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Thread #116315   Message #2497986
Posted By: Jim Dixon
19-Nov-08 - 05:34 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: I folk process 'We Gather Together'
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I folk process 'We Gather Together'
Since you've put some thought into formatting, I hope you don't mind if I give you my thoughts on the matter!

The only thing I don't like about your example is the hyphenation. If anyone uses a search engine (including Mudcat's own search function) to search for (for example) the phrase "ask the Lord's blessing", they won't find your text because of that hyphen in "bles-sing".

They can find "We Gather Together" only because you mentioned the title several times apart from the lyrics.

However, anyone with lots of experience searching for lyrics usually doesn't search for a song by its title. Searching for the title typically turns up lots of sites that merely mention the song without giving lyrics. It's usually more fruitful to search for a phrase that is not in the title, such as "ask the Lord's blessing".

I certainly endorse the principle of changing, rather than discarding, an otherwise good song because you object to something in the lyrics.

By the way, the original (I assume) text of WE GATHER TOGETHER can be found in this old thread:

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