I cannot think of a finer writing style than songwriting.
What a songwriter says in 35 lines it takes me 35 paragraphs and you are surely bored at the end of my rant and you’re teary by the end of the song.
I never appreciated lyrics much until I moved to Nashville. I watch as my songwriter friends slave over a sentence and rework a few lines and the final product could just take your breath away.
Talk about making your words matter!
So next time you LOVE a song, don’t just think about the performer. Think about the WRITER. That’s the person who deserves the first standing ovation when your heart is moved.
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On Fridays, I like to do a little list – we call it TOP 5 FRIDAY.
So today I want to list my top 5 favorite lyrics … that come to mind right now. Because you and I both know that as soon as I hit publish I am going to think of eight more that I wish I could add.
1. Taylor Swift // Everything Has Changed
“All I know is we said, ‘Hello.’ So dust off your highest hopes.”
Seriously. UGH. That’s such a great use of words and the idea of your highest hopes. Beautiful word picture.
2. Joy Williams // Golden Thread
“Just wanna know while everything’s unraveling. I’m hanging on, just hanging by a golden thread.”
I love the sense of hope in a hard time in this line. You just know that a golden thread is worth holding on to.
3. Lady Antebellum // Goodbye Town
“I can’t erase the memories. And I can’t burn the whole place down.”
Genius. When you think of where a heartbreak happened, you know those are the two options. If I stay in this town, I will always remember where the memories occurred. Such a beautiful way to talk about a harsh reality.
4. Meredith Andrews // Pieces
“You are completely known. You are completely loved. This is where you belong.”
I literally can’t hear Meredith sing this line without tearing up. Truth will do that to a person. [But really. EVERY line in this song. EVERY ONE.]
5. Mumford & Sons // After The Storm
“With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.”
I want this to be me.
So those are my five! What’s your favorite lyric? Write a blog post about it or tweet it or share it below in the comments!
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