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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CAL THOMAS: Isn't it rich?

SCNOW Morning News 04 Dec 2021
Sondheim’s lyrics, combined with Bernstein’s melodies, have become songs for the ages. After later writing lyrics for “Gypsy,” Sondheim said he and others of his generation wanted to experiment with musicals that went beyond what he called the “linear,” where there is a song, some dialogue, another song, dancing and more dialogue and songs....
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From Exile to Redemption: The musical poetry of Naomi Shemer

The Bryan Eagle 04 Dec 2021
Within the Jewish world she is called the “first lady of modern Hebrew song and poetry.” Shemer’s music and lyrics speak directly to the heart ... A few months prior to the Six-Day War’s outbreak, she competed in a musical festival in which she was asked to write a song about Jerusalem ... “Yerushalim shel Zahv” would not be Shemer’s last song....
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Musical class burnished in the heat of the moment

China Daily 04 Dec 2021
Some in the audience were music school teachers, who told Shi they were keen to learn about Chinese art songs so they could teach them to their students, something that added to Shi's elation after he and Chen managed to negotiate this technology-induced scare ... "Chinese art songs have always been an essential part of Chinese music," he says....
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Tony Kushner on Tackling ‘West Side Story’ With Spielberg: “We Knew We Were Going Into ...

The Hollywood Reporter 04 Dec 2021
Sondheim wrote the lyrics for the landmark 1957 Broadway musical, which remain mostly untouched in the new adaptation, according to screenwriter Tony Kushner, a frequent Spielberg collaborator (Munich, Lincoln) who was tasked with updating West Side Story to contemporary sensibilities....
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Cal Thomas: Remembering a legend

Lincoln Journal Star 03 Dec 2021
Sondheim’s lyrics, combined with Bernstein’s melodies, have become songs for the ages. After later writing lyrics for “Gypsy,” Sondheim said he and others of his generation wanted to experiment with musicals that went beyond what he called the “linear,” where there is a song, some dialogue, another song, dancing and more dialogue and songs....
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Sondheim death ends chain of hit Broadway musicals

Herald-Standard 03 Dec 2021
Sondheim’s lyrics, combined with Bernstein’s melodies, have become songs for the ages. After later writing lyrics for “Gypsy,” Sondheim said he and others of his generation wanted to experiment with musicals that went beyond what he called the “linear,” where there is a song, some dialogue, another song, dancing and more dialogue and songs....
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Isn’t it rich? | Cal Thomas

The Morning Journal 03 Dec 2021
Sondheim’s lyrics, combined with Bernstein’s melodies, have become songs for the ages. After later writing lyrics for “Gypsy,” Sondheim said he and others of his generation wanted to experiment with musicals that went beyond what he called the “linear,” where there is a song, some dialogue, another song, dancing and more dialogue and songs....
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Stephen Sondheim, Jewish theater legend who reshaped the American musical, is dead at 91

Jewish Herald Voice 03 Dec 2021
Send In the Clowns,” a signature song from “A Little Night Music” that Frank Sinatra recorded a popular version of, remains a famous lamentation about bad timing when it comes to love ... At age 25, he was asked to write the lyrics for a musical Bernstein was planning, based on “Romeo and Juliet.”....
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PAF expresses solidarity on global day of PWDs

Urdu Point 03 Dec 2021
The lyrics of the song were written by renowned poet Shabbir Nazish and the music was composed by Imran Zaik. The lyrics of the song say, "Hum Bhi Han Pakistan Tum Bhi Ho Pakistan--We are also Pakistan You are also Pakistan", We read and write with heart, We proceed further with ......
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‘Into the Woods’ at Berkeley Playhouse is good, nice and just right

The Daily Californian 03 Dec 2021
The music in “Into the Woods” is also spectacular. Full of Sondheim’s recognizable style, where lyrics and rhythm particularly shine, each song is catchy, entertaining and moves the story along with ease ... There is not a dull song in the musical; its memorable lyrics and tunes are sure to stick in one’s head even after the show concludes....
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Grandaddy – “It Was A Silent Night At Least Until Jeff Lynne Arrived”

Stereogum 03 Dec 2021
Jason Lytle has set new lyrics to the music from the classic Chrismas carol “Silent Night.” The lyrics are about a yuletide visit from Electric Light Orchestra maestro and Traveling Wilburys member ......
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Snickerdoodle-toffee truffles

Hillsboro Banner 03 Dec 2021
One of my favorite cozy jammie shirts says “She dreams in color,” which not only is one of my favorite song lyrics, but also is very appropriate because I’m a vivid dreamer ... I’ll wake up frustrated because I can remember having a dream about a perfect song melody or lyric, or a ......
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Legendary South Jersey music business insider Kal Rudman and his wife, Lucille, have died

Atlantic City 03 Dec 2021
Solomon "Kal" Rudman, 91, the South Jersey music business insider who founded the influential radio tip sheet Friday Morning Quarterback, has died ... And I thought about the songs on 'Darkness' and I realized that the lyrics really were mostly for and about guys," Springsteen told music exec Danny Goldberg in 2009....
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