STRATEGY TWENTY-ONEThe Setting as Framing Device
The majority of lyric “plots” are attitudinal; that is, they merely express the singer's feelings. Placing those feelings in a particular setting lends both distinction and memorability to a lyric. Songs with settings break down into present-tense plots—with the action happening in a particular setting right now—and past-tense plots, where the action happened in a particular setting. A place that's merely referred to (“Sunny Side of the Street”) is not a setting that frames the action.
|Present-Tense Titles||The Setting|
|Last Dance||a dance floor|
|One for My Baby||a bar|
|Heaven on the Seventh Floor||an elevator|
|I Will Survive||inside the singer's door|
|Sniper||a campus clock tower ...|