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foggers Meter-filler in lyrics (18) RE: Meter-filler in lyrics 08 May 12


Interesting point. I can think of a few quite common single syllable words such as "Well" that are used as meter-fillers at the start of lines. My hunch is that such verbal tactics link to the oral tradition where certain phrases re-occur as a memory saver, or to buy the singer\story-teller some time to recall the next bit. Meter renders the material more memorable, I guess.


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