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Addy asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicLyrics · 5 years ago

Question for Song-writers?

When writing lyrics, what do you do to make your song your own?

What are some tips(in terms of syllables/rhyming/whatever) you can give a rookie?

What type of lyrics do you hate hearing and to you resemble poor quality?

Thanks

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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

    The Bed You’ll Lie In

    You told me a week ago

    Of boxes left behind

    You said if I needed them, you'd drop by

    But the answer I already know

    Those are boxes you didn't find

    I don't know what to say to you since the day you said goodbye

    I gave it everything

    I gave you everything

    Sacrificing so much pride

    Wild abandon became

    Abandoning a dream

    Pushing me and boxes to the side

    Still, you never ran too far

    As friends and family played their hand

    A piece of mail, a business call - little ways to say you're still tryin'

    Now that new car in your yard

    Says your heart must now make a stand

    Cause if love isn't dead

    You're making the bed you'll lie in

    INSTRUMENTAL BRIDGE

    Listening to a snake dancer’s laughter

    At the careless tack you’ve chosen

    To choose not to undo the wrong

    You will marry so soon after

    The love we had turning frozen

    Not wanting to see if I was gone

    I gave it everything

    You gave up everything

    Sacrificing so much pride

    Wild abandon became

    Abandoning a dream

    Pushing me and boxes to the side

    Still, you never ran too far

    As acquaintances would demand

    Promises sold to a stranger, too sad to look back cryin'

    You have ruffed a cold trump card

    Though you cannot win the hand

    Cause if love isn't dead

    You’re making the bed that you'll lie in

    INSTRUMENTAL BRIDGE #2

    I gave it everything

    You gave up everything

    Sacrificing so much pride

    Wild abandon became

    Abandoning a dream

    As all friendship and romance has died

    Still is the night without a star

    Any wish draws reprimand

    The short, hard truth, now there’s no denyin’

    This has truly gone too far

    And the timer is out of sand

    Cause if love isn't dead

    You’ve just made the bed that you'll lie in

    Cause if love isn't dead

    You’re making the bed that you'll lie in

    Even if love isn't dead

    I’ve made the bed I'll lie in

    Laughing Dolphin Music

  • 5 years ago

    just do whats natural....you get better and better as time goes by....you will become more sharp

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