Songwriting Day 1

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Introduction to Songwriting Day 1

Which part of the song is the CHORUS?

  • a chorus is a group of lines that repeat from one group to another
  • the chorus often has lots of repetition
  • sometimes the chorus starts on high, powerful notes
  • most memorable part of the song
  • states the main idea of the song

*Somes songs do not have a chorus, these types of songs are called through-composed. (They go straight through from beginning to end with no repetition [repeated lyrics]).

Which part of the song is the VERSE?

  • a verse is a group of lines that do not repeat from one group to another
  • often follow rhyming pattern AABB or ABAB, but not always

“Warrior” by Demi Lovato

[Verse – ABAB Pattern]

This is a story that I have never told
I gotta get this off my chest to let it go
I need to take back the light inside you stole
You’re a criminal and you steal like you’re a pro

[Pre-Chorus]
All the pain and the truth
I wear like a battle wound
So ashamed, so confused
I was broken and bruised

[Chorus]
Now I’m a warrior
Now I’ve got thicker skin
I’m a warrior
I’m stronger than I’ve ever been
And my armor, is made of steel, you can’t get in
I’m a warrior
And you can never hurt me again

[Verse – AABB Pattern]
Out of the ashes, I’m burning like a fire
You can save your apologies, you’re nothing but a liar
I’ve got shame, I’ve got scars, That I will never show
I’m a survivor, In more ways than you know

[Pre-Chorus]
Cause all the pain and the truth
I wear like a battle wound
So ashamed, so confused
I’m not broken or bruised

[Chorus]
Cause now I’m a warrior
Now I’ve got thicker skin
I’m a warrior
I’m stronger than I’ve ever been
And my armor, is made of steel, you can’t get in
I’m a warrior
And you can never hurt me

[Bridge]
There’s a part of me I can’t get back
A little girl grew up too fast
All it took was once, I’ll never be the same
Now I’m taking back my life today
Nothing left that you can say
‘Cause you are never gonna take the blame anyway

[Chorus]
Now I’m a warrior
I’ve got thicker skin
I’m a warrior
I’m stronger than I’ve ever been
And my armor, is made of steel, you can’t get in
I’m a warrior
And you can never hurt me again

[Outro]
No oh, yeah, yeah

You can never hurt me again

“I’m Still Standing” by Elton John

[Verse 1]

You could never know what it’s like
Your blood like winter freezes just like ice
And there’s a cold lonely light that shines from you
You’ll wind up like the wreck you hide behind that mask you use
And did you think this fool could never win
Well, look at me, I’m a-coming back again
I got a taste of love in a simple way
And if you need to know while I’m still standing you just fade away

[Chorus 1]
Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
And I’m still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind

I’m still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah

[Verse 2]
Once I never could hope to win
You’re starting down the road leaving me again
The threats you made were meant to cut me down
And if our love was just a circus you’d be a clown by now

[Chorus 2]
You know I’m still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
I’m still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind

I’m still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah

[Chorus 3]
Don’t you know that I’m still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
And I’m still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind

I’m still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah

[Outro]
I’m still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah

I’m still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah