The Difference Between Poor, Mediocre, Good, and Great Song Lyrics

James Walpole/ September 11, 2019

The worst song lyrics are heavily literal and dependent on adjectives, e.g. (using the example of a love long) “She’s hot. . .”

Mediocre song lyrics use similes (“X is like Y”), e.g. “She’s hot like the Texas sun. . .

Good song lyrics use metaphors, e.g. “Sunlight on the first day of spring. . .”

Great song lyrics use concrete, specific metaphors, e.g. “She wore the light of a thousand burning suns . . .”*

Photo by Nick Karvounis on Unsplash

*This one borrowed from a Holly Arrowsmith song.

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