One of my fellow poets, Glenna Cook, encouraged me to try using the poetic form of the villanelle for writing lyrics. The process of a little rearranging of lines and plucking out the poem’s refrain to use in the arrangement was challenging and amusing at the same time. Johnny seemed to enjoy working his musical magic and editing skills to create the song.
Neil’s was too timid, too shy to reveal
His Friend, Lucille, his heart did steal
Neil was too timid, too shy to reveal
He was smitten by his dear best friend
Lucille, so vivacious, could not conceal
Her her wit and charm, she’s not to be penned
Neil’s friend Lucille, his heart did steal
His heart raced like a spinning wheel
Her kindness to him, he must commend
Lucille became more than a friend
Neil’s friend Dale, had his eye on Lucille
Oh, this folly must end
Neil was no longer to shy to reveal
His love, was true and real
Neil asked Lucille …”How did she feel?”
Lucille took the hand of her friend
Neil was no longer too shy to reveal
His friend Lucille his heart did steal
released May 14, 2022
Lyrics and vocals by Jacqueline Cates.
Music composed, arranged and produced, including all keyboards, sampled bass guitar and drums by Johnny Burgess.
Recorded at Cinderblock Studios in Ruston WA March-May 2022
Mastered at Pacific Studios, Tacoma WA May 2022 , via cloud, by Mark Simmons.
Cover art by Haley Hughes, Brooklyn New York.
Check out her work! Truly amazing! haleyhughes.us
From Tacoma WA, Jacqueline & Johnny have collaborated writing songs since 2009. Jacqueline, formerly a technical writer
and trainer for Carlson Marketing Inc, began writing lyrics for Johnny's style of music.
composing and arranging the music for Jackie's lyrics....more