This Guy Writes Songs About Poop And Farts — And Songwriters Can Learn From Him

Matt Farley says he’s written well over 19,000 songs over the past decade or so.

Yes, you read that correctly.

“I’m the most prolific songwriter on earth,” Farley said during an episode of the podcast Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People in 2016. 

I’m not sure how to confirm if that’s true or not. But, as Farley said, “C’mon — 18,000? Seriously.”

Most of the songs he writes are about ridiculous things, like “The Dead Llama Song,” a song about a pencil sharpener, poop, and even a song called “Caleb, You Are My Best Friend.”

Although my personal favorite is “The Fart Song!”

But there’s something every songwriter can learn from Farley: work ethic.

Steady work ethic is missing from the toolbox of many songwriters. If you want to get better at something, you have to do it more and do it consistently.

Farley has some of the most consistent work ethic I’ve seen in a songwriter. He’s diligently cranking out multiple songs every day.

Granted, they’re songs about bodily functions, office supplies, and songs titled after generic first names.

But you get the idea.

Work on your songwriting every day, even if it’s just 15 minutes. Stay consistent, stay hungry.

And maybe someday — just maybe — you can be as prolific a songwriter as Matt Farley.


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Here’s One Of The Best Songwriting Tips Ever, Thanks To Taylor Swift

Say what you will about Taylor Swift, but her songwriting skills are sick.

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Taylor Swift (photo via Toplife)

She’s won the big songwriting awards, like the Nashville Songwriters Association International Award for Songwriter/Artist of the Year seven times and the Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

I think she deserves every songwriter’s ear.

In an interview with The Boot, she offers one of the best pieces of songwriting advice I’ve heard.

“My advice to first-time songwriters would be you know the person you are writing the songs about,” she says. “First know that. Then write a letter to them, what you would say if you could.”

The reason I love this songwriting tip is because I have trouble with focus in my songs. Writing a letter would combat lack of focus.

Try this: write a letter to someone. Then turn that letter into a song.

Who knew Taylor Swift could teach you something useful…


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Songwriting Tips From fun.’s Lead Guitarist

Pulling from Bruce Springsteen and fun., Jack Antonoff has some pretty good songwriting tips.

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Jack Antonoff (photo via I Am The Industry)

Antonoff fronts the band fun. and has a solo project called Bleachers. He’s written with or for Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, Sia, and Lorde.

So he’s been around the songwriting block a few times.

And even though I’m not an active fan of his music, he has tips any songwriter could live by.

In an article for Vulture called “Jack Antonoff on How to Write a Perfect Pop Song,” he talks about his songwriting process and what he’s learned over his nearly two decades of music industry experience.

He points out that pop music isn’t automatically “simple and stupid.” What makes a good pop song — and this goes for any genre — is its listenability.

“The easiest way I can describe what makes a pop song a pop song is that it’s a song you want to hear over and over,” Antonoff says.

And part of listenability is relatability.

He believes the main idea of the song should be something everyone can relate to while the verses should be specific to you, the songwriter.

“What you’re trying to create with a perfect pop song is a song that doesn’t sacrifice emotion and energy and smarts and still reaches people,” he writes.

And when it comes to creating the feel of a song, Antonoff taps the mind of Bruce Springsteen by borrowing his songwriting method: “The verses are the blues, the chorus is the gospel.”

“How do you write great music?” Antonoff concludes. “You sit in a room for your entire life, trying to write great music.”

Billy Joel Said He Hates “We Didn’t Start The Fire”

Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire” is a classic song, but he said he actually hates it.

Joel told the University of Oxford in 1994 that he wrote this song in a stream of consciousness after a conversation with a friend of Sean Lennon’s (son of The Beatles’ John Lennon).

Sean Lennon’s friend had just turned 21-years-old and was complaining about how difficult it was to be 21. Joel said he could relate to that.

“Yeah,” Joel said to the friend. “I remember when I turned 21 and it was an awful time,” bringing up the Vietnam War, the drug epidemic, and the Civil Rights Movement.

“Yeah, yeah,” said the friend. “But it was different for you because you were a kid in the 50s and everybody knows that nothing happened in the 50s.”

But Joel was surprised by this because so much happened in the 50s.

So he started writing down all the things that happened from 1949 up until 1989 when the song came out.

The first verse is packed with so much, and it’s only one of nine:

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

But Joel is not happy with this song, telling the audience at Oxford University he “didn’t think it was that good to begin with” saying it was “almost like a dentist drill.”

He said he wrote the lyrics first, which he did only for this song. And the melody he came up with doesn’t meet his own standard.

“It’s terrible musically,” he told Billboard. “It’s like a mosquito buzzing around your head.”

He was actually sued for allegedly stealing the melody, which he is dumbfounded by.

“Some guy actually thought I had to steal that from him,” Joel said in disbelief.

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As a songwriter, you won’t like every one of your songs.

In fact, most of them will probably be throwaways. Just be ready for it so you don’t give up when that happens.


I first wrote a version of this article for Crazy4Rock