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Song Writing Quotes

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I'd have to say that my favorite thing is writing a
song that really says how I feel,
what I believe - and it even explains the world to
myself better than I knew it.
- Jackson Browne

Writing a song is much like being an author.
Yes, we all have tools to write (everyone has a brain I hope!),
but that doesn't all of a sudden make us best selling authors.
- Ken Hill

The actual writing of a song usually comes in the form of a realisation.
I can't contrive a song.
- Gene Clark

The quality of the writing, really.
Simple as that.
Beautiful words.
It's very nice as a singer to do great songs,
which have wonderful lyrics and strong feelings underneath the song.
- Bryan Ferry

 

I really didn't think about song writing.
- Adam Rich

The real danger of writing a great song when you're
on something is that it might get you thinking that
the only way to repeat that is by only writing when you're high.
- Barry Mann

Sonnets are guys writing in English,
imitating an Italian song form.
It was a form definitely sung as often as it was recited.
- Steve Earle

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The Fat Mattress consisted of people I'd played with
before joining the 'Experience and it was put together
as a song writing situation.
- Noel Redding

I've been doing my big theater projects,
which take years, and writing a song here and there.
- David Friedman

I do not think men have more talent.
There are a great many women in the arts;
novelists,
painters, sculptors, poets-but the proportion is far
lower in the field of song writing.
- Dorothy Fields

There is no formula to it.
Writing every song is a little journey.
The first note has to lift you.
- Enya

I could tell it was a popular move as a writer to walk
down the bass lines while you were writing a song.
- Gavin DeGraw

There are few cases in which mere popularity should
be considered a proper test of merit;
but the case of song-writing is,
I think, one of the few.
- Edgar Allan Poe

When I'm writing a song, it gives me more actual pleasure
to hear someone else sing it than do it meself.
- Shane MacGowan

So writing a song is much harder than doing a classical piece for me,
because in a classical piece, I can just let the mood
dictate what's going to happen.
- Glenn Danzig

Right now, I'm Writing song lyrics.
Experimenting with a play.
Toying with an idea for a documentary.
I hope one of these will eventually be launched into the light of day.
- Anita Diament

There are no rules to writing a song.
- Randy Castillo

I think one of the things about writing in the studio
is that the song hasn't matured,
if you like, so quite often the vocals are early attempts.
Whereas once you've taken it out on the road a bit,
you learn more about a song.
- Peter Gabriel

As the writer, you're always a presence in the song.
If you get close to what human beings are like,
you're writing about common experience.
We all do much the same things, so if you nail somebody,
then you've also nailed yourself.
- Richard Thompson

There's two facets to writing a song.
There's you sitting in your room writing the sentiments of the song;
the lyrics,
the melody and the changes, and then there's the part
where you go into the studio and you put clothing on it.
- Nuno Bettencourt

I intend to keep writing Christmas songs.
There's still a lot more about Christmas that can be
captured and feel like old-time Christmas.
A lot of the traditions haven't been explained in song.
- Clint Black

If I give myself a chore, for instance,
when I was writing the songs for Shameless,
I said to myself, Now, every day for 90 days you have to write a song;
good,
bad or indifferent.
So that was really helpful.
- Judy Collins

I think it's important to really press on with the
song writing and just go with it.
There's no code, there's no craft...
it's just let yourself shine through your music.
If it's meant to be loved and heard,
it'll happen.
- Chantal Kreviazuk

I think if you're writing from the heart,
very often, the subject matter will adjust as you age...
but you try to write the best song you can possibly write.
For us, we have the same basic elements that make up the America sound.
- Gerry Beckley

I think there are some songwriters who are just brilliant
who can write and then I think there are some songwriters
who can like me I have a problem writing chorus lyrics
but I can write a song in a story like that.
- Charles King

I was half asleep lying there writing this lyric in
my head at about 3:30 in the morning.
I woke Steve up with this idea and then we went into
the living room where there was a little upright piano and finished the song.
I wonder where that piano is now?
- Jim Capaldi

There are some good songs, but not the kind of song-writing that I remember,
that I like.
Springsteen still does it.
Paul Simon, and there are also good writers,
but that doesn't dominate the charts.
- Jackie DeShannon

If you're writing anything decent, it's in you,
it's your spirit coming out.
If it's not an expression of how a person genuinely feels,
then it's not a good song done with any conviction.
- Alex Chilton

That folk music led to learning to play,
and making things up led to what turns out to be the
most lucrative part of the music business -
writing,
because you get paid every time that song gets played.
- Jackson Browne

It varies from song to song, although Buck Owens and
I recently collaborated on writing a duet together
and am looking forward with a great deal of anticipation
to recording that track for the new studio album.
- Dwight Yoakam

Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it.
- Sai Baba

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.
- Chinese Proverb

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

One whispered yes becomes the wind song over an ocean of no's.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

Gratitude is the prayer,
while Celebration is the song and the dance of praise.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is easy enough to be pleasant
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is the one who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I Hope You Dance
- the Lee Ann Womack song

Indifferent to whether your mood is grumpy or cheerful,
Nature always sings her passionate song of joyful celebration.
You can never stop the happy song of life,
so join the celebration -
sing along, dance, make love,
smile your biggest smile, and cheer on God's music.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A friend knows the song in my heart
and sings it to me when my memory fails.
- Donna Roberts

Goes the song, "we change, we change."
But the music is still mine.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Every true love song, by its very nature, is a duet.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are choirs singing in your head.
If you listen, you will hear the music.
It is the song of angels.
Pay no attention to the sounds of the world.
They are just noises, and even when
added up all together
they have no value, make no sense.
Strain to hear the song of angels.
Listen to the melody within your soul.
- Neale Donald Walsch

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song -
The song from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You don't love someone for their looks,
or their clothes, or for their fancy car,
but because they sing a song only you can hear.
- Anonymous

There's nothing like a good cheating song to make me
want to run home to be with my wife.
- Steven Curtis Chapman

Three things are needed for a good life,
good friends, good food, and good song.
- Jason Zebehazy

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer,
it sings because it has a song.
- Lou Holtz

Music's staying power is a function of how timeless the lyrics,
song and production are.
- Gary Wright

I love when people get songs wrong.
I love when people take something from a song that's
totally not what I intended!
- Richard Marx

I come from the performance world, but the idea of
a worship song is different.
It's useful music.
- John Tesh

A song called Never.
Which we never play.
But it's a great song.
- John Wozniak

Song Sung Blue took a lot of compressing and refining,
and it has one of my favorite lyrics.
- Neil Diamond

You can either make it come around or you can't.
By the time we would be ready to record a song,
we would know for sure that it was the best way we could do it.
- Levon Helm

It's actually harder to write a fun song.
- Taryn Manning

Lord, when the song wants to pick up and go a little faster towards the end,
it's hard for me to resist.
- Levon Helm

Somehow, it seems that the sadder a song is,
the happier I feel.
The release of emotions that many would label as "negative"
is actually a liberating process for me.
- Grey DeLisle

Sometimes the song title comes with the songs,
other times you just sorta make something up afterwards.
- Wayne Coyne

Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
- Tecumseh

That's a big gift when people say to you that a song
helped them or brought them to some place in their
life where they needed to be.
- Lenny Kravitz

You can cage the singer but not the song.
- Harry Belafonte

Being a good songwriter means paying attention and
sticking your hand out the window to catch the song
on the way to someone else's house!
- Nanci Griffith

A bell's not a bell 'til you ring it,
A song's not a song 'til you sing it,
Love in your heart wasn't put there to stay,
Love isn't love 'til you give it away!
- Oscar Hammerstein II

Ian and Sylvia, who, when you got right down to it,
were essentially country and western singers.
I just recorded his Four Strong Winds.
It's a wonderful song.
- Dave Van Ronk

The Blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and song,
inspiration, feeling, and understanding.
- Willie Dixon

Jerusalem is a festival and a lamentation.
Its song is a sigh across the ages, a delicate,
robust, mournful psalm at the great junction of spiritual cultures.
- David K. Shipler

In Georgia where children work day and night in the
cotton mills they have just passed a bill to protect song birds.
What about the little children from whom all song is gone?
- Mary Harris Jones

What is that song that Willie Nelson sang? 'Oh,
the days dwindle down to a precious few.'
I think of that.
No big deal.
I've reached a stage in my life where I am content.
- Gabriel Byrne

I recorded the song live in front of an orchestra,
and yes, I was very moved, I was in tears.
- Burt Bacharach

Peace Train is a song I wrote, the message of which
continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts
of millions of human beings.
- Cat Stevens


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