Writing Vivid Lyrics Will Make
Your Songs Come To Life!

If a picture is worth a thousand words, visually vivid lyrics are worth their weight in gold! If you want to learn how to write songs that will really connect emotionally with your listener, paint a picture with your words.

When you can 'see' what's happening in the story, you are drawn in more deeply.

Check out "She's Leaving Home" by The Beatles:

Wednesday morning at five o'clock as the day begins
Silently closing her bedroom door
Leaving the note that she hoped would say more
She goes downstairs to the kitchen clutching her handkerchief
Quietly turning the backdoor key
Stepping outside she is free
-Lennon/McCartney

Wow! That's like watching a movie. Instead of just saying "we woke up and she was gone" they actually show you what happened.

One of the best ways to do this is to write a short story explaining who your characters are and what they did and said. Then put it into song form. You may even find you have some lines finished and ready to go.

Try this writing exercise:
Say you want to write "I took a walk down the street".

What might you see?

What town or country are you in? Is it day or night? Sunny, cloudy or raining? Hot, warm, cold? What time of year is it? Is the road paved, gravel or dirt? Are there people around?

What might you hear?

Gravel crunching beneath your feet? Birds? A dog barking somewhere? Crickets chirping? A lone truck a mile away on the highway?

It's so easy to concentrate just on what we feel when writing. I do it all the time. Take a look at your songs and see if you can find a few ways to make them more visual. If you can, be open to rewriting them.

It takes practice to write visually vivid lyrics. The more you strive to 'picture the scene' the easier it will get.


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