Questions tagged [lyrics]

Lyrics are a set of words that make up a song, usually consisting of verses and choruses.

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The nature of rhyme in _Surrender_? [closed]

Consider the priceless Surrender, written by Rick Neilsen, 1977. Mother told me, yes she told me In a sense, the me/me rhymes. I'd meet girls like you She also told me stay away You'll never know what ...
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What are the lyrics for Frisco Town from Memphis Minnie (1929) willing to say? [migrated]

I haven't a perfect knowledge of English, and history and country/blues music from the 20's sometimes carries images that I can't figure clearly. In her song Frisco Town, in 1929, what is Memphis ...
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LilyPond: words connected with hyphen

I started working on a songbook with English songs and came across lyrics where the words are connected with hyphens. What would be the best way to show these in LilyPond? In the example below there ...
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Problem with formatting songwriting template in MS Word [closed]

I have a problem with formatting a song, below are details. At first, these blue C Cmaj7 C F C lines are fitting in quite well. But as my songwriting continued by adding more places for chorus and ...
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Lilypond verse lyrics with repeat and anacrusis

I'm wondering if someone can point me to a snippet or other example as I'm yet to find a solution ... I have a piece, a simple tune with 2 verses n Lilypond where the piano parts, melody and words are ...
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Does this bar make sense? [closed]

My boyfriends a rapper, he showed me something he’d written and we’re disagreeing over one of the bars. He’s adamant that it makes sense but I’m telling him it doesn’t. “They used to laugh and look at ...
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If I put accented syllables(these syllables have higher pitch and higher volume) on each beat of music does it count as syncopation?

If I put accented syllables(these syllables have higher pitch and higher volume) on each beat of music does it count as syncopation since I’m also accentuating beats 2 and 4?All of this is in 4/4 time....
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How to develop a musical idea/lyrics without forcing it?

I have many musical ideas, some instrumental and some are parts of songs with lyrics and melody but in most times I can't get myself to develop the musical ideas or to write more lyrics without ...
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How to create synthetic speech with a musical synth?

I want to create 100% synthetic voice speech with no human voice to make my instrument say and sing lyrics. I looked at the formants of different vowels like "A" or "E" or "O&...
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How appropriate or inappropriate is the word "papoose" in a Native America song? [closed]

I'm researching Native American songs to teach elementary students (approx. 8-9 years old) in a US public elementary school. I found many songs that have the original lyrics presented phonetically, so ...
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Lilypond avoid \melisma code

To align lyrics to music properly, instead of using \melisma and \melismaEnd, I found this method: \version "2.20.0" ... \addlyrics { Che -- _ _ _ ta -- na __ _ _ _ } Is this ok? or is better to ...
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how to force lyrics under manually beamed notes

If I do not specify any manual beams and let the algorithm do it, lyrics are put at each note: \relative { g'4 e8 g8 g4 e8 g } \addlyrics { a b c d e f } But if I do it manually and forbid the ...
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How do I get started again when I've lost heart? [closed]

I used to compose at the piano when I was younger. When I got married and had children, it was diminished. Then, when I lost house, wife, child 1, 2, then 3 (the last), it was really hard. After ...
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Add text at the end of the score in LilyPond

Is it possible to add a text at the end of the score like in this example?
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How do lyrics differ from prose?

Lyrics don't require meter as does poetry so what separates lyrics from prose? Reputation? Rhyme? Does meter even matter? Example: lines 2 and 4 vary quite a bit in length
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align end of melisma extender line with last melisma note

This is a follow-up question to this answer. I have a melisma defined like so \relative { c'4. e8 g4 c a c8 a g2 } \addlyrics { Al -- le Vö -- gel sind schon __ _ da, } which gives me this output:...
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melisma extender line minimum length

I have this kind of music containing a melisma: \relative { c'4. e8 g4 c a c8 a g2 } \addlyrics { Al -- le Vö -- gel sind schon __ _ da, } I get this: The melisma extender line (after schon) is ...
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melisma extender line up to punctuation mark

I use Lilypond 2.20.0. I have music and lyrics with a melisma defined like this: music = { \relative { \numericTimeSignature \time 4/4 c'4 e g a } \addlyrics { foo __ _ _! ...
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Can non-voice instruments produce the sounds of vocal lyrics?

How can an instrument like the guitar or the piano be made to sound as though it's speaking real words, without any use of a human voice?
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Why is (vocal) melody usually written in quarter notes? [closed]

While writing melody, I was trying to stretch short verses into 16 bars by using too many whole and half notes, and now I think it was equal to having tempo at half speed. Most melody is written with ...
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Lilypond is not aligning lyrics correctly

I was writing sheet music consisting of melody, chords and lyrics. To my surprise, the lyrics weren't aligned correctly under the notes. The file looked like correct Lilypond source code: global = { ...
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Display chord chart (just symbols) like lyrics for music files (mp3 etc)?

Summary: Is there a way to display chord symbols in music players (software apps) ? Like .srt files for movie subtitles or .lrc for music lyrics, isn't there a format or alternative for chords ? ...
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How can you make sure you remember the melody for any lyrics you write?

How can you make sure you remember the melody for any lyrics you write? I am not even sure if it's possible, because I don't know any notation system for lyrics that allows you to write down the ...
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Come to think of it, who did put the bop in the bop shoo bop shoo bop?

There have been "la la la"s and nonsense lyrics in music since ... well, since a long time back. Why, who could forget that sixteenth-century classic "Nos Galan"? And Nigunim have ...
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Lilypond: how to align lyrics vertically if the melody is split into variables?

In Lilypond, I'd like to split a melody into variables in order to easily see which syllables belong to which notes. Unfortunately, I am doing it in a way that seems to mess up the vertical alignment ...
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What's the term for the duplication of a note, when a singer has to repeat a verse but it's a syllable longer?

This is something I mostly associate with nursery rhymes and songs that use a specific melody repeated over and over. An example, from a version of London Bridge Is Falling Down: Build it up with ...
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(Dis)aligning lyrics to a melody with LilyPond

I am trying to write a score for piano and voice. The piano actually has staves associated with it, but because the melody is already common and known by the intended audience, there is no staff for ...
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How would you arrange the lyrics to this sheet music for Amazing Grace?

I'm practicing a simplified version of Amazing Grace from Charles Segal's book Instant Piano Keyboard. I've included a picture of the sheet music below. I would like to sing along as I play this song, ...
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What would this song section be called?

I'm new to genius transcribing and I'm unsure of the song sections. In the image below I don't know what these parts with the red dots are called. Above first red dot is verse 1 and nothing else. ...
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How to understand the meter and pulse of lyrics in songwriting?

I've been learning many different concepts as a beginning songwriter and have been working on applying them in my work. However, I can't seem to full understand how to control lyric meter and lyric ...
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What is it called when there is a lyrical transition to the chorus/hook?

There are many songs that do this, the latest one I've identified is: A$AP Mob - Yamborghini High (Official Music Video) ft. Juicy J (youtube,genius) Specifically this line here: She make no ...
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Is there a standard way of singing over ii-V-I in jazz?

I am new to music theory especially jazz and blues. I have since learned about writing lyrics or singing over a traditional 12 bar blues progression using AAB form, thus repeating the first line (A) ...
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What is it called when a group of vocalists or chorus sing Ooh's oh's, ah's, etc?

I heard my chorus director refer to it as something sounding like dest cant or something, but since I'm hard-of-hearing, I couldn't hear all the letters. If someone can give me the correct name for ...
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Scansion. Vocabulary

So I'm trying to get into poetry and using scansion to understand I guess the rhythm. MY question is what do you call it when you have a line with different stresses and unstressed syllables? For ...
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When did the anonymous "you" become popular in western pop music?

This question might sound a bit facetious but I have been wondering for a long time. Many western pop songs are addressed to an anonymous "you". Presumably the song writer wants to write a song that ...
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Are there fewer rhymes in contemporary popular music? If so, why? [closed]

Vsauce mentions a study by Joan Serra showed contemporary pop music is less complex in its musical motives than it was, which he explains by a wider diversity in form and genres. While complexity of ...
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How should I write out the word "Choir" to be sung in two syllables?

The word "choir" is pronounced /ˈkwī(ə)r/, but if I divide the syllables they are cho and ir. So I imagine that if it's to be sung on two notes my choices are: .. I think [based on this post}(https:...
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Lilypond: How to use repeat bars in markup lyrics

I am using \markup after the score for several verses of lyrics, so roughly \score { ... } \markup { \column { \line { ... } ... } } How can I typeset repeat marks for a piece of ...
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How to write lyrics over multiple notes

When one wants to write a piece in which a 1 syllable word is split between multiple notes, how is this shown? Or a multiple syllable word over the same number of notes? A visual representation/...
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If I just change the lyrics and flow (very slightly) of a song is it called a cover or a remix?

Is it referred as to something else? Like my version of a song or tribute.
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Turning lyrics into melody

Ive currently been having great difficulty turning my lyrics and poems into a melody. i've considered aligning the accented syllables as well as the meter with accented beats but am still having ...
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Is there a term for when lyrics are integrated with words from a sampled beat?

Is there a term for when the lyrics of a song are integrated with words from a sampled beat? I see this particularly in hip-hop. For example, the hook from Game's "Dreams" has lyrics: Lettin' the ink ...
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Techniques to facilitate the process of marking which words are stressed/accented by beat

I'd like to provide context first: I'm currently pursuing a thesis project that uses a stylistic approach to rap music. I want to be able to prove that dividing rap bars by the (usually) four beats ...
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Can lyrics be added interleaved with notation in lilypond

When writing vocal music in lilypond, I find it easier to find my place when there are lyrics in near proximity to the notes, so I've been using linebreaks and comments to achieve this so far: \...
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Lilypond – how can I write lyrics to rests in multiple stanzas?

could someone help me with my problem, please? I have got this Lilypond 2.18.2 code: \version "2.18.2" \language "deutsch" global = { \time 4/4 \set Timing.beamExceptions = #'() \set Timing....
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Engraving rules for lyrics (Word "didn't")

What is the correct way to notate the word "didn't" if the "di" part correspond to one note and the "dn't" part correspond to another? Being a non-native English speaker I feel like I should write "di-...
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How can I make Lilypond start lyrics on the very first note?

With Lilypond, I'm trying to notate a song with lyrics - this song has lyrics sung from the very first note of the piece. But Lilypond always shifts the words over one note each (see image). I can't ...
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What does a cross mean in lyrics?

The cross appears in a few spots. What does it mean?
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Beams in classical vocal music

I had a look at different operas and songs with piano accompaniment. I noticed that one often does not connect beams that one usually would in instrumental music (such as four sixteenth notes in 4/4), ...
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Writer's block: how do you know when lyrics are "ready"?

After a writer's block of at least ten years, this guitarist is "ready" to move on with writing and recording the songs that lurk inside me. My initial approach is diving back into my folders of ...
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