Happiness as Anarchy #32: Clever Lyrics

Good lyrics are hard to write, and it’s twice as tricky to make them appear at the same time as a good tune. The masters could do it, and threw in some curved balls, just to keep us on our toes. Unless you’re a singer, most people will remember the words to the first verse and chorus of a song, but no more. When you have to learn lyrics properly though, there are all kinds of delightful surprises in store. Burt Bacharach’s “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” is one such song. Over that refined 60s arrangements, the second verse floats:

What do you get when you kiss a girl?
You get enough germs to catch pneumonia
And when you do she’ll never phone you
I’ll never fall in love again.

By Amie Brûlée

Amie Brûlée is a musician, performer, teacher and researcher. She sings, plays piano, double bass and ukulele, unearths old songs and writes new ones. Amie also has a PhD in wine and anthropology and adores teaching wine tasting, gastronomy and song-writing. Amie lives in central Victoria with a house full of instruments, a head full of songs and a cellar full of wine.

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