When you write a song, do you write the lyrics first or the melody?
- 7 months ago
For the most part, I'll write them simultaneously. I find it easier than trying to fit in something that wasn't supposed to be there. Of course, as I polish the lyrics, the melody gets slightly changed, but for the most part they're written simultaneously.
In my experience, writing the song around the lyrics USUALLY leads to a blander melody (though that isn't always the case), while writing the lyrics around the song is ideal (but it's sometimes very difficult to write a melody on its own). This is, of course, my opinion. Everyone is different.Source(s): Years of songwriting experience
- 8 months ago
Artists usually have a preference, though neither is the "correct one". I usually do lyrics first.
- marsLv 78 months ago
The lyrics. Then the melody to match the tone of it. Paul Simon writes the melody first, which seems difficult.
- SparkyLv 68 months ago
I usually write the lyrics first, but you can do it either way.
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- Tony BLv 78 months ago
Usually I get an idea for a melody and a chord sequence and work on that with an idea for some lyrics in my mind - I might have words for just the first couple of lines and maybe a very rough idea of the chorus.
I don't really try and come up with a finished set of lyrics until everything else is done.
- Anonymous8 months ago
The melody first, then I fit the lyrics.
- VelaLv 68 months ago
Sometimes the melody comes first then I thought of lyrics that fit
Other times I've thought of words then found music that worked with it
- RickLv 78 months ago
USUALLY the lyrics, but that is up to YOUR 'creative' processes .............