Mini Workshop: Writing Song Lyrics

Welcome back to writing tips with the Shouting Mute.  This is song and poetry writing. Poetry and song lyrics are basically the same, to tell you the truth, people will probably tell you that is a lie but it is pretty much the same. Someone out in the big wild world might want to argue with me but I am going to say that they are the same and it’s pretty much the same process just with a slightly different outcome.
If you want to write song lyrics, start by listing words like we did before. 100 words is ideal but it could be more.
break bread. peach. hungry. drink. milkshake. chocolate strawberry. banana. apple crumble. rocks. stones. melt. hot cold chill ice. white. ghost. emergency. emery. magazine. paper. news . stories. events. places. space. moon sun. stars. gold diamond silver bronze. medal money. cash Slash. splash. out swim physical. run. wheel propel. drive. car van. place. poole. and so on.
Then take a break. Chill out for a bit before you come back to it.
Then pick a word from your list, and spend 20 minutes writing from that word, 30 minutes for eye gaze / communication aid users. Write sentences inspired by that word. My word is Poole. Here is my example –
Poole the birth. the place of me. it wasn’t for me. I learnt about the world.. the relaxing channel.. my heart beat is in the waves.  the sea washes me away. the cold sea touching my toes. the sand in my feet.. I will never forget the days sailing with my granddad.
Next you need to choose a little chorus from what you’ve written. My chorus is –

Poole, the birth of me, the place of me.

The relaxing channel, the sea, is washing me.

The sea washes me away.

The sea washes me away.

The sea washes me away.

Rewrite the chorus into the lyrics roughly every four lines, or when your verses come to their natural end, a bit like this –

Poole

Poole, the birth of me, the place of me.

The world wasn’t ready.

Poole, the birth of me, the place of me.

The relaxing channel, the sea, is washing me.

The sea washes me away.

The sea washes me away.

The sea washes me away.

I learnt about the world.

Became the person who I am.

Is it for me now though?

Poole, the sand in my feet.

The cold sea touching my toes.

I love coming home.

Having cream teas with my family.

Poole, the birth of me, the place of me.

The relaxing channel, the sea, is washing me.

The sea washes me away.

The sea washes me away.

The sea washes me away.

Poole smells fresh like seaweed at low tide.

We can’t see the sea for a mile.

It’s the most beautiful mile that you will ever see.

Blue wash with green trees on Brownsea.

I took somebody to Evening Hill to look over the harbor once.

They broke my heart with grit.

That won’t be the end of my Poole story.

Poole, the birth of me, the place of me.

The relaxing channel, the sea, is washing me.

The sea washes me away.

The sea washes me away.

The sea washes me away.

I love my family home.

I will never forget the day I first drove my power wheelchair at White Cliff Park.

I will never forget sailing on Granddad’s boat.

The wind on my red chin.

Poole, the birth of me, the place of me.

The relaxing channel, the sea, is washing me.

The sea washes me away.

The sea washes me away.

The sea washes me away.

I will never forget the map of the town and where I like to go.

I will never forget the community that gave me my life.

I will never forget the chocolate on my face in most of the cafes.

I will never forget the strength that my school gave me and the life that I needed.

Poole, the birth of me, the place of me.

The relaxing channel, the sea, is washing me.

A life where I treasure friends.

A life where I worked my passions.

Those passions are now bigger than a place.

A life that is my family and I love them.

Poole, my home, a place in my heart.

And that’s it! You should now have a song type poem, with verses and choruses. You could even try singing it, or getting another person to sing it for you.
Just to recap – pick a word, write from your word, reorder it, put a repeating chorus through it – and you should have a simple poem that could be a song.
Let me know how you get on, and look out for my next blog 🙂
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