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Old 23rd June 2014
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Burn, Hollywood, Burn

I was in LA last week (I work in the movie business) and just finished this today, which pretty much sums up my feelings about lala land.

BURN, HOLLYWOOD, BURN
words/music © 2014 J Brownlow ASCAP/SOCAN

The lights down on Sunset were coming on one by one
As I stood in the shadow of the Chateau Marmont
The bartender looked a little like James Dean
He said, “Son, I see your head's full of visions and dreams
But, ooh, baby don't you know?
This is no town for a boy like you
They worship the gods of money and fame
You'll sell your soul for a piece of the action
And never get it back again”

And everyone was singing
Burn, burn, Hollywood, burn
Burn, baby, burn. Hollywood, burn.

I sat in the office of the studio suit
I told him a story full of passion and truth
That would break you heart ten times over and then
Lift you right up and break it again. And he said
"Oh, baby, don't you know?
We don't make no movies like that no more, what we want
Is a story about an all-American boy
A simple tale full of sound and fury
Signifying absolutely nothing at all”

And I was singing,
Burn, burn, Hollywood, burn
Burn, baby, burn. Hollywood, burn.

By the pool on the roof in the Hollywood Hills
The next guy over was drunk to the gills
I knew his face from TV, hadn't seen him in years
With a girl half his age, and he whispered in her ear
“Ooh, baby, don't you know who I am?
I could make you a star
I could make every dream you ever had come true
If you dropped thirty pounds, got a little work done
And took a shower with me”

And she was singing
Burn, burn, Hollywood, burn
Burn, baby, burn. Hollywood, burn.

Well, last night my baby and me
We bought fifteen gallons of gasoline
And we climbed right up to that big white sign
The City of Angels never looked so fine.
And she said, "Ooh, baby, don't you know?
We don't need this town no more
We're gonna take back everything it ever stole from us”
And she poured gasoline around the base of those famous letters
And I don't need to tell you what she did next
And she was singing
Burn, burn, Hollywood, burn
Burn, baby, burn. Hollywood, burn.
And down on Sunset, all the hookers were singing
"Burn, Hollywood, Burn"
And on the Walk of Fame, all the stars were singing
"Burn, Hollywood, Burn"
All the graves in the Forest Lawn cemetery were singing
"Burn, Hollywood, Burn"
Mickey and Minnie Mouse, yeah, they were singing
"Burn, Hollywood, Burn"
Rick and Ilsa, they were there with Sam, and they were singing
"Burn, Hollywood, Burn"
Billy Wilder and Sam Peckinpah, they were singing
"Burn, Hollywood, Burn"
Rudolph Valentino, even he was singing
"Burn, Hollywood, Burn"

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Old 4th December 2015
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doesnt look like you were asking for feedback, so i wont offer any direct criticism. i will say i like the idea and devices, and it reminds me of los angeles im yours a bit.
Old 24th December 2015
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Originally Posted by pinkheadedbug View Post
I was in LA last week (I work in the movie business) and just finished this today, which pretty much sums up my feelings about lala land.

BURN, HOLLYWOOD, BURN
words/music © 2014 J Brownlow ASCAP/SOCAN

The lights down on Sunset were coming on one by one
As I stood in the shadow of the Chateau Marmont
The bartender looked a little like James Dean
He said, “Son, I see your head's full of visions and dreams
But, ooh, baby don't you know?
This is no town for a boy like you
They worship the gods of money and fame
You'll sell your soul for a piece of the action
And never get it back again”

And everyone was singing
Burn, burn, Hollywood, burn
Burn, baby, burn. Hollywood, burn.

I sat in the office of the studio suit
I told him a story full of passion and truth
That would break you heart ten times over and then
Lift you right up and break it again. And he said
"Oh, baby, don't you know?
We don't make no movies like that no more, what we want
Is a story about an all-American boy
A simple tale full of sound and fury
Signifying absolutely nothing at all”

And I was singing,
Burn, burn, Hollywood, burn
Burn, baby, burn. Hollywood, burn.

By the pool on the roof in the Hollywood Hills
The next guy over was drunk to the gills
I knew his face from TV, hadn't seen him in years
With a girl half his age, and he whispered in her ear
“Ooh, baby, don't you know who I am?
I could make you a star
I could make every dream you ever had come true
If you dropped thirty pounds, got a little work done
And took a shower with me”

And she was singing
Burn, burn, Hollywood, burn
Burn, baby, burn. Hollywood, burn.

Well, last night my baby and me
We bought fifteen gallons of gasoline
And we climbed right up to that big white sign
The City of Angels never looked so fine.
And she said, "Ooh, baby, don't you know?
We don't need this town no more
We're gonna take back everything it ever stole from us”
And she poured gasoline around the base of those famous letters
And I don't need to tell you what she did next
And she was singing
Burn, burn, Hollywood, burn
Burn, baby, burn. Hollywood, burn.
And down on Sunset, all the hookers were singing
"Burn, Hollywood, Burn"
And on the Walk of Fame, all the stars were singing
"Burn, Hollywood, Burn"
All the graves in the Forest Lawn cemetery were singing
"Burn, Hollywood, Burn"
Mickey and Minnie Mouse, yeah, they were singing
"Burn, Hollywood, Burn"
Rick and Ilsa, they were there with Sam, and they were singing
"Burn, Hollywood, Burn"
Billy Wilder and Sam Peckinpah, they were singing
"Burn, Hollywood, Burn"
Rudolph Valentino, even he was singing
"Burn, Hollywood, Burn"

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Judging from the repetitive chorus, it seems like you're using pop influence for the format while the lyrical subject contrasts the industry that thrives on pop formulas; if I'm right then that's some great tension to work with.

I would say that in terms of a pop format, this song is too wordy and can benefit from a haircut. You stick with the verse formula well, with the first half a scene set and the second half a quote. However this makes it easy to put too much into the song's word count. Since it seems the chorus is home to the main melody line you built the song around, why not cut a verse after mixing and matching parts you like and begin the song with some variation of the chorus?
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