ATTN SONG WRITERS:
In regards to lyrics for this song, what we're looking for is a "secret" that changes and gets twisted as the song goes on. So, try to come up with a sentence or two, then find clever ways to alter it as it passes from person to person.
Keep in mind how we communicate with modern technology. How often have you quickly written a text message and had autocorrect change a word that in turn completely changes it's meaning?
Some other ideas you could incorporate:
• Typing in an instant messenger and you forget a letter in a word. Autocorrect could also apply here.
• Have you been on a Skype call and one person freezes mid-way through a word, and you misheard what was said?
• Talking over the phone and one person cuts out, or a word gets muffled.
The idea is to have each line sung by a different person, and the secret a little bit different with each new person. And that finally culminates in a completely different "secret" that may or may not make any sense whatsoever. In your lyrics, it would be very helpful to mention what method of communication is being used on each line.
Does the secret make it back to the original teller? How does he/she react to it?
Musically it might work best as an upbeat patter song. Try to make it more musical theater-esque in style. Don't be afraid to mess with the song form. This kind of song doesn't necessarily need to be Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus.
Have fun with it!
Here's just a couple ideas mushed together, the transitions definitely need some finessing. When the idea of "Bye Bye Birdie" came up this is what popped into my head. I'll try to expand on this a little later.
Fun Fact: I played Randolph MacAfee way back in the day.
This is the secret I am telling
Never tell another soul what it is
Keep it quiet, there'll be no quelling
If you tell it, there's no telling
What will come of...
The secret I am telling
Heather's brother shot a mole but he missed
And a riot of feral lemmings
Went and fell off their cliff dwelling
That's so dumb of...
What’s the latest news? Have you heard about Kim?
I heard Ken’s is old news and now she’s fallen for “him.”
He’s just her rebound; you know that it can’t last.
That’s not what I heard considering her past.
Did you get my text?
Who knows what happened next?
Did you check your cell?
Are you going to tell?
Let me put you on speaker phone and do a conference call.
Don’t forget dear Debbie; she knows everyone at the mall.
Did you hear about Ken? They say he’s leaving town.
Rachel said she saw Kim trying on a wedding gown.
I just read on Twitter that Kim’s found someone new.
And the shocking thing was that someone is you!
(Note - 7/2/14 - I just revisited the YouTube site, listened to original song and realized I subconsciously used the same name. I'm an idiot. I was actually thinking of Kim and Kanye.)
Voice #1: "Eddie said he's ready to go study with Judy."
Voice #2: "Eddie and Judy are ready to go steady."
Voice #3: "Eddie said Judy's going steady with Rudy."
Voice #4: "Judy said Betty's going steady with Eddie."
Voice #5: "Betty said Eddie's going steady with Judy."
Voice #6: "Trudy said Rudy's going steady with Betty."
Voice #7: "Betty and Rudy and going steady truly."
Voice #8: "Eddie's truly going steady with Julie."
Voice #9: "With Julie truly?"
Voice #10: "Who's Julie?"
Voice #11: "What about Betty?"
Voice #12: "What about Trudy?"
Voice #13: "What about Eddie?"
Voice #14: "What about Rudy?"
Voice #15: "Well, I heard...
Rudy broke up with Judy for Trudy...
Betty and Eddie are not going steady...
Eddie told Betty all about Judy...
Eddie said Judy is now so ready..."
Voice #16: "To go steady with Eddie?"
Voice #15: "No...Trudy."
SONGWRITERS: Write Lyrics inspired by the Telephone Game.
MUSICIANS: Find lyrics that you like and Perform them.
NOTE: Please use THIS SONG as a reference when contributing.