- Title Pages
- The Day Johnny Cash Died
- Reduced to Rhyme: On Contemporary Doggerel
- The Sonnet Within the Song: Country Lyrics and the Shakespearean Sonnet Structure
- Rap Poetry 101
- It Don’t Mean a Thing: The Blues Mask of Modernism
- Gangsta Rap’s Heroic Substrata: A Survey of the Evidence
- At the Crossroads: The Intersection of Poetry and the Blues
- Country Music Lyrics: Is There Poetry in Those Twangy Rhymes?
- Similarities and Differences Between Song Lyrics and Poetry
- Words and Music: Three Stories
- The Triumph of Icarus: Sam Cooke and the Creative Spirit
- The Joe Blow Version
- A Nobel For Dylan?
- Lyric Impression, Muscle Memory, Emily, and the Jack of Hearts
- Don Khan and Truck‐Driving Wives: Dylan’s Fluctuating Lyrics
- Thoughts on “Me and Bobby Mcgee” And the Oral and Literary Traditions
- The Soup that Could Change the World
- Laughing in Tune: R.E.M. and The Post‐Confessional Lyric
- Sweetness Follows: Michael Stipe, John Keats, And the Consolations of Time
- Sweeping up the Jokers: Leonard Cohen’s “The Stranger Song”
- Facing the Music: The Poetics of Bruce Springsteen
- Coming Into Your Town: Okkervil River’s “Black”
- Still Holding at the Seams: Magnolia Electric Co.’s Josephine and the Contemporary Poetic Sequence
- Not to Oppose Evil: Johnny Cash’s Bad Luck Wind
The Joe Blow Version
The Joe Blow Version
- (p.158) The Joe Blow Version
- The Poetics of American Song Lyrics
- University Press of Mississippi
This chapter analyzes Otis Redding’s song “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” and its different versions, highlighting a number of landmarks in Macon, Georgia along the way including Macon City Auditorium, Nu-Way Weiners, and Hummingbird Soundstage and Tap Room. It considers the idea of variability, and how it might be the norm when discussing poetry and songs.
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