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Prolific songwriter, the late Harlan Howard, wrote this and I wanted to point out something that, to me, makes it so special. Harlan leads the listeners down a very predictable typical Country road and suddenly on the very last line of each verse, he throws us into power reverse.

http://youtu.be/6MsxhcdL9Xk

Gordon Lightfoot is another songwriter/poet who does that successfully with his lyrics. Personally, I really enjoy those subtle cranial U-turns in a song.

(A clever sight gag: Did anyone else besides me notice that the officer leaves the Cafe then goes directly oot and tickets Pam's car?).

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Actually Don this is the perfect country song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkKn5HrKgHQ


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There are tons of well written country and rock songs to choose from. So many good writers and lyricists have their talents on display for all to see.

I like the way many writers use a given hook in a chorus and the verses give it a totally different context each time.... and then the bridge comes in and totally throws that for a loop and you see the song in a new way.....

Harlan Howard was one of the best there was in Nashville.


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Maybe it's only me but this Gordon Lightfoot song is one of my favo(u)rites.

"Only twenty one, she was. A young girl just in from somewhere..." The vagary of that line hooks me every time.

From "Go Go Round" by Gordon Lightfoot.

http://youtu.be/TFcnZblqsXc

It's impossible for me to listen to Gordon Lightfoot without appreciating the guitar work of Red Shea. Red WAS the Lightfoot sound of the 70s.

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There's a bit of an oddity (to my ear) in the chorus of that song - it seems to last one extra 4 bar section than what I'm expecting. I count 20 bars, anyone else?

I think that's part of what makes the song interesting compared to a typical 16 bar chorus - the tension that results from expecting the chorus to end and then it doesn't end.

I like Junior Brown's writing style - some lyrical twists and turns there and smile-inducing electric and lap steel playing.

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I was over at JPF and heard this one. Classic country songwriting at it's best. Written by Kurt Fortmeyer, Marty Brown and the late Charlie Craig.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJdnf3FSNr4&

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Josie, what a wonderful example of Classic Country songwriting. Thank you.

Incidentally, do you have anything original with a Latin (Mexican/Spanish) flavor?

If so, will you please post it somewhere or email it to me? There is method to my madness, dear lady!

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Darn, another missed opportunity at massive wealth and fame for you. Oh well 8=(.

Thanks anyway, Amiga.

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When I think of well written songs, this one comes to mind.

"Maybe It Was Memphis" ..... a song written by Michael Anderson.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FobP7FkCgmI

The imagery in the lyrics is brilliant. Structure is sound and melody is great.

Have a listen and pay attention to the lyrics in all the verses. This is a good example of how to write a country song.


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