How do you go about writing a song?

I'm having a hard time writing lyrics. I want to express myself musically but I can come up with any catchy tunes.

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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

    I Blame The Moon

    First more, now less than friends

    Love ducked in and out again

    This isn't where the story ends

    But it's where I must contend

    That the heart goes in innocent

    All indications heaven sent

    A chance to shine, a chance to vent

    Another chance just came and went

    CHORUS

    It must be the moon playing tricks on me - I'd never ask for this kind of misery

    Watching all turn with the tide, but the swells are never done inside

    Since I can't see why I'm still blue

    But I see the moon - I blame you

    You learn from sources more than school

    The day starts warm and then ends cool

    Gravity always makes its pull

    Love seems to make me a fool

    The only constant when things aren't right

    Was that silver moon laughing bright

    Hiding the truth from the morning light

    Never revealing secrets of the night

    CHORUS

    It must be the moon playing tricks on me - I'd never ask for this kind of misery

    Watching all turn with the tide, but the swells are never done inside

    Since I can't see why I'm still blue

    But I see the moon - I blame you

    Why must you meddle with my world like this?

    Why can't you let me keep more than a kiss?

    It must be the moon playing tricks on me

    I'd never ask for this kind of misery

    Watching all turn with the tide

    But the swells are never done inside

    I'll never see why we are through

    So damn the moon - I blame you

    I blame the moon

    I blame the moon

    Laughing Dolphin Music

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