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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Soundtrack Of My Life: Devendra Banhart

NME 22 Sep 2023
It’s a merengue [a type of music that originated in the Dominican Republic] but something about it was really interesting – it was the lyrics ... It’s exactly what I want in my dance music, which is lyrical sadness and musical bliss, joyful ebullience....

The Story Behind the Song by Leonado, Singer-Songwriter of “Soy Feliz”

Texas Border Business 22 Sep 2023
The musical elements, including the rhythm and instruments used, were also discussed, shedding light on the song’s unique sound ... The song, released on September 22, 2023, goes beyond simple melody and lyrics to offer a deeper connection with the artist ... The lyrics of the song address the idea of spiritual transformation....

Pyar Eda Da: Shoaib Ibrahim and Rashami Desai’s new song is here to steal hearts

Pinkvilla 22 Sep 2023
This enchanting song, adorned with its soul-stirring melody and poignant lyrics, is poised to deeply resonate with millions of listeners ... This music album transcends being merely a song; it is a cinematic experience that tugs at the heartstrings ... Music and lyrics ... The song's music ......

Songs of Hope and Courage: Musical Theater for Ukrainian Children

Union Leader 22 Sep 2023
That woman recruited four teenagers who speak English to translate the script and the song lyrics into Ukrainian, meeting on Zoom with Lindberg and Harmony Markey, the music director on the project ... The hard part, Markey said, was fitting the Ukrainian words to the songs’ rhythm, ......

‘Ed Sheeran sat me down and told me how to survive as a young singer ...

Metro UK 22 Sep 2023
The musical phenomenon behind hits like No Romeo and You’re Not Harry Styles has been named as an opening act for Ed’s Las Vegas shows ... Self confessed workaholic Dylan cites ‘dad rock’ for getting her into music but Taylor Swift’s lyricism for inspiring her to write her ‘honest’ feelings down into songs....

In Nigeria, grief spills to the streets over death of Afrobeats star Mohbad

Al Jazeera 22 Sep 2023
Many of those who turned out were still dazed by the demise of the rising Afrobeats star Ilerioluwa Aloba aka Mohbad which has ignited a debate about the music industry ... His songs also currently occupy the top three places on the Apple Music Top 100 in Nigeria and on Billboard’s trending songs global chart....

AVM Rajan’s Family Drama Annaiyum Pittavum Completes 54 Years Of Its Release

News18 22 Sep 2023
Kannadasan contributed the lyrics for all the songs in the film, and MS Viswanathan composed the music. ....

Banned in Tuscaloosa: The history of 'Dixieland Delight' and 'Rammer Jammer' 22 Sep 2023
CW Editor Ethelred “Epp” Sykes won that prize, writing lyrics and music, and donated his winnings to create a full marching-band arrangement ... Though considered cheers, both "Rammer Jammer" and "Hotty Toddy" are actually shouted songs, backed by virtually the same music, swaggering horns and drums....

Risque Rap Star, CupcakKe in Eugene

Eugine Weekly 21 Sep 2023
After going viral in 2016 for her brash lyricism on her songDeepthroat,” CupcakKe has taken her online success and turned it into an international touring act ... Soon after, Harris discovered rap music and began experimenting with writing more explicit lyrics and uploading them as songs to YouTube....

Kasey Williams set for album release show with catalogue of vulnerable music

Kingsport Times-News 21 Sep 2023
Then Kasey Williams arrived, a lifetime of music in her head. With seven songs ladled from her new album, “Solid Ground,” Williams will host an album release show on Thursday, Sept ... A recording artist for about a decade, the Johnson City native was wide-eyed and animated as she spoke of her new music ... Accessibility underscores Williams’ music....

Apple Music on Android updated with iOS 17 features

BGR 21 Sep 2023
In its release notes, Apple says Apple Music on Android also got song credits, library enhancements, other fixes, and performance upgrades ... With iOS 17, Apple Music users can use SharePlay to control the music in the car through CarPlay, so everyone can play their favorite songs and contribute to what’s playing ... Song Credits in Apple Music....

Hopeful Music About Everything Getting Worse

The Atlantic 21 Sep 2023
The music twinkled with rare hopefulness, and some of the lyrics had therapeutic dimensions (the song title “Your Mind Is Not Your Friend,” for instance) ... The album also contains cleverly constructed anthems and skewed takes on traditionalist country—but crucially, the National’s songs are once again packing an emotional wallop....

Afro-dancehall pioneer Ruger on his debut ‘RU The World’: “I didn’t hold anything back”

NME 21 Sep 2023
“Afro-dancehall songs have the most beautiful progressions and melodies,” says Ruger, describing his unique sound ... Those songs needed more time to develop ... You have to fuse your experiences with the lyrics and the song overall. By doing that, your music can connect with way more people.” Credit....

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