Her New Guy

Her New Guy

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Her New Guy

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Ah, Teenage Heartbreak. The Universal Theme.

I've been studying modern song structure lately, in response to some critiques I've gotten (not here) about these "homages" of mine being a little old-fashioned. And that's absolutely true, and a valid critique. Lately, songs tend to "get to the Chorus" pretty rapidly, so instead of my usual Verse-Verse-Chorus-Solo-Verse-Chorus-Outro structure, and after listening to several recent (country) hits and sitting down to analyze their structure...I only have a couple of verses total in this song. GOT RIGHT TO THE CHORUS! And...personal songwriting history is made with this song in that it has a..."refrain"? "Post chorus"? (I don't think it counts as a "bridge" or "prechorus").

In my discussion of my earlier song "On The Beach At Sunset", I link to some articles on the "Quantity vs. Quality" argument in songwriting, and I've been thinking about this a lot more. I MIGHT take some time off over the next little while to read up on music theory, structure, and to analyze modern music a little more--to get out of my self-perceived "rut" of (intentionally) writing "old-fashioned" songs. In other words, to learn how to write more modern songs.

I made it to 50 in last year's Challenge (and completed 2 FAWMs), so I've already conquered the "Quantity" part. I think it might be time for me to concentrate on "Quality" and modernizing my songwriting and I don't want to wait until October to do that.

I'm not quiting this year's "Challenge"--just changing my priorities. I'll likely still post some stuff--but, while I've said my goal was 30 songs this summer, I'm not sure I'll actually get there.

But what I DO write, I'm hoping will be better--and more modern. Good luck to all in your own pursuits. I can't praise enough the whole concept of FAWM and "50/90 Challenge" and how it got me past "writer's block" and changed my life!

I hope you enjoy this song.

Lyrics: 

HER NEW GUY

Words & Music
By
Jerry Pettit

It was love at first sight
Thought that she was the bomb;
We pledged to go steady
And I took her to prom.
I thought we were forever,
Our love wouldn't die;
Now I've heard on the street
That she's found HER NEW GUY.

CHORUS:
Now I sit in the malt shop.
What's happened to me?
If they walked in together
How could I bear to see
How she squeezes his hand,
How she looks in his eye?
I will never get over
That she loves HER NEW GUY.

Why is this happening so very fast?
Why doesn't anything anywhere last?

PIANO SOLO

I don't think I can ever
Show my face back in school.
All my friends, full of pity;
I'd feel like a fool.
I am so alone;
Want to curl up and die.
My life has no meaning;
She's found HER NEW GUY.

CHORUS:
Now I sit in the malt shop.
What's happened to me?
If they walked in together
How could I bear to see
How she squeezes his hand,
How she looks in his eye?
I will never get over
That she loves HER NEW GUY.

Why is this happening so very fast?
Why doesn't anything anywhere last?

© 2018, Jerry Pettit



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Comments

cindyrella's picture

Oh wow! I Love this! You sure have this down pat. So catchy and relate-able !

A bit different this time. Even had to chase the lyrics a couple of times? But you caught them. Well done!

Jerry Pettit's picture

Haha! Yeah, got a little behind the beat a time or two. I do this in pretty much one-take, and can always redo them later after they...go viral. Wink

billwhite51's picture

this is just as old fashioned as anything else you have written, to be truly modern yu have to eliminate story, character, sense of place, , and solos..you also need to bring in forty other wriers to ensure that severe computer analysis will give it the radio okay. but please, domt f it!!! you are one of the last of the 20th century songwriters, stay away from the psychological time machine,

Jerry Pettit's picture

Hey, I'm not TOTALLY "selling out" just yet! Wink Sure, I'd like to be more commercial--but, like you I think, I write songs for myself and based on music that I have loved over the years. Here's a great video talking about the songs of 20 years ago vs. current music. It was better back then...: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn85sCVEGOw (By the way, this Rick Beato has a number of worthwhile music videos to watch)

MarkG's picture

Realizing this is an homage to a bygone genre, but I'm old and I've never been in a malt shoppe. Have you? Jerry, I love your stuff--but stick with the Tesla era. Your talent must confront the issues of today! (Power to the people!) PS. It's a pleasure following your posts!

Jerry Pettit's picture

Grew up in a small Iowa town where the "malt shoppe" was a fountain area with seating in the middle of our local drug store. The store's name was (and still is)--I kid you not--"Stoner Drug". Had a few malts there, I'm sure, but mostly Cokes...