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Old 2006-10-28, 12:35
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The type of people worth having as fans will check out what the lyrics say, and the type of rock music worth making will have lyrics that are as rich as the music. Also, if you really don't care about lyrics you might as well let the singer just grunt gibberish, a la some of Mike Patton's most interesting work. Without bullshit like words in the way, you can make some incredible sounds with the human mouth.

The reason this doesn't work isn't really that the references are esoteric and specific, since people are always willing to accept fantasy gibberish if the rest hangs together. The problem with this is that it doesn't hang together. In using Star Wars as a basis for your writing, just like anybody writing those Expanded Universe non-canonical books and games, you have to do your research and tap into the Star Wars world. It's a (mostly) coherent place with some fairly clear definitions, and it isn't quite like the world we inhabit. So, if you're going to use it, you have to use it the way it is. This means none of the immature bullshit you throw in (though other kinds of immature bullshit apply), none of the pointless profanity, none of this crap with Ordo acting extremely out of character. What you really need is the patience to center your songs, and write and rewrite until it's what it should be. You're clearly not a natural writer, so this process may take some time and effort, but the reward will be having some lyrics that aren't meandering, incoherent crap with funny words thrown around. This shit doesn't come easy, and treating it that way doesn't get you anywhere.

Ludd also has a good point, but I still think that the best way to write Star Wars lyrics is to honestly invest in the Star Wars world, not just use some of its words to pepper some bullshit from a completely different place.
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