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Song Outline Worksheet: Stripes

Song Outline Worksheet: Stripes

 Brandy Clark’s “Stripes”

One of the things I’m not so good at is the song’s story. I tend to get a little too focused on the rhyme pattern and imagery, and sometimes don’t work through the song story as thoroughly as I should.

Since the Song Analysis Worksheets have helped me with structure, I thought a worksheet looking at some songwriting I admire would help me do the same.

This is the first song I’ve done using the new Song Outline Worksheet, which you can download as a free songwriting worksheet PDF at the link below!

 

 

Completed Song Outline For “Stripes”

 

“Stripes” Song Outline (Download Full PDF)

 

“Stripes” Lyrics

Woah, woah, woah, woah

VERSE
You were lyin’ there with nothing on
But a goofy little grin and a platinum blonde.
I can’t believe you’d do that on our bed.
I got a pistol and I got a bullet,
And a pissed off finger just’a itchin’ to pull it.
The only thing keepin’ me from losin’ my head –

CHORUS
Is I hate stripes and orange ain’t my color,
And if I squeeze that trigger tonight I’ll be wearin’ one or the other.
There’s no crime of passion worth a crime of fashion:
The only thing savin’ your life – Is that I don’t look good in orange and I hate stripes.

Woah, woah, woah

VERSE
I could fall in love with the prison guard
I could sell cigarettes in the prison yard
Don’t think hard time would be that hard on me
I could pick up trash on the side of the road
But I’d die if I saw someone I know
Ain’t the chains, it’s the clothes that’s stoppin’ me

CHORUS
I hate stripes and orange ain’t my color,
And if I squeeze that trigger tonight I’ll be wearin’ one or the other.
There’s no crime of passion worth a crime of fashion:
The only thing savin’ your life – is that I don’t look good in orange and I hate stripes.

BRIDGE
Oh, and one shot ain’t worth a bad mugshot.
God knows I wouldn’t be caught holdin’ up a number while the whole town’s starin’
at the picture in the paper – of me wearin’ stripes!

OUTRO & CHORUS
There’s no crime of passion worth a crime of fashion:
The only thing savin’ your life – is that I don’t look good in orange and I hate stripes.

And orange ain’t my color.
And if I squeeze that trigger tonight I’ll be wearin’ one or the other.
There’s no crime of passion worth a crime of fashion:
The only thing savin’ your life – is that I don’t look good in orange and I hate stripes.

Woah, woah, woah, woah

 







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