John Mayer’s promise to lay off the tweets is from a while ago, and it could be bogus, but it set me to thinking: can a great song lyric fit within 140 characters?
By “great”, of course, I mean the following:
- has lasted twenty years or so
- is beloved by many
- is begrudgingly acknowledged by those who loathe it
- is not a dance/groove track where the lyric is pretty much the title (Bus Stop, Mashed Potato, Smack My Bitch Up … )
I can think of one contender, and its entire lyric consists of these words:
You are so beautiful to me can’t you see you’re everything I hoped for everything I need.
That’s 89 characters, if spaces count. At least I think it is, but I got all teary while reading it.