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Old 17th February 2017
  #23
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I really hate writing lyrics. What I've found helpful is to write down words and phrases you like. Just do it randomly. Think of an image the song evokes like a dark street or something. The words will work themselves out, but always have words that sing right. Do not start with an idea and try to write away from the instrument. Bad lyrics ruin a song so they need to be organic. Concentrate on emotion and don't over intellectualize. Don't be afraid to juxtapose imagery. Again words you like that sing well. Dylan is famous for hooks. Like "Shelter from the Storm" keeps returning to it. Take a word and keep putting it in different contexts. Something will make sense if you give yourself a lot of input to work with. I'll go thru a whole notebook for one song, just writing random stuff until it makes some kinda sense. Easier if you have an idea to begin with....