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2012 Don Martin Lyric of the Year We Have Our Winners!

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 01:05 PM

IT'S TIME TO SUBMIT SCORES FOR THE 2012 DON MARTIN LYRIC OF THE YEAR CONTEST.
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JANUARY WINNER
I Canít Wait To Get Home To You
JOEINJAX

(V)
One dusty bar in this two stop light town
A rundown hotel with no friends around
Life on this road keeps a bringing me down
I canít wait to get home to you

(V)
12 hour days filled with hot sun and sweat
Cuttin new roads where there aint no roads yet
Brings home a pay check, but a life I regret
I canít wait to get home to you

©
Sweet dreams sweet darling
Iím driving all night
Iíll be there to kiss you
By mornings first light
And hold you like I used to do
I canít wait to get home to you

(V)
Rooster crows early each Monday it seems
Suitcase stuffed full of T-shirts and jeans
Back in my pickup truck, same old routine
I canít wait to get home to you

(V)
Dreamin that someday Iíll give up this work
Steel wheel loader, moving mountains of dirt
A worn out ol ball cap and coffee stained shirt
I canít wait to get home to you

©
Sweet dreams sweet darling
Iím driving all night
Iíll be there to kiss you
By mornings first light
And hold you like I used to do
I canít wait to get home to you

(BR)
Living on this road can be so lonely
Just canít make it through another day
I gently pull your picture from my pocket
Soon that lonesome feeling slips away

( C )
Sweet dreams sweet darling
Iím driving all night
Iíll be there to kiss you
By mornings first light
And hold you like I used to do
I canít wait to get home to you
No I canít wait to get home to you.
The forest would be silent if only the best birds sang.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:40 PM

FEBRUARY WINNER
Uninvited Ghosts
by scubed

Uninvited ghosts
Wait inside my door
Hover in the hallway
Glide across the floor
They donít threaten harm
They leave me alone
But uninvited ghosts
Freeze me to the bone

Uninvited ghosts
Move in pantomime
I donít need to hear
I know all their lines
I canít change the ending
They ignore my pleas
Uninvited ghosts
Bring me to my knees

Bridge:
Shadows show and show again
What a sorry fool Iíve been

Uninvited ghosts
Act out old mistakes
All the bad decisions
And that final break
Now in an empty house
I play lonely host
Just me and one more bottle
And uninvited ghosts
The forest would be silent if only the best birds sang.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:42 PM

MARCH WINNER
Something I Can't Do
By JOEINJAX

V
A cold December rain beating on my back door
Wind howling like a stray dog in the night
I pour myself another glass of loneliness
Make believe that I can drink things right

V
I know you're out there chasing after rainbows
Searching for the love that we once knew
Before these demons stole away my freedom
And chained me to a life without you

C
I remember

Kisses in the morning
Lovin every night
Walking by the shoreline as
The sun drops out of sight
Promising forever
I'd be there for you
But now it seems forever
Is just something I canít do

V
I swore to you that I could win this battle
Another week or two and I'll be fine
We can spend some time up in the mountains
I can get things straight here in my mind.

V
Time and time again I left you waiting
A few more drinks to help me ease this pain
Come home with a pocket full of stories
And you're alone and crying once again

C
I remember

Kisses in the morning
Lovin every night
Walking by the shoreline as
The sun drops out of sight
Promising forever
I'd be there for you
But now it seems forever
Is just something I canít do

BR
Always knew that someday you'de be leaving
Guess I never realized the cost
The pleasure that I found inside that bottle
Cannot replace the love that I have lost

C
I remember

Kisses in the morning
Lovin every night
Walking by the shoreline as
The sun drops out of sight
Promising forever
I'd be there for you
But now it seems forever
Is just something I canít do

Yeah it seems forever
Is just something I can't do
The forest would be silent if only the best birds sang.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:43 PM

APRIL WINNER
What True Love Means
By Alistair

I'd watch her on the corner where the bus stop used to be
I had just turned seventeen and she was twenty-three
Something deep inside of me was bursting at the seams
Wishing I could know what true love means
Wishing I could know what true love means

Heard that she got married to some guy from out of town
Heard he had a habit of knocking her around
Something stirred inside of me but never made a sound
Love is not a verb if it's a noun
Men can use to tie a woman down

Sticks and stones may break our bones but memories don't die
They surface, by and by
Right before our eyes
Take us by surprise

She's waiting on my table, looking good for fifty-two
Warming up some coffee for the boy she never knew
Something wakes inside of me and takes the corner booth
She was all I dreamed of in my youth
She was all I dreamed of in my youth

Feels as if Iím seventeen and she is twenty-three
Watching her and wishing she would turn and notice me
Something moves inside me like a rusty, old machine
Wishing I could know what true love means
Wishing I could know what true love means
The forest would be silent if only the best birds sang.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:47 PM

May Winner
The Sound of Fife and Drum
by neuroron

Spoken Intro:
General Robert E. Lee once said "I donít believe we can have an army without music." In the Civil War, fifers and drummers, along with buglers, made up the field music of a regiment. This music was an integral part of a soldier's daily life. It was used as signals in camp, for formations and other activities, and for the cadence when troops were on the march. Field music was also used to relay orders on the battle field, where smoke and noise often meant that only the musicians could quickly relay orders for any distance. This is a tale one such soldier-fifer, from the 5th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment, might have told.

V1/2
When bullets rained on Sumter, in the spring of Ď61
The call went forth throughout the North, ďBrave men, all ye come!Ē
So Sam and I enlisted, one fine New Hampshire day
To fight for Mr. Lincoln and an end to slavery

We stood in line for weapons, to join the noble fight
But Sam they gave a bright blue drum, and me, a wooden fife
The Master Sergeant looked at us, said ďboys, donít be so glumĒ
Youíll stir our hearts, as off we march, to the sound of fife and drum

CHORUS:
Singing Glory Hallelujah
We raised the stars and stripes
The drummers beat the drums
The fifers blew their fifes
We fought to wipe out slavery
And keep the Union one
Marching into history
To the sound of fife and drum

V3/4
At Chancellorsville, our colonel sent a scouting party out
But when the battle started, there was no sign of our scouts
We signaled our location, with beacons and with shouts
But the roar and smoke of war, wiped our message out

So the Colonel made a motion, for Sam and me to play
And pray our scouts would hear our song to guide them back this way
Not an hour later, back the scouts did come
Thanking God they heard the sound of our mighty fife and drum

CHORUS

V5
When General Lee surrendered, in April Ď65
We praised the Lord, the war was done, and we were still alive
But one foul deed would still be done
More tears would flow before peace would come
We buried Mr. Lincoln, to the sound of fife and drum

CHORUS
We have now sunk to a depth at which re-statement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
George Orwell

The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
Arthur C. Clarke

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 05:51 PM

June Winner
EAST NASHVILLE
by Joeinjax

(V)
A sky lined in silver
Streets paved in gold
On a Greyhound to Nashville
I turned 19 years old
Dreamin bout the money
The women and the fame
Got a second hand Fender
And a pocket full of change
( V)
Found a small flat
On the east side of town
Where visions of stardom
Lay scattered around
These songwriter suburbs
Filled with the dreams
Of mailbox money
And black limousines
(Chorus)
Steel guitars echo through the hilltops
Fiddles gently whisper through the trees
Pray that fame can find me here in Nashville
Livin in East Nashville Tennessee
(V)
Sweepin out a warehouse
Ten hours a day
Ain't no good living
Barely pays my way
Nights playing that Fender
Living on the dream
Of mailbox money
And black limousines
(Chorus)
Steel guitars echo through the hilltops
Fiddles gently whisper through the trees
I pray that fame can find me here in Nashville
Livin in East Nashville Tennessee
(Br idge)
These smoky east side bars
Have launched a thousand stars
Ain't no way I'm ever going home
(Out)
A sky lined in silver
Streets paved in gold
On the east side of Nashville

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 01:19 PM

July Winner
La Cantina del Conquistador
by neuroron

V1:
There's a tavern in Mexico
In a town near Monterrey
Where old ex-pats gravitate
(And) dream their days away
Shots of cheap tequila
Help them not remember when
They tell the same old stories
Again and again

Pre-Chorus:
And in their dreams, they finally get
The lives they've waited for...
At La Cantina del Conquistador

CHORUS:
When you get to the point you've got nowhere to go
Head down to Mexico
Live the life you dreamed before
At La Cantina del Conquistador

V2:
Carlos pours out happiness
Watered down a bit
And listens sympathetically
While heís picking up his tips
But the patrons donít complain
It's service with a smile
ĎCause this is their final stop
On this, their final mile

CHORUS:
When you get to the point you've got nowhere to go
Head down to Mexico
Live the life you dreamed before
At La Cantina del Conquistador

BRIDGE:
Pretty seŮoritas entertain them
(Though) the unenlightened masses call them whores
They keep the old men's dreams alive and kicking
Convince them (that) they're still Conquistadors

V3
A pension doesn't go too far
Up there in the States
But down below the border
It's enough to celebrate
It covers more than basics
Like refreshment at the bar
Where you buy your dreams in 2 ounce shots
At La Cantina del Conquistador

CHORUS:
When you get to the point you've got nowhere to go
Head down to Mexico
Live the life you dreamed before
At La Cantina del Conquistador
The forest would be silent if only the best birds sang.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 01:56 PM

August Winner
Melanie Moffet (All She Does Is Dream)
By Neuroron

Melanie Moffet sits in her room
Stares outside at the world
Mother says ďDonít go out there...
Itís no place for a good little girlĒ
Melanie listens to Mother
Listens and always obeys
She dreams of going everywhere
But in her room she stays

She dreams of fairs and carousels
Enchanted castles, wedding bells
Dreams how different life might be
But all she does is dream

Years ago, one yesterday
Melanie went outside
To a park with stones and flowers
To a spot they say her mother lies
But Melanie knows theyíre mistaken,
Mistaken, or maybe they lie
For Mother visits every day
Makes sure Melanie stays in line

She dreams of fairs and carousels
Enchanted castles, wedding bells
Dreams how different life might be
But all she does is dream

Servants serve her tea at noon
They come and go, then lock her room
They leave her cakes and pretty pills
And all she does is dream

She dreams of fairs and carousels
Enchanted castles, wedding bells
Dreams how different life might be
But all she does is dream
Yes, all she does is dream
The forest would be silent if only the best birds sang.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 02:39 PM

September Winner
Islamorada
by neuroron

I grew up in Islamorada
Liviní the island life
Days at the beach; fishin' the reefs
Sleepiní in a hammock at night
When I got older, I moved away
Got a real job; pretty good pay
(I) can't complain, but it's not the same...
As back in Islamorada

200 miles from Cuba
Sittiní at the top of the Keys
Swimminí in the warm blue waters
Swayiní in the tropical breeze
I get back down there whenever I can
Kick off my shoes; work on my tan
Thereís no place else Iíd rather be
Than Islamorada

I hear Barnacle Joeís finally closed
Where we used to get the best crab cakes
But the Ice Cream Shack near Pelican Cove
Still makes coconut shakes
And the beaches are covered with people all day, unless a
Hurricane comes, and scares Ďem away
But thereís plenty of places nobody knows
To make an escape

200 miles from Cuba
Sittiní at the top of the Keys
Swimminí in the warm blue waters
Swayiní in the tropical breeze
I get back down there whenever I can
Kick off my shoes; work on my tan
Thereís no place else Iíd rather be
Than Islamorada

After so many years and tourists
Things are bound to change a bit
But the island vibe is still alive
And I never get tired of it

200 miles from Cuba
Sittiní at the top of the Keys
Swimminí in the warm blue waters
Swayiní in the tropical breeze
I get back down there whenever I can
Kick off my shoes; work on my tan
Thereís no place else Iíd rather be
Than Islamorada

No thereís no place else Iíd rather be...
Than Islamorada
The forest would be silent if only the best birds sang.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:24 PM

October Winner
Not Strong Enough (To Leave)
jonie

V1
He comes home late again
This time after ten
Says he grabbed some dinner after work
But when he leans to kiss you
Lies and says he missed you
You can smell a woman on his shirt
Some things never change
But you hang in all the same
Believing you're not strong enough to leave

V2
On Friday night he'll drink
Come Saturday you'll think
Maybe he's gonna soften over time
But his anger and abuses
His pitiful excuses
Promise it gets harder down the line
You'll try to make the best of it
Cover up the rest of it
Believing you're not strong enough to leave

Bridge
As he sleeps in bed beside you
His breathing, slow and steady
You dream of ways to leave him
In most ways, have already

V3
The underlying thought
That dreams are all for naught
Haunts you as you drift away to sleep
When he fumbles in the dark
Wakes you with a start
Reaches for you underneath the sheets
You crawl inside the cold embrace
Of nothing else to take its place
Believing you're not strong enough to leave
The forest would be silent if only the best birds sang.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:49 PM

November Winner
Quarterhorse
By Len

Verse
Quarterhorse back, bent so low
Head hung deep in the dawn
Raise yourself for one last drive
One last ride in the morn

Chorus
Bridle, saddle, duster and jeans
Straw-loose stitches, worn out seams
Our best days are a long time seen
Buried in the dust of the plains

Verse
Easy girl, just one last ride
One last drive through the plains
Dust and cattle, hills and plateau
Drive 'em down through the plains

Chorus
Bridle, saddle, duster and jeans
Straw-loose stitches, worn out seams
Our best days are a long time seen
Buried in the dust of the plains

Bridge
Don't go asking what we'll find
At the end of our last drive
If I could tell, you know I would
And the good Lord knows I've tried

Verse
Easy girl, don't mind that cough
No rattle ever stopped your stride
We're two old folks, as grey as ghosts
Heading for one last drive

Chorus
Bridle, saddle, duster and jeans
Straw-loose stitches, worn out seams
Our best days are a long time seen
Buried in the dust of the plains

Outtro
Last ride for quarterhorse and rider
Buried in the dust of the plains
The forest would be silent if only the best birds sang.

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:46 PM

December Winner
Living Here in Paradise
JOEINJAX

Bright orange sunrise on an emerald sea
Fishin all morning and were drinking by 3
Thatís good enough for my amigos and me
Living here in Paradise

Happy hour seems to last all day
Shots of Tequila and itís time to play
We would'nt have it any other way
Living here in Paradise

Chorus
Itís always sunny here in Paradise
Sippin Rum, twist of lime over ice
Island ladies made of sugar and spice
Living here in Paradise

Brown skin girls as they walk on by
Bring a sparkle to an old manís eyes
I tell em stories and a couple of lies
Bout living here in Paradise

They say Iím funny and I make em smile
I let them love me for a little while
But in the end they always cramp my style
Living here in Paradise

Chorus
Itís always sunny here in Paradise
Sippin Rum, twist of lime over ice
Island ladies made of sugar and spice
Living here in Paradise

(Br)
Well, another sunny day
Another bottle of Rum
Thereís no such thing
As having too much fun

And when my island time has come and gone
Just pour a drink and sing another song
And somewhere up there Iíll be singing along
Bout living here in Paradise

Chorus
Itís always sunny here in Paradise
Sippin Rum, twist of lime over ice
Island ladies made of sugar and spice
Living here in Paradise

Island ladies sure to treat you right
Living here in Paradise
The forest would be silent if only the best birds sang.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:51 PM

It's time to send in your scores for the 2012 Don Martin Lyric of the Year. Following is a list of the winning lyric from each monthly contest over the past year. Please review them and send your scores to me (Neal K) via private message prior to Midnight, Thursday January 10.

Assign each lyric a score between 1 and 10. Note that half marks will be allowed in this contest. Because this contest features the best of the the best, remember that your scores for each song are in context of all the other songs. This means that assigning a score of 3 or 4 does not indicate that the lyric is of poor quality, it's just not (in your opinion) worth an 8 or a 9 in the context of the other lyrics.

Also, in this year-end contest, the winners of the monthly contests DO NOT provide scores.

Here are the songs:

I Can’t Wait To Get Home To You
Uninvited Ghosts
Something I Can't Do
What True Love Means
The Sound of Fife and Drum
East Nashville
La Cantina del Conquistador
Melanie Moffet (All She Does Is Dream)
Islamorada
Not Strong Enough (To Leave)
Quarterhorse
Living Here in Paradise
The forest would be silent if only the best birds sang.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:31 PM

The votes have been tabulated and the scores are in. Before we get to our winners I would like to thank everyone who participated in the monthly contests last year and everyone who didn't enter but provided scores.

Special thanks to those who provided scores for this final contest, which featured each of the monthly winners in 2012. Those individuals are: Danuta, Ironknee, SpanishBuddha, Kimberlyinnc, Graybeard, AdamAsh, Gordon, Cab Dryver, NigeQ, Mike MacIntyre, Onewholovesrock, Bernabby and FunkDaddy.

And now for the winners...

1st Place - a TIE!
scubed: Uninvited Ghosts
Alistair: What True Love Means

2nd Place
Something I Can't Do: JOEINJAX

3rd Place
Not Strong Enough (To Leave): Jonie

There was some unusual scoring. For example, Len's lyric received a 1 and a 10. But there didn't seem to be anything fishy going on, so I accepted all the scores. Here they are:

Uninvited Ghosts , scubed : 8 5 9 9 7 7 10 4 8.5 5 9 4.5 7 : 93.0
What True Love Means , Alistair : 5 4 5 8 9 8 8.5 5 10 6 9 8.5 7 : 93.0
I Can’t Wait To Get Home To You , JOEINJAX 7 9 5 5 8 7 6 8 9 6 7 5 5 : 87.0
Not Strong Enough (To Leave) , jonie : 5 3 8 4 10 7 7.5 5 6.5 5 7 7.5 9 : 84.5
The Sound of Fife and Drum , neuroron : 4 10 5 6 6 9 4 4 6 10 8 7 5 : 84.0
La Cantina del Conquistador , neuroron : 7 6 5 3.5 5 10 4 4 7 7 8 8 7 : 81.5
Something I Can't Do , JOEINJAX : 5 8 5 3 7 7 5.5 6 7 7 7 5 6 : 78.5
East Nashville , JOEINJAX : 7 7 7 2 6 5 5 7 5.5 6 6 6 7 : 76.5
Melanie Moffet (All She Does Is Dream) , neuroron : 6 4 5 1 6 6 6.5 5 7.5 5 7 4.5 8 : 71.5
Quarterhorse , Len : 6 1 10 7 5 7 3 4 4 5 6 6.5 6 : 70.5
Living Here in Paradise , JOEINJAX : 6 2 6 10 5 6 4.5 5 4.5 8 3 4 6 : 70.0
Islamorada , neuroron : 4 4 5 2.5 5 7 4.5 4 6 9 4 5 6 : 66.0
The forest would be silent if only the best birds sang.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:57 PM

Congrats to Sharon, Alistair and Jonie.
All very deserving of the scores they received.

There were some really GREAT LYRICS in the bunch.
Kinda glad I did not have to vote.

All of the entries were winners in my book
And a special thanks to all who voted.
Props to Neal for putting up with all of our nonsense. :lol:

Cheers,
Joe

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:25 PM

Big win for Alistair and scubed. Very deserving. All great lyrics of course. I too am glad I didn't have to pick winners out of a bunch of winners.

Thanks to those of you who scored in our absence and to Neal for doing most of the driving all year.

Neal, I think JOEINJAX's 2nd place win was for his lyric "I Can't Wait to Get Home to You" rather than "Something I Can't Do" which looks to have come in 7th.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:33 PM

Congratulations to everyone involved! Every lyric in the contest was a winner. I'm sure Sharon would agree with me that the true winners this year have to be Joe and Ron - simply for winning so many of the monthly contests! Great performance!

As was Neal, I was surprised at the unusual scoring, but tastes vary, I guess.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:42 PM

Congrats Sharon and Alistair, Winners of the winners!

And just echoing Alistair's comments about Joe and Neuroron. You two cleaned up this year with consistent high quality writing.

As for my 1 out of 10, well you should have seen the others that month!!! There were a few 1s and 2s spread around the lyrics; unless the scorer was a complete ranker it's hard to understand those scores but that's just noise.

And take a bow Mr Neal after another year of hard graft.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:03 PM

Yes, well deserved win for Scubed/Alistair...and everyone is to be commended!!!

I personally voted Jonie's "Not Strong Enough (to Leave) in first - it is one of my favorite lyrics I've read here! I had Neuroron's "Melanie Moffett..." in second - another that has to rank among my favs ever!!

I also put Scubed's and Alistair's up high, but is funny, because my favorite Scubed lyric of the whole year didn't win and didn't get in this comp, but if it did, i probably would have voted it in first!

But, I'm not "surprised" scubed and alistair tied for first... i had them slightly off, but i can easily see why others would have them their fav! Alistair's lyric, in particular, reminds me quite a bit, in structure, of Joe Pug's "Hymn 101" and that makes me think it is structurally very well written and perhaps in a style that i'm not exactly "trained" to appreciate, but it struck me that "hey... this is a lot like this song i've been liking lately"... and maybe there is a good reason for that... ^_^

As far as the "1" voter - i wouldn't get to unhinged - Neal's instructions were to vote from 1 to 10, and in context with the other lyrics, so a "3 or 4" doesn't mean the voter thought the lyric sucked, just that it was at or near the "low end" of the 12 up for votes... i would assume the voter went for a ranking, and indeed those scores seem to run from 1, 2, 4... up to 10... so the person that gave Len a "1" i don't think is saying that Len's lyric is a bunch of crap - just that in ranking all 12, his happened to be that person's least favorite (someone else gave Len a 10, so thought it was the best!)... so i don't think that particular individual was at all mean spirited or unfair, just trying to honestly rank them from 1 to 10, least favorite to most favorite of the ones in the competition... given the 12 entries and in no way is commmenting that the 1 or 2 were "bad" lyrics...

Personally, i worry about how many voters there may be so if i rank from 1 to 10 i'm giving someone a 9-pt deficit which may be hard to make up if there are fewer than about 18 votes - so as usual i kept my spread low, like 5-9... (so if i'm just off base on a lyric, others can make up for me)... i don't want to dictate the results, just provide my opinion and a relative weight in keeping with the spirit of the comp ... heck, i gave 5s i think to Joe's "i can't wait to get home to you" (but gave him a 7 on East Nashville...) and Ron's "sound of fife and drum"... but i know that i had both of those at least near the top in those individual months - i didn't give them "5" then!!... i just sort of sorted them down a little relative to all of these entries here...

again, every one of these was a monthly winner, so they are all winners! Heck, i'm ecstactic in any month where i get a single first or second place vote! Anyone who feels that any one of these 12 winners should have been in first probably has a very good case for it!! ... i won't begrudge anyone's opinion on that!

(but did i mention my favs were Jonie's and Ron's melanie moffett one? - i absolutely can't believe the rest of you didn't vote that way... :lol: )

So, thanks everyone for a fun year!! Thanks Neal, and our occasional subs (jonie, kim, joan) for running these every month and putting up with all of us!! and congratulations to all the winners, and to all the rest of us who keep plugging away entering and trying to improve and keep it lively!!

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:45 PM

CONGRATULATIONS TO SHARON & ALISTAIR B)

ALSO CONGRATS TO JONIE, JOE, RON & LEN. ALL GREAT LYRICS IN MY BOOK....JUST TO GET TO THIS PLATEFORM IS PRETTY COOL........WOW...WHAT A YEAR!!

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:33 AM

Well, what a delightful surprise! :) Congratulations to Alistair, Joe, and Jonie! And I agree with Alistair that Joe and Ron deserve special recognition for their multi-month wins. :) Is there a Muse merit badge for that? :P

Quite an honor to share the top spot among these great lyrics. I, too, am glad that I didn't have to vote. If I had to choose favorites, "What True Love Means" and "Something I Can't Do" would be at the top, with all the other entries bunched right behind.

BIG "thank you" to the folks who took the time to vote, and a REALLY BIG "thank you" to Neal for running this show and the monthly contests that got us here. The monthly contests are great - not only do we get to read a lot of fine lyrics each month, but the friendly competition pushes everyone to write better, and the post-contest conversations are always enjoyable and educational. Hope to be able to participate more often in 2013 than I did in 2012.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:55 AM

Congratulations Sharon, Alistair, Jonie, Joe, Len and to Neal for all the hard work running these - Keep up the good work for 2013! Ron
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:10 AM

Quick, someone order me a high horse and a bunch of sour grapes :D/> But seriously Gordon's right, the scores are relative. Didn't mean to distract from this festival of honour, just having a laugh.

My favourite was Uninvited Ghosts, just beautiful. Alistair's keen intelligence, Jonie's subtle emotions, Joe's clarity and Ron's exuberance lit up this selection. Each writer brings their own unique quality.
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:49 AM

Congratulations to the winners but you are all champions in my eyes. My highest scores went to Alistair, JOEINJAX ďI Canít Wait To Get Home To YouĒ and Scubed. Once again thumbs up for you all.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:52 AM

Congratulations to Scubed and Alistair, both worthy winners and made my top 3.

Uninvited Ghosts is a great title, I’m assuming it’s a twist on the well known phrase but if not it still works for me :)/>/>/>

With regards to the scoring. It’s quite clear that the two ‘1’ scores were from ‘rankers’, because both also awarded 10s and every score in between, which was broadly inline with what Neal suggested how we should vote. Is the song at #12 in the charts worse than the 11 above it? I doubt it. They are all in the charts and are all hits.


Now please go and vote in Song Of The Year while it's still open for business :D/>/>/>

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:42 PM

Congrats to Alistair and Sharon for a 1st place tie!!! :)/>/>/>

Also to Joe and Jonie!! :)/>/>/>

There were quite a bit of good lyrics and it was not that easy for me to pick a favorite, but I ended up choosing
Jonie's Not Strong Enough to Leave as my top choice
Alistair's What True Love Means was my 2nd choice
My 3rd place choice was Joe's Can't Wait to get Home to You

But I also loved Sharon's Uninvited Ghosts and Something I Can't do...Every song had lots of merit and to get in this category is a real boost to the songwriting muse.

Thanks Neal for running the contest and looking forward to more contests in 2013.


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PS. I was not one to use the RANKING system. I still kinda dig grading each song individually on its on merit along with agains't the others. If that makes sense..it may not... :P/>/>
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:34 PM

Congratulations to the winners! The following three, in descending order, received my highest scores: Alistair's What True Love Means, Ron's La Cantina del Conquistador, and Jonie's Not Strong Enough (To Leave).
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 12:34 AM

Wow, my two top picks were the eventual winners. Congrats to both Alastair and Scubed, both deserving of the top spot, but actually all of these lyrics were excellent. At this point it boils down to minor points here and there, I expect any of these could make good songs. Looking forward to what 2013 brings.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:44 PM

Sharon I thought your lyric was incredible and was glad to see it co-won. For my personal tastes it was an easy #1 on my scorecard. It read like a Feist song to me.

Other than that it was a tough one to score, Alistair I had you pretty high up there too, congrats as well.
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