beautiful carelessly sultry: the song with no nouns

My buddy Charlie Cheney stuffs his songs full of nouns. Every time I’d send him a set of lyrics and say hey, wanna put this to music? he’d respond “Where are all the nouns?” Yes, I tend to write ethereal touchy feely stuff. (You should note that Charlie has shared the stage with Jackson Browne and I have not. I know which of us is the better songwriter. Still, I soldier on.)

Charlie and some folks once put together a song made entirely of nouns. It was fun, but it didn’t make as much sense as Charlie’s Palmer Johnson Yacht.

I responded with this song: beautiful carelessly sultry.

It has no nouns. Zero. (You’re writers. You know what that means.)

To top it off, other than the fact that the chorus repeats (as they are wont to do) no word is repeated anywhere in the song.

And the cherry on top? Read along and listen, and you’ll know exactly what this song is about.

Without nouns.

beautiful carelessly sultry

hey beautiful carelessly sultry
lazily bright above
enthusiastically tightly warmly
dizzy madly of

anxiously silly beside
awkwardly even between
boldly moving to measure up
beyond reluctantly seen

hey beautiful carelessly sultry
lazily bright above
enthusiastically tightly warmly
dizzy madly of

silently tender despite
carefully crazy about
seldom recklessly foolish though
truthfully empty without

hey beautiful carelessly sultry
lazily bright above
enthusiastically tightly warmly
dizzy madly of

eventually happy within
perfectly better at
briefly bravely brightly blindly
joyously wonderful that

hey beautiful carelessly sultry
lazily bright above
enthusiastically tightly warmly
dizzy madly of

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