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    Songwriting James Taylor on songwriting

    Discussion in 'By Writing Form' started by JLT, May 15, 2020.

    I saw an interview with James Taylor some time back, where he gave advice on songwriting. One piece that stuck with me was this method:

    He'd take a song he'd like that somebody else had written, and either write new words for it, or a new melody. Then he'd take that new song and write a new melody or new words for it. He'd end up with a completely new song, but building on the old one.
     
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    Interesting approach. Not quite the same, but similar, here are Paul's original lyrics for Yesterday:


    Scrambled eggs
    Have an omelette with some Muenster cheese
    Put your dishes in the wash bin please
    So I can clean the scrambled eggs

    Join me do
    There’s a lot of eggs for me and you
    I’ve got ham and cheese and bacon too
    So go get two and join me do

    Fried or sunny side
    Just aren’t right
    The mix-bowl begs
    Quick, go get a pan, and we’ll scramble up some eggs, eggs, eggs, eggs

    Scrambled eggs
    Good for breakfast, dinner time or brunch
    Don’t buy six or twelve, buy a bunch
    And we’ll have a lunch on scrambled eggs

    “The song was around for months and months before we finally completed it,” John Lennon remembered. “We made up our minds that only a one-word title would suit; we just couldn’t find the right one. Then one morning Paul woke up and the song and the title were both there, completed. I was sorry in a way, we’d had so many laughs about it.”
     
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    It doesn't have quite the emotional depth this way.
     
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    But it is more nutritious! And 30% more filling.
     
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    I never realized I could make an omelette with Muenster cheese. I will have to try that.
     
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