Expert Songwriters On How To Write A Song

Whenever someone uses the word “should” when talking about songwriting, ignore them. There are no “shoulds” or “should nots.”

Songwriting has one rule: there are no rules.

Instead, there are tips, suggestions, and learning from other songwriters whom you respect.

So here are seven songwriting tips from some of the most respected songwriters. All of these people have written numerous hit songs.

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Paul Simon Doesn’t Know What His Songs Are About

When I sit down to write a song, I approach it the same way most songwriters do — with a world-changing idea in mind I want to get across to the listener.

I want the song to have a specific meaning yet hide it behind poetic verbiage. I want the listener to be like, “Woah! These lyrics are blowing my mind!”

But, thanks to Paul Simon, I’m trying to move away from that approach.

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