UPDATED: Copy Editor’s Lament lyrics… finally

Hi all. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to do this, but here are the lyrics to my little ditty “Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song)”.

Also, a bit of news about the tune:

You can now own the song via iTunes or Amazon, and soon you’ll be able to watch the music video! Yes, photographer/videographer extraordinaire Elie Gardner has shot the video, and it’s now in the editing phase. I will be sure to link to it from this blog when it’s up on YouTube, so make sure you keep checking!

And now… the lyrics:

COPY EDITOR’S LAMENT (THE LAYOFF SONG)

copyright 2009 Christopher Ave

I’m a human safety net I

double-check the facts and vet

assertions before they are set in type

I can provide punctuation

appropriate for publication

make the capitalization right

I was there to fix your grammar

when you thought it wouldn’t matter

Cut all your extraneous blather down

AP Stylebook is my bible

Helped me stop a suit for libel

But nothing insures my survival now

And I don’t know what I’ll do

After I am through

killing my last adjective

(Chorus):

I only have this one lament

That I couldn’t save it

I don’t know just what they all meant

But I couldn’t stave it off

Just found out I’ve been laid off

It’s my copy editor’s lament

For once I can’t conjure the word

I know impact is not a verb but

This is all just too absurd

to believe

So good luck to society

With only websites and TV

Nothing there to help me really see

and I don’t know what I’ll do

Now that I am through

killing my last adjective

I only have this one lament

That I couldn’t save it

I don’t know just what they all meant

But I couldn’t stave it off

Just found out I’ve been laid off

It’s my copy editor’s lament

(repeat chorus)

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4 Responses to “UPDATED: Copy Editor’s Lament lyrics… finally”

  1. Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song) « MusicForMedia: Creating music for a multimedia world Says:

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  3. Lilliam Lamirande Says:

    Hi! I am a long time reader, but am having trouble viewing your site in Safari today. Did you change something? Richard, Owner, The Singorama Scam

  4. Christopher Ave Says:

    Not that I know of… Is anyone else having trouble viewing the blog today?

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