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Lyric writing

One of the useful things about writing poetry - besides the crucial warming-up-of-brain factor - is that it gives you practice for writing lyrics. In January I workshopped 20K Leagues Under the Sea, a feminist musical electropop adaptation of the novel - I'm co-writing the book with the brilliant and hilarious Lee Trull. Shawn Magill is our magical composer and all 3 of us are writing lyrics. Below is a rough draft of lyrics I wrote for Conseil, the closest advisor of our heroine. The inspiration behind this particular song was to make this very Fun Girl Power Ballad - very poppy, very Cyndi Lauper. Who knows if it'll make it into the final musical - and because we all do lyrics, we refine and edit each other's writing along the way - but this is an example of how my silly poems seep into my work and a look at how lyrics evolve during the process. I'll keep y'all updated on the musical!

CONSEIL

Wake up now, time to wake up

You’ve been getting lost in dreams

Shake it off now, time to wake up

No fantasy’s quite what it seems

 

You give a little bit more

Of yourself every day

I know you want to share, girl

But don’t give it all away

 

He seems to have the answers

Seems so confident and sure

But he can’t hear what you’re asking

So who are his answers for?

 

You gotta ask what matters

Not just to him, but to you.

You gotta gain perspective:

Nothing too perfect is true.

 

Wake up now, time to wake up

You’ve been so lost in a dream

Shake it off now, time to wake up

No fantasy’s quite what it seems

 

Look past the words he gives you

I know that they feel so good

But words can come so easy -

They don’t mean all that they should.

 

He lays this trail of sweet nothings

Leads you away from your friends

He says only he “gets” you

Who knows how that story ends?

 

Don’t give up on yourself now -

Not to give yourself to him

You have a worth beyond that

You’ve got some battles to win.

 

Don’t let him change you to fit

Into his own fantasy

Wake up - follow your own dreams

Find the woman you could be.

 

Wake up now, time to wake up

You’ve been so lost in a dream

Shake it off now, time to wake up

No fantasy’s quite what it seems.