For many of us, songs carry associations, moods, emotions, memories. Some may be good; some may be bad; some may be ambiguous. The old Jule Styne – Sammy Cahn song, I’ve Heard That Song Before, suggests a pleasurable association that nonetheless is sufficiently faded in memory that the listener asks to “have them play it again.” Write a poem based on a song. You might want to write new words to fit existing lyrics, or write an entirely different set of lines that nonetheless have some connection with the song, or what the song means to you.
MARIE ELENA’S OLDIE (Hey! No snickering out there!)
IF YOU WISH YOU WERE A STAR
To the lovely classic “When You Wish Upon a Star” by Leigh Harline [melody] and Ned Washington [lyrics]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQTzO2eRwwE
(To be sung softly, dreamily, wistfully; with your hands clasped together near your heart, for effect… )
If you wish you were a star
First consider how bizarre;
Paparazzi all around
Would you be a Meryl Streep?
Jacqueline Bisset of “The Deep?”
Ravishing Miss Leigh of “Streetcar?”
Rose – anne – Barr?
Fate is kind
She left me disinclined
To live like actresses
Before the mass – es.
So, consider my advice
Stardom is not paradise.
When you look at me, foresee
Ob – scur – i – ty!
© Copyright Marie Elena Good, 2009
WILLIAM PRESTON’S EXAMPLE
ON HEARING HARBOR LIGHTSOne song, oft repeated, limns and encapsulates two hearts; a few days; many years; one love. © Copyright William Preston, 2013
Note: Harbor Lights, written by Jimmy Kennedy and Hugh Williams.