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11-03-2015, 11:48 PM
Rhyming Lyrics
So I was listening to music last night and I began to think about the art of songwriting. For hours on end, lyricists wrack their brains trying to figure out the next line of a song; something that will accurately convey their thoughts in a way that rhymes with what came before it. And then I wondered: why do we bother doing this?

Granted, not all song lyrics rhyme. However, the vast majority of them do, and somehow, it just "works." Now, whenever someone sits down to pen the lyrics to a song, they tend to look for words that rhyme. When and why did we decide that lyrics needed to rhyme? What is the purpose/significance of this?

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12-03-2015, 12:26 PM
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As a songwriter myself, I've never really struggled to find words that fit. If I get stuck, it's usually only for a minute or two.

It's that spooky thing where an idea just seems to spill out of your head, and you can't get it down fast enough.

It's always puzzled me though why we like song lyrics to rhyme. I suppose its a rhythmic thing.

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12-03-2015, 01:12 PM
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I've written a few songs; none of the ones with lyrics will ever make it to YouTube... And that's probably a good thing, since one of my songs is nearing 200,000 views. My voice is decent, but I feel like a complete cock for the awful, embarassing lyrics. Too many rhymes seems juvenile somehow... I don't know what makes a good lyricist, but it's probably similar to a good poet.
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12-03-2015, 02:55 PM
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I play the piano. For the uninitiated, piano keys are laid out in octaves from A-G and then the pattern repeats A-G for 88 keys. Every A is in perfect harmony with every other A, same with B, C, etc. When you play octaves (eg A with the very next A at the same time) these notes sound "right" because it's a perfect scale. There is music theory that better explains why certain notes sound "right" with others notes when they are in certain keys, etc.

I believe it's the same thing with lyrics. It is a melody and a harmony, and it just sounds "right" and the ear is searching for that sound to match the earlier sound we heard. It's just natural.

In poetry, it's the same thing, unless it's an eye rhyme, but even then the poet is looking to please the reader somehow by satisfying our needs for patterns by making the non-rhyming end words look similar.

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12-03-2015, 02:59 PM
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I think these are actually very profound questions about consciousness and cognition, language and patterns. Consider

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15-03-2015, 05:56 PM
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(11-03-2015 11:48 PM)Misanthropik Wrote:  So I was listening to music last night and I began to think about the art of songwriting. For hours on end, lyricists wrack their brains trying to figure out the next line of a song; something that will accurately convey their thoughts in a way that rhymes with what came before it. And then I wondered: why do we bother doing this?

Granted, not all song lyrics rhyme. However, the vast majority of them do, and somehow, it just "works." Now, whenever someone sits down to pen the lyrics to a song, they tend to look for words that rhyme. When and why did we decide that lyrics needed to rhyme? What is the purpose/significance of this?

Untitled – (Any small town anywhere) Non-rhyming meter

It’s Sunday once again
A day that I reserve
To greet the folks I know
While I sit in our town square

I take a cup of coffee
And read the local news
Familiar voices say hello
And we talk about things

There’s old Mrs Stevens
Leaning on her walker to talk
She tells her nurse Elizabeth
To take a little stroll

She talks about the kids these days
And scolds their parents good
She‘s paid her dues the hard way
Just listen, she’ll tell you so

Mr. Peters sits a while
Talking mostly sports
He always knows the best plays
He used to be a coach

There’s a garden in the square
And a Sherman tank nearby
Mr. Colby knows it’s history
Old soldiers usually do

Then Mrs. Allen soon appears
And asks me how I am
She knows all the home remedies
I always say I’m fine

John will stand and wave his hands
Going on with his views
Of what’s best for our nation
He’s a man of his time

Ed and Sue always walk
Hand-in-hand like kids
Old now and inseparable
They make me feel alone

Margaret sits a while
Going home from church
She lost her husband in the war
She’s been lost ever since

Sunday brings together
The townsfolk at the square
To tell their stories once again
I listen every time

And I’ve sat upon this park bench
Each Sunday a couple years
And it’s funny that not one of them
Ever remembers my name
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