Two songs have been going through my mind, and they keep reappearing. Why these two songs, who can say?
Here are the lyrics I remember for the first song:
Ding dong the wolf is dead. The wolf is dead. Ding dong the wicked wolf is dead.
How simple are the lyrics. Of the three short sentences, seventeen words, Ding dong is repeated twice. The wolf is dead is repeated three times. Except for the word wicked, all the other few words are one syllable. It's a good guess that the title is also The Wolf Is Dead.
Yet aren't the lyrics wonderful? So simple and so unforgettable. How simple can you get? Nothing fancy here at all. The lyrics and music also match up, both so simple. No wonder this song sticks in my head.
Here are the lyrics I remember from the second song:
Young girl, get out of my mind.
My love for you is way outta line
Better run girl
You're much too young girl.
This stanza repeats girl three times. Young twice. Out of and, if you count its counterpart outta, twice. Again, one syllable words except for one.
I'm telling you all this because with these two songs running through my mind, the value and importance of simple words really hit home to me.
Heaven Admin and I have a musical, The Heart of a Gopi. We haven't had a chance to go over it together in a long long time, and it's one of the projects we care about and want to get back to as soon as we can. For sure, we want to simplify our lyrics and make them simple and unforgettable. Bear in mind, at the same time, that lyrics have to move the story forward. (Cheryl, the talented lady who put her whole heart into the music taught me this!)
How well these two song examples deal with story.
The three lines of The Wolf Is Dead tell the whole story from beginning to end. It is an epic really, and all the feeling is there. Wonderful wonderful lyrics. Goodness triumphs. And everyone sings and dances.
The story of Young Girl is not so sewed up as The Wolf Is Dead, yet we kinda get the whole story and all its possibilities from just the four short lines of first stanza. And we feel the emotion, the longing, and the sadness. We never meet the girl, yet we know her too. She simply likes the guy. When this song is over, the door is not closed tight.
My guess is that the guy succumbs to what he tries not to succumb to. Most likely. On the other hand, it's possible that the young girl goes home. It could be that this love story turns out to be a Romeo and Juliet story, or maybe the girl goes home and the story is over and they think about each other for the rest of their lives, or it could be a happy story where no one gets hurt. But all we really know is that the man cares about this girl, doesn't want to take advantage of her, and she had better run home so he doesn't.
So much is said in so few words.
I learned a lot from these two songs going through my mind.
And now back to Heart of a Gopi and, if I can, to make it rhyme too!