
That saddle may be lumpy at first, but it has to be ridden back in. You can do it. Asshole!
That's the saddest thing I've ever read.
Rob, just because we're old doesn't necessarily mean burnt. At least for most of us heh. Play 'em enough, the words will return. I sometimes have trouble remembering the friggin names of people I've done business with for years. I start a free association chain going and forget about it. At some point a trigger trips and hooee! the name pops up. Same with lyrics to old songs I grew up with (except "The Tide" by Moody Blues. Just won't come. I can look it up online, but damn I'd rather remember the lyrics myself). I used to sing that song in my youth in a band.You wrote 'em, they came from your (tortured I'm sure) brain, the words are still there somewhere. It's not like it was a conversation somewhere. You had to think about them, over & over, till they were right for the song. If you took the trouble to compose what amounts to a poem (set to music) the words are still there somewhere, unless they were very forgettable songs & lyrics. But somehow, I just don't see B.J. Thomas in this scenario.....
I have "North Georgia Country Girl" on cassette. We recorded it many years ago hear at my house. I will cut you a copy so you can listen to it and get the lyrics if you want to re-record it. I also have a few of your other songs that you may want. I know some of them you won't want as they are now but I can go back and take out some of the vocals you don't want.
Willy, I would appreciate that.
Just record the songs anyway with some bullshit lyrics or just gibberish in place of lyrics. At least you will have the music part down and a start on where the words should syncopate with the music. The Beatles did it all the time! Just a thought.