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101 Songwriting Wrongs and How to Right Them by Pete Luboff, Pat Luboff

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NO REASON TO RHYME

Avoid inconsistent or nonexistent rhyme schemes

Something else is missing from JoAnna’s “Remembering” lyric in the last chapter. Did you notice there were no rhymes? It may not have struck you just reading the words on the paper, but if they had been sung to you, you would have missed the end rhymes you’ve come to expect in songs.

We call this a “bump”—the inner sense that something is “off” in the song. It reminds us of driving along a smooth road and then hitting a speed bump. Something inside you jumps. When a song is crafted to perfection, it doesn’t have any of these bumps.

You may be able to find one or two examples of absolutely wonderful songs that don’t have the usual complement of rhyming lines. “Gentle on My ...

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