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Writing Better Lyrics, 2nd Edition by Pat Pattison

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CHAPTER SEVEN

VERSE DEVELOPMENT AND POWER POSITIONS

Boxes represent the movement of ideas. They are form neutral. A series of three boxes can represent almost any formal movement:

  • verse / chorus / verse / chorus / bridge / chorus

  • verse / refrain / verse / refrain / bridge / verse / refrain (AABA)

  • verse / pre-chorus / chorus / verse / pre-chorus / chorus / bridge / chorus

  • verse / chorus / verse / chorus / verse / chorus

Boxes only show how the ideas evolve, regardless of the specific form you use. In this chapter, we'll look a little closer at the responsibility your verses have in making your boxes gain weight.

Think of your verses as colored spotlights. They shine their lights on their chorus or refrain. If two verses project exactly ...

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