Songwriters use lyrics to create a mood or trigger emotion. They are adept at alliteration, and use rhyme and rhythm to help listeners feel the tale behind the tune. Expressive language gets the point across in a compact number of words.
My July newsletter shares some examples of song lyrics that strike a chord, so to speak. 🙂 Here are a couple:
Like a stream that meets a boulder / Halfway through the wood
…Because I knew you / I have been changed for good
– Stephen Schwartz, For Good (from the musical Wicked, shared by Sue Johnston, ABC)
The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound / And a wave broke over the railing
And every man knew, as the captain did too, / ’Twas the witch of November come stealin’
– Gordon Lightfoot, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (from Colleen Hawk)
Read more in July Wordnerdery. What are your fave lyrics? Please share in the comments below.
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