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Using Names in Lyrics
« on: March 29, 2011, 09:13:22 am »
So if im writing a song about me and the first girl i ever dated, should i use our names or different names but it tells our story? The only reason i am reserved about using our names is if im telling it from a story point of view it sounds kinda wierd to refer to myself in third person. Any opinions?

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Re: Using Names in Lyrics
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2011, 09:20:01 am »
I think you shouldn't use the name; that's kinda akwards at some point :)
the more people can recognize themselves in a song, the more they will like it.
If you use names, you eliminate a large part of that :)
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Re: Using Names in Lyrics
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2011, 04:36:26 pm »
I pretty much have alter egos, or avatars if you prefer, for all the people in my life I write about.   Don't use names that are close either.  Use names that represent the character to you.  So if your friend is a Laura don't use Nora, use Rose because that's how thorny she was, or Cake because she was sweet and dense, or whatever.  I use names of things other than names alot.  I have a Nickel, a Shortcake, and a Moon in the other dimension.  These can be recurring characters by the way if they deserve more than one song.

As for putting yourself in a song,  can you tell it in the first person?  Not 'Jack and Diane", but "me and Diane.'  I just had an experience writing a song about myself and not really getting it.  The song kept me at a distance because I was talking to the character instead of being it.     As soon as I put it in first person, it clicked for me.  However you do it, it's easier to write good stuff if you can connect with the "you" in your song directly.   Other people, not such an issue. 

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Re: Using Names in Lyrics
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2011, 12:29:24 am »
I just want to say Taylor Swift does it, and it seems to work OK for her.
Me? I prefer not to use or hear names in lyrics. ;)
I wouldn't use your own name, though. You could use the names of protagonists in well-known stories, plays, etc. to symbolize and draw parallels of what you went through (like Romeo and Juliet, for example).

If you don't want that, just stick with first person - writing with 'I', and 'you', and 'her/him' if you're telling the story to somebody (or at least capture that feeling).

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Re: Using Names in Lyrics
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2011, 02:13:07 am »
When you tell the story you will become the person no matter the name.
Make life easy on yourself. Pick a name that makes you comfortable.

Don't use other person's name without their permission.

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Re: Using Names in Lyrics
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2011, 03:03:11 am »
ok thanks for your imput guys i honestly have everything ready in the song but im having trouble figuring out names to use. I think to keep it strong the way it is written it does need names.

___ was a rich girl from the west side of town
___ was a poor boy he made the rich folk frown etc

chorus

hey their ___ do you remember that first night
I knew right then it was love at first sight
you would always say ____ hold me tight
My world was dark but my future looks bright

name suggestions? suggestions on how i could write it without names?

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Re: Using Names in Lyrics
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2011, 04:06:01 am »
ok thanks for your imput guys i honestly have everything ready in the song but im having trouble figuring out names to use. I think to keep it strong the way it is written it does need names.

_ she was a rich girl from the west side of town
___ met a poor boy, he made the rich folk frown etc

chorus

hey there girl do you remember that first night
I knew right then it was love at first sight
you would always say boy hold me tight
My world was dark but my future looks bright

name suggestions? suggestions on how i could write it without names?

No name version :)
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Re: Using Names in Lyrics
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2011, 04:31:57 am »
Wilhelmina and Mel?

BettyLou and Junior?

Muffy and Eduardo?

Francis and Francis? You could cover a -lot- of territory with that one.......
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Re: Using Names in Lyrics
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2011, 06:11:31 am »
Maybe if you have the stature of Bob DYlan and want to lay yourself bare to the world

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Re: Using Names in Lyrics
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2011, 10:18:54 am »
Jack and Diane?
Tommy and Gina?

 

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