Monday 24 February 2014

Ticket 24: Use Parallel Lyrics

Word echoes. Rhyming ideas. Lyrical pairing. Whatever you want to call it, if you're using a word, use it (or a different form) somewhere else in the song. Repeat the sentence structure with a different object. Change the 'person'. For example

  • My mind is on the blink/my mind is set on you
  • He got hair down to his knee/He got feet down below his knee
  • And in the middle of negotiations you break down/and in the middle of investigation I break down
  • Here comes the sun/Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
  • I read the news, oh boy/I saw a film today, oh boy

  • Though the news was rather sad/though the holes were rather small

  • Found my way downstairs/found my coat/found my way upstairs

  • I just had to laugh/I just had to look

Most songs including

A Day In The Life, BecauseCome TogetherFrom Me To YouGet Back, Here Comes The Sun
Hey JudeHold Me TightI Me MineI'm So TiredJuliaOne After 909PiggiesSomething,
The Long And Winding RoadYou Never Give Me Your Money

Also My Monkey (Jonathan Coulton)

See Also

Ticket 23: Write Fewer Lyrics
Ticket 54: Unify Your Lyrical Imagery
Ticket 67: Repeat Verse 1

See the full list of songwriting tips here - Tickets To Write