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Thread #18009   Message #176056
Posted By: The Shambles
10-Feb-00 - 05:34 AM
Thread Name: Cathartic Songs: yours?
Subject: Lyr Add: Without The Song (There's No Show)^^
No Not the songs that Cathar's sing.

I dug this song up from the 'dusty vaults' of the Mudcat cellar. I thought it might be interesting to have a thread for songs, that you sing to make you feel better and the reasons why they do.

I always feel better after I sing this one but I do have to carefully explain to the audience that it is about a particular place and time and is not about them (for it is more of a reminder to me and my ego). Otherwise they are usually gone before the end of the song. It was a place where songwriters could go and perform to an audience that consisted of other songwriters. The idea was that they, of all people would provide a sympathetic audience for original material. It was a disaster of course as they were too busy either preparing to perform or flushed with success after they had performed, to actually listen to anybody else and just went through the motions, clapping dutifully at the end of songs.

Without the song (there's no show).

I saw no storm clouds appear
Is that the sound of thunder, I hear?
Or the sound of warm applause?
No, it's just the roars
Of clashing egos and crashing bores

You know you're the best
So, why not listen to the rest?
Don't sharpen your claws
Don't join the roars
Of clashing egos and crashing bores

Small fishes, small ponds
They wait for you to go on
They even call out for more
Then join the roars
Of clashing egos and crashing bores

The singers come and go
But without the song, there's no show
How can you sell, what's not yours?
Don't join the roars
Of clashing egos and crashing bores

The bottle may be shattered
But it's the message that matters
So if it washes on your shore
Don't join the roars
Of clashing egos and crashing bores

Roger Gall 1997