David Lingabee Songs & Songwriting

Step 6) How to Compose your Lyrics–Part 2



Forming your lyrics from sentences
You are now going to take the short story you just wrote and form its sentences into lines of lyrics that flow and rhyme as best you can, keeping in mind this is only your lyric’s first draft and not their final version.

Practical Exercise Step 6) Part 2
The emphasis for this exercise is on taking your story you wrote, and being able to form it into lyrics that flow and rhyme as best you can. They will form your first draft and they should all continue to communicate your song’s message in the way you want.

1) Take each sentence you have written and put each one on a separate line on a piece of paper or your computer page.

2)  Now start to form each sentence into lyrics that flow and rhyme as best you can. Click here for a  rhyming dictionary to help you. Here is also a thesaurus dictionary which will give you a greater choice of words that may rhyme better, or help you choose similar words that mean more precisely what you want to say.

3) Now compose any more lines of lyrics and separate verses you want for your song, filling them in and rearranging them as you see fit. Again make them flow and rhyme as best you can, with the overall idea they are going to be sung and how they will sound.

You may start to get melody inspirations for your lyrics as you are composing them, and you should record them so you can use them later when you compose the main music for your lyrics.

A chorus could be defined as: a catchy part of lyrics that repetitively communicates the essential part of the song’s message throughout the song. If you have not formulated a chorus yet, decide on which verse will be your chorus, or compose one for your song.

A bridge could be defined as: a type of newly created verse that forms a crossover to an earlier verse, or a newly created one, but still carries the message of the song.
Note for later on: The Bridge with its new verse may also have its music played with a key change to create an elevated mood, but still carries the message of the song in some way.
Compose your first draft of your bridge now as best you can and fit it into your overall lyrics the way you want.

4)  Repeat points 1) through 3) on newly composed lyrics for 5 more songs for your album, until you feel comfortably at ease with doing them and have used your existing knowledge to its fullest.

5)  If you feel you still need to compose more lyrics then go right ahead. You will be able to use them all in later parts of the program when composing music for your songs.

End Result
You are satisfied you can complete the first draft of your lyrics in the way you want, including getting used to placing your chorus and bridge where you want.
You also know they need more refining but you are still satisfied with the verses and chorus you have created so far, and have used your current creativeness and knowledge to its fullest, even though you are aware you need to know and learn more about the process of lyric writing.

 Click here to go to How to Compose your Lyrics – Part 3

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