Poems and Songs

ed rosenthal
March 1, 2015

In the Sixties and Seventies, I wrote a number of verses that I called "songs", that were inspired by the popular music of the day.  It was the fashion to refer to artists like Bob Dylan as poets, so it seemed logical to refer to song-like verses as songs.  At some point, I may post some examples on this site.

I'm aware, of course, that popular songs have a structure that is dictated by the needs of the music.   Since I am devoid of musical talent, I've never seriously envisioned writing actual songs - with one exception.

When I was young, I was enthralled by musical theater, especially anything that involved clever verse - like  W. S. Gilbert  and Cole Porter.

"In olden days, a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something simply shocking
Now Heaven knows; anything goes."

It seems to me now, as it seemed to me then, that to write something that sticks in the mind is rather glorious.

The following modest Cole Porter imitation, from 1965, is the only actual song I ever wrote.

You Simply Can't Be You

All of my life,
With its trouble and strife,
I've got the small end of the stick,
Now you come along,
Like a girl from a song,
And all at once, I'm lovesick!

You simply can't be you,
I'm afraid it just won't do.
As you can plainly see,
You're not the one for me.

You simply can't be you,
My dream cannot come true.
A beautiful girl, for a guy like me,
Is like a pair of wings,
For a ship at sea,
Or a cold beer mug
For a cup of tea.


I guess that that's the catch.
We just aren't a match.
The simple reason why
You and I don't fit
Is that I'm the guy
With the face that sunk a thousand ships.
So no matter how hard you try.


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