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Thread #155207   Message #3649123
Posted By: Don Firth
07-Aug-14 - 12:25 PM
Thread Name: Changing lyrics to the 3rd person
Subject: RE: Changing lyrics to the 3rd person
Hmm....

Sometimes a change of gender or an attempt to do a first person song in third person can clank pretty badly. Take, for example, "He Came from His Palace Grand." Just doesn't work! Best to just sing it straight, from the young woman's viewpoint and let the listener make the necessary mental shift.

Or "Come All You Fair and Tender Maidens." Same thing.

Sung with sensitivity, a good male singer can bring it off.

Don Firth