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8 Tips for Writing Great Song Lyrics

Anyone can write good song lyrics. Sometimes I find myself whistling or humming catchy words that stick in my head. Others may be times when I jot down a few verses that could be easily made into lyrics. Experts from the fields of music, songwriting, and even psychology all agree, is this spontaneous childlike room, where they are born, most creative ideas. Sometimes our best work has just happened, if we do not have any expectations.

Take the song "Puff The Magic Dragon". It began asa poem written by Leonard Lipton. While at Cornell, Lipton was a friend with a roommate of Peter Yarrow. In 1959 he wrote a poem about Jackie Paper, who named his imaginary dragon named Puff at a location near the sea played Honalee. Although Lipton forgot the poem, Yarrow found her and she turned to music. Yarrow began to play the song with his friends Paul Stookey and Mary Travers and the rest is history.

Although spontaneity is a good starting point for poetry,Most professionals follow a few basic rules.

# 1 Make The storyline match: "The Puff The Magic Dragon", Jackie Paper grows up, loses interest in his imaginary friend, who slipped "did in his cave." When Lipton's poem had been talking about why he would have liked to golf to tennis, for example, to the end, the story fell apart, and probably caught the eye of Peter Yarrow.

# 2 Have A Catchy Title: Choose a title that provides not only the backdrop for your story, but has a catchySound to it. A few good songs that come to mind are: Emotions, White Christmas, A Dollar In My Jeans, Lady, Lady Lay, El Paso, I Love How You Love Me, Until It's Time For You To Go, fever, Suspicious Minds, My
Way. . . the list goes on.

# 3 Use a well-defined rhyming pattern: Songwriters often speak of texts in terms of AB AB AA BB or any other form. What do they mean by that is that the last word in certain lines of rhythm. Take a look at the lyrics to "Puff The Magic Dragon". Inprimarily designed Lipton "sea" with "Honah-Lee" on the A line and "Puff" and "things" on the B line. This pattern is pleasant to the ear. [For a more detailed discussion of the lyric forms assume with a good book on songwriting.]

# 4 Using internal rhythms, as long as they do not Break Up The story line is: an inner rhythm Thu simple rhyming words in the middle as well as the last word of the line. Although this line interesting and pleasing to the ear, an error early Songwriteroften to an inner rhythm, the importance of force

not exactly on the action.

# 5 Repeat certain words to hook your listeners: The concept of the "hook" is used in songs, stories, books, plays and movie plots. It is a word or two or theme idea, grabs the listener or viewer's attention, and again and again in the work. In songs, hooks is often times found in the title. Take a look at the song "Feelings" by Morris Albert. How many times has theWord "feelings" appear in the title and text?

# 6 learn from the masters: Browse songbooks check in at your local music store or a portion of the public library. You can major songwriters such as Lennon and McCartney, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan bet either incorporate these rules into their songs, or choose to deliberately break, because they require fundamental principles of lyric writing dominates.

# 7 Confirm With People At Your same or better level of difficulty:There is a reason why were written many of the memorable songs in the world of songwriting teams. The advent of the World Wide Web has to fulfill it easy to join and your ideas and projects with individuals and groups, such as the Nashville Songwriters Association of America share.

# 8 Be original, have fun and Keep On Writing!


December 13, 2009 - Posted by | Mary Travers Articles | ,

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