#1
If you've clicked on this thread then you are an aspiring lyricist.

It is a fine art and one that is hard to master - only the likes of Bob Dylan, Woodie Guthrie, Blondie, Sting, Paul Weller and Bobby Womack have actually managed it.

But what are their secret tips??

1. USE ALLITERATION

Think about it, which of these sounds better...

-The leaves are frozen stiff to the floor and they're unsettling

OR

-These frozen frosty freaky leaves are frightening me

No brainer, right?

Use Alliteration to show off your use of lyrical concepts. It's poetry people.


2. USE STRIKING IMAGERY


Think about some of the best lyrics ever. Now think back to that boring band you heard in sixth form who had songs called "What you needed" and "All of the time".

Generic lyric writing never got anyone anywhere. Throw in something striking. Think about how Reggea legend Paul Weller once sung "This town, is becoming like a Ghost Town". Bang, hooked ya right?

Get on it peoples.


3. GREAT MEN STAND ON GREAT MEN'S SHOULDERS

Yes, don't be afraid to rip off great artists.

But do be careful not to make it too obvious.

Ie, instead of writing "The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind", why not write "There is an answer out there, friends. I believe this answer to be in the atmosphere". It's beginning to sound quite mysterious and could lead into a really bad ass guitar solo.

How about Guns N Roses "Paradise City" - give it a new slant - "Take me down to Casino City, we gonna do some gambling with some pretty gals".

These are obviously just examples and they're by no means definitive, but are inspiring.


4. ALWAYS JOT DOWN IDEAS ON A MAC BOOK

Or a laptop, or if you're old school, a good old quill and scribe will do the trick.

How about this one.

I was walking my dog to the vets the other day. Got to the vets, they were closed. So I went to a pub instead and just decided to get absolutely smashed. When I was in there, I jotted down a few ideas based on watching my dog roaming about the pub and came up with a song called "Charlie Boy in the Public House". It's one of my best efforts to date, and I'm glad I brought my mac book with me.


Any Q's, gimme a shout.
The king stay the king
#2
You probably need more research. Paul Weller didn't write Ghost Town and didn't really play reggae http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Town_(song) If lyrics are held up to be good examples they really ought to be good examples. A good opportunity to quote from your favourite songs. Stick to well known songs too, lyrics quoted out of context rarely capture very much and if you stick to well known songs people will already have the context.