Finding lyrics to country music is a popular search item for country fans. Many people are looking for the lyrics of their favorite new country songs. You can also create your own lyrics. Creating new country music song lyrics are definately within your reach by following some simple steps. Here are some tips to create your next country hit. Also
included is ‘The Components of a Song’ which can be used as a quick reference guide.
Ideas on Creating New Country Song Lyrics
- Write about your own life.
- Write about your family.
- Write about someone else you know or people on the street.
- Write about everyday experiences. Lyrics that are most popular are about situations in everyday lives.
- Create a fictional story song.
- Write about the emotions that everyone feels. Falling in love, breaking up, being betrayed, suffering a loss, being depressed, etc.
- Listen to country music radio and music CDs. By listening to new country music artists, you will get ideas on what the successful artists are creating.
- Focus on writing upbeat country songs since the popularity of upbeat songs is higher than ‘slow songs’ in the industry.
- During daily conversations, you may find that something that was said will give you an idea.
- During your daily routine something may happen that will give you an idea – while taking a walk, going to the store, etc.
- Reading newspapers, magazines, articles and books may spring up an idea.
- Watching television and searching the internet may give you ideas.
- Keep a notebook, and write down ideas as they come to you.
- Keep an audio recorder nearby and record ideas as they come to you.
- Use rhyming dictionaries. They are available in print and for computers.
Song Title Ideas
- Names – Examples: Maybellene, Dawn
- Locations – Examples: California Dreaming, Oklahoma, On Broadway
- Colors – Examples: Blues Suede Shoes, A Whiter Shade Of Pale, Yellow Submarine
- Animals – Examples: Hound Dog, How Much is that Doggie in the Window, What’s New Pussy Cat
- Days of the Week – Examples: Tuesday Afternoon
- Opposites – Examples: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back
- Questions – Example: Why Do Fools Fall In Love?
- Clever, Catchy or Play on Word Phrases – Example: You’re the Hangnail of my Life, Can’t Clip You Off
Opening Line Techniques
- Open with a timeframe
- Open with a place
- Open with a question
- Have a strong opening
The Components of a Song
- The function of the verse is to provide information that will lead to the song’s hook or title.
- Each verse of a song has the same melody and new lyrics.
- The first line of the verse should have the same number of syllables as the first line of the second, and successive verses.
- Each verse is usually eight lines long, in either eight or sixteen musical bars. In songs that also have choruses, the song title usually does not appear in any of the verses.
- Within a verse there can also be a ‘pre-chorus’. This is a two or four line section preceding the chorus.
- It is used to move the listener into the chorus.
- The pre-chorus is optional.
- If the first verse includes a pre-chorus, all subsequent verses should also have a pre-chorus section.
- The chorus is the catchy, repetitious part of a song.
- It is used to summarize the idea of the song in a general way and to emphasize the title.
- The chorus is usually four or eight lines long, which is about eight musical bars.
- The chorus has the same melody and usually the same lyrics each time it is repeated.
- The title always appears at least once in the chorus.
- A refrain is repeated at the end of every verse.
- The refrain and chorus both have lines that are repeated, but the refrain and chorus vary in length.
- The refrain is shorter than the chorus and usually consists of 2 lines.
- The bridge is used as a departure from the rest of the song.
- It usually consists of two or four lines of lyric, and four or eight musical bars.
The hook is the catchy part of the song. It is the melodic, repetitious
part of the song that gets implanted in your mind after hearing the song.
It is the words or part of the song that everyone remembers.
The following are some common song structures
- A (Verse) B (Chorus) A (Verse) B Chorus – ABAB
- A (Verse) B (Chorus) A (Verse) B (Chorus) C (Bridge) B (Chorus) – most common – ABABCB
- A (Verse) B (Chorus) A (Verse) B (Chorus) A (Verse) B (Chorus) – ABABAB
- A (Verse) A (Verse) B (Bridge) A (Verse) – most accessible and familiar – AABA
- A (Verse) A (Verse) A (Verse) – AAA
- A (Chorus) B (Verse) A (Chorus) B (Verse) A (Chorus) – ABABA
Musical Introductions and Instrumental Solos
Musical introductions should be four or eight bars long, with eight being the maximum.
Instrumental Solos Options
- In a (Verse Chorus Verse Chorus – ABAB) structure, the instrumental solo is typically after the second chorus, and is followed by an additional chorus.
- In a (Verse Chorus Verse Chorus Bridge Chorus – ABABCB) structure, the instrumental solo can go either after the second chorus, or after the bridge.
- In a (Verse Verse Bridge Verse – AABA) structure, the instrumental solo generally follows the third verse and is then followed by an additional bridge and a fourth verse.
- The instrumental solo (if applicable) is no more than eight bars long.