*Not actually written by John Rich
Mar 4, 2010
John Rich's Songwriting Tips #31
Don't run from controversy. Hell, in my personal life, I run towards it. In Nashvegas, however, we tend to pretend some of my favorite subjects and activities don't exist. Since record execs and radio programmers are squeamish about things like depraved nookie, toking the Mary and bloodletting on punk-ass fools, my feeling on the subject is that you should use code words. In my classic hit "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)," I know you'll find this shocking, but the word "ride" is really code for bumping uglies. In the timeless wedding standard "Lost in this Moment," the phrase "my feelings so absolute" really means "I've got a big ol' erection." You can't say that on the Clearchannel, so skirt the subjects. Mmm, skirts. My favorite subject. Write on, tummy sticks.