Writing song lyrics
Here you´ll learn some very important concept about writing song lyrics.
Are there any rules to follow when writing lyrics, and are there some tips and tricks that will improve your lyrics odds to succeed? What´s important to have in mind when writing lyrics? In this section we´ll look at all these questions.
Will Your Song Be The One That Makes The Whole World Sing?
Do you have "The Moody Blues", or can you "Poison" your way to the top of the Metallica charts? Everyone, who writes a song, uses their lyrics for a purpose;
They want the whole world to know what they have to say.
To make this happen, the lyrics you write have to not only be good, they have to appeal to your intended audience. Song lyrics are an intimate sharing of a message between songwriter and listener. And the singer is the intermediary who bridges the gap between writer and listener.
It´s your job when you´re writing song lyrics to fulfill this purpose.
Go to "Who is my audience" to learn more about this topic.
Who is my audience?
Sometimes the message is pure fun, and other times, the message is very serious.
John Lennon, post-Beatles, used his lyrics to share his own opinions on the world and politics. Lionel Richie has used some of his lyrics to reflect his experiences in his own personal life such as sad and emotionally difficult divorce, as has Alanis Morrisette who has used the lyrics in one of her releases to chronicle her anger and frustration over a breakup.
Click here to learn more how to get lyric ideas.
Every one of the superstars mentioned had the same humble beginning as the average aspiring songwriter.
They were just some guy or girl who wanted to write songs and have someone listen.
Lennon, Ritchie, and Morrissette are three exceptionally talented individuals and have the added benefit of being exceptionally talented performers which has acted as a stepping-stone for their songwriting pursuits. But this doesn’t mean that you have to be a successful singer before you can write your own songs.
So it doesn’t matter whether you are happy, sad, young, old or in between; if you’re happy and you want to share that happiness, if you don’t like the way world is and you want to make a difference, or if you just want to make your move, you decide how your lyrics will reflect your message and, hopefully, with a little luck and a lot of hard work, they will make the whole world sing.
More articles and exercises to successful song lyric writingThe importance of keeping it simple
When you have got the idea and are ready to start writing, there are something you should remember. Keep it simple and focused. These are very important concept of commercial writing.
Click here to learn more about this aspect of successful lyric writing.
The use of Images when you're writing song lyrics
A powerful and important tool when you're writing song lyrics is the use of images. This tool may take your songwriting to the next level. Here you'll learn more about how and why you should use images, and you'll also find some exercises to help you master this technique.
Click here to go to the article about images in songwriting.
Learn the importance of a strong opening when you´re writing song lyrics. Here you´ll find valuable information and exercises about this topic.
Click here to learn more about lyrics opening
It´s important to know which rhyme schemes you want to use, and how to use them. This is one of the most used concept in writing song lyrics.
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Lyrics prosody and meter
We can not talk about writing song lyrics without mentioning prosody and meter. In this article you'll learn more about this topics and find exercises to improve this part of your song lyric writing.
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