Hi Perfect Monster.
I'm not suggesting Bill plays his Be Bop music or mutters a word of his lyrics, (not sure where you got that from) however, that doesn't detract from my feelings that his lyrics are wonderful and to be frank, are probably part of the sound tracks of many people's lives.
I for one, have special places where the lines of Bill's songs come to visit me and remind me of the past. Quite often these are the emotions of youthful love, but they are there non the less. Only today I was walking through an area that will always have memories of an ex girlfriend linked to Futurama and that will be there for all of my life.
This "Nice addition to the Wall" thread was wonderful and it just made me think how nice it would be to have a book of Bill's lyrics to browse through. As I said, I'm not suggesting that Bill reads them out, in the same way I don't expect him to come to my house and play a solo off a Modern Music, but his lyrics are art and would have special meaning, even today.
And remember, writing lyrics to fit the sensual tone and timing of a song limits the options, but Bill has never failed to deliver. If Dylan can get a Nobel Prise for his lyrics being poetry, then in my mind, Bill should get at least the same. Bill's lyrics are breathtaking and worthy of a wider audience.
I'm not suggesting Bill plays his Be Bop music or mutters a word of his lyrics, (not sure where you got that from)
All I was saying was that I am sure that Bill's lyrics do not all exist today in written form. So if a book of them was being prepared, the first step would be for someone - maybe you, or me, or Bill, or others here, or all of these options - to listen to the songs and try to write down the lyrics.
That's all that I was saying.
PS - you do realise that Bill has copyright on his lyrics? That's why his permission would be needed if they were to be reproduced in print.
PPS - the reason I posted at all is in case anyone here - you, or someone else - fancied doing something about it. It's exactly the sort of fan-based work that the internet has enabled. I am not going to be that person, but if someone else was organising a group of us, I'd be happy to tackle a few albums.
@Perfect Monster To add to the conversation there are some album sleeves which contain B Bop song lyrics 🎼 😁
If you want to see how David Sylvian approached the idea see his Hypergraphia.
Bill. How about of book of your lyrics? They are wonderful.
I would bet that Bill doesn't have a complete record of his lyrics, any more than he could tell you the chord sequences of songs from 30 years ago. Without listening to them, that is.
If anyone seriously wanted a book of Bill's lyrics, the first step would be to see if Bill would be interested. I am really not sure if he would be. Without Bill's permission, the project would be a non-starter.
You would then have listen to the songs and try to write down the lyrics. Pretty sure Bill would NOT be interested in doing that!
Drafts could be published here for review and correction - if Bill gave permission.
Note that there are over 2,300 titles in the A-Z song list on this site, so, even allowing for a few instrumentals, you might want to pick selected songs or themes :)
I have an oldish book of Bernie Taupins lyrics for Elton. To me they are like poetry and it would be a really lovely idea to have BBD lyrics given a similar treatment.....but I doubt it would ever happen.
That's great. I wish Bill had produced a book of his lyrics. They are one of the key things that drew me to Bill's music. He is a true poet and I expect many of us citizens have Bills lyrics in mind when we reflect on important moments in our lives.
Very nice looking.