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Every Tuesday, we talk to a songwriter from any style and from any ability level to explore techniques that will actually help you write better, more memorable and more successful songs. Since November of 2013, we’ve talked to many songwriters, from beginners to professionals and everything in between and had a blast each and every show. Join us and get those songs moving!

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Show date:  Jul. 25, 2016

Our next theme show will be on Protest songs. Here are a few we’ll be talking about: Let us know your favourite protest songs in the comments!

Midnight Oil: River Runs Red

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RIVER RUNS RED

(Rob Hirst / Jim Moginie)
Performed by Midnight Oil, from the 1990 Album “Blue Sky Mining”

So you cut all the tall trees down
You poisoned the sky and the sea
You’ve taken what’s good from the ground
But you left precious little for me

You remember the flood and the fall
We remember the light on the hill
There should be enough for us all
But the dollar is driving us still

River runs red
Black rain falls
Dust in my hand
River runs red
Black rain falls
On my bleeding land

So we came and conquered and found
Richers of commons and kings
Who strangled and wrestled the ground
But they never put back anything

Now I’m trapped like a dog in a cage
Wherever the truth is pursued
It must be the curse of the age
What’s taken is never renewed

River runs red
Black rain falls
Dust in my hand
River runs red
Black rain falls
On my bleeding land


Multi-Media World – The Parkdale Hookers

Multi-Media World – The Parkdale Hookers lyrics

Multi-Media World
The Parkdale Hookers ©2013

I hit a bar, then I hit the head
The bathroom walls got adverts for club med

I read the papers, and I want to die
Cause pompous media experts spew their lies

I watch my TV, it makes me sick
Tune in human miseries for kicks

THIS IS A MULTI-MEDIA WORLD
THIS IS A MULTI-MEDIA WORLD
WE’VE GOT AIDS ON THE TVS
AND WARS IN MCCLAIN’S
WE GOT MISSING KIDS ON THE MILK-BOX
YOU KNOW WHAT THIS WORLDS COME TO BE

Kill the computer, or we’ll all be dead
Drop a logic bomb inside my head
Rain is poison, Sex is death
Sunshine is now toxic hold your breath

THIS IS A MULTI-MEDIA WORLD
THIS IS A MULTI-MEDIA WORLD
WE’VE GOT AIDS ON THE TVS
AND WARS IN MCCLAIN’S
WE GOT PINK-SLIME IN THE MEAT SAUCE
YOU KNOW WHAT THIS WORLDS COME TO BE

They say I’m free
Give me a break
What little that I have left is theirs to take

Catatonic zombies
Staring at a tube
They get to watch the reality shows
Between orders to consume

THIS IS A MULTI-MEDIA WORLD
THIS IS A MULTI-MEDIA WORLD
WE’VE GOT AIDS ON THE TVS
AND WARS IN MCCLAIN’S
WE GOT THE WIKI-LEAKS EPIC FIASCO
YOU KNOW WHAT THIS WORLDS COME TO BE

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Eve of Destruction

Download Eve of Destruction lyrics.

By P. F. Sloan in 1964
Made famous by Barry McGuire

The eastern world it is exploding
Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’
You’re old enough to kill but not for votin’
You don’t believe in war but whats that gun you’re totin’?
And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin’

But you tell me
Over and over and over again my friend
Ah, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve of destruction

Don’t you understand what I’m tryin’ to say
Can’t you feel the fears I’m feelin’ today?
If the button is pushed, there’s no runnin’ away
There’ll be no one to save with the world in a grave
Take a look around you boy, it’s bound to scare you boy

And you tell me
Over and over and over again my friend
Ah, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve of destruction

Yeah my blood’s so mad feels like coagulating
I’m sitting here just contemplatin’
I can’t twist the truth it knows no regulation
Handful of senators don’t pass legislation
And marches alone can’t bring integration
When human respect is disintegratin’
This whole crazy world is just too frustratin’

And you tell me
Over and over and over again my friend
Ah, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve of destruction

Think of all the hate there is in Red China
Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama
You may leave here for four days in space
But when you return it’s the same old place
The pounding of the drums, the pride and disgrace
You can bury your dead but don’t leave a trace
Hate your next door neighbor but don’t forget to say grace

And tell me
Over and over and over and over again my friend
You don’t believe
We’re on the eve of destruction
Mmm, no, no, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve of destruction

Show date:  Jul. 19, 2016

Jeff Greenway Pianist + songwriter

Jeff Greenway returned to the Song Talk Radio studio to share his thoughts on song writing. His approach to writing is through a feeling, not a theory. This was amply demonstrated in the two songs he shared with us. The first, Cavalry, evoked the sadness and confusion you feel when a relationship just isn’t working any more. No one is coming to save the day and there’s nowhere to hide. The second tune, Sort of Like Danielle, takes you to another place of turmoil where “two old masters of love’s disasters lock lips”. We discussed:

  • collaboration
  • home recording with a good microphone and Logic
  • modulation
  • background vocals
  • the use of silence in a song
  • chord substitution
  • teaching music to children

 

Show date:  Jul. 12, 2016

TC FolkPunk on Song Talk Radio

The always entertaining singer/songwriter TC FolkPunk returned to the show and played a couple of punky solo electric guitar songs and talked about playing solo without a band with just an electric guitar.

Some Stuff We Talked About

Twitter contributors:

@SharonRose2012

@heatherspratt

@ynoburns – Tony Burns

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Show date:  Jul. 05, 2016

Song Talk Team

The ever lovely and talented (and what a voice!) Janice Ho, Song Talk Radio’s very own tweeting songbird, talked about two early collaborations she worked on and what to look out for when collaborating. Download the lyrics for the show.

We talked about:

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Show date:  Jun. 28, 2016

The team less Phil

For this special theme show, each of the hosts presented a song with “unusual” or hard-to-decipher lyrics. We delved into a discussion around understanding the intentions behind and interpreting the songs. Download the lyrics here: Unusual Lyrics

  • Neel’s selection: A Self Called Nowhere by They Might Be Giants
  • Bruce’s selection: McArthur Park by Jimmy Webb (performed by Donna Summers)
  • Janice’s selection: Paranoid Android by Radiohead

We talked about:

  • The notion that once your song is released to the world, it’s no longer yours and open to multiple interpretations
  • Check out www.songmeanings.com to read user interpretations of songs
  • What is the purpose for communicating a story through unusual, hard-to-decipher lyrics?
  • Use of metaphors
  • Writing a song with unusual lyrics as a songwriter’s challenge – break the rules!

Listen to the complete show: