How to Write a Lyric

Have you ever wanted to write a song? Maybe have it recorded by a famous singer? It could even hit the charts! While this happens to some songwriters, the chances are slim for a person to achieve this. But what the heck! If you have an idea for a song, you might as well write it down. Even if it never enters a recording studio, you can show 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.


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    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 avoid adult material of any kind.
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    Write down the subject of the song, the idea or message you want to convey, and the story the song will tell. For example, the subject of the song might be falling in love, the message might be that there is someone for everyone, and the story might tell of a man and a woman who meet and fall madly in love.
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    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 all of the verses. From the chorus, you will also need to make up a catchy title for your song.
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    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 of the verses and the chorus later.
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    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.
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    Write the third verse. Tell more about your story here, and add relevant information. You really want to advance the storyline from verses one and two, because the next verse will close the song.
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    Close the song by writing the fourth verse. The aim is to bring it all together like the last chapter of a book.
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    Go 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 similar length so the song will glide along and not be choppy.
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    Write the music for it. If composing is not your thing, you could work with someone who can compose and complete your song.


  • Try not to make the verses or chorus run too long. Shorter songs often use four lines for each verse.
  • You might want to add some good comparisons in it.So the listener can understand it more,or just to add something extra in your song.
  • Try to write your lyric on the melody of a song you already know,if you do this it will be easier too write the song because you can printed in your mind. If you completed it try singing your song in that melody and see if it fits.


  • Copyright your song when you finish if you think someone is going to steal your ideas

Things You'll Need

  • Dictionary and/or thesaurus.
  • Paper and pencil.
  • A book.

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Categories: Songs and Song Writing