Monday, July 28, 2014

Shadow: Nothing But Love

I'm so ashamed.

It's about the SpinTunes 9 challenge for round 2:
Write a song about unconditionally loving someone who plainly isn't worth it.
I was driving home from work, and I was humming Amazing Grace to myself, and I thought what a cool response to the challenge something built around that would be. After all, we don't say who isn't worth it, or who is doing the loving.

So I thought Grace could be the girl's name, and it would be a secular song where the guy is a cheating SOB and the woman loves him anyway. I got all caught up in it, thinking that it could even be a duet, with her part telling him that she loves him and my part being all repentant. That would hit the challenge from both POV at the same time. And it would be tear-jerky and sweet, with a country Gospel flavor.

I'm still going to finish Amazing Grace. I have a melody and counterpoint. I actually have a chorus and some verses, and was trying to think of some more when I thought of the line, "She has nothing but love for me". It didn't fit, but I started wondering what if that were literally true? What if she has absolutely nothing to offer but that? And then I wrote this in something like five minutes... Not a gospel at all... more like Rockabilly, which transformed itself into a Ray Stevens pastiche. This kind of stuff is why I won't be winning any Grammys. It sort of... escalates.

And these jokes feel like I've heard them before, but Google found nothing. So if somebody else wrote the gist of this, as Marta would say, that "doesn't alter the fact that I wrote it again yesterday."



Nothing But Love

She won’t answer the door, she won’t cook or clean
She won’t chip a nail on the washing machine
She won’t change the channel on her own TV
She’s Got Nothing But Love For Me.

She won’t touch a duster, won’t pick up the phone
She won’t fry up the bacon that I bring home
If I press her to do it I’m afraid she'll flee
She’s Got Nothing But Love For Me.

But ooooooooo-weee!
I’m in LOVE, helplessly!
And my baby, can’t you see,
Has got nothing but love for me!
                                               (NOTHING!)

She can’t find the kitchen, she won’t scrub a pan
She’s afraid of the sink and those dishpan hands
She once used a broom -- on Playboy TV
She’s Got Nothing But Love For Me.

She’s not a big fan of societal norms
She’s been to college - but only the dorms
She’s an honorary member of the fraternity
She’s Got Nothing But Love For Me.

[whistling solo]

But ooooooooo-weee!
I’m in LOVE, helplessly!
And my baby, can’t you see,
Has got nothing but love for me!
                          (ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!)

At night when I’m tired and ready for slumber
She’ll meet me in bed, if I’ll just take a number
I’ll even get lucky, if I’ve got the fee,
She’s Got Nothing But Love For Me.
She’s Got Nothing But Love For Me
My baby's got nothing...
                           ...but love....
                                           ...for me!

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