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The Poetics of American Song Lyrics$
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Charlotte Pence

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031564

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031564.001.0001

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Words and Music: Three Stories

Words and Music: Three Stories

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(p.134) Words and Music: Three Stories
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The Poetics of American Song Lyrics
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Wyn Cooper

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031564.003.0010

In 1984, the author wrote a poem entitled “Fun” and included it in his first book of poems, The Country of Here Below, published in 1987. Almost a decade later, Bill Bottrell and Kevin Gilbert, Sheryl Crow’s producer and keyboard player, found a used copy of the book and liked the poems it contained. They bought the book, took it back to Crow, and asked her to sing “Fun” to the music. The song became a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning song “All I Wanna Do.” In this chapter, the author reflects on how “All I Wanna Do” changed not only his writing but also his life, and discusses two of his many writing projects that merge poetry with music.

Keywords:   poetry, Fun, poems, Bill Bottrell, Kevin Gilbert, Sheryl Crow

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