Lindsey Kuper (lindseykuper) wrote,
Lindsey Kuper

Digging deep

Y'know, I still don't understand what's so great about "Dear Josie, Love Robyn". If two or three lyrical cliches would make another song bad, why are forty of them strung together at high speed good?

Personally, my favorite moment on Charcoal is the very first line: "As usual we're drunk/You've a circle two girls deep". I don't want to kill it with overanalysis, but, well, wow, right? Coming as it does right at the beginning -- not testing the water, you're just plunged right in -- and with her matter-of-fact delivery, to distill what could be pages of potential implications down into ten words like that -- to me that's pretty much the definition of good songwriting.

Tags: songwriting

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