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How to Use Ideas for Lyrics

Notes About Songwriting

HOW TO USE IDEAS FOR LYRICS  
(Reprinted by Permission from www.lyricideas.com)
Submitted by: Linda Perry


The song lyric ideas you choose will form theme ideas for lyrics. All the words to a song will support the theme. If you use the music that you’re creating to brainstorm lyric ideas, you’ll find that some song lyric ideas will fit better when you write a song than others. You’ll need to first work out how many syllables’ your rhythm has then look for phrases that have the same rhythm pattern and theme idea. You may need to join two ideas for lyrics together. Only use a song word or phrase if it fits perfectly with your theme ideas and music ideas. Whichever approach you use to choose your music and words, you should find the new lyric ideas below helpful. When you write a song,

THINK
about a possible location for the idea for lyrics to give it a setting. Imagine the mood the phrase is being said in and who is saying it. Ask relevant questions like: Why did they say it? What could have happened? The questions will help you to formulate a purpose for the lyric. It will give the words you choose when you write a song meaning.

COMPARE

your unused lyric idea or chosen song theme from the “Song Lyric Themes” page, with the lyric ideas on the Home Page. Look for ideas for lyrics which matches your chosen theme. Write a memorable first line when you start to write a song. Next, decide on a rhyming pattern. You will soon have written your first verse.

TAKE
ideas for song lyrics that appeal to you immediately. Write a few lines to follow. Now stop and think about where your lyric is heading and who or what the song is going to be about. Set the tone for your music and lyrics. Imagine singing or performing it as a full song.

NOTE
down a few ideas for lyrics that you like and keep them with you. During your day you may be in a variety of environments. Looking at the ideas for songs throughout the day, as your perspective changes, may provide you with the ideas for lyrics you need when you write a song.

MATCH
two or three phrases together to form the basis for your song lyrics.

LOOK
for additional phrases that will fit with the music and lyrics that you have so far.

BRAINSTORM
using the unused song ideas to generate new ideas for lyrics within your own personal field of interest. Write down as many words as you can think of related to that basic idea for lyrics. Include them in the lyrics when you write a song.

USE
the unused ideas for lyrics to great effect as album titles.

COLLECT
themed lyric ideas together before looking for a starting point

CHOOSE
one of the ideas for lyrics and reword it. Perhaps putting a new slant on it

READ
the list of unused lyrics titles with either the negative or positive aspects of the phrase in mind.

MAKE
a vivid picture of the subject of your song and their lifestyle in your mind

WRITE
a brief story based on the idea for lyrics. Now remove anything unnecessary to the telling of the story. Highlight only key phrases and use them to write your lyrics when you write a song.

LYRICS FOR MUSIC - Finding meaning
Many of the song ideas have deeper meanings or can evoke powerful images in the mind. Remember to meditate on the meaning behind the words in order to develop the feelings behind possible lyrics for music. Acoustic sessions are becoming increasingly popular. This could well be due to the public being able to link to the raw emotion of the song. If you have written your song well, it will hold its own as an acoustic version.

KEEP YOUR SONG LYRICS
Don’t be too eager when you write a song to discard the words to songs that you’re unhappy with. Keep all unused song lyrics that you have given thought to. What you are unhappy with today, may suit a new trend in music later. (That may NOT necessarily be wishful thinking.) Better still, it may be just song lyrics artists of a different genre are looking for.  Your viewpoint of your own abilities will often change with your mood. So, when your mood changes, you may be able to revamp the unused lyrics or song successfully. Be patient with yourself whilst striving to improve your song writing techniques. Don’t lose sight of the possible rewards for your efforts.



Linda Perry
Songwriter

 
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