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Direct Address Point of View

Direct Address Point of View

 

What Is Direct Address?

Also called second person, direct address is about a direct conversation between the “I” and some second person or “you.”

The pronouns associated with second person or direct address are:

Singular: you, your, yours
Plural: you, your, yours

You’ll often hear a combination of the pronouns I and you in a direct address song, so don’t let the I’s fool you – imagine the scene: does it sound like someone else is present?

The benefit of using direct address is the immediate immersion of the listener into a situation. The situation needs to hold enough drama to engage the listener, and the singer has to make sure the emotion of speaking to someone comes through during the performance.

 

Most Common Direct Address Mistakes

 

#1  Talking at or down to someone – this is never an attractive song. No one wants a lecture during their leisure time.

#2  Using Direct Address when another point of view would work better –  this is the easiest perspective to write in many ways because it’s conversational. However, it can often lead to a lack of detail and specifics in a scene, making the song seem flat and lifeless.

 

Direct Address Done Well

 

Direct address is a complicated POV to use. It has pitfalls that can quickly make a song confusing. A great example of second person done well is “Vehicle” by Ides of March (written by Jim Peterik).

 

Vehicle

 

VERSE
Hey well, I’m a friendly stranger in a black Sedan
Won’t you hop inside my car?
I got pictures, got candy, I’m a lovable man
And I can take you to the nearest star

CHORUS
I’m your vehicle, baby
I’ll take you anywhere you wanna go
I’m your vehicle, woman
By now I’m sure you know
That I love ya (love ya)
I need ya (need ya)
I want ya, got to have you, child
Great God in heaven, you know I love you

 

Vehicle by Jim Peterik

 

 

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