Lyrics Tips

Below I will try to summarize all my practice and techniques and make a few tips for you, aimed to ease the understanding of lyrics-writing process and to improve your songwriting skills.

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The only rule one needs to follow writing a song is a thing known as "listening to your heart". On the one hand it's totally understandable and doesn't need any explanations and if you get it you don't need to go on reading, but on the other - this doesn't tell anything about the spoken process. So I will try to avoid such a vague and mixed definitions and phrases, posting real working recommendations, that could be developed and used in practice later. 1. Don't get obsessed by rhymes and rhythm. They are not the most important issues of the song. You do not need to think about the rhyme at all - it's not a poem. Also some words or strings can be sung faster or slower, you can start singing a single string before a bar, with the bar or even after the first notes of the bar, and of course some notes can be 'swallowed' while some others - stretched. The one and only aim here is to make your lyrics convey your thoughts, feelings, dreams, appeals and so on. Example: My heart is still yearning While there's nowhere to go And now standing next in line I'm looking at the gates of hell 2. Change word order. Songwriting is a kind of art, where standard linguistic rules (grammar, word order, spelling etc.) are not very strict and gives you an opportunity to close eyes on them. Therefore you can easily make your own corrections of sentences or separate phrases, which wouldn't have been allowed anywhere else. Moreover some words like articles can be thrown away and a lot of others can be shortened if there's a need. Example: To the universe unknown departed their ship But no friends o' mine on that ship still live 3. Search for synonyms and metaphors. Substitute separate words or word combinations with their synonyms or phrases similar by sense. Also use different kinds of metaphors (epithets, comparisons, exaggerations etc.) - just use your imagination. That will make your songs more picturesque, attractable and less standard in used words. Create a song with its own beauty, its soul, create a new world and the more this world will be variable and unconventional (offbeat) the more it will be interesting and enigmatic for listeners. Example: Enchanted by a blue ribbon of dancing stream A beautiful creature of light follows the sun-beam 4. Write down your ideas. Everywhere at any time remember or write down your good ideas, thoughts or some evanescent emotions and feelings and when you have a great number of incoherent phrases in your note-book you will be able to use them as parts of your new songs. Example: ...home is a place where heart beats in the rhythm of love... ...and what if sun haven't ever existed? Then we would not have known what day is and what night is too... ...people always think just about themselves... ...only drunken one can't see the whole difficulty of the situation... Well, of course there are a lot of other pieces of advice that can be given, but mentioned ones are the most important and useful, as they were many times checked in practice. Hope these tips will help you.

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    --ATREYUROCK--
    mity88 wrote: +1 for ur advice -1 for ur langauge skills
    You -1 him for his language skills, yet type 'ur' instead of 'your'? Decent article. I always think these lyrics writing articles can be a tad pointless though, I don't think there's any way to make a science of lyrics. But some good ideas nonetheless.
    aerorocker101
    mmm i prefer guitar song writing.what if you starrt out with a guitars lick, then hod do u put lyrics into that?????
    Deus4el
    everything remains the same, but the melody of lyrics in this case should fit the riff. Thus you have less abilities to variate your lyrics - still you can use my recommendations as well. Just listen to Rhapsody of Fire or Heavenly - most of their songs were written this way...
    Deus4el
    the best variant is when you're playing some chords and sing or just hear the melody, how lyrics would sound, even if you don't have the lyrics written. You may write it later!
    libertines4ever
    Deus4el wrote: if there were an option of editing submitted lesson/review
    just post the changes in the contribution forum or message a mod with the changes
    h3yho
    Это все понятноА как мелодию, с которой петь будешь придумат 00;?
    mekani
    What I usually do is sing with the melody to get the feel how the lyrics should sound like, so melody can help you write lyrics. Some people like to write the music for the lyrics. I'm not that kind of guy.
    JustLikeMe
    libertines4ever wrote: Deus4el wrote: if there were an option of editing submitted lesson/review just post the changes in the contribution forum or message a mod with the changes
    Correct