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SAC Blogging Challenge 2013 End of Week 5: A protest song for 2013

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It’s blogging time again!   I’ve been hard at work on the assignment for Week 5 of the ongoing songwriting course from coursera this week.

Both the thesaurus and the rhyming dictionary got a serious workout this week, as required for the assignment.  I decided to protest this week!  Time for a week off from songs about waving your hands in the air, getting up and getting down.  I selected keywords for the topic before I started writing, choosing BOMB, AIM, TRIGGER and EXPLODE.  The word AIM alone generated 35 potentially useful rhymes I could use, so I felt I only needed four keywords, given plenty of internal rhyming action within the lines.

I wrote a lyric on a difficult topic, terrorism, in an attempt to say what the Bob Dylan of 1963 might have said (if that Bob could exist today) about Al-Qaeda and other terrorists.  Music is being recorded and I’ll post it in 2 or 3 days, I guess.  The music is not Dylanesque at all, it’s rather more an electronica and r’n’b soundscape.

Although the first three verses do match in line number, the fourth verse is an extended variant, deliberately breaking the assignment requirements of matching verse numbers of lines.  So what?  It’s got to be done!  The song insists.   I know what Bob would do.

Of course, I do enjoy pretty much all of the various Bob Dylans of today and yesteryear – well, some more than others –  but hey, 1963 was another side of Bob entirely and he’s so much younger than that now.  :-)

So here is the lyric for my humble upcoming homage to Mr. Bob Dylan, circa the early sixties; surely the world’s greatest living songwriter.  OK, Paul Simon is spectacular too, but let’s not quibble.  Enjoy!

SIX FEET UNDER AND GONE

THIS IS A VERSE/REFRAIN FORM WITH A BRIDGE & AN EXTENDED FINAL VERSE/REFRAIN SECTION

THE FIRST THREE VERSES DO MATCH NUMBERS OF LINES, BUT THE FOURTH IS EXTENDED AS A NECESSARY VARIATION

Disfigured by hate

They say God is great then explode

They’re chemical waste

They poison, they burn – they corrode

They’d murder you too

Assassinate you with a bomb

Like anyone else who thinks for themselves, you’d be

SIX FEET UNDER AND GONE

 

Disposable ‘phones

To shatter your bones and your brain

They really don’t care

It’s a school bus or passenger plane

Old men with long beards

Who don’t think it’s weird to ban song

His name they’ll proclaim, as they blame and they maim till we’re

SIX FEET UNDER AND GONE

SIX FEET UNDER AND GONE

 

Kill them with kindness

Lacerate lies with love

Let education spell death from above, oh yeah!

 

They long to enslave

They cower in caves from the world

They’d dance on our graves

Believing it’s brave to shoot girls

The martyr’s reward

Explosives on board carried on

The tick of a timer to blow you to China

SIX FEET UNDER AND GONE

 

Let’s reach them with love, let’s teach them enough

Till the ideas they spread are buried and dead

The hate that they feel is no longer real

Gone are the lies that brainwash young minds

And schools tell the truth though stars are their roof

The books that they learn are no longer burned

Folks will be glad in Islamabad

When children don’t fight under cover of night

And women are free to learn and to be

And the terrorist’s crimes are gone from our times

And terror itself is…

SIX FEET UNDER AND GONE

 

Words & Music by Michael Holland © Michael Holland 2013.  All rights reserved worldwide.

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Let me know what you think!  Big thanks to Pat Pattison and my SAC course-mates for stimulating my songwriting senses in so many ways.  This is a very helpful course.

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3 Responses to SAC Blogging Challenge 2013 End of Week 5: A protest song for 2013

  1. Debra Alexander April 8, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Way to move it through the boxes, Michael! Nice Title/Hook.

    • Michael Holland April 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

      Thanks, Debra – my inspiration is, of course, “Only A Pawn In Their Game”, a moving and sharp-witted masterpiece I can only aspire to imitate – mine is but a shadow on a pale afternoon. Ah well, it’s a lot of fun trying. :-) Your compliments very much appreciated. These sorts of songs have a valuable function in society but a lot of people seem either weary or wary of engaging with them. I love them myself, but a diet of all protest and no play would be very boring, obviously!

  2. Lucy LeBlanc April 11, 2013 at 12:15 am #

    Michael, I think that you might have another song to write in the future : “shadow on a pale afternoon”. That’s an interesting turn of phrase.

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