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From Demo to Hit: The Biography of Three Songs by Country Songwriter Tom Douglas

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Abstract:

This article explores the songwriting process of Nashville-based writer Tom Douglas . Three of Douglas's songs are examined, from the creation of the songs to their recording and commercial release. Douglas provided the author with the original lyrics and they are compared with the final lyrics that the artists recorded. These lyrics are included in the appendix of the article. The three songs profiled include "Grown Men Don't Cry," by Tim McGraw , "Mr. Midnight," by Garth Brooks , and "Love's The Only House," by Martina McBride .

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0300776042000300945

Publication date: February 1, 2005

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