We Change

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We Change

She falls apart
She watches things fall apart
She confuses her heart
Then gets lost
And doesn’t know where to start
But it’s okay
It’s okay
He says
Don’t be afraid
He says
To change
Please change

He faces the unknown
He’s destined to make mistakes
But that’s how he grows
He’s like a wanderer
With no where to go
But secretly hoping to find a home
It’s okay
It’s okay
She says
Don’t be afraid
She says
To be brave
Please be brave

Cause we face
Many things
We confuse
Some hearts, especially ours
But it’s okay
To start again
Don’t be afraid
He says
Cause we change
Cause we can change

© 2015 C.A. Barnes

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Take Me Home

Old Home

Take Me Home

Take me home
Where all I can do is roam
Take me home
To breathe the air
To dance in fields without a care

It doesn’t matter what you say or do
I’ll always come back to you
Where it all began
You can try to run and hide
I’ll still be by your side
You were my beginning and you’ll be my end

Take me home
Where I can truly grow
Take me home
To brave the skies
To find courage to fly so high

It doesn’t matter what you say or do
I’ll always come back to you
Where it all began
You can try to run and hide
I’ll still be by your side
You were my beginning and you’ll be my end

Take me home
I want to go
I want to go
Take me home
I need to go
I need to go
Home.

© 2015 C.A. Barnes

Lost Souls

Beaten Path

Lost Souls

They walked alone
They were never taught
To be strong, to be bold
They lived with fear
Afraid to be themselves
So they kept their truth inside
They did not call for help

And so, they fall down
They fall deep into the ground
No one can hear their cries
No sound.
They are alone
Nothing around
There’s no place to go
When you’re deep in the ground
An era of lost souls
All around

They lived alone
They were never taught
How to be a friend, only to defend
Their selfish goals
So they toiled everyday
To fight for what
Would eventually go away

And so, they fall down
They fall deep into the ground
No one can hear their cries
No sound.
They are alone
Nothing around
There’s no place to go
When you’re deep in the ground
An era of lost souls
All around

What they really need
What they really want
Is to just be themselves
Nothing else, but themselves
What they really need
What they really want
Is to have love around
With no conditions, unbound

So they won’t fall down
Deep into the ground

© 2015 C.A. Barnes

Barren Home

 

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Barren Home

I stand in the middle of my barren home
It used to be nice, it used to be beautiful
With lush greens and a garden of gardenias
I used to travel through this place, I used to envy this space
In a sea of evergreen trees swaying in the breeze
That guided my way throughout the day
The glow of the moon
Cast on trees that once was home to the great owl
As he sent out a loud long hoot
Telling me how far I roamed
Now it’s time for me to go home

I stand in the middle of my barren home
Where abundance once was everywhere
And there were lots of beauty to see and to share
Ruby red berries, sparkling clear waters
There’s no need to go farther from here
To find all these treasures
All for free, for you and me
They used to give so much comfort and ease
Telling me as the saying goes
There’s no place like home

I stand in the middle of my barren home
With crisp clean air
Lots of laughter, lots of smiles everywhere
A palette of colors for an artist at hand
And many a muse to draw from a hat
Simple sands
Detailed leaves
Watercolor skies
So much peace
Showing me the beauty of home

I stand in the middle of my barren home
Only dust and rain to be seen
Where did things go wrong
When did we forget about what existed
Long ago
The great and small
Now there’s nothing left at all
But a barren home

© 2013 C.A. Barnes

Get Out

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Get Out

I appreciate you being honest
Such a straight face, I bet you don’t
Know how to smile
It’s been years that you’ve been this way
I wonder if you’ve ever thought to change
It must be tiring to be frozen in pain

Get out of this night
There is beauty
On the other side
Tell me what’s the pain
That’s kept you this way

Deep dark eyes hold mystery
That I don’t know if I want to seek
What would I find
You seem so simple to my eyes
But I know better, I’ve seen it all the time
In simplicity, complication hides

Please get out of this night
Beyond the darkness, there is life
Redemption is on your side
If you let go of the pain
Let go of this act, it’s all in vain

There is life, on the other side
Of darkness, you could be blessed
If only you put this act to rest
Please get out, let us see
The beauty that’s behind your seams

Please get out of this night
Beyond the darkness, there is life
Redemption is on your side
If you let go of the pain
Let go of this act, it’s all in vain

© 2014 C.A. Barnes

10 Well Written Songs

10 Well Written Song Lyrics

As I end my series, I want to list examples of song lyrics that were well written and became classic favorites to many. This is by no means a top ten list. This is a list of at least 10 songs that I believe are well written lyrically. In reality, there are many—an endless array of songs, written well in every decade and genre. To capture them all, for me, would seem impossible. I am sure there are songs that you know of, that are written lyrically well.

The primary reasons why I believe these song lyrics were well written are:

    • They are still powerful without music or performance added to it. In other words, their message is clearly conveyed, just as effective without accompaniments.
    • Every written line, section, and arrangement makes sense and expresses the story and/or emotion it seeks to make.

This list is not in any particular order


If you want to view the full lyrics of most of these songs, check them out at www.lyricsfreak.com

How To Write Song Lyrics: Examples

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Part Four: Examples

There is no real technique or formula for writing song lyrics. When I say this I mean, writing a hit song—a song that will become a classic to the mass audience.  Sure, when writing song lyrics, there is the verses, chorus, and possibly bridge and pre chorus, but following those guidelines is not going to ensure that what you write will become a hit or will reach success. It is the content—the words, that is the ultimate deciding factor.

When I first starting writing, I began with song lyrics. I wrote randomly, but most of my songs followed the verse, chorus, bridge pattern. I didn’t know (and still don’t know) which songs would be a hit, because many of them were never showcased. But of the few songs I shared, I received positive feedback. When I write song lyrics, they come from “the heart”. They are based on what I feel about a particular situation or what current state of mind I’m. I don’t think about formulas or compare them to hit songs already out there. I stay true to how the song forms in my mind.

There are many ways song lyrics can be written and it will depend on content, how you want the message delivered, and how you want the movement of the song to be.

Songs from an emotional standpoint:

These are song lyrics that are not illustrative in nature, but convey a feeling about a situation, object, or person.

One example is Reach by Gloria Estefan.

Some dreams live on in time forever
Those dreams, you want with all your heart
And I’ll do whatever it takes
Follow through with the promise I made
Put it all on the line
What I hoped for at last would be mine

In songs like this, the verse is just as important as the chorus. You want the verse to sink into the listener’s mind and leave a lasting impression on them. You want the listener to find personal meaning in these lyrics. It is like you are speaking to them or can relate to them.

The chorus should summarize the overall message of the song. The chorus should get to the point and let the listener know the purpose of the song.

If I could reach, higher
Just for one moment touch the sky
From that one moment in my life
I’m gonna be stronger
Know that I’ve tried my very best
I’d put my spirit to the test
If I could reach

Songs from an illustrative standpoint:

These are story like song lyrics. They describe or talk about an environment, place, or situation. Their purpose can be purely for entertainment, but they can convey a meaningful message just like an emotional base song.

Two examples are Colors of the Wind by Vanessa Williams (Disney) and Gotham City by R Kelly.

Colors of the Wind:

You think you own whatever land you land on
The earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name

You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You’ll learn things you never knew you never knew

Gotham City:

I’m lookin over the skyline of the city
How loud, quiet nights in the mist of crime
How next door to happiness lives sorrow
And signals of solution in the sky

In songs like these, the verse will primary include the descriptive story words. This is the area where the story will be told, where the listener will know what the song is about and will give the chorus meaning and make sense. In songs like these, the verse is generally what will determine whether the song is a hit. If the verse is strong, chances are the song will be successful.

The chorus should, just like an emotional based song, illustrate the point of the song or the plot of the song. In an illustrative song, the chorus will most likely be as descriptive as the lyrics, but sometimes it can contain emotional based lyrics.

Colors of the Wind:

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned?
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?

Gotham City:

A city of justice, a city of love
A city of peace, for everyone of us
We all need it, can’t live without it
A Gotham City, oh, yeah

In writing song lyrics, a bridge is not necessary, although a lot of songs contain them. In Reach, there is no bridge, and in Colors of the Wind and Gotham City, there is a bridge of a few lines. To me, adding a bridge may be necessary if you have more than one message to get across or if you want to get your message across in a different way. Maybe the chorus does not get to the point—the bridge would be a place to get that point across.

Colors of the Wind:

How high does the sycamore grow?
If you cut it down, then you’ll never know

Gotham City:

Yet in the middle of stormy weather
We won’t stumble and we won’t fall
I know a place that all of us shelter

Overall, in writing song lyrics, most will have a verse, chorus, and bridge. As you write more songs, you may find yourself not always needing a bridge, and maybe even wanting to stylized some songs with repeat verses, and choruses—even pre choruses, which are usually added when you want to reel in the listener to the chorus—when the chorus might be in contrast with the verse or when you want to introduce the chorus if the verse has not indicated what the chorus will be about.

It is impossible to truly determine how to write perfect song lyrics. Simply listening to popular songs out there can give insight, but just like any creative product, it is for the audience to decide. When I was serious about becoming a songwriter, I sought advice from people and books on how to write songs or even how to write authentic songs. In the end, I realized if you pay attention to how songs that are already out there are written, from the words, placement, and patterns, you will become familiar with the many ways songs are written. If you are writing songs as a beginner, it helps to look at popular songs out there and review the elements that make the songs likeable to you—what is it about the song’s structure that draw you to the song.

Songs taken from www.lyricsfreak.com.