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There's a story behind every love song~

Updated on September 11, 2014
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“There's a part of you and me in every memory that tells us who we are” ~ Kenny Rogers, A Love Song

Be Brave. Write. ~ CrisSp
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Songwriters are no different from poets. In fact, most songs came out of a good poetry, lyrically developed and produced. They write from the heart, from what they know, from what they feel. They let the magic of words flow. They play with different verses and heap it up with chords and the melody follows, allowing the lyrics or the poem to manifest by itself during the process.

Accordingly, the basic tradition of song writing started when folk musicians gather amongst the locals in a campfire and start telling stories of triumph and sadness, expressed like a lyrical passage.

Writing allows us to exercise our creativity through the power of words. For songs and poetry, we write to express ourselves, sing our souls and free our minds of those random thoughts frantically waiting to escape.

But, what inspires a songwriter to write a song?

Artists get their inspirations from various sources like in their day-to-day life and on what they see and experience. They express their feelings, create a voice for the society, express a thought or an insight or simply tell a story.

Wildflower

“Wildflower” – is a song written by Doug Edwards and Dave Richardson, sung by a Canadian Band called Skylark and became a hit in 1972. It also became the most performed songs in the Canadian history of popular music and is one of the most enduring songs around the globe.

It was originally written by Dave Richardson as a poem and later on developed by Doug Edwards into a song. Richardson’s inspiration in writing the poem came through a story told by her girlfriend back in the 70’s.

TRIVIA:

During Paul McCartney's concert at Candlestick Park in SF a few weeks ago, he told the story of how troubled he had been, when the Beatles were breaking up. He went to his mom who advised him to just "let it be". The name of his mother is Mary.

The genesis of the song ~ a truly touching story

Richardsons’ girlfriend was a nurse. On the night of their first date, he came to pick up his girlfriend at her apartment, he noticed the girl was crying and upset. She told the story of the two elderly ladies who died at the hospital that day she was on duty. Considering her good relationship with the two patients, she was obviously affected by their sad demise. Richardson eagerly lent his ears to her girl while she emotionally uttered her story and then she went back to her bedroom to dress up and get ready for the date. Richardson patiently waited for her while he watched TV and waited for her to come out. When it took her quite so long to come out, he knocked on the bedroom door – no answer. So, he went to open the door and find out the girl fast asleep in her bed and didn’t even manage to dress up for the date; head still wrapped with towel and still in her robe. Richardson thought, she was just tired after her emotional day. Careful not to wake her up, he put a blanket over her and went home. The story gave him the inspiration to write the poem, which he did in around fifteen minutes in his home.

For Richardson, it felt like he was only an instrument to write the poem and that God did the writing. On the part, "Be careful how you touch her, for she'll awaken", Richardson was referring to the moment he put the blanket over her. And the line, "The way she's always paying, for a debt she never owes..."is an explanation that it wasn’t her fault that the ladies had died and yet she felt in charged about it and cried.

What a sad but beautiful inspiration to write about. And, behind that sad story sprouted a beautiful song artistically expressed by the writer.

The Rose

“The Rose” is one of the most beautiful songs sung by Bette Midler and became one of her biggest hit in 1980. Originally used as the soundtrack for the movie with the same title in 1979, which tells the story of a self-destructive rock singer who struggles to cope with the pressures and demand of her career. The story was based on the life of the singer Janis Joplin.

How did the song start?

Amanda McBroom wrote the song and her inspiration came from another song “Magdalena” by Danny O’Keeffe sung by Leo Sayer. She heard of “Magdalena” on the radio although she likes the song, there are parts of the song that she didn’t quite agree, “You’re love is like a razor. My heart is just a scar”. And, along the way thought of what she thinks of love then. The ideas suddenly opened a window for her and words started to play at the back of her head. She recited the words to herself until she got home and started to jot down her thoughts. “The Rose” was penned in ten minutes.

Someone Like You

“Someone Like You” - is a song written and recorded by the famous Adele Adkins along with Dan Wilson. In 2011, it became a hit and was put in the peak chart position as number one in the billboard hot 100.

What inspired the song?

Adele took her inspiration from her heartbreak when she broke up with her man. She knew what to say in the song and it speaks of her coming to terms with the end of the relationship. Dan Wilson then contributed by simplifying the song, making it very straightforward, in which listeners could personally relate. Including collaborations, the song was completed in two days.

The song was taken from Adele’s point of view of a woman who’s unable to let go of her ex and is still in love with him even after the break up, only to find out that he’s moved on with his life and a wife. With the chorus that goes: “Never mind, I'll find someone like you, I wish nothing but the best for you too. Don't forget me, I beg. I remember you said, sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead” ~ Adele clearly laid down her feelings as a songwriter and her vulnerability as a woman. Her rendition of her own shattering and sordid story was beautifully felt from the song, which sounded very natural despite the bittersweet feeling.

Enjoy the video and cry if you feel like~

"All is fair in love and songwriting"~Nora Jones

Songwriters give their songs emotive impact to make it unforgettable in the heart of the listeners. They cannot be forced to write, it has to come from their deepest thoughts in a way that listeners are able to understand the message, relate and experience what the song is all about.

Song lyrics especially love songs are usually drawn from real life with real details of life. It has the magical ability to influence us and vice versa. It is a gift from God to be able to write a song. It comes from the writer’s feelings just like in any other forms of writing and behind every love song is a story yet to unfold.

Songwriting:

For aspiring artists, although it is good to have a goal to write a hit song, try to put the word "hit" aside and just write. Believe that it will eventually become a hit. The reward will come later, if you would just go with the flow of your creative juices. Most of the hit songs didn't require any forces to write, they usually just came from the heart and those writers didn't even expect that their songs will become a hit. They simply did what their heart commands-write.

When the urge is there and inspiration comes your way, grab a pen and paper, go with the flow do not disregard it. Let other artists served as inspiration, but be unique in your own natural way. Keep your own style. Be brave. Write.

~o0o~o0o~

Copyrights@CrisSp~TM /09-2012. Read me: "The heart of my soul speaks to the soul of my heart by writing." ~

© 2012 CrisSp

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      Alma 

      3 years ago

      What it takes was such a good song played last night, and what a supirrse! usually i listen to the songs and enjoy them, but last night while listening when about to go to sleep, this song came on, and made me want to get up and dance! Who is he? is he signed? tell me more information about him please 107.1! I downloaded his album off itunes, and OH MY GOD, he is unbelievable! play more songs from him please! maybe an hour dedicated to him??? i hope so!

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Paula: I love your comment...older but wiser for sure. Thanks for stopping by.

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Jodah: You are right, it's all the same for the gifted ones regardless of the way they would like to express their thoughts be it in writing, painting, singing, etc. Thank you for your readership and vote.

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      Paula Atwell 

      3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Guess it shows my age that I knew the answer to the Elton John question. :)

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Some great songs and songwriters highlighted here Cris. The Rose has always been one of my favourite songs. It is interesting to know what inspires people to write these hit songs. In many cases I suppose it is the same things that inspire poets. Voted up.

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      grand old lady: Isn't that interesting, eh? Thank you for stopping by. Always good to see you.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Very nice hub. Before, I thought the only songwriters who wrote of their lives were Taylor Swift and John Meyer. Well, for a long time it seemed to be that way, anyway, hahahaha.

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      hlwar, my pleasure to share and thank you for coming by. Appreciate your readership and comments. Love from the sky~

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      hlwar 

      5 years ago

      What I love most about song lyrics is how they can be so broad and allow each induvidual to find their own meaning and connection within their words. Accompanied by music, songs can be so emotional and personal! Thanks for a thoughtful hub! (*^▽^*)

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Dear Archa! Pleased to meet you and welcome to my hubspace. Love, indeed is the culprit! Thanks for coming by.

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      Archa 

      5 years ago from India

      This is really interesting. Actually love is something with makes the person do many new things and writing poems is definitely one among them.

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Michelle, keep that spirit high! Thank you for dropping by. Love from the sky~

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      My pleasure Linda, my sunshine! Always good to see you. Thank you for your support.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      As in many things, we've to believe what we are doing and have faith that we will succeed. With that, we eventually will! Thanks for sharing, CrisSP!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      The story behind the song. There are so many songs and so many stories to be told. Great idea for a hub series CrisSp! Thank you for sharing these stories with us.

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Great to see you here Rahul. Thank you for coming by.

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      Jessee R 

      5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I believe there is story behind every kind of song...

      Brilliant hub my friend

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Faith for all your kind words. Hubbers like you inspire me more to write and keep on writing. Love from the sky~

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Crisp,

      Love this hub, as I just love all types of music, and what you have here are all great. I know you are right that God gave Richardson that inspiration, and what a very lovely title ---has to be from God. The Rose is awesome of course. And I really love Adele's music and her powerful voice and from where her inspiration comes. Excellent hub dear one. God bless you always and keep shining your light for His glory. Voted Way Up In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Pleased to meet you John. Thank you for your readership. I very much appreciate your effort in leaving a comment and for voting up. I'll see you around HP.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you for the compliments Lord. Glad to see you here. Don't let the music fade away...continue singing and dancing with the tune. Appreciate you spreading the love by sharing it.

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      John Sarkis 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi CrisSp, and what a great hub this is.

      I'm not much into songs or popular music; classical music is my personal favorite of all music. That said, you mentioned some really beautiful songs in this article. "The Rose" has truly wonderful lyrics and Midler did a great job acting/singing in this movie.

      Voted up

      John

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      Joseph De Cross 

      5 years ago from New York

      I love music and always will, I think I was concieved after my parents heard and danced to a tune. Is in me and in my hubs. Luckily I write poetry and can get inspired at any time. Creativity mingles reality with fiction and is up to us to deliver the final product. Loved your selection of music, and you did a great job! Sharing!

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I'm glad you enjoyed it mpropp! Thank you for dropping by and for leaving a comment.

      Just like what Dave Richardson said, we're only the instrument, it is God who's doing the writing.

      Love to you~

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      Melissa Propp 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Very interesting hub, CriSp. I really enjoyed it. I tend to listen to the singer and forget that they often aren't the ones who wrote the song in the first place. I'm sure its just as difficult to write a song as it is a book....but I just hadn't thought about it before. Thanks for sharing this!

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you shruti. It's just that, we tend to forget the genius behind the songs because obviously we only see the front face, which is of the singer who do their best on the rendition of the written art.

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      shruti sheshadri 

      5 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Interesting hub, I surely agree with your thoughts... songwriters are even better at conveying emotions than poets. A musical tune added to anything surely makes a lot of difference :)

      Beautiful thought, Thank you :) voted up~!

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Michelle for your readership, feedback and for sharing. Appreciate it, indeed. Love from the sky~

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      A touching recount of ildflowers and I love omeone like you!! Thanks for writing about the stories behind the songs!! Yes, songs are indeed poetry, and I used them a lot when teaching poetry. Thanks for the write, which I share.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      My Shiningirisheyes, thank you for dropping by. I personally think all these stories are phenomenal specially the "Wildflower". Imagine the excitement on going for a first date and then the girl fell fast asleep in her bed. Somehow, it's cute.

      Thanks again for voting and sharing. Keep well.

      P.S. Love Adele too~

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      First of all - Bravo for highlighting one of my favorite artists on this hub..Adele. I knew the backstory to this amazing song but was unaware of some of the others. Never knew the rose was originally supposed to the "the razor". What a difference one word can make. ANd the story about the young nurse falling asleep from heartbreaking exhaustion... WOW

      Fantastic hub I'm voting up and sharing.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      No, thank you Mhatter99. Appreciate your visit and your feedback. And, yes I agree with you--that the best art contains a bit of the artist.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Audrey. I have so much respect for these writers/artist. As I said earlier, they are brilliant!

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Could be coffee and it could be a third person too. Personally, I admire songwriters and scriptwriters--I think they are brilliant. Thanks for your readership. *Hubhugs*

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello must65gt!

      Wow, I actually have a songwriter reading my hub. I'm honored. May I know what are those songs? I'd love to hear them. Thank you for dropping by. Appreciate your feedback.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this. I believe the best art contains a bit of the artist,

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Songs --music in general is so deeply emotional and personal--and sometimes we can all resonate with the feelings being evoked--lovely piece!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Just like every love poem, there is a story behind it. The author chooses to write deeply exposing feelings that can't be hidden any longer or choose to camouflage half of the poem where the full story to its inner core is only known to the author.

      This is a useful and interesting hub to know about the artists, composers and the means that made them write a love song.

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      must65gt 

      5 years ago

      Song inspiration can be the result from a plethora of inspirations. Having written many songs with corresponding scores, I am often surprised by what prompted it. Sometimes an idea for the melody comes first; the lyrics may come a month later. I have experienced situations when the lyrics will come all at once and had to close myself in private to record the words. These often can be the best works. Friends have asked me to write songs for them and when pressed, my mind goes blank with poor results. But it is true, the person that records the song is the one remembered for it rather than the composer. Thanks for the great hub.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ignugent17, thank you for coming out first. I really appreciate your vote and all. Love to you from the sky~

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      ignugent17 

      5 years ago

      It is nice to know the songwriter's point of view. I always admire the singers and forgets the one who writes the lyrics. Thanks for this information.

      Voted up and more!

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