‘Bottom Rail’ — #Lyrics To A Dance Pop Song

There’s a famous tale that just after the Civil War some freed slaves told some whites “bottom rail on top now.” This is homage to that tale in the form of a Daft Punk-type dance song. Make of it what you will.

Bottom Rail
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

the train is on its way
our fate has been decided
we were on the bottom
now we’re on the top

bottom rail is on top now
bottom rail is on top now
bottom rail is on top now
bottom rail is on top now

our will was honored
’cause people did there part
this is just a start
but I’m going to yell
bottom rail is on top now
bottom rail is on top now
bottom rail is on top now

[bridge]
we’re entering history
things are going to change
much to the dismay
of those who would complain

bottom rail is on top now
bottom rail is on top now
bottom rail is on top now

‘Owned’ — #Lyrics To A Dance Pop Song

This is me vaguely talking about how conservatives will do just about anything — even be self-destructive — to “own the libs.”

Owned
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
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oh the things I’ll do
to show you who’s boss
I’ll burn my bridges before I cross
leaving me with a burden of my own
sell my soul so I won’t be

owned
(liberation)
owned
(liberation)
owned
(liberation)

I’m free as can be with my love
liberal in spirit
watch me throw the dice
no one has ownership over me ’cause
no matter what I’ll never be

owned
(liberation)
owned
(liberation)
owned
(liberation)

[bridge]
going to plant my feet
in this free soil tonight
have to conserve my strength
’cause there’s liberation to have
when dawn arrives

owned
(liberation)
owned
(liberation)
owned
(liberation)

‘Vortex’ — #Lyrics To A Dance Pop Song

I love this title for a song. It’s perfect. It’s a strong word and, like “Toxic,” it’s two syllables. And, I like the context of it being about something — or someone — being crazy and causing a lot of trouble. I have tried over and over again to write lyrics to a song with this title and nothing has been of note. But here’s another attempt. I don’t have any beats, but imagine it’s really fast and dance-pop like Toxic. If it has that internal beat structure built into it in too obvious a manner, remember I need a co-writer and a composer (someone who knows something about music) to make this into actual lyrics. I just like writing stories in verse.

Vortex
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

spin things off of me like a hurricane
got no name don’t blame me it’s my game
touch my thigh just right
might let you ride my vortex eye by midnight
once you make me leer
I’ll take it straight from here

[pre-chorus]
want you in my center
I’m a real spinner
sin is my game

[chorus]
things are getting crazy
no one’s ever called me lazy
bring me to your place
I’ll make a mess with my vortex
don’t forget to lock the door
I’ll make a mess with my vortex

don’t you fret my pet
the best is on its way
if you can handle it

[pre-chorus]
I’ll keep you steady
as the wind begins to whip
what are you willing to get it

[chorus]
don’t complain not one bit
this vortex is going to be lit
my eye is in your path
it’s the strongest vortex yet
I’ll rip your tree from its roots
my vortex will leave you shaking in your boots
my vortex will leave you shaking in your boots
my vortex will leave you shaking in your boots

‘Just Friends’ — #Lyrics To A Dance Pop Song

This is my attempt at one of those songs that tries to explain the “it’s complicated” status of modern romance.

Just Friends
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
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everyone’s talking about us
saying things ’cause they just don’t know
I look at you in the dark
not knowing where to start

when they ask about us we’ll say
as politely as can be that we’re

just friends
we’re casual as can be
just friends
no need to ask any more questions
we’re just friends

gossip is being spread all ’round town
people speculatin’ that we we do
what we do when lights are down, down, down
it’s none of their business as you know
what we do when sun don’t show

I’m not ready to admit how I feel
my heart is still breaking
from the one before
but you’re looking good right now
for just a friend

when they ask about us we’ll say
as politely as can be that we’re

just friends
we’re casual as can be
just friends
no need to ask any more questions
we’re just friends

[bridge]
we’re as tight as can be
soon enough we’ll be as one
but for the moment we’re
just friends

when you look at me in the eyes
I grow weak in the thighs
knowing what happens next
you don’t get any rest when you’re
just friends
just friends
just friends

‘Berenstein’ — #Lyrics To A Dance Pop Song

There’s a whacked out theory that this nonsense about it being The Berenstain Bears is proof we live in alternative universe. I don’t subscribe to the theory, but these lyrics are about a woman questioning her man’s love and referencing that concept as she mulls the bullshit she’s being told. You’ll either think this is way too obscure for a dance pop song and as such extremely stupid or you’ll think it’s brilliant.

Berenstein
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

see your mouth move
don’t know what to do
these lies you keep spouting
got my mind doubting reality
is it Berenstein or Berenstain
that’s what I wanna know

grew up thinking love was a sure thing
now all I got is painful sting

Berenstein rings a bell
your lies got me feeling doubt
what’s the truth my heart asks
is it Berenstein or Berenstain
is it Berenstein or Berenstain

I know I’ve got to be wrong
you’ve been telling the truth all along
but how can it be the facts say I’m right
you’ve been dipping your pin twice

don’t want to believe this unvierse
things have to get better right
otherwise we’re in trouble
I struggle to understand life
is it Berenstein or Berenstain

grew up thinking love was a sure thing
now all I got is painful sting

Berenstein rings a bell
your lies got me feeling doubt
what’s the truth my heart asks
is it Berenstein or Berenstain
is it Berenstein or Berenstain

[bridge]
doing a little reading
can’t help that sinking feeling
you’re gone for good
getting your loving from some other

my heart is breaking
thinking of the lies your stating
but when all is revealed
we’ll understand the truth

grew up thinking love was a sure thing
now all I got is painful sting

Berenstein rings a bell
your lies got me feeling doubt
what’s the truth my heart asks
is it Berenstein or Berenstain
is it Berenstein or Berenstain

‘Same Same’ — #Lyrics To A Dance Pop Song

Anyone who has been in Southeast Asia will tell you one of the most used expressions among the locals is “Same same, but different.” This is a young, attractive woman — I’m looking at you Dua Lipa — telling a man she’s interested in she’s not like his old woman, she different and better. The thing about dance pop songs is how spare they are. You have to write tight because you can’t really say too much of substance because otherwise it takes away from people dancing.

Same Same
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

same same but different
that’s what I am
same same but different
you can’t tame me

all the others are the same
tell you what you want to hear
come here dear let me make it clear
one night with me and you’ll realize
i’m same same but different

after we’ve touch the moon
you won’t be able to talk

same same but different
my touch will leave you without a doubt
our love will make you want to shout
same same but different
same same but different

your old flames burned you bad
but I’m the best you’re ever going to have
our touch will seal the deal
I’ll rule your world
with my beauty and my grace

after we’ve touch the moon
you won’t be able to talk

same same but different
my touch will leave you without a doubt
our love will make you want to shout
same same but different
same same but different

[bridge]
why worry about the past
those others broke your heart
I’ll heal it from the start
different as can be that’s me

now don’t you stress
I’ll use my caress to ease your stress
you’re going to need your rest
the night is young
and I’m same same but different

after we’ve touch the moon
you won’t be able to talk

same same but different
my touch will leave you without a doubt
our love will make you want to shout
same same but different
same same but different
same same but different
same same but different

‘Too Tired To Sleep’ — #Lyrics To A Dance Pop Song

This would be a dance pop song. I have no beat and this is just a first, rough draft. I would need a co-writer who knew music and a producer to do something productive with it.

Too Tired To Sleep
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

too tired to sleep
hear the snores next to me
water’s got me bothered
just a spot but who’s troubled
get out of bed to pour myself a drink
’cause I’m

too tired to sleep

dreams of us keep me awake
sly ghosts lurk in the dark
all this leave me

too tired to sleep
too tired to sleep
too tired to sleep

thinking of another out in space
will they land on me or is that a dream
what I wouldn’t do for a smile
a chance to feel your warm breath on my face
making me restless just by being you
what am I do to

think we got something going on
but I got someone and so do you
wish it wasn’t so but it is
ring my bell when you get a chance
for now I’m
too tired to sleep

dreams of us keep me awake
sly ghosts lurk in the dark
all this leave me

too tired to sleep
too tired to sleep
too tired to sleep

[bridge]
when we finally come together
I’ll get some sleep in your arms
my dream will come true
you’ll be my baby too

but who am I to say what’s true
maybe you don’t even know how I feel
so for now I sip my drink
and blink

too tired to sleep
too tired to sleep
too tired to sleep

‘Spooky’ — #Lyrics To A Dance Pop Song

I’m sad and alone and no one listens to me, so I’m randomly writing dance-pop lyrics that will never be produced. I think this is me processing that I have to think about something else besides the #FOTUS theory. But these lyrics are about the spooky nature of the Shera Bechard — Keith Davidson connection only dressed up as a dance-pop song about a woman suspicious about a man’s behavior.

Spooky
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
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you got the strut that’s for sure
think you got me around your finger
but your luck may be running out
something’s going down
something spooky

what it could be I just don’t know
something has changed it’s true

your eyes are different in the light
they don’t sparkle like they used to
things are getting
spooky, spooky, spooky
spooky, spooky, spooky

why do I have these doubts
you’ve been so close and true
but you can’t shake the feeling
you’re double dealing

what’s doing down I mutter with a frown
are you making me look like a clown
running around town behind my back
as I’m afraid is the case

what it could be I just don’t know
something has changed it’s true

your eyes are different in the light
they don’t sparkle like they used to
things are getting
spooky, spooky, spooky
spooky, spooky, spooky

[bridge]
I must be wrong
all of this is in my head
I long for happier days
when I felt safe

one day I’ll find the truth
find out who’s to blame
whatever it is will come out
you’ll be out the door without a doubt

‘No Filter’ — #Lyrics To A Pop Rock Dance Song

Pop songs in my opinion talk about modern problems in an obscure way that’s timeless. These lyrics are about a woman telling her man not to compare her to the fake-ass bitches on Instagram. Ideally, this would have one those throwback beats that harken back to the 1950s.

No Filter
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
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checking your phone letting out a moan
(again)
you turn me and see me in reality
no filter

don’t compare me to the Gram girls
that’s just not fair

I’m your lady with no filter
no need to dither away our love
you got me in your arms
no filter needed
no filter needed
no filter needed

I’m always in your bed
no batteries to fail
(I never do)
won’t strain your eyes
looking at my thighs
when the lights are off

no screen to scratch
I work even when wet
(I like it)
we’re meant to be
those Gram girls may be perfect
but they’re not me

don’t compare me to the Gram girls
that’s just not fair

I’m your lady with no filter
no need to dither away our love
you got me in your arms
no filter needed
no filter needed
no filter needed

[bridge]
Gram girls dancing in your head
think they’re good in bed
if you met them in reality
your dreams would be shot

why give those Gram girls your time
when I let you touch my thigh
(in reality)
come here and give me a kiss
those Gram girls are just pixels
a figment

‘Scales’ — #Lyrics To A Dance Pop Song

Just screwing around. I enjoy telling stories in verse. No one cares.

Scales
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

weighing your fate in my head
they say lady justice is blind
but she’s putting me in a bind
texting my friends left and right
just want to get it right

the scales are even
my mind is unsure of it’s next turn

scales of love
tell me what to do
scales of love
need your wisdom
scales of love
scales of love
scales of love

you’re good to me that’s true
but you can’t hit the spot
the one that makes me rock
do you love me like you did
or is that dead

we once were so happy
thought of starting a family
but those nights of passion are gone
leaving my mind cold and spare
wondering where to turn

the scales are even
my mind is unsure of it’s next turn

scales of love
tell me what to do
scales of love
need your wisdom
scales of love
scales of love
scales of love

[bridge]
I’m sure I’m making this up
we’ll go back to the glow
won’t have to worry about this anymore
the roar will return
the next time you look at me
but what’s it to be

I want your love
but you’re distracted
come home at odd times
check your phone every moment
need to know I’m still the one

we’re all alone in this world
you used to make me moan
late at night between the sheets
I just can’t decide
the scales are tied