I thought I might write a ballad. Here's a few random ideas I'm kicking off with:
There are a lot of songwriting terms and processes that can be used as metaphors for the death row experience. I want to research some real cases to capture the atmosphere, but the song will be primarily about the character as a songwriter. It's anybody's guess what the song might evolve into.
Anybody know another song with an identical theme - Has it been done before?
The ballad of songwriter joe on death row
I need to tell the story
'bout a songwriter named joe
and how he wrote his final song
while living on death row
Which man remembers being born
Or knows just how he'll die
But when you're living on Death Row
You know the how and why.
And you feel your sentence rhythms working overtime
Just living out your days precisely line by line
When you're stuck inside your final dictionary of rhyme
Most murders are domestic, so maybe I'll have Joe kill his songwriting partner???
Now songwriter joe he killed a man
that's all you need to know
But maybe I should mention
He played the piece too slow