What makes good song lyrics?

The rhyming, what they mean, etc


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  • Depends. There are great songs that mean nothing, but the words flow together and sound good. Smells Like Teen Spirit might fit into this category:
    "Load up on guns
    Bring your friends
    It's fun to lose and to pretend
    She's overboard, self assured
    Oh no I know, a dirty word
    Hello, hello, hello, how low"

    There are other great songs that have deep meaning or multiple levels of meaning. Dark Side era Pink Floyd for example, Time:
    "Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
    You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way
    Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
    Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

    Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
    You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
    And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
    No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun"

    Neil Peart (Rush) is a master lyricist as well... Freewill:

    "There are those who think
    That life has nothing left to chance
    A host of holy horrors
    To direct our aimless dance

    A planet of playthings
    We dance on the strings of powers we cannot perceive
    The stars aren't aligned or the gods are malign
    Blame is better to give than receive

    You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice
    If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice
    You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill
    I will choose a path that's clear, I will choose freewill"

    I'd suggest reading lyrics rather than listening to them as a way of studying what makes good lyrics, from a writing perspective. It's an art though, so figure out a style you like and start writing. Your style can evolve and become more sophisticated with time.


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  • Rhythm and the lyrics.. Because sometimes a song can say realllly stupid or illogical things, but if the rhythm is good, people wil be dancing to it.. Like "what the heck am I dancing to? :/ ... I don't know but sounds good 😁😁..." And keep dancing.. Or singing to it..

    • I meant to say rhythm and TheN* lyrics... Not the..
      In that order..

  • Well, some lyrics have no meaning but I like them. While others have a deep meaning or a meaning that I can relate to and that makes the song good.
    But generally speaking, I think it's what they mean.

  • double meanings. unique phrasing. imagery. alliteration.

  • #MeaningAllTheWay
    Rhymes matter too, but meaning is the most important in my opinion.

  • What the lyrics mean is Important like in this song


    Theses are good songs about life

  • Some rules and emotions
    Do you write lyrics 😶?

  • pretty much. depth, rhythm and tune.

  • It's what they mean

  • Look up lyrics for the top 40 songs or any hits you hear and see the way they are formed.
    by the way I'm trying to learn how to write songs too. And I have written a few

  • When I can relate to the lyrics

  • Depends on how they're perceived. If a song about sex and booze makes one person feel something (happiness or abandon) then whos to compare it to a deep song talking about angst or freedom


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