Cliches

posted 16 April 2002


[A]
We all know
The way songs go
We recognise
The songs the sing
At least we think
We know the songs
They have an old
familiar ring

[A]
We hear the prefab popsters sing
We hear cliches
That writers use
We wonder why
We keep tuned in
When every word
Is such old news?

[3]
And we hear them sing:
[P]
I love you,
yes it's true
I love you,
I swear it's true
I beg you please,
Down on my knees
[A]
Does this sound
Familiar?

[A]
A song is not
An easy thing
Creating them
Is really tough
But better yet
To just shut up
Then coughing up
This fluffy stuff

[3]
Listen to them:
[P]
I'm in a daze,
Trapped in your maze,
So change your ways,
'Cause I love you
Can't take this pain
Driving me insane
[A]
These lines are all
Recycled!

[A]
Those pretty kids
In shiny suits
They have their place
In magazines
But we crack up
When the yack up
About their thoughts
Of artistry

[3]
Listen to their art:
[P]
I see your lies
In your eyes
And in the skies
[A]
So boring
[P]
If you leave,
I might die,
So tell me why
[A]
I'm listening?

[A]
Don't get me wrong
I like those songs
I use those lines
Most every day
I like those kids
I want those suits
I want the bucks
That they rake in

[3]
Hear the cash machine:
[P]
Every day
In every way
I have to say
[A]
The same thing
[P]
Please don't say no
And please don't go
Leave me so low
Again

[A]
Those little rhymes
That fit four-time
Are absolutely
perfect
We'll hear them 'til
The end of time
Oh damn
I think I used one



This song does not read well. It is a duet (or more), consisting of the "serious artist" [A] who sings the narrative, and the "prefab popsters" [P] singing in exaggeratedly complex production style. The contrast between the two (attractive, hopefully) styles is one of the main points of the song. There's also the possibility of a third voice [3] to introduce the prefabs. In my mind he sounds like a rapper of some kind (don't ask me WHY...), [P] sounds vaguely like N'Sync and [A] sounds like how I wish I sounded.

Original lines (taken over a 24-hour period while listening to the radio):

I love you, yes I do
I'm begging you please, I'm down on my knees
I'm in a daze, in a maze
I love you, I swear it's true
I can't take this pain, it's driving me insane
Every day, I have to say
Don't say no, please don't go
You must believe, please don't leave
I can see you lie, I see it in your eye
If you leave, I might die

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