Songwriting Day 5

What is a PERFECT RHYME?

  • two words that start with different consonants and end with the same stressed vowel and consonants sounds

EXAMPLE: make – bake, moon – June, skylight – highlight

What is an IMPERFECT RHYME?

  • two words with similar (not identical) sounds
  • two words with identical vowels and different consonants OR different vowels and identical consonants

EXAMPLE: cold – soul, night – life, dark – parts, dust – us

What is RHYME SCHEME?

  • pattern of rhymes at the end of the lines in a song/poem

EXAMPLE from “Too Good At Goodbyes” by Sam Smith

But every time you hurt me, the less that I cry A
And every time you leave me, the quicker these tears dry A
And every time you walk out, the less I love you B
Baby, we don’t stand a chance, it’s sad but it’s true B

EXAMPLE from “Eat It” by Weird Al Yankovic

How come you’re always such a fussy young man A
Don’t want no Cap’n Crunch, don’t want no Raisin Bran A
Well don’t you know that other kids are starvin’ in Japan A
So eat it, just eat it B