Lyrics (Briefly Summarised)

The summary for those who want to write. 9 simple Q. and A. about lyrics.

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Lyrics, so they're the things that are sung by vocalists' right? Yep, that's not to say that you can't have singing without lyrics, but what you're saying is true the majority of the time. Well, vocals are cool?but isn't the process of writing lyrics for sad over-emotional depressives and no one else? Ehm.. no not at all. Writing lyrics is just another form of finding emotional release in a creative way. It is another form of expression just like guitar is. Now, do you feel like calling guitar players 'sad over-emotional depressives'? Didn't think so?you see, people write lyrics because there are certain things that they have to say, that will only come out right in the form of lyrics. Hell, it's most likely those that don't write lyrics who will become depressed, as they have no way of unleashing the bitterness, anger and confusion they are likely to experience. So if I were going to write lyrics where would I start? A. Well you could come up with a topic that you want to write about. Or you could think up a story, and then express how the characters feel. Or you could come up with a few lines and expand upon the thoughts and feelings contained within the lines, so that you can create a complete set of lyrics. Or else you can come up with a technique (though this method is probably for more advanced writers) and then use it throughout the lyrics, (in this method the topic or story isn't as important as how well you express it). Try to write what you know about, as the most powerful lyrics often come from the passionate feelings of an individual. Be wary of writing really dark lyrics all the time however, because even Steve Vai believes that, "you become what you create". As soon as I start will I be able to write like Dylan, or Morrissey, or Maynard? Unless you're an absolute genius at imitation then I doubt it. And anyway, the main point of writing lyrics is to get your point across. You want to find your own voice. In other words, "wear your influences on your back, not your face". It is important to have lyrics that you find particularly moving, but that doesn't mean you should continually imitate these lyrics in an attempt to better them. You should find inspiration in everything so that whenever you write, you are drawing on all these other influences so that effectively you are creating a style that is true to you. What skills are essential for writers, and can they be developed? Writers have a skill of touching people on an emotional level and often also on a thought provoking level. This skill of affecting people is developed over time and the only definitive method of getting better at it, is to practice. Just like everything else you'll want to do in life?"practice makes perfect". Another tool that is helpful is the skill of observation, which is basically seeing things that others can't see. Finding connections that people never knew were there. Finding connections? That sounds a bit like using metaphors, right? A. Basically yes. The fundamental point of using metaphors in writing, is to show people, in a unique and easily accessible way, how you are feeling. But it would be truer to say that connections can be expressed in the form of analogies, (comparisons), such as similes and metaphors. And example of this would be linking emotions with forces of nature, like "storms of anguish", or "waves of pain", or "erupting in anger". Note they're all metaphorical, due to it being more my style. I guess I should show off my versatility: here are some similes, "cold as death", and "vulnerable as a baby". How can I improve my writing? Practice is essentially the most basic and obvious way. But another way of getting better is to analyse the lyrics that were written by people better than you. They don't necessarily have to be famous, all you want to do is analyse some really good lyrics. Such as? A. Well now you're getting into more of a preference thing, but I'll give some suggestions. Anything by these artists: Jeff Buckley, Stephen Morrissey, Thom Yorke, Dylan, Thursday, My Chemical Romance et al. Really good on an emotional, and occasionally thought provoking plane. Is that all? Well yes, that's all for this lesson. As I've previously said, lyric writing is all about finding your own voice and then showing some integrity and versatility. Flew your lyrical muscles and find out how to write lyrics for all styles of music. Then you'll be an indispensable asset to any band you join. Good luck and good writing.

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    project h
    can somone post a good lesson on how to write lyrics to a song because thats what im having trouble with at the moment
    Whatupdude?
    He said
    Well now you're getting into more of a preference thing,
    . It doesn't matter whether you think that MCR is not inspirational or anything like that.
    Closure777
    okay, what a couple poeple need to understand, is for a band to be good, everything has to be good. unfortunatly, its that simple. if your drummer sucks [as mine does =\] he ruins the song. guitar TENDS to be the first thing that comes in rock music, so obviously needa good guitarist. bass gotta compliment that guitar, and if your a realllly good band youll use bass instead of guitar sometimes. same thing with vocals, vocal melody, and lyrics. if any instrament, note, or creativity tends to be way off, not many people are going to like what you play.
    Bad Scooter
    A superb lesson really, but i think that you should mention Bruce Springsteen too, I mean his lyrics are amazing and I rally think you should have mentioned him too.
    -stratomaster-
    Expression-wise, the ideal is writing lyrics and music that match each other, not just concentrating on one or the other.
    xxemo_kittyxx
    to me, lyrics does matter. if a song isnt catchy but it has great lyrics then there's a better chance I'll like it better than a catchy one with shitty lyrics.
    crash_course
    forty-six_and_2 wrote: Wtf? Thursday and MCR?
    MCR doesn't have what I would call lyrics to listen to and then take inspiration from. Thursday on the other hand does Geoff Rickley is by far one of the best lyricist that I listen to. He's brilliant if you just listen to what he's saying its great. I swear Geoff is a human thesaurus. Hey but thats what happens if you read or whatever. sry bout the other post
    crash_course
    quote]forty-six_and_2 wrote: Wtf? Thursday and MCR? [/quote] MCR doesn't have what I would call lyrics to listen to and then take inspiration from. Thursday on the other hand does Geoff Rickley is by far one of the best lyricist that I listen to. He's brilliant if you just listen to what he's saying its great. I swear Geoff is a human thesaurus. Hey but thats what happens if you read or whatever.
    guitar-7777
    i think it is easyer cas then u have to change what you wrote for ur guitar after u write ur words so they both fit
    merkalos666
    i've been writing since early junior high an it's evolved a hell of a lot, and i do vary the tones. i use my own words and use my guitars later. i always revise although
    Profane
    Is it easier to write lyrics then write the music or the other way round cos iv been tryin 2 prove to my band that it is easyer to right the lyrics first...
    guitarista_727
    I don't know if it's in the right place to ask this, but what is the interlude? I see it in tablatures and can you give me an example of it?
    animefreak15
    Don't put Maynard in with those fools man. And My Chemical Romance?! Gimme a ***ing break.
    DeAdGiRlSbOyS
    Why do ppl think that u have to write songs about things u find emotional or have a place in ur heart. the best songs lyrically can be about kicking a dead dog. in my opinion anyway, but im a musician. lyrically in a song, i dont think its important. if the music aint catchy then it doesnt matter if u got the best lyrics in the world. nobodys gonna listen to the song if they hate the opening intro of the music. so concentrate more on the music then just let the song writer write any rubbish. it works trust me!
    siyoan
    ug_stranger is some1 hu isn't registered with the site, so they're all diff ppl. Meh, this article was alrite.
    fatbassist
    UG stranger are you a schizophrenic? you seem to enjoy ermm posting comments and then replying to them. most people would find that odd...