You’ve heard of a parts car – so why not have parts songs?
One of the best ways to give yourself permission to pull a line you love from a song is to keep – just not in that song.
I’ve got several songs where the song itself isn’t working very well, but there are several lines in it I like.
I use those songs as “parts songs.”
On occasion, I take lines or ideas out of them and use them in a different song.
This usually happens with highly personal songs I’ve written. I’ll use elements in songs I’ trying to write for a more commercial audience.
No sense in wasting good lines!
Here are some lyrics from some by-gone era (1998 or so):
Snapshot – she’s in a field of heather –
She’s caught laughing at the sky above.Snapshot – she’s smiling as he clicks the shutter –
She thought: we’re in love.
Snapshot – she holds him close and whispers –You’ve got your Daddy’s soft grey eyes .
Snapshot – small hands hold her finger –
She thought: you’ve changed our lives.
Clearly this would be about selfies and iPhones now, but – point is – I didn’t throw it away.
I’ve highlighted a couple of things I thought were interesting so I can quickly reference them later.
I also made sure I transferred anything that might be handy at a later time into my notebook.
For this one, I like the song idea of someone seeing their past life through photos in a scrap book. I’ll put that one in my notebook as well.
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