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How Do You Want It To Sound?
lyrics and melody by Catherine Faber 2014

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Dm           Gm         F               Dm
Lyrics were simple but tunes seemed to flee. 
   F                          Am          C  
I couldn't write songs; I supposed it was me.
Gm        Dm             Bb         C
Then the composer whose help I'd arranged
 Dm           Gm          Dm          Am
Asked me one question and everything changed--
Dm         C          Dm
How do you want it to sound?

   Dm          C          Dm
   How do you want it to sound?
   Dm          C              Gm       Am
   Just hit record and start messing around,
      Dm            F        Gm      Dm
   A few scraps of music, a general shape,
    Bb         Gm             F            Am
   Throw me a bone here; get something on tape
    Dm         F          Dm
   How do you want it to sound?

To help you achieve the effect you desire
Some sense of your vision, I rather require.
I will be glad to assemble the dots
It needn't be Mozart--just sketch out some thoughts:
How do you want it to sound?

I did, as it happened, have something in mind
Vague and unfinished, not fully designed...
I tried this and that, and before very long
I worked out the answer and finished the song.
How do you want it to sound?

I e-mailed him thanks both sincere and profound
"Never mind, but I'm so glad I have you around!"
And now I write songs and rejoice in my luck,
'Cause all my friends ask me, whenever I'm stuck
How do you want it to sound?