The Fake Out

Skill: The Fake Out

Try Purposely misleading the reader. This is especially effective while writing a Tribute Piece. Make the reader think you are going to say something negative but quickly turn it into a positive. This is a common technique during a roast or any other type of speech (best man/maide of honor speech, eulogy…). “Johnny has always been a pain to work with. He always needs everything to be perfect and it can drive you crazy. But that is exactly why it’s been so great to work with him all these years.”

The Beach Boys do the Fake Out well in “God Only Knows.” The song starts with “I may not always love you” which sounds negative, but it is then turned into a beautiful declaration of love.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/220740522

The Beach Boys – God only knows from Bill Feruglio on Vimeo.

I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I’ll make you so sure about it
God only knows what I’d be without you
If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on, believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would livin’ do me
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on, believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would livin’ do me
God only knows what I’d be without you
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