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That “remind-me” song

Do you have a remind-me song, a song that immediately evokes memories, painful or otherwise, of a past relationship?

Here’s a lyric about that experience. If it tugs at your heartstrings, set it to music, it should make a good song for someone.

That Remind-me Song
©2021 John Schofield

Verse 1
That “remind-me” song was playing
On the juke box in the bar
And on my way to work today
On the radio in the car

Verse 2
Reminds me how you wounded me
And it sure brings back the pain
But I can’t seem to let it go
I keep playing it again

Chorus:
I always press that number on the jukebox in the bar
And I play it on the tape deck when I’m driving in my car
It takes me back to sunny times we had before the rain
When I’m playing that “remind-me” song, when I’m playing it again

Verse 3
I oughta stop picking at the scab
So that this poor heart can heal
I don’t know why it’s so damn hard
Moving on from how I feel

Chorus:
I always press that number on the jukebox in the bar
And I play it on the tape deck when I’m driving in my car
It takes me back to sunny times we had before the rain
When I’m playing that “remind-me” song, when I’m playing it again

Verse 4 (Outro)
And I always press that button
On the jukebox in the bar
And that “remind-me” song still plays
On the radio in the car

. Chorus:
I always press that number on the jukebox in the bar
And I play it on the tape deck when I’m driving in my car
It takes me back to sunny times we had before the rain
When I’m playing that “remind-me” song, when I’m playing it again

New lyrics

Glad to see the lyrics pages are getting lots of hits. I hope you’re finding something to fire your inspiration. Don’t hesitate to change the odd word here and there, or repeat choruses and so on, if that suits your melody better. I really don’t mind.

I add new lyrics quite often, so check out Lyrics 1, 2 and 3, new songs are added at the bottom of those pages.

Climate protest song

To coincide with the release of the IPCC report, underlining the parlous state of the planet, here are the lyrics for my song on the subject.

You Can’t Eat Money
©2021 John Schofield

Chorus:
Watcha gonna eat when we’ve only got money?
When the bees are all gone
And there’s no more honey
Watcha gonna buy with all that bread?
When the waters gone sour
And the fish are all dead
Watcha gonna eat, cos you can’t eat money?

Verse 1
Walking on the tideline
Picking through the driftwood
Most of it is plastic
None of it is any good

Chorus:
Watcha gonna breathe when we’ve only got money?
When the trees are all gone
And the air’s turned funny
Watcha gonna buy with loads of cash?
When the rains have failed
And the crops are all trash
Watch gonna eat, cos you can’t eat money?

Verse 2
Watching all the animals
Running from the bushfires
The icecaps are melting
Governments are liars

Chorus:
Watcha gonna eat when we’ve only got money?
When the bees are all gone
And there’s no more honey
Watcha gonna buy with all that bread?
When the waters gone sour
And the fish are all dead
Watcha gonna eat, cos you can’t eat money?

Bridge:
You can’t eat money, no you can’t eat money
No, no, no, you can’t eat money…

Verse 3
Never mind the planet
Gotta burn the black shit
Dig it out, burn it up
Gasoline cheap as chips

Chorus:
Watcha gonna breathe when we’ve only got money?
When the trees are all gone
And the air’s turned funny
Watcha gonna buy with loads of cash?
When the rains have failed
And the crops are all trash
Watch gonna eat, cos you can’t eat money?

Outro:
You can’t eat money, no you can’t eat money
No, no, no, you can’t eat money…

Christmas song!

Christmas song? It’s August, I hear you protest. Well, yes, but even so I’ve just won the Christmas song lyrics competition set by the Guild of International Songwriters and Composers (GISC).

I’m delighted to have won the competition and, coming on top of my UKSC2020 win, it feels like I’m getting some recognition for my work.

As for the prize; my lyrics will go to a professional studio to be turned into a demo recording. I should have my completed song in a couple of months. I’ll post it then.

Sea Shanty?

I hadn’t intended Call of the Sea to be a sea shanty but that’s how it was interpreted by a collaborator last year. He set it to music with a very fast tempo and sang it at bewildering speed. Anyone want a try at a more ballady pace, or some other interpretation, the lyrics are at Lyrics 2.

Here’s the first verse:

The Call of the Sea
©2020JohnSchofield

Verse 1
We head for the Horn, sails tattered and torn
A cargo of grain from the east
And the albatross glides under gunmetal skies
Over galloping white-capped seas

Climate Hero

Under Lyrics 2 you’ll find the song Climate Hero. I wrote these lyrics with tongue in cheek. In fact the original version was Greta Hero, and you’re welcome to substitute those words.

Verse 1
I used to be a jetsetter
Around the globe I’d trot
Now I do it virtually
On my super slim laptop

The whole song is at Lyrics 2, help yourself if you want to set it to music.

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