Songwriting Day 9

#1 Change ONE word, TWO words, THREE words

  • Change one word in a line.
  • Change another word in the line.
  • Continue until the lyrics are unique.

“Beauty In the World” by Macy Gray

There is beauty in the world.
So much beauty in the world.
Always beauty in the world.
So much beauty in the world.

beauty –> love
in the world –> in my heart
there –> overwhelming
always –> never ending

New Lyrics…

Overwhelming love in my heart
So much love in my heart
Never ending love in my heart
So much love in my heart

#2 Free Write

  • Write all the words and phrases you can think of that relate to your topic/message.
  • Keep writing for 2-3 minutes without stopping.
  • Describe the topic/message using all five senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, sound) and all 6 W’s (who, what, where, when, why, how)
  • Use what you wrote down to create your lyrics.

#3 Rewrite & Add

  • Write new lyrics for the even numbered lines in a verse.

“Wonderwall” by Oasis

Today is gonna be the day
New Line> You will rise and become a star

By now, you should have somehow
New Line> Realize that you can go really far

I don’t believe that anybody
New Line>

  • Make those new lyrics lines 1, 2, 3 etc. and write additional 2-3 lines to create a completely new verse.