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Writing Lyrics

Igor Stermsek (363) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2

I fing that the most important thing when it comes to writing lyrics, is to not sit down and say "I'm going to write a song now", and don't force yourself to do it either. Write lyrics when you get an idea that you feel you can expand on.

Throughout this lesson, I'll be using examples from lyrics I wrote for my band, "Petroleum ICE"

Let's take the song "Please Don't" as an example for now. I came back from a party where I saw my ex-girlfriend, and decided to write down how I feel. Music usually sounds better if you base it in real life, on real experiences. That way you can get more emotion into the song. When I got home, I had one line in my head of what I wanted to say to her. Then I added a tune to it in my head. Never try and write lyrics without a tune in your head, or they will sound awful once you try and fit music to them.

Now that i had a tune and a first line which was "Please don't remind me, what it's like to kiss you" I went on to try and expand on that. I decided to make that line a part of the chorus and then i looked for words that rhyme with my line. I found one and i added another line in between them, and jumbled it about until it sounded right, to come up with this: "Please don't remind me, just how much I miss you, You know you'll only make me cry, Please don't remind me, what it's like to kiss you, Memories will make me die" It is vital to keep the tune in your head as you are writing.

Now i had a chorus and a basis to begin my song.