Trouble writing some lyrics, could you give me some ideas?

Nothing about love/crushes or any of that. I write that all the time, I want to try something new.

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  • 5 years ago
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    How to Build a Song/Write a Lyrics Poem From Scratch

    1. What to write about

    Think of something or someone that inspires you

    Something or someone that bothers you

    Something or someone that changed your life

    A person you admire

    A childhood or travel memory

    A small incident in a moment that reversed itself in your life

    Any subject it seems no one talks about

    2. How to write it

    Pick a melody in your head or a catch phrase that you like and just flesh it out.

    You can change any song idea after getting stuck for some other new angle or different idea. Don't stay stuck long. Use your journal. Catch ideas that don't yet fit for later.

    Use a rhyming dictionary, thesarus (directory of concepts!) or some creativity exercise.

    Oh yeah....keep doing it. Someone once said "there's no such thing as a genius, just someone who practiced 100,000 times".

    3. Format for familiarity

    People often write lyrics as poetry, but fight the usual rhyming and formatting most

    popular songs use. It's your choice, but it also depends heavily on whether your target

    audience is going to "get" your work if you get away from a standard AABA format with

    a solid chorus and hook, or whether the object is to try new creative or innovative ideas.

    In the end, you decide how and what to tell the world. Personally, I believe in choruses,

    familiar rock/country/blues formats and whatever gets your audience to sing along.

    Usually, less is more and repeating a key line once or twice makes a point stand out.

    4. Standing on the shoulders of giants

    Someone somewhere blew you away with a song or two. What was it about

    that song that you liked? Would you like to try and make a song that

    blows people away like that too?

    Emulate your idols without copying, or be inspired by a song you just

    heard on the radio.

    Believe in what you're doing. The only thing the greats (Dylan, Lennon,

    etc.) had in common was the belief that they could change the world by

    doing what they did. They were right.

    5. Exhibit A - definitely not a run of the mill song.

    Swimming With Daffodils

    She works late at Hot Topic

    She’s lookin’ kinda mean

    Fifty pierces showing

    And her blue hair’s fairly clean

    Skin tight, holed-out jeans,

    Pushed by about two-fitty,

    You could be a true Christian

    And still say she’s sort of pretty

    CHORUS

    And she’s followed her heart, changing her name

    To something she really feels

    Her mother used to call her Jane,

    Now she’s Swimming With Daffodils

    She left family in a fight

    One bag that she could carry

    Did whatever she wanted

    Then married military

    Freedom was ten times better

    Than stares at the exchange

    All the neighbors marveled

    How she left and didn’t change

    CHORUS

    And she’s followed her heart, changing her name

    To something she really feels

    Her mother used to call her Jane,

    Now she’s Swimming With Daffodils

    BRIDGE

    Now she finally made her place

    In a city that doesn’t mind her

    And she’s found her path to faith and grace

    Should one day her husband find her

    She works late at Hot Topic

    She’s lookin’ kinda mean

    Sixty pierces showing

    Her bright green hair’s fairly clean

    Skin tight, holed-out jeans,

    Pushed by about three-fitty,

    You could be Wiccan just like her

    And still say she’s sort of pretty

    CHORUS/TAG

    And she’s followed her heart, changing her name

    To something she really feels

    Her mother used to call her Jane,

    Now she’s Swimming With Daffodils

    And she’s followed her heart, changing her name

    To Swimming With Daffodils

    Swimming With Daffodils

    Swimming With Daffodils

    Laughing Dolphin Music

  • 5 years ago

    You could write about

    Running away from all of life's stress and worries and just being free?

    You could write about traveling/adventuring

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