The Songwriter.

Ev'ry time I write a song
The lyrics turn out wrong
The melody don't ‘melod' like it should
So I tinker with each word
‘Til each vowel and note are paired
But, the song still ends up sounding like it should... n't

As I struggle with each syllable
On a blank page - oh, so fillable
My mind explodes, beneath my thinking cap
Then my heart begins to pound
As I chop and change each sound
‘Til... "it's finished...! "
Still it ends up sounding... Pap!

Why can't it be me...?
Why must it be McCartney...?
Why is the kudos not mine?
Instead of that schmuck - Hammerstein...?
Mr Porter, what can I do?
I just wanna be like you.
Night and Day, these pages I'm fillin'
So, God willin', I'll end up like Dylan.

Ev'ry time I chew my pen
Then chomp an' chew again
The thought, emotions, feelings swell inside
As I try to make some sense
It's just no coincidence
That before too long, I need another pen

As I tackle ev'ry verse
Things just go from bad to worse
I sometimes make up words that don't exist
As I try to make them fit
It just sounds a load of... garbage
So I open up the whisky and get... drunk


Deep down in my heart
I wanna be like Lionel Bart
Make that journey from page to stage
That Lloyd Webber fills me with rage
To who can I turn?
Mr Newley teach me to learn
I just need that break maybe then an'
My songs will be bigger than Lennon...
Maybe not...


Ev'ry time I write a song
The lyrics turn out wrong...

As I struggle with each syllable
On a blank page - oh, so fillable

It's increasingly clear to see...
Maybe... there's no songwriter... in... me...

by Frank Jones

Comments (3)

catching a glimpse of what might be
.....sounds like so much fun...beautifully penned
Frost here uses a traditional ballad form, less to tell a story than to indulge a fantasy sparked by the sight of a fisherman's boat filled with flowers. The conceit in the second verse, of the dory riding the 'sunny sod' instead of the sea and the fish substituted by flowers, is most poetic, as is the lighthearted thought that the two might still happily sail off together to an afterlife.