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John Wayne: Let The Duke Be Your Muse, Pilgrim

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Icon. Racist. Legend. Badass. Song inspiration.

All of these are phrases that could describe Marion Mitchell Morrison. John Wayne is another. Loved by millions, hated by Public Enemy, he became an iconic image of what being an American meant. He's also responsible for planting the creative seed in a pair of songwriters that led to one of the greatest songs in rock history.

It was during a 1956 screening of The Searchers that Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison heard Wayne speak four words that would change their lives forever: "That'll be the day." The duo would turn that phrase in to a track that became Holly's best-known song.

Muses show up in the strangest forms.

Over his career, Wayne starred in 142 movies. If he had 300 lines of dialogue per movie, and Rocks Off's math is correct, then there are 42,599 potential song ideas out there just waiting to be used.

Looking for that next great song or album title? Rocks Off dug through The Duke's classics to find some words of wisdom to help you on your way.

The Duke's Guide To Song Titles:

For The Romantically Inclined:

"She Reminds Me Of Me" "No Locks Or Bolts Between Us" "A Ranch Across The Border" "A Girl Coming Through The Fields (With Sun In Her Hair)"

For Those Looking To Start A Fight:

"I Intend To Die Right Here" "I Don't Believe In Surrenders" "Out Here A Man Settles His Own Problems" "Big Mouth Don't Make A Big Man" "Fill Your Hand"

For When "I Love You" Just Won't Be Enough:

"Sorry Don't Get It Done" "Get Down On Your Knees (And Get It)"

Album Titles Fit For A Duke:

Manly Titles For Manly People Doing Manly Things:

Can't A Man Have A Drink Around This Town In Peace? No Mercy for the Loser No More Time for Praying

Titles For a Brighter Future:

Out of Prison And Into Society An Invitation to a Necktie Party Looking Back Is a Bad Habit

Titles For Bands Who Play In Genres Ending In -Core:

A Dying Man Scared of the Dark Not Empty Anymore It's Not How You're Buried So You Can Talk

BONUS

10 John Wayne Phrases That Would Make Excellent Band Names:

Attacked By Buffalo or Elephants Some Well-Meaning Amateurs A Graveyard In Innisfree Tight In the Throat A Fistful of Gold Dust Between Hay and Grass Goodbye, Nola Grit Teeth One Oath at a Time Dead as a Beaver Hat


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