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    I imagine it would help to actually be able to compose music ^^ I always have to use the sound of the lyrics being sung to guide the rest of the song, so all there is is the melody and lyrics.

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    I think lyric writing is an emotional break through......

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    I have a question. What if I have some lyrics I want to post for critique, but I don't have a song or melody planned to go with them? Am I still allowed to post these on this forum?

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    When I was younger lot of my lyrics contain themes. we would sing about freedom, self-control, love, socially conscious lyrics but now I have no themes to go by at 56 years old. I don't read a lot of poetry but I gathered that it was more flowery and lovely to express your your feelings of love or happiness in poetry.

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    Study. Figure out what themes your song is going to revolve around and then read up on them. While reading, write down any ideas that come to mind. Great lyrics are great without music. Sub-par lyrics use the music as a crutch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yourdegausser View Post
    Great lyrics are great without music. Sub-par lyrics use the music as a crutch.
    Mmm ... not sure that I agree with this. There are some lyrics that are great without music. A Hill to Die Upon's stuff comes to mind (current favorite set of lines: Thou hast the right / To anoint my head with vermilion / Mark of the joyful slave).

    However, there are other lyrics that I consider great that I would never read as poetry--"Gotta Serve Somebody" by Bob Dylan, "Freezing Moon" by Mayhem, "Am I Evil?" by Diamond Head, etc. It just depends. I usually write lyrics simultaneously with the melody, so I don't think of the music and words as separate things.
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