Given that the role of the chorus is to hammer home your song's main message, it's a good idea to keep the lyric exactly the same from chorus to chorus. Industry expert Cliff Goldmacher talks in this songwriting training video about how important it is for a chorus to be easily sung and remembered. Use your verses to further the story and your choruses to summarize your song's main message.
- Rule number nine.…Keep your chorus lyric the same in each chorus.…What this does is it makes your song easier to learn…and more memorable.…There's no point in being overly clever here.…Choruses are designed to be remembered and sung along to.…If, however, you really feel the need to change your…chorus lyric, I'd recommend doing it in your last chorus…where you've already established what the…main chorus lyric is.…
In our song example, "A Little Bit," even as the story…progresses, we come back to the same message,…or theme of the song, in every chorus and the lyric…is exactly the same.…With our GRAMMY-winning song example?…The one that comes to mind is "Stay With Me,"…that Sam Smith sings, and he does a great job…of as the story progresses, that chorus lyric stays the same…from chorus to chorus.…Give it a listen.…
- 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
Skill Level Beginner
1. Ten Rules for Lyrics
2. Five Rules for Melodies
3. Five Rules for Song Structure
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