How Do I Write Lyrics?
Writing lyrics is one of the trickiest parts of songwriting. Musicians are not necessarily native poets or writers, but great lyric writers are masters of wordplay. And yet, lyrics are something entirely different that poetry or the written word, inseparable from the music and distinct as the same time. They are a paradox — at times the most noticeable part of the song, and at times completely ignored. Bad lyrics are not just boring… they can be cringe-worthy. Great lyrics are transcendent. Here are some hacks to help you write better lyrics.
Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison
This is pretty much the Bible of lyric writing, and is required reading in many professional courses on songwriting. Through lots of examples and clearly explained concepts, it’s hard to read this book and not automatically get better.