Lyric Writing: 6 Ways To Make Your Opening Lines Sparkle!
Not sure how to start your song? Try this:
These opening lyrics pique your interest without giving away too much information, so you want to keep listening:
- I heard there was a secret chord
- There must be some kind of way out of here
- I read the news today; oh boy
An open loop is a thought that doesn’t get completed, leaving you wanting to close the loop:
- Please allow me to introduce myself
- Dig, if you will, the picture
- A man walks down the street
Places, Weather, and Environments
A fast way to make an impression is to describe the details of the environment in your lyric:
- It was raining hard in ‘Frisco
- On a dark desert highway
- Mind if I sit down?
Unique and Unusual
These lyrics draw your attention toward objects and ideas that stand out:
- Jeremiah was a bullfrog
- Hello darkness, my old friend
- Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream
Lyrics that have action are more engaging than passive opening lines:
- The screen door slams
- Stop…in the name of love
- Take the ribbon from your hair
We all know suffering and these opening lyrics acknowledge your pain:
- When you try your best but you don’t succeed
- When I find myself in times of trouble
- Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
- And now, the end is near
- We’re caught in a trap
One of the most important things you can do for your songwriting is to keep practicing. The more you do it, the better you will become.
Keep at it!
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