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HOW TO PENETRATE AND AMPLIFY TEXT 23
many opportunities to show our intelligence, our esprit, because our songs have refrains, and they are not made for nothing! They are always in intelligent and direct correspondence with the verse itself. The difficulty is to vary the expression of each one, but the difficulty is small indeed. Take for instance La Glu with its Lonlon laire, lonlon la. These words give all the meaning not written, and augment all the force of the tragic thought!
How you can amplify your text with this refrain!
How you can draw the great drama, of the boy killing his mother, and taking her heart from her body to bring it to his love's dog, as she ordered him to do. Her terrible order is expressed in the refrain and the refrain must show this — killing his mother madly, fero­ciously, et lonlon laire, lonlon la. He takes her heart and runs away — running, running with the heart, he falls down with it, lonlon laire et lonlon la. It will help you to describe the horror of the situation, the fear the murderer has of being seen, of being taken by the police. It will take you to the fifth verse and the refrain becomes in its simple syllables a terrific ex­pression. He heard his mother's heart speak, and in the sixth verse finally all the interior








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