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      A place for members to post their lyrics if they're looking for constructive criticism.

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      Do you have music for the song you want critiqued? Purely instrumental creations also welcome! This is the forum to participate in.

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      Interested in creating music videos? Here is a place to get feedback on the video itself. If you want feedback on the song, post in Songs Feedback (or both places if you want feedback on the song AND the video).

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  3. Contests

    1. Lyric Contests

      Interested in joining a lyric contest to see how your lyrics measure up amongst your peers? This is the place to enter!

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      This is a forum where you can find contests involving the entire song - both lyrics and music.

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      Inside this forum, you'll learn the musical & lyrical crafts to help you develop your songs and lyrics.

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      A place to discuss questions about music theory and how to develop melodies for your songs.

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    3. Songs In Development/Collabs

      Do you have a song that you'd like community help with? Got a good idea and nothing more? This is the place to post your idea, or a link to an audio idea. No critique, just ideas to make it better. A community place to throw your 2 cents in.

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  5. General Creativity Area

    1. Artist's Showcase (share your stuff if you don't need feedback)

      A place for you to post poems, short prose, lyrics, songs, and/or artwork. We're a creative bunch: if you're proud of it, we'd love to see it!

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    2. Creativity Games & Challenges

      A place for discussions about the creative aspects of songwriting. Looking for inspiration? Would you like to pose a creative challenge to the rest of the creative community here? This is the place to do it.

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    3. Songwriting Prompts and Exercises

      Let’s help one another kick-start the songwriting process! If you have an idea for a lyrical or musical prompt to inspire new songwriting ideas, or want to start a non-competitive group songwriting exercise, this is the place to share it. Stumped for a lyric topic? Stuck in a musical rut? Stop by here and get those creative juices flowing again.

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      Information & recommendations about home recording & equipment you've been particularly impressed with. Also a place to post information about recording studios and tips for getting the most out of your studio experience.

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    3. Music Video Production

      Want to make videos for your songs? A place ask questions and discuss all aspects of music video production (technology, software, hints, tips, etc.)

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    4. Show Us Your Gear!

      Have some great recording gear or musical instruments at your disposal? Want to show them off? This is the place to tell us about them.

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    5. DIY Publishing and The Music Business

      A place to discuss the business end of songwriting as a profession. Also a place to talk about PRO's and songwriting associations and any aspect of the business which you want to discuss, be it controversial or just an item of interest

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      A place to sell yourself. What do you need to do to make it big? What have you done to improve your exposure? New CD? Website? Let us know and discuss here.

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    2. Off Topic Discussions

      This is the place to discuss all those things that don't really belong in any other forum. Respectful discussion only - no personal attacks!

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    3. Muse's Muse Memorabilia

      These are threads that we're reluctant to delete, but that need to be moved into their own special place.

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    • Sorry, folks... this was my mistake.  Paul asked me to run this contest a few months ago and I agreed, but I thought he was asking me to run the lyric contest.  So when fabkebab started the lyric contest this month I thought, oh well, I'll just crawl back into my cave.  I now see he'd asked me to run the song contest.   Again, sorry for my mistake.
    • No chorus? If you italicize each of the passages that start "I'm going to Parchman" they make a nice chorus.   I vote for reusing the opening passage for the end. It fits better.   Nicely done Kuya!
    • Thanks for the advice guys. Very much appreciated. And excellent suggestions too. I've already used much of it. I agree that it's too long, but I want to look a little more and try out a few things before shortening it.  I was thinking of having a short refrain after each verse if i edited this down into a shorter version     I was thinking of something like    Parchman ohhh Parchman, Destination Doom get outa Mississippi, can't leave a day too soon     The following is from a PBS website on Parchman. There's a well known song called Parchman Prison Blues covered by many blues guys. Mose Allison, Bukka White, Mayall.  Many bluesmen served time here too. Place is infamous. Freedom riders did time here.    located about 100 miles south of Memphis in the Mississippi River Delta, the birthplace of the blues, Mississippi State Prison in Parchman, Mississippi, has become as much a historical landmark as it is a penitentiary. It’s about 30 miles from where Emmett Till was murdered in 1955, and surrounded by uninhabitable swampland.  Parchman’s storied history is the basis for the prison farms featured in the movies “Cool Hand Luke” and “O Brother Where Art Thou?”, it’s referred to as “destination doom” in a William Faulkner’s novel “The Mansion,” and it is now a haunted setting in Jesmyn Ward’s National Book Award-winning 2017 novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing.”
    • Wish you'd put the lyric back up. I read it the first time I listened but notice upon returning that it has now disappeared. I think the message is a good one, but would like to read the words again.  Another very apropos theme. 
    • Tom,   As always a good tune.  Message is very apropos.  We are losing our compassion, understanding, and empathy for each other.  The voice in the song (to me) is troubled or frustrated by what he sees going on around him and is also conflicted by his own feelings as a result of what he sees going on around him.  Whether you agree or disagree with some of the point of view's thoughts, the song and message have an emotional component that should be able to reach any thinking person.   Thanks for sharing something that hits at the heart of each and everyone of us on some level (no matter who we are, how we think, or where we come from).    Carl  
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