Moving forward in time
I was lonely (past)
Now I have found you (present)
We will be together forever (future)
Increase in intensity
Are you really happy? I'd just like to know.
Did you cheat on me? I'd just like to know.
All I wanted was honesty. I'd just like to know.
Different perspectives (You, I, we)
You are amazing, love, love, love,
I have been looking for love, love, love.
We will always be together, love, love, love.
Just like a good journalist, you should explore
who see above
what are you talking about?
when might be springtime (flowers to show irony); summer (heat); fall (leaves are falling like your heart); winter (protect yourself); morning (3am phone call); when gives you a backdrop
where our special place; chance encounter on the street; her wedding
why does it matter?; did it happen?; are you telling the story?
how does it all fit together?
Checklist for Lyrics
Start with a title. Then use it liberally and grow it.
Too many words in a line can be distracting. Be concise for more impact.
Rhymes are satisfying to the listener, unless they are forced. Then they are just lame.
Silence is very effective. You don't have to fill every beat with words.
ALWAYS maintain the integrity of the language.
Keep a notebook with you (or a file on your phone) to jot down ideas and phrases to be expanded later.