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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Chinese students send timeless message of ancient Greek song

Ekathimerini 26 May 2024
The song – the melody of which is recorded, alongside its lyrics, in ancient Greek musical notation – was found engraved on a stele in Aydin in Turkey, where ......

Music helps you get fit – but the right mix will keep you coming back…

The Observer 26 May 2024
You’d also expect Survivor’s masterful wordplay to play a part – but the role of lyrics is one of the least well-understood elements of music’s effects ... “During our formative years, we tend to form quite secure bonds with certain music and lyrics that we personally find meaningful,” says Karageorghis....

'MJ the Musical' offers a snapshot of Michael Jackson at top of his reign as King of Pop

The Day 26 May 2024
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage was giddy when she was asked to write the book for a Michael Jackson musical ... "Michael created music that made people dance, that made them feel joy and have a lot of fun." ... So some of that meant highlighting lyrics of the songs, and some of that meant highlighting the music ... “MJ the Musical”....

Monica: Oru AI Story

Madhyamam 26 May 2024
Touch of lyrics Mansoor Pallur. In the movie 'Kuttikuppayam', the song 'Orukotta Ponundallo Minnundallo' written by P ... The director forced me to write a song to its tune. And with the encouragement of music director Yunusio, the song was ready. The song starts with 'Adiyum Patiyum' and the lyrics are written with a combination of rap and folk songs....

Washington County chapter of Guitars 4 Vets helps veterans cope with PTSD through music

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 26 May 2024
When West Bend veteran Kevin Watter saw how learning and playing the guitar helped save the life of a fellow Marine who was suicidal, Watter thought that Guitars 4 Vets, which helps veterans cope with PTSD through music, could help him, too ... It was set to the music of Red Hot Chili Peppers' famous 1992 song....

Dates set for fifth annual Green Wind Choir concert in Huế and Hà Nội

Vietnam News 26 May 2024
The 'journey' of Gió Xanh is not only about music but more importantly about inspiration for the audience, according to Yến ... Therefore, the programme includes various regional folk songs, revolutionary and contemporary music works, foreign songs translated into Vietnamese lyrics and world classics," conductor Yến said....

‘Politicians? They’re mugs, all of them’: Paul Weller on music, style and the state of the nation

The Observer 26 May 2024
The other Weller USP is, of course, his music ... Plus, the joke makes more sense when you know how some of the songs were written ... Instead, they’re there as lyricists; so perhaps Weller is a bit like a crooner, in that, on certain songs, even though he wrote the music, he’s interpreting other people’s words ... lyrics and interviews....

Argentinian star Bizarrap make his Sueños debut

Chicago Sun-Times 26 May 2024
<img src="https.//" alt="Bizarrap performs at the Sueños Music Festival at Grant Park in Chicago on Saturday, May 25, 2024." ... Known best for his Bzrp Music Sessions on YouTube , he is independently producing songs in which artists can really let loose....

Song stuck in your head? YouTube music can now help you find it just by humming

Live Mint 25 May 2024
We've all had that knawing feeling of having a song, that you can't remember the name or lyrics for, getting stuck in your head ... We tried looking for the song search feature on multiple devices but couldn't find it despite updating to the latest version of the YouTube Music ......

Waelderhaus in Kohler brings The Erin Krebs Trio and Daniel Adam Maltz to the stage in June

Sheboygan Press 25 May 2024
June 2, The Erin Krebs Trio will perform the music of Cole Porter ... “His lyrics are very witty and full of imagery, and his melodies are beautiful. The music and lyrics complement each other so well, and it’s a joy to perform his music.”. Songs at the performance will include “It’s ......

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: ‘Rent,’ ‘26 Pebbles!’ on stages in state this week

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 25 May 2024
Arkansas Public Theatre stages the musical "Rent"&nbsp;(music, lyrics and book by Jonathan Larson, loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera "La Boheme"), 8 p.m ... Main St., Pine Bluff, holds auditions for "The Rocky Horror Show" (music, lyrics and book by Richard O'Brien), 2 p.m ... May and the song by Johnny Marks; music and lyrics by Marks), 4 p.m....

Twenty One Pilots release album 'Clancy' featuring Columbus sights in 'Lavish' video

The Columbus Dispatch 24 May 2024
The music video "Lavish" uses signs from buildings across Ohio as lyrics to the song about a new 'lavish' way of living ... Kitchen and others, the song brings fans to a variety of Columbus locations with lyrics that welcomes viewers "to the style you haven't seen in a while."....

‘He’s never worked a day in his life!’: Paul McCartney honours Bruce Springsteen at Ivor Novello awards

The Observer 24 May 2024
... with only four of 19 tracks featuring lyrics ... The award for best song musically and lyrically was given to Victoria Canal and her track Black Swan, a piano-based lament whose lyrical metaphors and musical structure were praised by judges, beating the likes of Blur and Sampha....