Why don't they write songs like this any more? The people used to like to sing them, that's for sure I can't help it if I like my lyrics shevelled, ept and couth I wish I could convert some of today's four-letter youth They tell you that the only thing that really matters lately is the beat Forget about interpretation, listen with your feet I know this sort of sentiment will brand me as a square But I can't bring myself to like things merely 'cause they're there They say that thumping bass riffs are what get 'em on the floor But I keep thinking it's insane when music hits the point of pain Why don't they write songs like this any more? Why don't they write songs like this any more? The lyrics that they're writing are a total bore Don't think about the content I said, just enjoy the style If someone asks you what they're saying don't reply, just smile No-one can hear you anyway, the music's far too loud Don't worry if your hearing suffers, come and join the crowd There was a time when singers used to care about the words But now that sort of artistry is for the birds This picture that I'm painting for you may seem rather black But now in songs of wit and wisdom I detect the lack Oh take me back to Porter burnin', Mercer, Kahn and Hart When they set out to write a lyric they knew where to start Music's more a part of life than it ever was before But I keep wishing that they'd write some lyrics with a bit more bite Why don't they write songs It sure would right wrongs Why don't they write songs like this any more?
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