A song is words+music, and for a song to be successful it has to have great lyrics and great music.
Great lyrics are simply a mix of easy, nice words revolving around an interesting topic. The good thing is that lyrics don't have to go by any rules; it is simply a matter of practice...May be there are some rhyming "rules" but those can be hardly called rules. We will discuss rhyming later.
As for great music, you don't have to create a complicated masterpiece..! Actually, great music in this context means simple, catchy melody and well-structured chord patterns. We will also see about music later.
OK. Now we got music and lyrics but that means nothing if a catchy melody and a number of nice words were just scattered all over your song...Music and Lyrics need to be put into a concrete Song Structure...
A song usually has three short melodies, two of which are repeated several times…
Chorus: The chorus is a lyrics-music combination that is repeated with little or no change throughout the song. Usually, the chorus's lyrics include the song title and give the listener a general idea about the song's topic. The chorus music includes the catchiest melody in the song and it is usually the part that your listener will remember from your song.
Verse: The verse has the second melody of the song; this melody hardly changes throughout the song. The verse's lyrics are actually what usually change; as the verses usually give details about the song's topic. Notice that no matter how the lyrics change they all have to fit the same melody, without having to look "artificial"...This actually is a great challenge for the lyricist ;).
Bridge: The third melody and the one that -in most song structures- appears only once. It is better if the listener gets a small surprise in the bridge; may be a change in the chord structure or a smooth shift to another scale...etc. However, the bridge's melody almost always ends by shifting back to the original mood and repeating the chorus all over again. As for the bridge's lyrics they usually represent a conclusion or a flash back to the whole song, this adds to the surprise. Sometimes, -especially in Rock- the bridge is just an instrumental solo with no lyrics.
But how are those three parts arranged in the song? Well, you got Chorus, verse and bridge...Yes, arrange them in any way you want, but don't get too messy or your listener will get lost. To make it easier, songwriters have come up with these agreed-on song structures. Most of the songs follow three structures…
verse / chorus / verse / chorus / verse...etc.
verse / chorus / verse / chorus / bridge / (verse) / chorus
verse / verse / bridge / verse
Now, about the verse / verse / bridge / verse ... This structure takes a tricky melody for the verse; it has to be catchy and longer than the usual verses. Moreover, you have to spice it up every time you repeat it with a new thing (like a new instrument in the background, or a back vocals line...etc.). I personally like this structure because I feel it gives a certain freedom with the lyrics, the other two structures don't give. Besides, this structure gives room for musical intros and outros, not to mention the opportunity to add some musical breaks (between the verses) without having to worry about making the song too long.
This is just a piece of what I do,here's a short version of a song I'm trying to get together.(All this pain I can't take no more,all these lies is this what I'm here for,all these tears I've been crying,in my mind I've been wishing:
I love singing and song writing,I write songs because its something that I enjoy doing.don't get me wrong,I love singing just the same but I'm always shy when it comes onto singing in front of people and those wbleepedhaven't heard me sing before especially my own family told me to my face that I can't sing so I shouldn't try(even though they've never heard me before)lol,I enjoy song writing because people aren't there to tell me that I can't when I know I can,the thing is what I'm really having problems with is when I started to write a song its hard for me to finish it so I would like a little help with that.
Hi I'm not the greatest at writing songs and I don't have the best voice but I really enjoy both and was wondering if anyone had any really good topic for a new song. Its been a while since I last sang in front of people because I embarrassed myself really badly so I need to comeback as strong as ever.
hola, como estan ustedes ¿ How r u all ?? I have a whole notebook full of unfinished songs. I'll start a song get through two verses and maybe a chorus then end up stopping. then I will get inspired and start another song, sometimes I will go through them and say I'm going to finish these but I never do.
One day I really will.
I love to write poems and songs and I play guitar. But I've only put together two songs. I think I am going about it wrong. I write first then I'll get guitar out and try to match it up with the lyrics.
I lyk singing bt hv difficulties in song writting. Send me some songs .
Check my song out....
Srry its coming later
Hahaha i made u read this!!
I keep a "thought journal" which is just a notebook with phrases I think of throughout the day, they aren't songs but they can be used in ways if I get stuck in a lyrical rut. I look into my journal when I can't think of what to write and sometimes inspires a complete song. The phrases are sometimes just a few words and sometimes a complete verse. My songwriting often starts out with a chorus and I build around that.
just a song i wrote,doesn't have any music yet.....
im just gonna post the chorus-for copyright reasons(yes, i got it copyrighted)
i dont see
why you cry
we all live
we all die
the beat of my heart
is the drum
to the beat
Even a bus ride to work can be a source of inspiration
"I tried to get off the bus at Albert and Bay, but there were two door trolls stuck in the way
Missed the next stop cause someone on the phone was blocking the isle with his trombone":>
Not a songwriter or lyricist but just go an urge to write this, first thing I've ever written. Could someone with experience tell me if there's any glimmer of hope in this.
Does your poison go both ways
Is it time and day or just a little phase
You should of warned about the gap
When you opened up your trap
When you shown your evil gaze
Kept me locked up for days
hey i am a singer, i write a few songs, i am not an experienced songwriter but I think it is great and has potential
i cant think of a song i have made one up as i go but never writen one
If you have a song w/melody in your mind, and if you have computer, there is a program available that can help you to score your music. Check with your local supplier. Don't quit!
i love song writin bt ppl olwayz hate wht i writ bwt...so thnx guyz 4 makin me undastand dat these r my songs nt therz
How do you get it started .cuz i writing a song but i cnt seem to get it to ryme. Can you help me
How should i get inspiration?
most inspiration for songs come from tragic experiences of your past. If you can not think of anything tragic to write a song about choose the happiest event in your life time.
hi there, i'm just getting into song writing, but any time i start a topic i go short of ideas. what do i have to do
Hello fellow song writer,
I write songs about things I see like I wrote a song about a circus i saw as a young child.
I hope this helps,
you have to think about stough you have done in your life and write a song about it i hope this was good enough information
Any one ya'll rappers
I rap. but my music career is in rock music. but I definitely. can rap, and do write rap songs for my own pleasure. I just haven't released any as of now.
i do rap/hip hop
yes i am a rapper
i need a new topic for a song. my sister hates all the songs i write they are about love confusion hanging out and hearts breaking! i think they r good
Try to write about:
walking on water
actually you can think of any object but always relate them to your feelings and experiences.
You could try writing songs about a time in your life when everything was very bad and how you made it through those times. Draw from your own experiences and inspire others through your lyrics!
Your sister is probably jealous of your creativity
you could think where you have been in your life and write about it then sort it out into a song that is what i do i hope that was good enough information