The chorus of your song should serve as the main message. Pro songwriter Cliff Goldmacher says that this is the time in your song to stop and summarize the key point. This songwriting tutorial is a reminder to avoid continuing to tell your story in your chorus. Instead, remember that this is the place in your song to cue your listener to listen for the hook and the primary idea.
- Rule number six.…Make certain your chorus is the main message of your song.…What you're doing by doing this,…is you're cueing your listener to pay attention…and understand what the point of your song is.…This is your moment in the song to stop and summarize.…One of the things that we have a tendency to do…when we're excited about telling our song's story,…is just to keep telling the story…all the way through the chorus.…What we need to do is stop for a moment,…stop telling the story and summarize…and let people know what the story's point is.…
In our song example, "A Little Bit,"…what we decided to do was try and make the point…that even though the singer wants to be over everything…there's still a little bit of her…that's hanging on and hopeful.…So, give our chorus a listen and you'll see what I mean…about summarizing the main message of the song.…♫ But I get lonely for you sometimes…♫ In spite of myself I get lost…♫ When I find me…♫ With somebody else…♫ There are days when I'm strong…♫ When I'm through I say this is it…
- 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