Have you ever wanted to write a song?
And maybe have it recorded by a famous singer? Maybe it could even hit the “top ten” chart?
While this actually happens to some lyricists and songwriters, the chances are slim for a person to reach that height of success. But, what the heck! If you have an idea for a song, you might as well write it down and organize it into a song. Even if it never enters the front door of a recording studio, you will still have the bragging rights to your family and friends that you are a lyricist!
There is no set way to write the lyrics to a song, but there are a few basics that you will need to know in order to reach your goal. In this article, you will learn about organizing your own personal thoughts and turning them into song lyrics.
The first step is to write down who your audience is. You will need to keep this in mind while writing the lyrics so you can target them. After all, if you were writing a song for children you would certainly avoid adult material of any kind.
Next, write down the subject of the song, the idea or the message you want to convey, and the story the song will tell. The subject of the song might be falling in love; the message might be that there is someone for everyone; the story might tell of a man and a woman who meet and fall madly in love with each other.
This is a good time to write down the words to the chorus of the song. The chorus is a bridge or connection from one verse to the next. It must make sense to sing the words of the chorus in between the verses. From the chorus, you will also need to make-up a catchy title for your song.
The next step is to write a rough draft of the first verse of your song. This verse should draw attention to your song and make your audience want to listen. Don’t worry about it being perfect at this point; you will refine all the verses and the chorus later.
Now, of course, you will need to write the second verse. In this part you will need to continue to tell the story and explain what the action is. Don’t be too detailed; this is a three minute song, not an opera.
Next comes the third verse. Tell more about your story here, and add relevant information to your story. You really want to enhance the story line from verses one and two, because the next verse will close the song.
It’s time to close the song by writing the fourth verse and bring it all together like the last chapter of a book.
Finally, read over your lyrics and change your sentences into lines. After you have lines, you will need to go back and change the ending words so they will rhyme. Do this with the chorus too. Every lyric should be of relatively-equal length so the song will glide along and not be choppy.
After you have completed writing your song, you may decide to write the music for it too. Or, if composing is not your thing, you could work with someone who does compose and complete your song!