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Songwriting - Lyrics that write themselves

Updated: Jan 24

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Lyrics that write themselves

Songwriting - Lyrics that write themselves

Every songwriter would love to have lyrics that write themselves but that is not always the case. Sometimes you have to work at it.

When lyrics write themselves

Just go with it and don't stop writing until there is nothing left to write. Record speaking the words to get the rhythm. If you have music record it all. Document it as quickly and as thoroughly as you can.

These moments don't come very often so treasure them and make the most of them. The songs are often those ones that songwriters talk about when they say they "received a song". It has happened to me a couple of times and the first time I lost the song because I got distracted. I regretted it for a long time.

When you have to persevere

Sometimes, and more often than not for me, I get an insight into the song. Sometimes a line, sometimes just a word and I have to work the lyrics out over time. These songs often twist and turn until I find the right direction for it and then they grow. Some take days, some months but they are all worth it in the end.

When you have to let go

Sometimes the song just doesn't happen. Maybe I lost the moment, maybe there wasn't one to start with. Sometimes I find I push to write a song when there isn't one to write. Sometimes I have to say that they don't work and I need to start from scratch with another idea.

Lyrics are hard things because they are so personal, almost an extension of us but as we grow they often become stories of our past that lead us to memories. That is how I like to think of them.

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