Jess Scherer - This Twisted Tongue

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When I sat down to write this song, I knew I’d be using a lot of alliterations. I decided to write the song about a character that has a habit of speaking and singing in tongue twisters, knowing that I would be able to use the literary device to enhance this theme. I based my character from a tongue twister I learned growing up. I know there are different versions, but this is the one that I remember from when I was a child:

“Sally sells seashells by the seashore. And the seashells that she sells are seashells I am sure.“

In this song, Sally’s friend is at first annoyed at Sally for adhering to alliterations all the time. However, Sally changes her friend’s mind, leaving her speechless except to say, “Show the way!” And they both hopped on the happy tongue twister train to the alluring alliteration lands. THE END.


Sally’s singing several silly songs that abuse the alphabet.
It seems she’s out to set an achievement of some type.
I hear her spewing serenades of selling seashells.
Harvesting the S’s as if they’re overripe.

I told her, “Tell it as it is! What’s with the wordplay?
Say what you have to say and avoid alliteration.”
She said, “It seems we won’t have similar ideas.
Happiness surely is this stylistic sensation.”

Well she has this tongue twisted!
I wish that I had words to say.
Although she’s already insisted
I’ll say hello seashore,
Since she seems so sure.
Seashell Sally, show the way!


from SpinTunes #4: Round 3, released February 2, 2012
Music and Lyrics by Jessica Scherer
Electric Guitar performed by Peter Lund
Drum beat by Peter Lund and Jessica Scherer
All other instruments and vocals performed by Jessica Scherer




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