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Lyric Writing Basics

Lyric writing is an adventure in that it is usual bound by a certain set of rules and parameters, yet the lyricist can be exceedingly creative within those parameters. Unlike poetry, which may be as short as one line or as long as hundreds of pages, song lyrics that are written for radio play are usually written with a 3-minute time limit in mind.

While its true that some songs longer than 3 minutes do receive airplay, the standard 3 minute song will, in general, be received more favorably by radio stations than much longer or short songs.

So, within this limitation, the lyrics are generally arranged in a verse and chorus pattern. The verse of the lyrics tell the story and set up the drama and the chorus is the memorable part of the song, generally containing a hook that is the most memorable part of the song.

The hook can be a repetition of the title of the song or other verbiage that tends to stick in the listeners' heads. While it must be noted that not all songs have a catchy chorus, or any chorus at all, most popular songs do. Some lyrics also contain a bridge, which is different from verses and choruses and is sometimes used to connect the two.

One of the elements of successful lyric writing is the use of poetic devices within the music lyrics. Metaphors are a powerful method of conveying imagery to the listeners. Lines like "She is a black cat" or "I am a rock. I am an island" convey an image to the listener is a way that few other poetic devices can.

When making metaphors and writing lyrics in general, it sometimes helps to draw upon personal experience in order to connect with the listener. If there is a particularly memorable feeling or event in your life that you can draw upon for your lyrics, that will generally make them all the more powerful.

Meter and rhyme are also important elements of lyric writing. The syllable stresses of words in a line contribute to the meter of that line. It's helpful in singing a song to have consistent syllabic stresses in the verses and chorus throughout the song. For instance in the line "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers", the syllabic stresses are on the first part of each "P" word. Repetition and consistence help with the rhythm of the song.

Rhyme may be either internal rhyme or end rhyme. If the end rhyme of a 4-line verse is all the same, the pattern is considered to be A, A, A, A, which means the last words in the verse all rhyme with one another. If the last words in the first and third lines rhyme with each other and the second and fourth rhyme with each other, then the pattern is A, B, A, B, which is a common rhyme scheme in lyric writing.

Alliteration is another common poetic device that lyric writers use in order to give emphasis and rhythm to a song. For instance, the song "Blinded By the Light" by Bruce Springsteen is literally littered with alliteration. In the line "Some silicone sister with her manager's mister " the "S" is repeated in the first part of the line and then the "M" is repeated in the second half.

These are just some of the techniques that professional lyricists use to create powerful and memorable lyrics to songs. They are also guidelines as well. Many memorable songs do not contain all elements, while some songs like the one just listed will contain a concentration of colorful and creative lyric writing techniques.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

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