Writing Lyrics

This works for me …


  • Know what I want to say about the subject matter I choose to explore in my song before I start writing my lyric
  • If it helps, make a list of key points I want to (or might want to) make
  • Make sure I develop my subject in a coherent way
  • Let poetry come in a natural way
  • Allow¬† time for the lyric to mature
  • Revisit my lyric-in-progress regularly – with fresh perspective – listen to my gut as I edit and refine


  • Don’t let attachment to perceived clever rhyming or wordplay get in the way of saying what I want to say.
  • Don’t start writing a lyric without a clear idea about what I want to say and the points i wish to make
  • Don’t let poetry rule – let it serve (dump the poetry if it is preventing you saying what you want to say)

If the lyrics doesn’t flow it is almost always because I do not know what I want to say. I figure, if I do not know what I want to say … why am I writing a lyric?

What works/doesn’t work for you?

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