Sometimes words---lyrics are not needed...the melody gives one the picture...if you ever heard Floyd Cramer doing "Last Date" ....I make my case....
Just some thoughts:
Songs with no words… You ever wonder why they became popular? I have an idea why.
Why do songs that have no words occasionally become hit songs? Is it because of a beautiful melody or the blending of various notes and sounds? Maybe; but I bet that’s not always the case. Yes, they are pretty, but I think they become popular because folks are able to create a picture to what they think the lyrics might be saying. They may equate the pretty music with a person, a happening, an event, a time, or place, and they create their own lyrics.
Floyd Cramer’s hit song, “Last Date,” first came out as an instrumental. For me, no words were ever needed. I hear those beginning piano licks, and I have a picture. Sometimes things happen in our lives that place us at an event, time, or with a certain person or persons when we hear the sound and thus no words are needed. “Moonglow” was a song that came from the movie “Picnic.” Again, a picture and no words needed. Dwayne Eddy’s hit rock-n’-roll “Rebel Rouser” has no words, but I get the picture. Songs like Bill Justus and “Honky Tonk;” or Santo and Johnny’s “Sleep Walk.” Nelson Riddle’s “Route Sixty-Six.” Right now I can see Buzz and Todd, top down and headed west on that famous road drivin’ that 1962 Corvette.
There are many instrumentals that become hit songs and never need lyrics. Sometimes we can write our own words to what has happened; all we need is a bit of background music and we have the picture, a picture that does not go away.
There are some songs that need no lyrics. Likewise there are things that happen in one’s life that no words are needed. There are “instrumentals” when heard they create a picture, a memory of something that happened in your life, in which….. no “words” are needed.
You have such a song? Most all of us do.
May 27, 2014