I am no musician just have been writing songs on acoustic as a hobby. Thought I would share since the song will never see the light of day. Thought it would be fun to share lyrics, ideas and frustrations of writing, playing instruments or just how music effects you in your daily life from beginners to professionals.
I find songwriting to be very difficult at times and for me completing the lyric very hard.
My first lyric I wrote is still not done I can not find a chorus or bridge to complete the song. I went on to write other tunes as a hobby.
Searching For Answers:
As I look up into the sky seeing the trees and birds and flys flying free wish it was me no it can,t be.
Instead I am down here living in hell trying to tell people whats going on all they do is hang around not listening to any of my sounds.
As I grow older my thoughts are dying and I see the same faces I once saw maybe they were right and maybe I was wrong you just can,t say anything in one damm song.
When Im buried and lying dead maybe some people will get a clear head and see the things I once saw and think about it so much more.
IM sitting here in a state of fear thinking about what lies ahead but keeping the thoughts locked in my head.
In the year 2001( that's when I tried to write the song) will man still be alive I guess we will have to for the judgement day and wait for John to come down and say life will be okay give peace and life a chance.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018-12-06 18:01 by bv.
I've found that the best songs and lyrics come when you stay up very late, to the point of exhaustion, and are a little drunk (or stoned). The good stuff just spills out when you're in that dream-like state. Trying to write songs straight and in the daytime is fruitless. Just sayin'. AND you've got waaaaaay too many words in there. You easily could cut out half of them and the song would be much better. You're not Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018-12-05 19:24 by Bungo.
I’ve had lengthy writer’s blocks before, but found if I just relax and stop worrying about the end product, I get stuff written down. I like to have a guitar in hand, but really, sometimes it’s just a poem. If it’s shit in the end, I put it in a folder labeled,”shit.” Then I’ve got all these songs in the ‘shit’folder I can raid for bits and pieces of ideas.
Write about something you know. Some experience. I'm no pro, but have had a couple of songs do pretty well on Jango, had a Christmas novelty song played twice on REAL radio, and had some publisher interest in a song called "Moose in the Backyard" until one of her partners ridiculed me on an webinar!!
Here's an example....When I was 12, I owned a duck. Got him as a baby for Easter. Had him for a year or so before mom cooked it up and fed it to me unknowingly. At the time, she claimed she gave it to a farmer because the neighbors were complaining about the 6am wake-up quacks. She didn't tell me that she fed him to me until 2014 when I was 60 years old! He was my best friend and was the most popular pet on the block. (we lived in the city). Everybody loved that duck.
Here's a song a wrote about him. It's a heavy blues song, naturally.
When I was but a little boy I did not own a toy I owned a duck
He waddled round the neighborhood Boy did it feel good To own a duck
Quacked when he was happy Quacked when he was mad Everybody loved him except mom And dad
I took my duck to school The teacher said I was a fool To own a duck
I showed him to the girls and boys They threw away their toys And all bought ducks
Everyone was quacking It's a duck parade All the kids were happy And our ducks... They had it made
And then one day I looked around But did not hear the sound Of any duck
I looked around and found It was a quiet, lonely town without the ducks
Mothers cooked us dinners Dads had cash to spend Life went on for me, but for my duck It was the end
Life went on for me, but for the ducks It was the end
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018-12-06 05:44 by josepi.
Usually when I write (yes, I write songs - occasionally a decent one), it occurs while strumming a chord change, then working up some lyrics that fit/work/are the general theme.
Sometimes, I get a line or melody in my head and have to find it on the guitar and/or piano. This is sometimes easy to do, sometimes not. Sometimes I never find it.
Of course, I will take a chord change from another song and write different lyrics. Often a 12 bar blues or standard country pattern. Recently, I took the change from the chorus of The Smithereeens "Baby Be Good" I III IV V and wrote a song to that. It sound similar to the Monkees/Raiders "Stepping Stone".
Like Keith says, one's radar can be up and searching when suddenly - incoming.
I haven't dreamed a "Satisfaction" or "Yesterday" yet.
I always kept paper and pencils and a tape recorder (a la Keef) next to my bed during my years in a band. I would often wake up with a completed song going through my mind, having just dreamt it (again a la Keef). After waking I had a very short time to attempt recording it in some manner before it would be gone. Often I had a mere phrase or a rough idea of a riff but would use them in songwriting sessions with my writing partner.(yeah, again a la Keef).