Posted by: Corey | January 18, 2012

How To Write Lyrics 2 [Analyze]

Alright, tip #2 for writing better lyrics is this: analyze what you’re into. Pull up some lyrics that you think are truly phenomenal, and take a look at them. Are they:

  • Poetic
  • Direct
  • Simple
  • Full of imagery
  • Deep concepts
  • Fun
  • ????

Find 3 words that pinpoint what your favorite things are about these lyrics. The cool part is, you probably won’t have to look at too  many songs before you start to get a clear picture of what it is that you like. For me, I love incredibly simple lyrics with a high emotional content. People have let me know they were taken aback by how direct my lyrics are, and I’ve even been criticized for it. It’s all about what you like.

After you figure out what it is that you like, go to step 1 and practice it! If you like things with a lot of imagery, write a couple of stanzas that are so descriptive they could be a novel 😀 If you like something more intimate, write some lyrics that almost sound like a conversation with a friend, or a journal entry.

And remember, the more you practice the faster your skills will grow!

Here’s a video I made on the subject:


The next thing you’ll want to do is understand the differences between lyrics and poetry.


Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!



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