How To Write A Popular Song - online manual

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Clever catchy lines, or phrases, are always to be looked for. In sprightly, comic, or even popular songs with a love story, if well used, they often help to make a song. Two fine examples of the use of "catch lines" in this way ane here given:
I. From "Just One Girl."
"There arc only tico flics in the honey.'
II. From "Bedelia." "I'll be your Chaunccy Olcott if you'll be my Molly 0."
These two lines were caught up more quickly by the pub­lic and attracted more attention almost than anything else in the two songs. There are, of course, many other equally well-known eases where the "catch line" practically made the song.
A euphonious title is a great essential to the making of a successful song. Let it be pleasant the eye and ear. The snorter and more concise it is, the better. In one, two, or three, or half a dozen words (more, if absolutely ne­cessary) it should indicate the story, just as in a newspaper article the head line conveys the whole idea, if cleverly writ­ten, of what follows.
Avoid slang, or double entente lines and phrases. They may seem witty and clever, but they ruin the chances for the song to sell well. Refined people do not care to have songs containing such words or allusions seen in their homes, or used by members of their family.
Always look to the selling qualities of a song. Principal among these are, an original idea, a catchy title, a haunting melody, clean words, good grammar (whether for ballads or comic songs), conciseness, strong points, and last but not
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