Right now I'm looking at Murphy's Laws of Songwriting and Writing Better Lyrics. I'm a total beginner, and I want to learn about all the different parts of song structure, how to write good lyrics, etc. Should I go with one of these, or is there one you think would be better for me?


The eBook edition of 'Murphy's Laws' is cheap enough to make the decision to get it a no-brainer. Likewise 'Writing Better Lyrics'. Get them both!

Also Google 'write music and lyrics' (and other similar searches). There's lots of free advice out there!

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  • Free advice is generally worth what you pay for it. (famous saying) – Carl Witthoft Jun 11 '19 at 12:50
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    Might as well shut this entire site down, then! – Laurence Payne Jun 11 '19 at 14:03
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    No, this site is priceless! – Tim Jun 11 '19 at 14:21
  • Mr. Buzzkill points out that 'advice' is not the same as 'answer.' @Tim so I guess you can't buy this site with MasterCard :-) – Carl Witthoft Jun 11 '19 at 14:22
  • SE is obsessed with getting Answers, not Opinions. But, particularly when it strayed beyond its original remit as a resource for computer coders into the Arts and Humanities, this is often impossible. Hence the rather haphazard attempts to weed out topics here as 'Opinion-based'. There are no ANSWERS to 'How to write a song'. Or even to 'Is this the best book about writing a song?' So, technically, this topic is inadmissable. But it would be a pity to kill it on those grounds. – Laurence Payne Jun 11 '19 at 14:39

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