Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw via last.fm

One of the tricks of country music song writers that are out of fresh ideas is to write a song that does nothing, but drop proper names, such as people (Conway Twitty rhymes with so much), places (Cabo is a fav)  and things (happy hour).  You don’t even need to be a country music fan, and I’m sure you have a jukebox of bad music in your head right now.

Well, I’m going to test one of the worst offenders of this:  a song called Southern Voices that is sung by Tim McGraw and was written by  Bob DiPiero and Tom Douglas — to make sure the blame is spread fairly.   The opponent Zemanta and their semantic web publishing tool.  I’m afraid to paste in the lyrics, because this thing will explode. The song is nothing but a name dropping brain dump in the hope that somewhere ol’ Tim will be able to hit the right note with the music public to make you, yeah you, want to buy this drivel.

(Now, before some heads explode, please note that I am not condemning the names in the song, which range from Charlie Daniels to Jesus. I’m a big fan of these people. It’s the shameless use of their names that is bad.)

Ready… time to hit ctrl-v, and I’ll tag the names that Zemanta finds:

Number 3 drove it
Chuck Berry twanged it
Will Farmer wrote it
Dolly Parton graced it
Rosa Parks rode it
Scarlett O chased it

Smooth as the hickory wind
That blows from Memphis
Down to Appalachicola
It’s hi ya’ll did ya eat well
Come on in I’m
Sure glad to know ya
Don’t let this old goat cross
In this Almond Brothers t-shirt and throw ya
It’s cicadas making noise
With the southern voice

Hank Aaron smacked it
Michael Jordan dunked it
Pocahantas tracked it
Jack Daniels drunk it
Tom Petty rocked it
Dr. King paved it
Bear Bryant won it
Billy Graham saved it

Smooth as the hickory wind
That blows from Memphis
Down to Appalachicola
It’s hi ya’ll did ya eat well
Come on in I’m
Sure glad to know ya
Don’t let this old goat cross
In this Crimson Tide t-shirt and throw ya
It’s cicadas making noise
With the southern voice

Jesus is my friend
America is my home
Sweet iced tea and Jerry Lee
Daytona Beach
That’s what gets to me
I can feel it in my bones

Smooth as the hickory wind
That blows from Memphis
Down to Appalachicola
It’s hi ya’ll did ya eat well
Come on in child
I’m sure glad to know ya
Don’t let this old goat cross
In this Charlie Daniels t-shirt and throw ya
We’re just boys making noise
With the southern voice

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I got a southern voice
A southern voice

Now, let it be said that I’m a big fan of Zemanta and their publishing tool is great for making the blogging process easier. However, Zemanta tried, but it was just overwhelmed by the country music hit formula. 10 of the 24 proper name references that I found as ‘in-text links’, but it did much better finding 20 of 24 pictures, and it offered a wide range of related articles to choose from.

To the Zemanta people and power users: If there is a way to request more in-text links, let me know and I’ll send it through again. This song should become the benchmark for all future improvements.

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