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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Taylor Swift is the tortured voice of millennials

The Spectator 24 Apr 2024
But song after song had me muttering to the trees, au contraire, mon frère! The music is typical Swift, in that the lyrics are highly personal, yet evoke universal themes, there’s complexity and passion, some feigned self-reflection and that signature Swift touch of melodramatic, savory language (‘the saboteurs protested too much’ – yes!)....
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Curious which Tennessee cities are mentioned most in lyrics? The results may surprise you

The Tennessean 23 Apr 2024
A digital analysis of the largest lyrics database showed that out of all the cities mentioned in songs, Nashville is the second-most mentioned city of all time. The world's biggest collection of lyrics, Genius, houses millions of songs ... Nashville, Tennessee ranked second overall with 1,154 songs referencing Music City....
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Is Taylor Swift’s new album poetry?

Lima Ohio 23 Apr 2024
Or the nature of a song with uplifting production and morose lyricism, which can create a confusing and rich texture ...Poetry and song lyrics aren’t exactly the same (we poets have to make all our music with only words and breath),” she wrote to the AP....
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Taylor Swift’s ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ is here. Is it poetry? This is what experts say

The Villager 23 Apr 2024
Or the nature of a song with uplifting production and morose lyricism, which can create a confusing and rich texture ... poet laureate Ada Limón? “Poetry and song lyrics aren’t exactly the same (we poets have to make all our music with only words and breath),” she wrote to the AP....
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‘Strange Loop,’ the improbable Broadway sensation, opens in SF

East Bay Times 23 Apr 2024
Jackson wrote the book, lyrics and music for “A Strange Loop,” but it wasn’t a musical when he started writing it ... I was musically inclined, but I was not a songwriter, because I didn’t understand song form ... The musical takes its name from ... Book, music and lyrics by Michael R....
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RAYE, Sampha, Yussef Dayes lead 2024 Ivor Novello nominations

NME 23 Apr 2024
They also have been nominated together for Best Song Musically and Lyrically thanks to their collaboration ‘Spirit 2.0’, which appears on ‘Lahai... Elsewhere, Blur have also been nominated in the Best Song Musically and Lyrically category, 29 years on from their first Ivors nomination with ‘Parklife’....
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Raye bids to continue successful streak as debut record secures Ivor nomination

AOL 23 Apr 2024
Leading the pack this year with two nominations each are Sampha and Yussef Dayes, who both receive a second nod in the best song musically and lyrically category for co-writing Sampha’s track Spirit 2.0....
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St. John: If music be the food of love, play on

The Enterprise-Tocsin 23 Apr 2024
She took one look at the title and beamed, “Robert, I would love to teach you this song.” Then she opened the sheet music and read lyrics to the background vocals— all Hare Krishna chants— “Hare Krishna, Hare Lama, Hare Hare, Hari Krishna.” She was not happy....
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Sampha, Yussef Dayes and Daniel Pemberton top Ivor Novello award nominations

The Guardian 23 Apr 2024
... a joint nomination for co-writing Sampha’s track Spirit 2.0, which is up for best song musically and lyrically....
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Ivor Novello Awards 2024 nominations: Raye and Harry Styles lead the way ahead of prestigious...

The Daily Mail 23 Apr 2024
Leading the pack this year with two nominations each are Sampha and Yussef Dayes, who both receive a second nod in the best song musically and lyrically category for co-writing Sampha's track Spirit 2.0 ... musically and lyrically category for co-writing Sampha's track Spirit 2.0....
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A musical tour of Manchester: from the Hallé to the Happy Mondays

AOL 23 Apr 2024
The Working Class Movement Library is a repository of MacColl’s work and life and has significant holdings of sheet music and song lyrics ... There are not as many landmarks as songs, partly because, as mentioned, the wrecking ball is unsentimental and also, because pop stars have ......
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Sampha and Yussef Dayes lead the way in this year’s Ivors nominations

Music News 23 Apr 2024
The Ivors with Amazon Music will take place at Grosvenor House in London on Thursday, 23 May, with the nominations now released across its eight categories – including Best Album, Best Contemporary Song, Best Original Film Score, PRS for Music Most Performed Work and the Rising Star Award with Amazon Music ... BEST SONG MUSICALLY AND LYRICALLY....
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A Gen Z resistance, cut off from data plans

Deccan Herald 23 Apr 2024
The light attracting them was not a phone screen, that electric lure for people almost everywhere, but a bonfire.</p><p>From around the blaze, music radiated ... Voices layered lyrics about love, democracy and, most of all, revolution ... They nodded to the music, the lyrics about missing home for a people displaced from theirs....
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