Continuing with the idea of balanced/unbalanced sections and odd/even lines, here is another thing to keep in mind:
The “standard” structure is that every section of a song (verse, bridge, chorus, etc.) is built upon 4 lines. Because everyone expects that, altering it will have an effect on the listener – and the song flow itself.
By deleting a line, you create an anticipation from the listener causing there the be a stronger lead-in to the next section. And by adding a line, you create a delay. The audience will focus on the unsuspected fifth line and have preparation to the next section.
Write some sections with unbalanced lines and see how the lead (or not) into the next section.
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