“Only a genius can write lyrics to a song such as this!” You might have heard people say this often. Though this is supposed to be a compliment any anchor for the writer, normal humans need not think that writing lyrics is beyond their ability. While it is true that some people possess inborn talent which helps them create exceptional works, anyone who has an observant eye and knows a language can write lyrics to a song.
Usually, you write song lyrics after the music is ready. So, you already have an idea of the song’s structure. Once you know the number of verses and choruses, you just need to think of a tale to tell. But, having an idea is not enough. Several great ideas have evaporated midway between the writer’s brain and his pen. Therefore, it is important to get them on paper.
If you cannot get any ideas on to paper, stop forcing yourself to write lyrics to a song and start writing about random things. Write as if you were writing your personal diary. A thought of significance may arise out of nowhere and lead you to a beautiful song.
You must first decide about what to say and then how to say it. Your idea can be anything simple and abstract like love or god. But the way you present it makes a lot of difference. If you are describing an event, you may follow the classical unities of theatre and write lyrics to a song describing each second of reality or miniaturize reality by depicting a lifetime in a 3-minute song. This choice, however, is based on the intention of the song.
Adding a hook makes a song more durable. Though pop numbers have a lot of hooks and repetitions, it is not advisable to have too many repetitions since there is a risk of boring the listener even before he starts to like it. So, when you write lyrics to a song, use hooks and chorus economically to create maximum effect. Also, chorus is the aftertaste the listener can feel and hum after listening to the song. Keep it relatively simple in that it must be well-structured.
A large percent of successful musicians and band leaders work and collaborate with businesses that offer professional songwriting services.