4 Strategies to Help You Come Up With Good Music Lyrics

If you wish to come up with good music lyrics, you need to:

  1. Have a good idea of what your song is all about: So the idea here is to be very clear on the topic (the main theme) you are singing about. Only then will you will be in a position to figure out how to tackle it lyrically in an appropriate manner.
  2. Create a simple chorus that everyone can sing along to: You come to realize that in most cases, the songs that are considered ‘good’ are those that have simple chorus verses that all people can sing along to. So this is something you need to consider when writing your lyrics.
  3. Use a great deal of humor: Having identified the topic/theme you are to sing about (see tip 1) above, you need to find ways of tackling the topic in a humorous way, in order to entertain your song’s listeners. Remember, music is supposed to be entertainment.
  4. Ensure that your lyrics fit well into the melody: That is why many people consider it a good idea to first come up with the melody, then get lyrics to fit into it. But even if you decide to start with the lyrics first and do the melody later, you should nonetheless ensure that the lyrics and the melody sync well.
  5. Listen to other songs for lyric writing ideas: The idea here is not for you to copy other musicians’ lyrics. On the contrary, the objective is for you to listen keenly to other musicians (especially those who are considered good), to try and understand what the secret to their lyric writing prowess is. This is still what you would be expected to do, even if you were engaged in other creative processes — like if you were a software designer. Suppose, for instance, you were an online software developer, and you were told to design an online portal for a certain company’s car dealership department. Wouldn’t you, in that case, consider visiting other similar portal – including GM’s global connect portal in order to get practical ideas? What then, is wrong with you [as an upcoming musician] listening to other established musicians’ lyrics, in order to get lyric writing ideas from them?

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