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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?

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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!

  • 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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