Grab your coat, and get your hat Leave your worry on the doorstep Just direct your feet To the sunny side of the street.
Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, start all over again.
No matter where I run, I meet myself there.
Just direct your feet to the sunny side of the street.
Love is the reason for it all.
A song must move the story ahead. A song must take the place of dialogue. If a song halts the show, pushes it back, stalls it, the audience won't buy it; they'll be unhappy.
There aren't more lady songwriters for the same reason that there aren't more lady doctors or lady accountants or lady lawyers; not enough women have the time for careers.
Write what you feel. Write because of that need for expression.
Keep it in tune with the times, but don't write with the specific purpose of trying to create a hit. If you're doing it strictly to make money, you're crazy. There are easier ways to make money.
A rhyme doesn't make a song.
If you don't have a story that will hold the audience, you won't have a successful show.
Love is the reason you were born.
The man in our society is the breadwinner; the woman has enough to do as the homemaker, wife and mother.
I'm in the mood for love, simply because you're near me. Funny, but when you're near me I'm in the mood for love.
A song doesn't just come on. I've always had to tease it out, squeeze it out. 'No thesaurus can give you those words, no rhyming dictionary. They must happen out of you.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning could write a poem two pages long. Could she have brought it to a music publisher?
I began to be impressed by what made a good book-how you needed to have a sensible story, a plot that developed, with a beginning, a middle, and an end that would tie everything together.
In a show or a movie, one must work with many people. Many women just don't have the time for it.
I don't care how good a song is. If it holds back the storyline, stalls the plot, your audience will reject it.
I do not think men have more talent. There are a great many women in the arts; novelists, painters, sculptors, poets-but the proportion is far lower in the field of song writing.
A songwriter should have friends who are similarly interested; should move about in the milieu of work he has chosen for himself.
The songwriter mustn't fall in love with his own song. If it doesn't belong, he can't push it into a show. Let him save it; maybe it'll fit in another show.
A song just doesn't come on. I've always had to tease it out, squeeze it out.
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