Lyrics

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.

Etymology

"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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M People ‘livid’ at Liz Truss using Moving On Up at Tory Party conference and ...

Metro UK 05 Oct 2022
The music star said the band had contacted their lawyers about the use of the song at the conference, but said they have been advised there was little that could be done ... Despite being ‘livid,’ Pickering made room for a sly dig in his comments, as he noted the lyrics in the song selected by the PM. ‘I was just looking at the lyrics....
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Congressman Rogers remembers Eastern Kentucky's Queen of Country Music

Commonwealth Journal 05 Oct 2022
“We have lost one of Eastern Kentucky’s brightest country music stars, Loretta Lynn, Johnson County’s talented Coal Miner’s Daughter ... Her Eastern Kentucky roots shine through the lyrics of her most famous songs and paint a prominent picture of hope and perseverance that are iconic in our coal mining region....
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'I don't want my song being soundtrack to lies': M People founder hits out at ...

The Daily Mail 05 Oct 2022
The choice of 'Moving On Up' soon raised eyebrows as critics pored over the song's lyrics - while one founder of the band said it was 'sad' to see it used by 'this shower of a Government'. 'I don't want my song being a soundtrack to lies,' fumed musician Mike Pickering ... The song's lyrics begin....
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'I don't want my song being the soundtrack to lies': M People founder hits out ...

The Daily Mail 05 Oct 2022
The choice of 'Moving On Up' soon raised eyebrows as critics pored over the song's lyrics - while one founder of the band said it was 'sad' to see it used by 'this shower of a Government'. 'I don't want my song being a soundtrack to lies,' fumed musician Mike Pickering ... The song's lyrics begin....
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Lamb of God’s Omens Are Coming to Light

Spin 05 Oct 2022
Lamb of God Share Lyric Video for 'New Colossal Hate' ... Their latest, Omens (out on Oct 7), is a throttled-out, high-decibel jetstream with a series of cautionary tales and psychic explorations couched inside its 10 songs ... There are so many songs about Reagan, but everything didn’t shift so rapidly with him ... “It’s our music....
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Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical review – all-singing, hall-dancing adaptation is by the book brilliance

The Guardian 05 Oct 2022
And of course, the musical marvel Tim Minchin weaves his spell with barnstorming music and lyrics, perhaps especially in the opening School Song, in which the older pupils introduce Matilda to the horrors in store, by way of the alphabet, starting with “So you think you’re A-ble, / To survive this mess ” to “Just you wait for Phys-Z”....
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Loretta Lynn, the resilient 'Coal Miner's Daughter,' dies at 90

The Buffalo News 05 Oct 2022
Loretta Lynn, the country singer whose plucky songs and inspiring life story made her one of the most ... Her music was rooted in the verities of honky-tonk country and the Appalachian songs she had grown up singing, and her lyrics were lean and direct, with nuggets of wordplay....
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Loretta Lynn remembered: Musicians and fans react to death of country music star

Lodi News Sentinel 05 Oct 2022
Tributes poured in on social media from friends, fans and peers who remembered her for her contributions to country music, with many simply quoting lyrics from her songs .......
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Barbaro to play Findlay’s Marathon Center

Lima Ohio 05 Oct 2022
And Rachel grew up playing that kind of music ... We’ve also been called bluegrass music, but if you are a bluegrass purist, you will strongly disagree with that ... But I think another thing that we really enjoy is breath and patience in music, not trying to rush into anything but really developing a sense of emotion to support the lyrics of the song.”....
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Single Review: The Escapist Delight of The 1975’s ‘All I Need to Hear’

The Harvard Crimson 04 Oct 2022
... was that he “had to be willing to say, like, cringe shit.” But for a band whose version of a breakup song contains dense lyrics like “at your best, you're intermediately versed in your own feelings,” the simplicity and cliché of Healy’s request renders it all the more earnest....
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A Tribute to the Life and Work of Bedros Alahaidoyan

Asbarez 04 Oct 2022
He often critiqued musical and ... They saw in these works their specifically Armenian character – the emotional, captivating (in both lyrical and intonational qualities) and deep-rooted national attributes of the songs – most standing out as consummate musical masterpieces....
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WITNESS: The Sound of Silenced Science

The Liberty Beacon 04 Oct 2022
... and performed by Simon & Garfunkel – “The Sound of Silence,” originally “The Sounds of Silence.” This is a song that was released when I was about ten years old and barely had any interest in music, never mind the deep and altruistic lyrics....
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Loretta Lynn, country music star whose fame was sparked on Tacoma TV show, dies at 90

The Spokesman-Review 04 Oct 2022
Her music was rooted in the verities of honky-tonk country and the Appalachian songs she had grown up singing, and her lyrics were lean and direct, with nuggets of wordplay ... music’s conservative-leaning audience had they not been tempered by Lynn’s playful way with a lyric....

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