by Tony Attwood
We asked for contributions relating to completing the song “Don’t let anyone write your story.” The original request is at Another set of Bob Dylan lyrics without music for us to complete
The lyrics were credited to Gerry Goffin, Carole King and Bob Dylan.
Our first reply was from Claudio Diarni – and we put up his piece. But unfortunately, for some reason the song doesn’t play here, maybe because it is in the wrong format. So Claudio is you are still reading, please can you send over a copy as an mp3 or mp4 file?
Anyway, as Claudio was for a while the only person brave enough to have a go at the song I thought I had better find out why no one else wanted to take this on. So I spent a while trying to write my own music to the song – and I can tell you what the problem is
a) the lines don’t easily scan
b) the last verse abandons the rhyming scheme completely.
c) the concept of “the job” is a bit, well, odd.
So double bravo to Claudio for having a go and I am sorry I can’t bring that version to you. But first here are the lyrics and then my version.
Don’t let anyone write your story Write a story of your own The greatest thing we have to live for Is seeking the unknown Don’t let anyone write your story Or tell you how to love Save it for the one who really loves you Or as written in the stars above I am just the humble one Coming home from work when the day is done But it’s love and lovin’ that makes the world go ’round Here with both feet on the ground Don’t let anyone write your story Nowadays it’s not that hard Don’t let anyone write your story I’m still not too old to do the job
Now have a look at that last verse and imagine – what does one do with it? The rhyme scheme vanishes, and what is this about doing the job?
Anyway, I have done this in a bit of a rush, but that’s my solution to the problem of the final verse. And I think Claudio and I can be rather proud about tackling this when no one else has. Plus, we can now both claim to be co-writers with three of the most famous songwriters in history.
My apologies for the hugeness of the image below – it is not, I assure you, an attempt at aggrandisement of myself, but I couldn’t see how to reduce the size to something more acceptable. Nor how to turn it into an audio-only. (If you know, please tell me).
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