Making Your Lyrics Shine

We discussed in a previous article how can a songwriter write music for his/her lyrics, now we go ahead and consider the situation where one is strictly a lyricist. In order to transfer lyrics into complete songs, a lyricist will need to find a musician who is willing to collaborate and write music for the lyrics at hand. But first, one must make the lyrics appealing to musicians and songwriters. Therefore, there may be a couple of things a lyricist need to check in his/her lyrics…

The lyrics must be “song worthy”

Being a lyricist you should already know how to write good lyrics. One important tip, though, is STRUCTURE. Your lyrics will not be interesting for musicians and songwriters if it doesn’t have clear structure and form, meaning that there has to be chorus and verses already set, with some rhyme and internal rhythm in the words…Just remember that it’s not poetry.

No spelling mistakes

If you got spelling mistakes in your lyrics, it’s just going to send the clear message of you being not professional and careless…Check your spelling!

No weird words

Cutting words short just because you are too lazy to write a complete word is very irritating to whoever is reading your lyrics. Well-known stuff like “gonna”, “want to” and “ain’t” is ok, especially if it keeps rhyme or rhythm…It’s “aint” (without apostrophe) that’s not right for example.

Have a powerful title

A lyrics’ title plays a great role in making musicians want to write music to your lyrics. If the title is strong, interesting and has some (but little!!) meaning to it, it can easily draw songwriters into reading your lyrics with enthusiasm and an open-mind. On the other hand, a boring title that says everything about the song in advance is probably going to drive everybody away from your lyrics.


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