song fragments – let’s get interactive!

Hi all:

You may notice that I’ve added a new feature on the sidebar: Song Fragment of the Moment. >
Please feel free to submit your entries to me by Email (your fragment of choice, together with artist and song title), which I will post below. To add a little guessing game element, I plan to post the info about the songs seperately somehow… see if you can guess who the “poet” is!!

A TIP: it might be easier to present it as a high-level poem if you can chop it up to get rid of the schlocky rhyme/s. But then again, maybe not.

Come on – you know you’re itching to send in your favourites!!!

NOTE: This is not a contest (I am cheap… as you’ve probably realised hearing my tales of scrounging for booty in the communal laundry room). However, who knows… my favourites may well end up receiving a secret shipment of Smarties!

This was a result of a flash of brilliance (?!?) which hit me while staring out the window on the tram this morning listening to my iPod.

I’ve been wont recently to listen to Rat Pack type schlock from the 50s – but it dawned on me that some of the cheesy lyrics, when deconstructed, actually make high-faluting poetry (better even than Margaret Atwood – dare I say it?)

So – I thought that perhaps it’d be a fun game to take a fragment from one song every day and try to re-present it so that people thought I was actually a poet.

Once I’d had my third coffee, I decided that it was probably not a great idea to claim lyricists’ ideas as my own. So, everything will be attributed.

To play, just
– send me a fragment of your choosing, together with artist and song information. You can cobble a couple of fragments together if you’d like – just use ellipses (…) to be fair!
– I will then post all “entries” here – the fragments first, and the “key” to the identities of the performer/s at the bottom.
– feel free to comment by guessing who might have authored which fragment!

eyes that dreamed of
being the one
Who will
dance on the
floor in the

be careful
of who you love and be
careful of
what you do
’cause the lie becomes
the truth

Guess who the poet is? Sappho? Shakespeare? Margaret Atwood?

Wrong. Scroll way to the bottom to find out.

12 November 2007


with a sad lament my dreams are faded
like a broken melody
while the gods of love
look down and laugh
at what romantic
fools we mortals

(posted by KB)

Here’s the mail
It never fails
It makes me want to wag my tail
when it comes I want to wail…

(posted by Amy)

life has a way
of confusing us
bruising us

I’ve dealt with my ghosts and I’ve faced all my demons
Finally content with a past I regret
I’ve found you find strength in your moments of weakness
For once I’m at peace with myself
I’ve been burdened with blame, trapped in the past for too long
I’m movin’ on

I’ve lived in this place and I know all the faces
Each one is different but they’re always the same
They mean me no harm but it’s time that I face it
They’ll never allow me to change
But I never dreamed home would end up where I don’t belong
I’m movin’ on


was the sound of distant drumming
just the fingers
of your hand?
pictures hanging in a hallway
the fragment of a song
half-remembered names and faces…

(reminds me of my last staff meeting!)

…at dawning
not a worry or a care
when without
a word of
there was
in the air…

Sample: Billie Jean, Michael Jackson, Thriller album, 1983.

1. Perfidia, Edmundo Ros and his Orchestra, Ros Mambos, 1955.

2. Blues’ Clues

3. “To life”, Topol, Fiddler on the Roof soundtrack (the movie)

4. “I’m Movin’ On” by Rascal Flatts

5. “The Windmills of Your Mind” by Dusty Springfield

6. “Anything can Happen”, Edmundo Ros


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