Imagine reading your favorite book, or watching your favorite movie. Compare the stories of those to song.
From the start of a book, movie, or song to the end – there is development. Little by little the plot progresses, offering new information to the audience while constantly keeping control of their attention.
No one is going to appreciate redundancy (unless that is what you are going for) in your lyrics by constantly repeating ideas or paraphrasing to avoid development. Instead, you should be focusing on how you can creatively keep the ball rolling and allow the lyrics to mature.
Some ways of doing that are:
- Adding descriptive imagery in all the body senses
- Foreshadowing the conclusion
- Drama/internal conflict
- Irony and comedic reflection
- Withholding information till the very end (like a mystery novel)
- Reversing the situation from bad to good (or vice versa)
However, your song may not call for those ways of development. A protest song wouldn’t need much of these besides a strong call to action and ways to act upon it.
In those cases, start by making a list of your ideas from least to most important/strongest. That is how you should make your song develop.
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