Lyrics are words that make up a song usually consisting of verses and choruses. The writer of lyrics is a lyricist. The words to an extended musical composition such as an opera are, however, usually known as a "libretto" and their writer, as a "librettist". The meaning of lyrics can either be explicit or implicit. Some lyrics are abstract, almost unintelligible, and, in such cases, their explication emphasizes form, articulation, meter, and symmetry of expression.


"Lyric" derives via Latin lyricus from the Greek λυρικός (lyrikós), the adjectival form of lyre. It first appeared in English in the mid-16th century in reference, to the Earl of Surrey's translations of Petrarch and to his own sonnets.Greek lyric poetry had been defined by the manner in which it was sung accompanied by the lyre or cithara, as opposed to the chanted formal epics or the more passionate elegies accompanied by the flute. The personal nature of many of the verses of the Nine Lyric Poets led to the present sense of "lyric poetry" but the original Greek sensewords set to musiceventually led to its use as "lyrics", first attested in Stainer and Barrett's 1876 Dictionary of Musical Terms. Stainer and Barrett used the word as a singular substantive: "Lyric, poetry or blank verse intended to be set to music and sung". By the 1930s, the present use of the plurale tantum "lyrics" had begun; it has been standard since the 1950s. The singular form "lyric" still appears; its present use, however, is to refer to a specific phrase within a song's lyrics.

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The K Arun Prakash Interview: \u2018My style is to highlight the composition and the singer, silence automatically happens\u2019

Indian Express 28 Jan 2023
In Carnatic music, Arun Prakash is one of those few mridangists who play for the song - both the lyrics and the raga ... He said if I appreciated the lyrics more, I would be able to enjoy the music more ... You just go with the music and create more space because the lyrics need to be explored for various melodic phrases....

Rick Astley sues rapper for using alleged imitation of Never Gonna Give You Up vocals

AOL 28 Jan 2023
The suit argues that Yung Gravy had been granted permission to use the process of "interpolation" to recreate music and lyrics from the original song, but had not been allowed to "sample" the song by using the original music and vocals....

Umrao Jaan director Muzaffar Ali looks back at his life and works

The Telegraph India 28 Jan 2023
Could you share with us your experience directing Rekha and Farooq Shaikh in Umrao Jaan, which has become a milestone of Indian cinema because of its period storyline and music ... Lyrics coming out of human situations can increase the richness and variety of music. I think the songs of Umrao Jaan combine fantastic words with great music....

New this week: Shania, 'Princess Power' and Pamela Anderson

Citizen Tribune 28 Jan 2023
Wakanda Forever” yet, the Marvel sequel arrives on Disney+ on Wednesday with a batch of five Oscar nominations to its name, including best supporting actress for Angela Bassett and original song (“Lift Me Up,” music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Göransson; lyrics by Tems and Ryan Coogler) ... MUSIC....

Priest claims demons tortured him with Rihanna song

Polk County Itemiser-Observer 27 Jan 2023
A priest has claimed he was tortured by demons singing a Rihanna song in hell ... "While up here, you can listen to music to get over a break-up like 'Don't Worry Be Happy' or 'Umbrella', but down there every lyric to every song is to torment you." ... " On Earth a lot of the lyrics and music are inspired by demons....

Young fans embrace Indonesian folk music

Taipei Times 27 Jan 2023
Riding the wave of Indonesia’s increasingly vibrant music scene, the band’s droll lyrics have gained them a certain notoriety ... Music consumption in Indonesia is evolving, experts say, with ... “Islamic songs are usually serious, with lyrics carefully quoting Islamic teachings....

Jeremy Camp coming to Memorial Coliseum with Winter Jam tour

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette 27 Jan 2023
Whether they are fans or this is their first time, people looking to experience Christian music should take advantage of a tour coming to the city next week, singer Jeremy Camp says ... He says the different types of music and personalities on the tour make it special ... When you put those lyrics out in the world, what is your hope for those songs?....

Our memories are a funny thing

Crossville Chronicle 27 Jan 2023
I have written before about Michael’s refusal to listen to my music when he is in my car ... He normally listens to local radio with music from the past. My music is, well, let’s say a little more current than his ... We were really enjoying the music and both of us were singing lyrics to songs we hadn’t heard in years....

First Aid Kit: “We realised constant touring was not a good way to live”

New Statesman 27 Jan 2023
Klara was 16 when they both quit school to write and play music full-time ... On the song, which glimmers with strings and piano, they are defiant ... But close listeners have detected a wistfulness in the band’s music, an indication that life is not wholly sweet ... “The music that means something to me are the songs where someone is being vulnerable....

Glen Matlock made it clear to Danny Boyle he wasn’t impressed with Disney’s Pistol

Metro UK 27 Jan 2023
I wrote the music for Anarchy In The UK and God Save The Queen, and the lyrics for Pretty Vacant. That song was a primal scream ... Can music make a difference?. The right music at the right time is a rallying cry and around the world punk lives. It’s become a by-word for alternative music that is a bit left field and made by people who won’t be put upon....

New this week: Shania, ‘Princess Power’ and Pamela Anderson

Wtop 27 Jan 2023
Wakanda Forever” yet, the Marvel sequel arrives on Disney+ on Wednesday with a batch of five Oscar nominations to its name, including best supporting actress for Angela Bassett and original song (“Lift Me Up,” music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Göransson; lyrics by Tems and Ryan Coogler) ... MUSIC....

Taylor Swift hides sweet secret tribute to boyfriend Joe Alwyn in Lavender Haze video

Metro UK 27 Jan 2023
Taylor Swift has shared a sweet message to Joe Alwyn in her new music video for Lavender Haze (Picture ... Taylor Swift has proven beyond any doubt she’s a real romantic as she hid a secret tribute to boyfriend Joe Alwyn in her new music video ... A song which, incidentally, has lyrics about stars aligning for two lovers to find each other....

Why POGOs must be banned

Manila Standard 27 Jan 2023
... of receiving and reading love letters, so much so that love letters were immortalized in a song called “Love Letters.” ... This is a 1945 popular song with lyrics by Edward Heyman and music by Victor Young, sung by various artists including Nat King Cole and Joni James in B minor.)....

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