Teaching how to write a good song has been a passion of mine for about 2 years now. I have noticed that teaching the mechanics involves breaking down all the aspects of a good song and making them newbie friendly.
One of these aspects is the song lyrics which I find many people struggle with. I think the main reason is because no one has ever broken the process down to make it easy. Well today is your lucky day because I will be that person to do that for you. Follow this mini guide and you'll be writing great lyrics in no time.
Step one: Work on your concept
When writing song lyrics, it is important to know exactly where you want for it to go. You would not travel to Africa without first deciding on going first would you? So why would you start writing without knowing where you want to go? This is the most important step and it shapes not only the mood of the song lyrics but also the words you will use in them.
When doing this, try your best to be as specific as possible. Instead of writing a song about love, write a song about getting your heartbroken by your girlfriend, or falling in love with your neighbor. The reason you should be specific is because broad titles usually does not inspire more material. Writing about heartbreak brings more heartbreak thoughts. You breaking up with someone, your parents getting a divorce, or even debating on leaving someone after they have cheated. My point is, get very specific .
Step two: Start writing
Learn how to write a good song by listening to good songs. Listen to the words they chose for their topics and how their words flow. After getting a feeling for what great song lyrics sound like, start applying them to your composition. Do not worry if this takes you a while it is normal. It takes plenty of practice before this can be done within an hour. I have had occasions where I have written a whole song in about 30 minutes. My secret was the fact that I started with step one which is very important. Specific concepts bring their own lyrics with more practice.
Final Step: Tweak your work and develop your title
Reread your song lyrics aloud and ask yourself questions about song structure, melody, and rhythm. Try to hum your main melody around someone for a while and ask for their input. I find that the best melodies will end up being hummed by the person you let listen to it.
Once you feel like you have great song lyrics, come up with your title. I save titles for last because sometimes song lyrics tell you many titles. Sometimes there is a phrase that defines your composition and sometimes the concept itself does. Your title is as important as your song lyrics so take your time with it .