Most songs have a structure using verses and choruses/refrains.
The chorus or refrain is a repeated section that typically doesn’t change (or if it does, it is minimal and still keeps to a basic theme) so that everyone can sing along. Hence the name – chorus.
The purpose of the verse is to tell a story that will bring out the central meaning of the chorus.
We can think each verse section as a “box” – containing ideas in lyrical form to compose the overall message of the song.
When you are brainstorming how you want to construct your verses, keep in mind this “box rules” for your verses as to how much you should say/reveal to create a good flow in lyrical storytelling:
- Box 1 – the first verse should be where you introduce the audience into the world of the song, giving a good flow of ideas
- Box 2 – the return of the next verse should be a continuation of the same ideas, but in a new creative angle/viewpoint
- Box 3+ – any other verses should get to the point of the theme, but in your own angle or combining ideas from previous verses.
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