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3. How to Structure a Song

 

 

Let me start this off by stating that I have never in my life written a song. (Excluding the one I wrote in middle school that'll never see the light of day.)*

 

Everything I'm about to state is from the knowledge I've retained from looking up lyrics and reviewing songs on Movellas.

 

 

Okay, let's start off with the basics.

 

A properly written song should contain two to three verses (Varying on the length of it.) with a chorus between them.

 

It's easier for me to show lyrics and explain the structure than it is to just state things.

 

 

Stitches

Writers: Daniel Parker Teddy Geiger Daniel "Daylight" Kyriakides

Performed by: Shawn Mendes

 

 

Verse

I thought that I'd been hurt before

But no one's ever left me quite this sore

Your words cut deeper than a knife
Now I need someone to breathe me back to life

 

 

Hook

Not every song has one but most of them do.
Got a feeling that I'm going under
But I know that I'll make it out alive
If I quit calling you my lover
Move on

 

 

Chorus

No song should be without one.
You watch me bleed until I can't breathe
Shaking, falling onto my knees
And now that I'm without your kisses
I'll be needing stitches
Tripping over myself
Aching, begging you to come help
And now that I'm without your kisses
I'll be needing stitches

 

Verse 2
Just like a moth drawn to a flame
Oh, you lured me in, I couldn't sense the pain
Your bitter heart cold to the touch
Now I'm gonna reap what I sow
I'm left seeing red on my own

 

Hook
Got a feeling that I'm going under
But I know that I'll make it out alive
If I quit calling you my lover
Move on

 

Chorus
You watch me bleed until I can't breathe
Shaking, falling onto my knees
And now that I'm without your kisses
I'll be needing stitches
Tripping over myself,
Aching, begging you to come help
And now that I'm without your kisses
I'll be needing stitches

 

Bridge

This comes just before the last chorus of the song.
[x3:]
Needle and the thread,
Gotta get you out of my head
Needle and the thread,
Gonna wind up dead

Needle and the thread,
Gotta get you out of my head, get you out of my head

 

Chorus
You watch me bleed until I can't breathe
Shaking, falling onto my knees (falling on my knees)
And now that I'm without your kisses
I'll be needing stitches (and I'll be needing stitches)
Tripping over myself,
Aching, begging you to come help (begging, "Baby, please.")
And now that I'm without your kisses
I'll be needing stitches

(And now that)
I'm without your kisses
I'll be needing stitches
(And now that)
I'm without your kisses
I'll be needing stitches

 

 

 

 

As you can see it's pretty easy to structure a song. Once you know exactly what you have, it's easier to format it and let it flow through nicely. With a structure it also helps you to figure out how you want your song to sound.

Not all songs are constructed this way, but most are. Some have a verse to end it, or don't have a hook and just jump straight into the chorus. But this is the most basic structure that song writers follow.

 

Hope this helps!

 

*Thanks to Steven Will for the suggestion!

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