Swearing and s***

Sep 20 | Posted by: Fighter #1 | Tags: Misc

I was gonna write a blog post about Amanda Palmer not paying musicians, but then she started paying aforementioned musicians. So now you get this instead...

As time has gone on, I’ve gotten a lot more relaxed about a lot of things. One such thing is foul language. I used to be incredibly wary to not swear ever. Over time though, I’ve become less concerned about it. People around me swear all the time, and I don’t mind. And some of my language can get a bit salty too. (Hi Mom! In retrospect, you should not be reading this blog post; it’ll probably just upset you!)

That being said, I still very rarely swear in my lyrics. Cursing has a long and revered history in music, but it’s something that I’ve never been too excited about. Generally, it’s because I feel like it’s important to save my cursing for important occasions.

For example, listen to this song. That is Warren Zevon, who - while known for his dark wit and not one to shy away from swearing where appropriate - didn’t curse much in his lyrics. Except for this one song, which is basically just a string of harsh language. He released this song just a few years before being diagnosed with the cancer that killed him. Now that’s a good use of swearing in music!

And that’s why I rarely swear. If you use foul language all the time, it loses all meaning. The words become just mindless syllables. They no longer have any power. If I drop an f-bomb in one of my songs, I want it to be because I’m really upset at something. It doesn’t matter what, but it’s gotta be something pretty important.

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