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Questions tagged [lyrics]

Writing that's intended to accompany music

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How to transition from poetry to song-writing?

I've written poetry since I was nine, and I would say I'm pretty good at it. I also really like music, and I can create simple melodies that I hum to myself. But whenever I try to write a song, my ...
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Elongated vowel sounds

When we speak sometimes we draw out certain sounds for emphasis. We also see this technique in song, for both emphasis as well as expanding the meter to make the words fit a certain rhythm. One way ...
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Is it important to consider tone, melody, and musical form while writing a song?

Be it Mowgli and balu singing Bare Necessities or Enrique singing Somebody's Me, each song (or poem) has their way of being sung. Were such songs written after selection of musical note, tone, and ...
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How do we tell someone how to sing a lyric?

People usually use a musical sheet to tell how a song should be sung, but when you read a lyric you have no idea how a song should be sung without having the musical sheet in front of you, so is there ...
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How should we write a passage where a character sings?

I am wondering how to do this in a novel. Do you write the song (lyrics) in its entirety in one single spurt, or do you spurt a verse at a time interspersed with descriptions of the surroundings/...
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Translating non-English lyrics to English

I am wondering what are some guidelines when translating the lyrics of a song to another language, because lyrics depend a lot on musicality (rhymes, syllables), it's very hard to maintain the same ...
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Writing a well rounded lyrics with incredible musicality and incredible poetry [closed]

Most songs use very simple language that resonate within their readers. They use short sentences that are simple and have a strong emotional impact, because they are short and thus lyrical (easy to ...
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What language shall they sing in?

I'm writing a middle-grade novel in English. I have time-traveling kids from 1995 America who go to Ancient Egypt to join the Exodus. None of the kids speak anything but English (aside from a few ...
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What are some of the most common structures for lyrics?

More specifically, what are the repeating parts usually in popular songs, and where do we put them normally? I want to write the lyrics for a popular song, but I am not sure how to structure them. ...
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Song quote for an 'in memoriam'

I would like to quote a few lines of a lyric from St. Vincent's song "New York", for an 'in memoriam' I want to put in a newspaper on the anniversary day of my friend's death. Do I need to get ...
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What are some techniques used to increase the melodicality of a lyric?

Is there any trick, rule, principle for increasing the melodicality of a lyric? I want to write a lyric, but I don't really have a melody in mind and wish to just write a lyric that can fit a lot of ...
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Difference between Writing Song-Lyrics and Writing Poetry

Not sure how to jazz this question up other than to say that I've tried putting my poems to music and found it to be somewhat challenging. Question is then: what's the difference between the ...
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How do you cite song lyrics parenthetically in MLA?

I am in the process of finishing up a research paper for school that I am writing on the debate over whether or not you should listen to an album from start to finish. I am specifically doing so with ...
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Can I can legally use these song lyrics as book/chapter names?

This topic has been discussed--but please advise me on this particular test case. The title of the fiction novel is "Shorter of Breath" -- a reference to a lyric in Pink Floyd's "Time." Chapter ...
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Copyright Lyrics to Songs

I have written lyrics to which I would like to have music put to. What's the safest and most advantageous way to copyright the lyrics?
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Is it legal to use a song lyric on the back of a wine label if we give attribution to the creator? [closed]

I would like to use a quote from a song for my new wine label. We would use quotation marks and give credit to the artist. Is that ok?
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Is writing a novel about a song considered plagiarism?

I am interested in writing a novel about a song from a band. It will have the exact same plot but different names of the characters. Is this considered plagiarism? The idea of the song and my book are ...
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What's the correct way to quote song lyrics?

Do you attribute it to whomever wrong the lyrics, or to whom actually sings/speaks them? Or it is simpler/more correct to just use the name of the band/group? What about a cover song? Can you quote ...
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There is too much beauty in this picture I can persevere [closed]

I don't know if this is the right place to ask these kind of questions. I am not a native English speaker but I am not at the beginner level in terms grammar and vocabulary either. I make mistakes in ...
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Writing song lyrics [closed]

I find writing song lyrics really difficult -- maintaining a regular rhythm, making it rhyme and writing something that makes sense all at the same time. Does anyone have any tips for how to write ...
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Quoting lyrics in a book of film criticism

I'm writing a book of film criticism, in which I refer to lyrics from the soundtrack as a way to empathise the narrative. Am I required to obtain permission for use of these lyrics? Or, because this ...
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Quoting Song Lyrics or Naming a Song, Or Possibly Group/Singer

Can you quote music lyrics in a book? Like this: Stuck in traffic, main character is blasting Rage Against the Machine, Testify [insert song lyrics excerpt here] Or is that a legal issue? What ...
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What comes first: the hook or the rest?

What is generally accepted method or writing a good song? To start with the hook and let the rest of the song point to it, or start from the beginning and let the hook come naturally? Is there a "best-...
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Is there a standard for dealing with lyrics in dialogue and narration in creative writing?

I'm peer-reviewing/editing a paper for a final in my English course and in it, the author has a character singing a song (of the author's creation). The character is singing in dialogue, like so: "...
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Are music lyrics copyrighted?

I tried to find copyright information about music lyrics, but it is too confusing, because it is related to the usage. There are lots of websites providing lyrics, but it seems they are somehow ...
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Writing a Lullaby

I need to write a short folk lullaby as part of my story, but am having trouble getting the feel of it in my lyrics. What are the general conventions of writing a lullaby? Any general principles ...
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Proper attribution of copyrighted lyrics in a story

If I put several lines of a copyrighted song in my text, and mention the band name, how can I be certain that my attribution is sufficient and guarantees against legal action? From what I've been ...
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How could I share my lyrics?

I've been writing lyrics for quite sometime now (at-least five years). Although there have been several of those moments when I've thought I'd have an act for music making.. I'm just not sure I'll ...
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Who pays for lyrics or quotes?

Occasionally, novels will include song lyrics in the story, or start out chapters with songs or quotes. In many cases, these lyrics or quotes are from copyrighted materials and would presumably ...
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When parodying a song, how important is it to replace words with homophones thereof?

I often decide to parody songs to adapt them to different contexts -- mainly for fun, for improving my English and causing an healthy amount of groans into people who read my creations. However, I ...