and Music by Dennis Livingston
WISH I COULD WRITE A SIMPLE SONG,
with a melody that makes you want to hum along.
There would be four beats to the measure to mark
and the lyrics most assuredly would always
I'd put the title in the first line where it must
then repeat it in the last one so ya hear it
I WISH I COULD WRITE SUCH A SIMPLE
life is not so simple any more,
if it really ever was.
For example, it's hard to tell the pit from the
peach these days,
except that one of them doesn't have
I WISH I COULD WRITE A GOOD OLD SONG,
with a thirty-two bar total it won't be too
It would have sentimental nothings so tried and
such as when you lose your love, you feel awf'ly
There would be phrases that repeat a bunch of tired
like "the moon was bright in June" or "have a real
unfortunately more than one shaggy beast
is slouching toward the town of Bethlehem.
The center doesn't hold, things fly apart.
It's hard to tell the saints from the confidence
Tin Pan Alley to Silicon Valley
relationships have gone out the door.
After all, sometimes love is like a glorious
more often like a farce filled with vaudeville
It's hard to write romantic songs that don't
Life is not so simple any more.
IT'S TEMPTING TO WRITE A SIMPLE SONG,
there are still some rules to follow so you don't
If the harmony gets boring, that's a cinch to
I could reach into my grandpa's trunk of top tune
Maybe modulate the song around a key or two,
go from major sounds to minor ones right on
throw in a synchopated chorus, that way no one gets
leaving room for variations that you can't
I COULD WRITE A SUPRISINGLY
good old-timey, bound to please,
guaranteed to set your mind at ease,
dancable, laughable, light as a breeze,
sure to generate a ton of royalties,
simple, oh so SIMPLE SONG.
1998 Hallmark Music Co.
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