Which Comes First, Lyrics Or Melody?

Which Comes First, Lyrics Or Melody?


Hey, it’s Carla with the WriteCliq and I’m back this week to answer one of your questions. And remember if you have any questions, feel free to submit them on any of our platforms. That’s Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, right here in the comments section or feel free to send your questions to [email protected] That’s [email protected] This week’s question was submitted all the way from Dallas, Texas and it is… Lyric or melody, which comes first? I guess this is the songwriters version of chicken or the egg. So, to answer in short…either! This honestly depends on the writer. It really just kind of depends on the inspiration at the time. Personally, I’m a melody is king kind of person. I’m usually inspired by melodies first. I kind of hear melodies wherever I go. I kind of hear melodies all day long. I hear melodies in my sleep. Usually, what draws me into a record is the melody, so I tend to start there and I know a lot of writers who kind of do the same thing. But, I know plenty of songwriters who start with lyrics first. The first thing that they hear are lyrics, and they tend to find a melody to ride those lyrics. There’s plenty of times that I’ve started with lyrics myself. An idea that I might have that I’m inspired by. Something that I know I want to say. Or there’s a phrase that I know I want to use…and I’ll let that kind of drive the song. I know plenty of writers that start with melody. I know plenty of writers that start with lyrics. I know plenty of writers that start with both. It just kind of depends. There’s no real formula there. It’s really just about what’s inspiring the writer at the moment. So, to answer your question, I think whatever is inspiring you at that moment. If it’s melody, then start with your melody. I will say that if I’m starting with tracks that are already completed, I’ll try to start with a melody first just to make sure I’m creating something that’s melodically solid for the track that I’m working with. And once I have my melody structure, then I’ll kind of unpack my lyrics on top of that. When I’m not feeling very inspired and the melodies aren’t really coming to me that quick, usually, that’s when it’s a lot easier for me to start with lyrics because then I can think about what I really want to say. And once I decide what I want to say then it’s a lot easier to just kind of ride what I want to say with a melody…And that’s the way I do it. So again, it’s really just about what’s inspiring me at the moment. If you feel like you’re being inspired by melody’s, if that’s what you’re hearing, then start with melody. If you feel like you’re being inspired by words or lyrics then start with the lyric…and that’s my advice. I’m Carla with the WriteCliq . Again, if you have any questions, please feel free to submit them on any of our platforms. That’s Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, right here in the comments section. Oh! And don’t forget to subscribe. And you can send your questions to [email protected] It’s [email protected] , and I’m out.

2 thoughts to “Which Comes First, Lyrics Or Melody?”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *