I've been writing lyrics since I joined my first band, and while my friends liked my stuff, I was never completely happy with it. I always wish/thought I could do better. Since my lyric writing always felt transitional compared to my guitar playing, I have ended up accumulating a lot of music over the years with no words. There are so many tunes now that it feels a little ridiculous to write more music with so many unfinished songs, so I put the lyric writing cap on again and compared to writing chord progressions, it feels like work to me. So, the question for the lyricists out there is: How do you write? how do you pick what to write about? how hung up are you on writing good lyrics? Any topics come up frequently? My early lyrics were mostly political or introspective. The political ones I shared, but not the instrospective ones. Also, my lyrics used to be pretty long ( 3 or 4 different verses) not to mention the chorus, which would not repeat either. Since I've started writing in earnest again, I've decided to try to allow ideas take shape and revise over a period of time instead of rattling the whole thing out in a day, which was my method in the past. Also, I'm trying to write simpler, less involved lyrics. I have to remind myself nothing's etched in stone and I need to give myself permission to write stuff that might sound silly or stupid. I'd also appreciate it if you critiqued this bit I wrote today. It's not complete by a longshot, but it works with one of my songs. Blast it at will. Suggestions are welcome and feel free to share your lyrics. Yes, the grammar ain't always the best, but it's artistic licence. Smile again She don't want to hear me say How pretty she look She don't care to hear me read A sonnet from a book She ain't keen on gasoline She ain't keen on a car Not even the songs I sing To her on my guitar Chorus...ish: All she care is that I'm there To share the day, ease the pain Till the dark clouds go away And she can smile again And the way she makes me feel Is almost too good to be real You could say it's divine And I'm glad she's mine. For the record, I hate the last verse. I did not put any work into it. Basically, I was thinking of "Good day sunshine" because of the cloud theme and that sort of derailed me. No big deal. The beginning is derivative of Sting's "She's too good for me", although my melody's completely different. Also, I feel I'm taking it in a different direction. Starting can be hard for me. One of the things I have to work on is teaching myself to write without waiting for "inspiration". That can take forever and I feel you don't get better if you don't have a writing habit, so I'm hoping this will improve with time. Thanks for your ideas.