What makes a song last?
It’s not the meaning.
It’s the sounds, the particular sounds of the particular words—sounds that singers, year after year, decade after decade, keep wanting to hear, to sing.
Why can’t I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold, cold heart . . .
“Cold, Cold Heart” (H. Williams)
Hank Williams, TV show, 1952
Norah Jones, BBC Radio show, 2007