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HOW TO PENETRATE AND AMPLIFY TEXT 33
If a body meet a body Comin' thro' the rye, If a body kiss a body Need a body cry? Every lassie has a laddie, Never one have I; But all the lads They loved me well, And what the worse am I ?
Now let us sing the first verse with the following modification:
If a body meet a body . . .    why not?
Comin' thro' the rye ....    why not?
If a body kiss a body ....    why not ? Need a body cry?
Every lassie has a laddie . .    why not?
Never one have I.....    why not ?
But all the lads
They loved me well ....    why not?
And what the worse am I ?
You see all the comic opportunities in the multiple colorations of those "why not's."
You will find easily the amplification of a text, if you are penetrated by the subject of your song. Of course you must not abuse it. Not many songs require an amplification; you must feel when it is needed and permitted.
To conclude the illustration of what we have
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