Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicLyrics · 7 months ago

How do you write a really creative song lyrics?

Like, for example, David Bowie’s lyrics were always so creative, how did he manage to write like that?

1 Answer

  • 7 months ago

    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 Joke

    Hello, Blondie! Hurry up and get Dagwood off the couch

    You’re teaching our children they can live just like that slouch

    Hey there, Mr. Wilson, where did your senses go?

    All you have to do is tell that wild boy Dennis, “NO!”

    I see – the picture’s so much clearer

    I see – our lives in comedic mirror

    All this hilarity is true

    Unfortunately, the joke’s on you.

    Hello, Archie Andrews, you’re a cute two-timing fool

    Choose either love or money, send the loser back to school

    Hi there, Cookie Monster, stuff your face just as you please

    Even Big Bird cannot count your intake of calories

    I see – the drawings of the truth

    I see – the effects upon our youth

    In the Sunday comics, a laugh is a must

    Sorry to say, though, the joke’s on us.


    Please Superman, if you can, take pity on your lesser man,

    We need proof, we’re not aloof; that’s why we try to dive from the roof

    Save me from reality, whatever that really happens to be

    Promise me my kids won’t be all bitches like in Apartment 3-G!

    (God, what a bunch of bitches!!)

    Katzenjammer to Simpsons, a parallel story

    Real crosses fantasy in search of short glory

    Capturing the spirit, staking your claim,

    Someday we’ll see if Charlie Brown is to blame

    I see – our lives in printed bliss

    I see – more to the tale than this

    Panels of experts, chuckling through

    Laugh at them now, but the joke’s on you.

    Laughing Dolphin Music

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