keithcurtis

Username: keithcurtis

About Me

I’m a Kerrville New Folk finalist (many years back). I love song writing, it’s a calming thing to do. I’ve been writing songs since I was 9. I remember my first song, it was really a terrible thing. I hope I’m better at it now. I love all music, primarily singer/songwriter stuff, but I really will listen to anything for awhile. This site has restored my faith in songwriting. Lots of great folks with great talent and great ideas. People seem willing to share their insight and thoughts. I like that. Let’s write some tunes!

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  • Beth Nielsen Chapman

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"Love first line.... and "looking at the world today"!!

start it with Looking at the world today and see where that leads!

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"I listen to the words you say/ Guess I need to make another plan/ And lookin’ at the world today/ Theres nothin’ that would change the place you stand."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"Love first line.... and "looking at the world today"!!

start it with Looking at the world today and see where that leads!

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Lyric by keithcurtis:

"I listen to the words you say/ Guess I need to make another plan/ And lookin’ at the world today/ Theres nothin’ that would change the place you stand."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"like the start of this....but I don't know the story?? what is it about living through hard times?"

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"We’re livin through some real hard times/ All we need is just a little spark/ (But)while we’re livin’ in it we stay blind/ Need a shinin’ light to guide us through the dark."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"LOVE the first line...as well as "spark" but we've used "heart" and middle. the we we we is not as strong as the I I I! tell me about you not me or we!"

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"We’re livin through some real hard times/ All we need is just a little spark/ But in the middle of it we’re all blind/ ‘Til we see a light come shinin’ through the dark."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"a way inside what?
push through what?
stopped trying what?
LOVE the last line!

I'm putting you through the fine seive Keith! Cause you can take it! 🤩"

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"If I ever find a way inside/ I’ll move until I push right through/ You can never say that I stopped tryin’/ ‘Cause nothin’ could be further from the truth."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"that's "sieve" "

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"If I ever find a way inside/ I’ll move until I push right through/ You can never say that I stopped tryin’/ ‘Cause nothin’ could be further from the truth."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"You took the words right out of my mouth Keith! yes.. "pride" is used up! LOVE all these comments. I have no problem with entering forgiveness into this...but what is the movie???? what is happening in this new verse that's fresh and moves us forward? I'm still looking for that! Great stuff bubbling up though!"

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"I’m always on the other side/ Hopin’ for a better way to live/ Well there’s nothin’ in the world like pride/ (But) it’s never gonna stop the word forgive."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

""standing in a cold hard wind" sings perfecto!

what happens if the verse starts with "I'm standing at the edge of -"?
I'm standing in the cold hard fire
(doesn't make sense but like something about bringing paradox in?)

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"You’ve never been the one to bend/ You tell me that there isn’t any way/ So you’re standin’ in a cold hard wind/ And you’re hopin’ that I’ll head the other way."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"REALLY like "you've never" starting this next verse cause it's the reverse of "I'm never" and can lead to new fresh stuff....
"the one to move" feels too hanging...move what? move where? it leaves too many question....

try a bunch of other endings to that start of the first line...

here are some starts:

you've never understood my -
you've never even asked - -
you've never held a - - -
you've never made me - - -
you've always made me - - -

I also like "hurricane".... and "hurricane wind""

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"You’ve never been the one to move/ (1/4 note rest) Even in a hurricane wind/ And you’ll tell me that I can’t undo/ Anything that pushed us to the end."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"love those first two lines...but thinking I might save them for the bridge...."

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Lyric by keithcurtis:

"I can see your light/Shinin’ through the darkness/I don’t need a fight/(But)I’ll never hide/I can give everything I have that’s mine/But I’m never gonna change your mind."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"Good stuff! this first half carries the story forward really well...

when you say "if" you open a can of worms.

Not as much a fan of telling them they're blind...doesn't serve the song as strong to me.

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"And if I keep your heart/Backed into a corner/The tears you start/Are over the line/Tears won’t change all the times you’ve been so blind/I’m never gonna change your mind."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"backed into a corner...good one!"

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Lyric by keithcurtis:

"And if I keep your heart/Backed into a corner/The tears you start/Are over the line/Tears won’t change the times that you’ve been so blind/And I’m never gonna change your mind."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

""Tell you" face to face is 2 too many syllables for the pure melody. I know you can squeeze them in. The challenge is to do it in 3 syllables if possible...or if you add 2 little ones on the front it has to "sing"..."tell you" is cumbersome...here's an example of 2 little lead in syllables that sing more naturally:

(I'm not suggesting this a final version but notice the ease of phrasing)

And we're face to face
Cause it's face to face
Maybe face to face

Hope that helps!

LOVE "hope can live....."

but it might be even IN the worst of times?"

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"I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you face to face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live even at the worst of times/Though I’m never gonna change your mind."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"Remember we've used "IN THE MIDDLE" so I'd say:

Hope can live
Even in the worst of times
or
Even in the darkest night


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"I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you face to face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live in the middle of the worst of times/Though I’m never gonna change your mind."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"Better as far as the rhyme but MINE & MIND are a bit too close...."

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"I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you face to face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live right between what’s yours and mine/Though I’m never gonna change your mind."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"this is really close keith! I notice you keep ending the second to the last line with "ooo"....it should be an "I" rhyme to go with mind! ;)"

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"I could hold you tight/Try to win you over/Or face the fight, and/Try to be kind/ Can’t believe there’s somethin’ my love can’t do/I’m never gonna change your mind."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"first two lines great!

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"I could slam the door/Walk away in anger/Or walk the hard floors/They used to shine/Talk all night but there’s somethin’ I just can’t do/I’m never gonna change your mind."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"Hmmmm....LOVE "Back into a corner"

BACKED into a corner...

"Well I can keep your heart
Backed into a corner"

"And when you get my heart
Backed into a corner"
the tears that start....
spill over the line

keep it going!

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Lyric by keithcurtis:

"I could give up ground/ Back into a corner/ Never make a sound/ Avoid every fight/ Life like that only tears us apart/ And I’m never gonna change your mind."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"ahhhh...possible great third line...

"hope can live somewhere in between the lines"... But I'm never gonna change your mind.

it needs to rhyme there! LOVE Hope can live!! what a great diving board phrase! "

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Lyric by keithcurtis:

"I could state my case/ Try to win you over/ Tell you face to face/ Say it so fine/ Hope can live somewhere in that middle ground/ Though I’m never gonna change your mind."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"The first phrase needs to be a complete thought...it's straddling and hanging off the cliff til the second line...would be stronger to have each phrase make sense on their own even if they connect!

But the next lines are working great...

Oh I see in the comments where you greatly improved it...but where you have "through" you need an "I" rhyme!"

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"I could hand in hand/ Walk you to the answers/ Take my stand/ Show you the signs/ But when the day is done it’s a battle I’m bound to lose/ ‘Cause I’m never gonna change your mind."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"Great second line...notice how much easier it is to sing the first line like this with the melody...it's the little things:

So if you think you're right
Who am I to tell you

Then the next two lines should stand on their own and not be the last half of a long sentence.

You can also say:

If you believe you're right
who am I to tell you

but I prefer how "think" snaps on that melody with more percussion. If you listen to the great motown songs and many many hits this is the special sauce...singability!!!"

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Lyric by keithcurtis:

"You believe you’re right/ Who am I to tell you/ That I’m so bright/ My reasons all shine/ But face to face I can see by the look in your eyes/ I’m never gonna change you mind."

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on keithcurtis' lyric:

"Like what this is saying...it just needs to fit the melody a little better. Play around with a bunch of options getting this idea across in the second line.

...something that says " all the pretty word in the world still wouldn't change your mind"

that's a cool thing to say in the second line!

But it has to "sing" effortlessly with the melody...!!


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Lyric by keithcurtis:

"Well I’m never gonna change your mind/doesn’t matter what beautiful words I use."

My Lyrics

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  • Beth Nielsen Chapman
I’m always on the other side/ Hopin’ there’s a better way to live/ You can push away and hold to pride/ But I can hold my own and just forgive.

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Do we ever find a place/ (Where) we haven’t drawn a line in the sand/ Will we ever find the perfect space/ You never think we will I think we can.
It’s always been a game we play/ To swallow every word that’s true/ But all the words we never say/ Just put us in a place where we can lose.

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Well I’m always gonna be right here/ I’m hardened like a river stone/ And even if I see your tears/ I’ll never walk away from all we’ve known.

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There’s every chance we fall apart/ Nothin’ that we do we get for free/ Gonna try to hold you in my heart/ And I hope you’re gonna try to hold me.
I listen to the words you say/ Guess I need to make another plan/ And lookin’ at the world today/ Theres nothin’ that would change the place you stand.
I’m always on the other side/ Just lookin’ for some common ground/ Well there’s nothin’ in the world like pride/ To make you take a side and stake it down.
I’ve always been a real true friend/ I give you all the space you need to grow/ Oh but trust me every now and then/ I’m thinkin’ of the love I want to show. (Friend concept is from MariaJack)
Somethin made us come this far/ We only need a little bit o’ time/ We’ve been reachin’ for the highest star/ Now I see it bright and shinin your eyes.
We’re livin through some real hard times/ All we need is just a little spark/ (But)while we’re livin’ in it we stay blind/ Need a shinin’ light to guide us through the dark.
We’re livin through some real hard times/ All we need is just a little spark/ But in the middle of it we’re all blind/ ‘Til we see a light come shinin’ through the dark.
There’s every chance we fall apart/ Nothin’ that we do we get free/ Gonna try to hold you in my heart/ And I hope you’re gonna try to hold me.

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If I ever find a way inside/ I’ll move until I push right through/ You can never say that I stopped tryin’/ ‘Cause nothin’ could be further from the truth.
I’m always on the other side/ Hopin’ for a better way to live/ Well there’s nothin’ in the world like pride/ (But) it’s never gonna stop the word forgive.
You’ve never been the one to bend/ You tell me that there isn’t any way/ So you’re standin’ in a cold hard wind/ And you’re hopin’ that I’ll head the other way.
You’ve never been the one to move/ (1/4 note rest) Even in a hurricane wind/ And you’ll tell me that I can’t undo/ Anything that pushed us to the end.
The words I waste

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I could state my case/Try to win you over/It’s face to face/Don’t it feel fine/ Hope can live anywhere the light can shine/I’m never gonna change your mind.

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When I keep your heart/Backed into a corner/The tears you start/Are over the line/Tears won’t change the times you’ve been unkind/And I’m never gonna change your mind.

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I could state my case/Try to win you over/When we’re face to face/Everything’s fine/Hope can live even in the worst of times/Though I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/Try to win you over/We’re face to face/Now we can shine/Hope can live even in the worst of times/Though I’m never gonna change your mind.
I can see your light/Shinin’ through the darkness/I don’t need a fight/(But)I’ll never hide/I can give everything I have that’s mine/But I’m never gonna change your mind.
When I see your smile/I forget your anger/I feel like a child/Lost here in time/Words roar back none of them are soft and kind/I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you to your face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live everywhere you see light shine/And I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could slam the door/Walk away in anger/We don’t need war/Just a fair fight/Straight ahead is a hill we’ve got to climb/But I’m never gonna change your mind.
And if I keep your heart/Backed into a corner/The tears you start/Are over the line/Tears won’t change all the times you’ve been so blind/I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you face to face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live if you and I give it time/I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you face to face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live anywhere the light can shine/I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you face to face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live when we see the worst of times/Though I’m never gonna change your mind.
And if I keep your heart/Backed into a corner/The tears you start/Are over the line/Tears won’t change the times that you’ve been so blind/And I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could hold you tight/Try to win you over/Or face the fight, and/Try to be kind/ Can’t believe there’s a mountain we have to climb/I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you face to face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live even in the dark we find/Though I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you face to face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live even at the worst of times/Though I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you face to face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live somewhere in the bright sunshine/But I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you face to face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live in the middle of the dark we find/Though I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you face to face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live in the middle of the worst of times/Though I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you face to face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live when you’re sure there’s nothing left to find/Though I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you face to face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live where there’s never any warm sunshine/Though I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you face to face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live take us through the worst of times/Though I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you face to face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live when love is still the bottom line/Though I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you face to face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live somewhere in between the lines/Though I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you face to face/Say it so fine/ Hope can live right between what’s yours and mine/Though I’m never gonna change your mind.
I can sing my songs/Lookin’ for an answer/Will I stay too long?/That could be fine/Can’t be wrong for us to just talk and try/Though I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could take your hand/Lead you to the answers/Or take a stand/Show you a sign/Spend the night waitin’ for the light to shine/I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could take your hand/Lead you to the answers/This is where I stand/We’ll be just fine/Now I found there’s somethin’ that I can’t do/I’m never gonna change your mind.
So if you think you’re right/Who am I to tell you/You’ll fight a good fight/I can own mine/Face to face there’s a hard look in your eyes/I’m never gonna change you mind.

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I could talk all night/Hope that you can hear me/But words I say won’t/ Open your mind/Turn your back all reason heads for the door/I’m never gonna change your mind.
We could talk all night/I could never tell you/My thoughts are so bright/ Everything shines/Turn your back and reason heads for the door/I’m never gonna change your mind.
You believe you’re right/Who am I to tell you?/My thoughts are so bright/Everything shines/Face to face I see by the look in your eyes/I’m never gonna change you mind.
I could state my case/Try to win you over/Tell you to your face/Hear me sometime/When you hear will you ever listen at all?/I’m never gonna change your mind.

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I can sing my songs/Lookin’ for an answer/Will I stay too long?/That could be fine/Can’t be wrong for us to just talk it through/Though I’m never gonna change your mind.
We could walk the streets/Lookin’ for an answer/You could finally see/Neither one’s blind/I know you, you believe I’m wrong, you’re right/And I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could take your hand/Lead you to the answers/Tell you where I stand/See what we find/I just found there’s somethin’ I just can’t do/I’m never gonna change your mind.

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I could love you more/Give you every reason/For closing’ that door/Turn on a dime/Now I’ve found somethin’ even love can’t do/I’m never gonna change your mind.

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I could hold you tight/Try to win you over/Or face the fight, and/Try to be kind/ Can’t believe there’s somethin’ my love can’t do/I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could slam the door/Walk away in anger/Or walk the hard floors/They used to shine/Talk all night but there’s somethin’ I just can’t do/I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/ Try to win you over/ Tell you to your face/ That everything’s fine/ Right or wrong we can find what’s in between/ But I’m never gonna change your mind.

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I could take your hand/ Lead you to the answers/ Or take a stand/ Show you a sign/ Spend the night wait until the light shines through/But I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could take your hand/ Walk you to the answers/ Take a stand/ Show you the signs/ In the end it’s a battle I’m bound to lose/ ‘Cause I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could tell my side/ Your heart might listen/ But all of your pride/ Makes you go blind/ I can’t climb the wall, I can’t find a door/ I’m never gonna change your mind.

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I could stand my ground/ Push you for an answer/ Or back right down/ Turn out the lights/ Will you hear a word I have to say?/ I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could give up ground/ Back into a corner/ Never make a sound/ Avoid every fight/ Life like that only tears us apart/ And I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/ Try to win you over/ Tell you face to face/ Say it so fine/ Hope can live somewhere in that middle ground/ Though I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/ Try to win you over/ Tell you face to face/ Cry ‘til I’m blind/ But wind’s gonna blow, the rain’s still got to fall/ And I’m never gonna change your mind.

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I could talk real sweet/ Try to win you over/ Or stare at my feet/ And cry ‘til I’m blind/ Can’t move a mountain but I love you anyway/ And I’m never gonna change your mind.

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I could state my case/ Try to win you over/ Tell you to your face/ Show you a sign/ I could cry big tears to convince you I’m right/But I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case/ Try to win you over/ Tell you to your face/ Show you a sign/ The world we’re in won’t let us find common ground/ And I’m never gonna change your mind.

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I could state my case/ Try to win you over/ Tell you to your face/ Show you a sign/ Here I stand waitin’ ‘til the light comes through/But I’m never gonna change your mind.
Well that heart won’t lie/ It’ll win you over/ Hold you up high/ When your friends aren’t kind/ Here I am looking for a pathway through/But I’m never gonna change your mind.

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I can sing my songs/ Lookin’ for an answer/ I’ll stay too long/ If I find a good rhyme/ But would it be that bad if we sat and just talked it through?/ Though I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could state my case Try to win you over Tell you to your face You’ll hear me sometime But when you hear do I think you’ll listen at all? I’m never gonna change your mind
I can’t love you more/ That you never question/ It’s a thing so pure/ No reason or rhyme/ With all that love there’s nothing that I can say/ I’m never gonna change your mind.
We could walk the streets/ Lookin’ for an answer/ We might both see/ Neither one’s blind/ But I know you well, you believe I’m wrong, you’re right And I’m never gonna change your mind.
I could hand in hand/ Walk you to the answers/ Take my stand/ Show you the signs/ But when the day is done it’s a battle I’m bound to lose/ ‘Cause I’m never gonna change your mind.
We could talk all night/ But I could never tell you/ I’m so bright/ My argument shines/ But when you turn your back, reason heads for the door/ And I’m never gonna change your mind.
You believe you’re right/ Who am I to tell you/ That I’m so bright/ My reasons all shine/ But face to face I can see by the look in your eyes/ I’m never gonna change you mind.
Well I’m never gonna change your mind/Got nothn’ I can say you haven’t heard.
Well I’m never gonna change your mind/No beautiful word in the world you’d hear.
Well I’m never gonna change your mind/I’ve got nothin’ I can say you haven’t heard.
Well I’m never gonna change your mind/all the beautiful words in the world wont do.

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind/There’s no beautiful word in the world you’d hear
Well I’m never gonna change your mind/I’ll never find a way to be that strong.
Well I’m never gonna change your mind/no beautiful word will ever find a way.
Well I’m never gonna change your mind/all the beautiful words in the world wont do.

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind/not a pretty word that I could ever say.

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind/no word that I can tell you has a chance.
Well I’m never gonna change your mind/no beauty I can show you has a chance.

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind/no beautiful words I say sound true.

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind/even after all the beautiful words.

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind/would you listen even if I tried

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind/We’ll never see the world the same

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind/doesn’t matter what words I choose.
Well I’m never gonna change your mind/doesn’t matter what words I use.

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind/ Pretty words won’t work on you

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind/ Pretty words won’t find a way

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind/ Even beautiful rhymes won’t do

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind/ Beautiful words won’t do

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind/no beautiful words will do.

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind/ I’m never gonna be that strong
Well I’m never gonna change your mind/and I’ll never turn a gray sky blue
Well I’m never gonna change your mind/like I can’t make a gray sky blue

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind/and you’ll never find a way to change mine.

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind/I could never step across that line.

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind/I can’t travel that road for you.
Well I’m never gonna change your mind/doesn’t matter what beautiful words I use.
Well I’m never gonna change your mind/it’s like a river on the way to the sea
Well I’m never gonna change your mind/ We could argue ‘til the sun goes down/ Tomorrow you’ll be walkin’ the same line/ I’m never gonna turn you around.
Well I’m never gonna change your mind/ Doesn’t matter what words I use/ If I’m angry or I’m soft and kind/ You’re the one who has to choose.

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