Mare Wakefield & Nomad

I listened to Matt Watroba explain his song "They used to play baseball here" and he said he was originally writing about the closing of Detroit's Tiger Stadium. One of his friends suggested making it less specific and therefore more universal, so it fits most of the ball parks that have closed. Do you look at lyrics you have written and revise them to encompass more situations?

Mare Wakefield & Nomad responded on 03/21/2018

Hi Dave! Thanks so much for such a great question. I actually just did this very thing for our March Song-o-the-month. There is a line in the bridge that says "Father, I grow tired." I originally had it one time as Father, and the second time as Brother, which fit my specific situation at the time. But it seemed like a weird, unexplained jump so I left it "Father" both times for the version we're sending out. **HOWEVER** I do feel that it's good to have some specifics and "truth" in your song so that people can get a visual image or an emotional connection. If you leave lyrics too vague in an attempt to be "universal," you may risk losing the spark of truth that initially inspired you. I'm sure the Matt Watroba song still works if he leaves off Tiger Stadium specifics, but wouldn't it lose something if he took away baseball specifics to try and appeal to all sports? ;-)

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