Simply re-stating the first line of your song as the last line as well, is a great way to reminder your listener how far you've come in your song. In this weekly songwriting tutorial, Cliff Goldmacher explains how using your song's first line again at the end can be a wonderfully effective device for finishing your song with a powerful flourish.
- Try using your song's first line…as its last line, too.…A lot of times you'll find yourself looking for…a really good way to finish your song and…the simple act of resinging that first line of your song,…at the end of your song…can be wonderfully effective.…This doesn't work for every song,…but it can be a nice way to bring things full circle…and leave your listener with a reminder of how far you've…taken them with your lyric.…In our song example, "Girl Crush"…by singing the I've got a girl crush line at the beginning…of the song, at about seven seconds,…and at the end of the song at two minutes and 52 seconds…it brings the message of the song full circle.…
Listen to the songs Cliff references in the course by subscribing to his Spotify playlist, Cliff's Weekly Songwriting Tips.
- Writing lyrics that are easy to sing
- Putting the message in the chorus
- Being productive at home
- Putting the hook at the end of the chorus
- Keeping rhyme schemes consistent
- Using repetition in melodies
- Making rough recordings
- Reading poetry for inspiration
- Writing at a regular time
- Taking a writing assignment
- Cutting down a song's length
Skill Level Beginner
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