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Write Song lyrics That Rhyme
"Give your lyrics excitement & shape."

Learn to write songs using different kinds of rhyme patterns in your song's lyrics.

A Quick Lesson on Rhyme in Song Lyrics

Rhyme is another powerful tool that many lyric writers use often...but it's not always necessary to write rhyme in all your song lyrics.

Never feel obligated to write rhymes in your song lyrics.

Since music has become such a big part of our culture, we have mastered the art of listening for rhymes.

When listening to songs our brains can instantly tell whether or not song lyrics rhyme.

Small Misconception

Many will assume that rhyme has only to do with using vowels and their multiple sounds:

A - E - I - O - U ... and sometimes, Y

But rhyme also occurs whenever identical or similar sounds in two or more different words repeats.

Wikipedia.com has a great article on rhyme that includes many different styles of rhyme. Below are some of the different styles of rhyme you can use:



Lyric Writing & Songwriting Rhyme Style

Lyric writers & songwriters don't worry about which of the above styles of rhyme they write in, so neither should you. Most of the time everything's intuitive. Your focus is on writing your lyrics and telling your story (or scenario) and not on whether you correctly used "dactylic rhyme".

If you write rhymes in your lyrics, match words by sound (Wars & Stores) or by sight (when & then).



Lyric Writing & Songwriting Rhyme Patterns

Rhyme Pattern - The # of rhymes in a stanza (group of lines)

Let's use letters to look at rhyme...and assume each letter is the "last word" of each line in your lyrics.

Line Stanza 1
1 A
2 A
3 B
4 B

Above we see a 4-line rhyme - lines 1 & 2 rhyme, and lines 3 & 4 rhyme.

Line Stanza 1
1 A
2 B
3 A
4 B

Here we see another 4-line rhyme - lines 1 & 3 rhyme, and lines 2 & 4 rhyme.

Line Stanza 1
1 A
2 B
3 C
4 B

We see a third 4-line rhyme, where only lines 2 & 4 rhyme.

Line Stanza 1
1 A
2 A
3 B
4 B
5 C

...and you're not limited to just 4-line rhymes. Here's a 5-line rhyme.

Rhyme Checklist:

Adding rhyme is a matter of creative expression, so understand that there will always be people who don’t like your rhymes…or lyrics…or entire song for that matter. Remember you’re an artist. Be creative and stay true to your song's lyrics.

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