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Lyrics for End of the World and Blink

Here are the so-called lyrics for the two songs. The samples are from different movies and tv shows.

END OF THE WORLD

(Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
Judging by the pollution content of the atmosphere, I believe we have arrived at the late twentieth century.

(V, V for Vendetta)
This world — the world that I am a part of and that I helped shape — ends tonight.
And tomorrow, a different world will begin that different people will shape. This choice belongs to them.”

(Frank Anderson, Donnie Darko)
Wake up… Come closer… They are in great danger

(Hunter, Crimson Tide)
“The purpose of war is to serve a political end but the true nature of war is to serve itself.”

(The Frenchman, Millennium)
“You know the end is coming! The thousand years is over!”

(Frank Anderson, Donnie Darko)
28 days 6 hours 42 minutes 12 seconds.

(William Somerset, Se7en)
Ernest Hemingway once wrote, ‘The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.’ I agree with the second part.”

(Frank Anderson, Donnie Darko)
28 days 6 hours 42 minutes 12 seconds.

BLINK

(Kenny O’Donnell, Thirteen Days)
“If the sun comes up tomorrow, it is only because of men of good will. That is all there is between us and the devil.”

(The Doctor, Doctor Who)
The angels are coming. They are fast, faster than you could believe.”

(Samuel, The Ghost & The Darkness)
“The ghost and the darkness… Have come.”

(Seth, From Dusk to Dawn)
And if there is a hell — then there has got to be a heaven…”

(Heather Donahue, The Blair Witch Project)
I am so so sorry for everything that has happened. — It’s all because of me that we’re here now – hungry, cold, and hunted.”

(James Cole, Twelve Monkeys)
“How can I save you? It already happened! Almost the whole population. Of the world! Only about one percent survived. I can’t save you, nobody can!”

(Amy Pond, Doctor Who)
“Time can be rewritten!”

(Kenny O’Donnell, Thirteen Days)
“If the sun comes up tomorrow, it is only because of men of good will. That is all there is between us and the devil.”

(The Doctor, Doctor Who)
Good luck!

 

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Best Way to Write a New Song?

SongWriter

SongWriter (Photo credit: jorik de beer)

This article is very much a “personal wandering & pondering” blog entry. It’ll probably be full of stream of consciousness stuff. Still, I hope it’s going to be helpful for other people, too. So, here I go:

Writing a new song is almost always a miracle. The core of it sometimes comes from “nowhere”, unless it is a carbon copy of a stupid hit song you just heard on the radio. And it’s all yours. (Here’s a philosophical question: do songs really belong to anyone? But that’s a different story…)

What makes the song-writing challenging is that there is no universally perfect way to write a song. Some people start with the lyrics, some people like to write together with other people, some people prefer writing songs alone at night in the moonlight, or the candlelight.

The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" guita...

The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” guitar riff. About this sound Play ( help · info ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Starting to write a new song is easy if you have inspiration. The moments of inspiration come and go and they are very unpredictable. So, you cannot always wait for it to come. Just pick your guitar, your keyboard or whatever instrument you prefer when writing a song. Choose a chord or a short melody that comes to your mind. Or a guitar riff. Or just pick a scale and try improvising with it (for instance, pentatonic scale is quite interesting).

Don’t get mad if nothing interesting pops up. Sometimes you can try anything for days and still: nothing. And then, a perfect idea can come into view and suddenly you’ve got a brand new perspective to the new song. What’s interesting is that you can have an interesting and fascinating idea even if you are not inspired. Yeah, well, this is more than obvious but it’s the reason you can and should try composing a song any-time you want to. Or even when you don’t want to.

Songwriters Circle

Songwriters Circle (Photo credit: AndyRobertsPhotos)

But naturally, one riff or melody or chord isn’t enough. The next thing is having at least one or two more ideas and starting to think about the song structure. (Let’s just assume we don’t care about the genre of the song, it’s just whatever comes naturally…) A very short song? An epic song? I think the answer is: whatever you feel like. Sometimes the thirty-two-bar form is nice, sometimes trying to do something new is very fruitful.

Let’s just say you’ve written a three-minute song with a melody. Then, what should the lyrics be like? Should the song tell a story? Or describe a feeling or a moment? (Or, in some cases: should the song just be an instrumental?)

This year, I’ve been fascinated about the idea of writing very personal lyrics. (Then again, I’m also keen on writing interesting stories that have nothing to do with my life.) How personal can you get without sounding too cheesy and not being embarrassed about the lyrics? Moreover, can you write an imaginative story that would still feel very personal to you? I suppose you can but it’s very difficult.

English: Music and lyrics of the song "Go...

English: Music and lyrics of the song “Good Morning to All”, the basis for the allegedly copyrighted song “”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, I suppose I’ll write at least a couple of personal songs by the end of this summer. I don’t know about the genre yet, though. Something related to prog rock, maybe.. Something different, that is. And very personal lyrics, I wonder what that would be like. Something revealing, something I feel.

Choosing the language is also a difficult question. For those who speak English as their mother tongue, the choice is very easy. But for a Finn, it’s harder. It is very easy to write a song full of clichés when writing in English. In Finnish, the lyrics inevitably become much more personal because the mother tongue is always the “language of your heart and emotions”. This is why writing in English is so much safer.

So yeah, there’s a lot to think. But perhaps the best way to do this is not to think at all? “Just do it”, as the slogan goes. Yep. That’s how I’ll do it. Interesting.

 

 
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Posted by on 31.7.2013 in In English, Music

 

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