What is a Verse in a Song?
Learn the basics behind the Song Verse and understand how many Verses you should use in your song.
It's about your song's journey...and your Verse is the roadmap.
The Verse is the section of your song structure that shares your story. Your lyric or poetry takes center stage in this section over your music.
A Verse can be used to describe a scene in your overall story (with each new Verse adding a new scene), or each Song Verse can be used to tell its own story (supporting the overall theme of your song).
Each Verse is usually separated by a Refrain or a Chorus, forming the basic song pattern "Verse-Chorus-Verse" (or aba).
Traditionally (between the years 1920-1960), songwriters only created one Verse for their songs, and that Verse was as long or as short as the songwriter wanted.
- Songs with longer Verses were mainly for storytelling (i.e. the lyric was more important).
- Songs with shorter Verses were mainly for dancing (i.e. the music was more important).
Today, your typical song will have at least two Verses, but they won't be too long since today's radio songs are only 3-4 minutes long and because there are so many songs to listen to.
But exactly how long should your Verses be?
Well ideally, you can structure your Song Verses however you want, but if your goals is to write great songs for today's music it's best to learn the patterns professional songwriters use for structuring their hit songs.
How to Structure Your Song Verses
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Updated: January 23, 2020
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