As you're laying out your song's story, a double verse can go a long way towards setting up your song's chorus. However, Cliff Goldmacher, industry pro, suggests that after your first chorus, it's better to keep it down to a single verse. This online songwriting video explains how keeping your verse after the first chorus to a single verse helps maintain your song's momentum and gets you back to your song's chorus more quickly.
- Rule number 18, only use a double verse…before the first chorus.…It's perfectly fine to have a double verse…to start the song, but then consider a single verse…after you get through your first chorus.…The way I think about this is you're really all…about maintaining the momentum in your song.…A double verse after your first chorus,…might make the song feel…like you're stalling things a little bit…when really your best bet is to say a little bit more…and then get back into another chorus.…
In our song example, "No Turning Back Now",…give a little listen to how the two verses…before the first pre and chorus,…set the tone and how much more satisfying it is…to only have a verse in the pre,…before you go into the next chorus.…♫ You can blame it on a bad day…♫ Try to take back what you had to say…♫ Want to act like every thing's gonna be ok…♫ But you know, Baby, that ain't true…♫ I ain't laughing but the joke's on you…♫ I hate to say it but today it's all about the bad news…♫ You took me for a ride, I held it all inside…
- Writing lyrics that are conversational and natural
- Making every line count
- Putting your song's hook at the end of a chorus
- Creating simple and unique melodies
- Keeping song intros short and longer verses at the beginning of a song