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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Behind the music - The Spiritual Leaders

RTE 30 Mar 2023
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Pranati Rai Prakash teams up with Vishwak Sen for a Telugu song 'O Dollar Pillagaa'

The Times of India 30 Mar 2023
She is all set to make a foray into the Telugu film industry with a song opposite actor Vishwak Sen. Titled as O Dollar Pillagaa in Telugu, the song from Sen’s recently released in the film Das Ka Dhamki. The film and the song are both released in Hindi as well. In the Hindi language, the song is called Paisa Hai Paisa....

‘Imaginative’ Procol Harum lyricist Keith Reid dies aged 76

Irish Independent 30 Mar 2023
“We are sad to hear of the death of Keith Reid.“An unparalleled lyricist, Keith wrote the words to virtually all Procol Harum songs … His lyrics were one of a kind and helped to shape the music created by the band....

Jeanette L. Simonetti Obituary

Caledonian Record 30 Mar 2023
Jeanette L. Simonetti, age 90, passed away at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, Vt., on March 25, 2023 ... Jeanette had a wonderful, salty sense of humor! She loved music, especially Frank Sinatra and knew just about every lyric to every one of his songs ... Calvary Cemetery, St ... Johnsbury ... .......

School College Ani Life's song Rangbahara OUT: Tejasswi Prakash-Karan Parab's love track will melt your hearts

Pinkvilla 29 Mar 2023
School College Ani Life's song Rangbahara starring Tejasswi Prakash and Karan Parab releases today ... School College Ani Life's song Rangbahara OUT ... School College Ani Life's song Rangbahara OUT. ... The soothing music, magical lyrics, and performance are simply impressive ... Watch the song here-....

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The Gainesville Sun 29 Mar 2023
MUSIC ... ( A concert of Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle music with guitar ... — The Musical” ... Music 360 ... The Musical” ... Updated with new jokes, additional lyrics, two new arrangements and a brand new song, this madcap musical was recorded for television starring Rue McClanahan as the Mother Superior....

Red Bird Rising’s “My Revolution”: A Powerful Anthem of Love and Defiance Amid War

LA Weekly 28 Mar 2023
The music and lyrics of “My Revolution” is beautiful and profound, expressing the urgency of a personal story and an anti-war statement ... Critics have described Weiss’s music as compelling and emotionally charged ... The song’s lyrics are a call to action to rise against war and oppression and fight for a better future....

In Katie Ka Vang’s musical, ‘Again,’ friends navigate moving forward through cancer diagnoses

MinnPost 28 Mar 2023
In “Again,” Vang’s first musical, she collaborated with composer Melissa Li to create a story about a Hmong American memoirist and cancer survivor named Mai See, who works in a quirky bookstore ... “I think maybe this thing is not in text and dialogue, but maybe it’s supposed to be told through music ... “I wanted this to be a musical....

'Pretty Woman' and 'Mamma Mia!' bookend 2023-24 Broadway in South Bend season

South Bend Tribune 28 Mar 2023
The Musical” — Nov ... Based on the 1992 animated film, the musical includes the songs from the movie as well as new music written by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and book writer Chad Beguelin....

Taylor Swift sports sparkling jumpsuit at iHeartRadio Music Awards 2023

New York Post 28 Mar 2023
Song of the Year, Best Lyrics and Best Music Video (all for “Anti-Hero”), TikTok Bop of the Year (“Bejeweled”), Favorite Use of a Sample (“Question?”), Best Fan Army and Artist of the Year....

Daniel Seavey, Brittney Spencer, JORDY and Ogi team up with Silk Almondmilk® on new acoustic ...

Longview News-Journal 28 Mar 2023
Silk Almondmilk® releases its Tiny Kitchen Concerts featuring remixed breakfast recipes from up-and-coming music artists ... Silk has been in tune with consumers' great taste in milk and music for years – having previously created new lyrics to a famous Daft Punk song with their Milk of the Land campaign....


Longview News-Journal 27 Mar 2023
Professional songwriters and producers will then adapt five winning lyrics to music; followed by a national premier of the winning song ... The Bacon Brothers will serve as Voice Your Dreams Project judges joining the Project's musically diverse award-winning mentors and song ......

Kenny Wayne Shepherd heads to A.C. to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his legendary album ...

Atlantic City 27 Mar 2023
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