What Good Is A Song – Quincy Jones
(written by Charles May, son of the legendary, Brother Joe
May, 1976) Transcribed by JC Mantey 12.2.17 Jersey City, NJ.
A song that is more a less a classroom for any songwriter, budding songwriters, and reference for any great songwriter.
By example it lends it self to show us what a good song is and should be!

Intro
What good, what good is a song
O o o o yeah
What good, what good is a song
What good, what good is a song

Verse 1
What good are the lyrics
if they can’t soothe you
If they can’t ease a troubled mind
What good is the beat
if it can’t move you
It will be a waste of time

O o o
What good is the music
if it can’t please you
If it has no depth or height
What good is a song
What good is a run
if it can’t relief you
of some problem in your life
What! what! yeah!

Chorus
What good is a song if can’t inspire
if it has no message to bring
If a song cannot send you
Higher! Higher! Higher!
Then it’s not good enough to sing

Verse 2
You can hum a little song if you hurt
Then feel a reason for some laughter
Or whistle a melody while you work
it will make your day go faster
Songs have been known to light up spirits
Songs have been known to touch the soul

What good is a song
But when nobody ever needs to hear it
Then it’s not worth the title it holds
Yeah!

Chorus
What good is a song if can’t inspire
if it has no message to bring
If a song cannot send you
Higher! Higher! Higher!
Then it’s not good enough to sing

Bridge
If it ain’t got no message
Then it’s not good enough to sing
if can’t inspire
Then it’s not good enough to sing
if it cannot soothe you

What good, what good is a song

Refrain
If it cannot move you
If it cannot please
if it cannot soothe you

What good, what good is a song
Then it’s not good enough to sing

If it ain’t got no message
Then it’s not good enough to sing

if cannot inspire
Yeah! yeah!
Then it’s not good enough to sing

do do do do ooo

If it ain’t got no message
If it can’t send you higher
What good, what good is a song

Mmmm if it can’t ease you
It it cannot help un— you
What good, what good is a song

Then it’s not good enough to sing -3x

What good, what good is a song – 2x

Then it’s not good enough to sing – 2x

 

A songwriter is a professional who is paid to write lyrics and melodies for songs, typically for a popular music genre such as gospel, christian, pop, rock or country music etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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