Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. Lennon lyric explained on Quora

O lyric Love, half angel and half bird. And all a wonder and a wild desire.

Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be so quiet?

Publishing the lyric books, poetry or comics of other musicians I know.

That's the thing I really want to break into!

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I think my melodies are superior to my lyrics.

Gentlemen, to the lady without whom I should never have survived for eighty, nor sixty, nor yet thirty years. Her smile has been my lyric, her understanding, the rhythm of the stanza. She has been the spring wherefrom I have drawn the power to write the words. She is the poem of my life.

There is in us a lyric germ or nucleus which deserves respect;

it bids a man to ponder or create; and in this dim corner of himself he can take refuge and find consolations which the society of his fellow creatures does not provide.

There exists a kind of laughter which is worthy to be ranked with the higher lyric emotions and is infinitely different from the twitching of a mean merrymaker.

Rock and roll doesn't necessarily mean a band.

It doesn't mean a singer, and it doesn't mean a lyric, really. It's that question of trying to be immortal.

The author's conviction on this day of New Year is that music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance; that poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music; but this must not be taken as implying that all good music is dance music or all poetry lyric. Bach and Mozart are never too far from physical movement.

In the dying world I come from quotation is a national vice.

It used to be the classics, now it's lyric verse.

For every word intended to render us deaf to one another, there is always a lyric connecting ears and hearts across the continents in rhyme.

I've learned that in the theater the story is everything.

Every lyric, every line and every musical gesture has to propel the journey of a given character or the overall plot.

I understand that transposing a song a half step can effect the believability of a lyric.

I'm not a lyric writer to make statements.

What I enjoy doing is making paintings with lyrics, creating colorful images. I think that's more what entertainment and music should be.

This 'Making Mirrors' album is far more personal, even if there's a character element to the sounds I'm working with. Every song on this album I stand behind; I feel like I have a close relationship with them. There are older songs where I can feel myself writing a story, so this is the first album where I'm proud of every lyric.'

I have a lyric journal that I write in a lot.

When I'm going to play, I just sit down and have my books with me and my notes and tapes and whatever I need to refer to. I just play and try different things. It's a kind of discipline.

I sit down and draw from my lyric book.

I sit down and start looking through it and see if there is anything that strikes me that I've written.

After using four different languages on an album, it's tough to decide which one I'm gonna actually learn to speak. I always study the lyric, make sure I know what I'm singing, and try to get the pronunciation as perfect as possible.

I have a little dictaphone and if a sound takes my fancy or if a lyric comes to me in the middle of the night I'll just record it there and then.

Walk this way

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

I'm not a wannabe. I'm who I wannabe.

In fact, in lyric poetry, truthfulness becomes recognizable as a ring of truth within the medium itself.

I get a different kind of lyric from someone else that might make me go in a different musical direction.

I want to suggest a feeling. It's ridiculous to assume you can state an opinion. Somebody else can never relate to the lyric in the same way because their whole experience is different. You can only suggest, then people add their own history and experience to the lyrics.

But then you have to write a song, so at that point, I picked up the reins and started to write lyrics.

I was half asleep lying there writing this lyric in my head at about 3:30 in the morning. I woke Steve up with this idea and then we went into the living room where there was a little upright piano and finished the song. I wonder where that piano is now?

After that, I specifically started writing lyrics.

I would like sweat and think and get it all together.

Everything that Traffic ever did, I'd give Steve a complete lyric, titled, written out with the verse, the bridge, the shape and rhyme and then Steve had to figure out how the meter of the words would fit musically.

I think if you are writing an instrumental you are dealing with more of an aesthetic in a sense but a lyric is more of a putting yourself on the line and a much more expensive exercise.

That's really what was wonderful for me growing up, since I got to know so many of the songwriters who liked me and thought I had talent. They would then tell me how to read a lyric and sing a song, and challenge me to try and find a different end to a song.

The way I teach people to sing... I have them talk the lyric out until it sounds like something they really believe, like an actor with a monologue.

I always write lyrics first and the rhythm and the melody come from the lyrics.

It always comes from the lyrics: words have rhythm and words have melody.

And it was then that I realized wow, I'm able to write lyrics and sing and stuff like that.

Of the individual poems, some are more lyric and some are more descriptive or narrative. Each poem is fixed in a moment. All those moments written or read together take on the movement and architecture of a narrative.

In my opinion, Lenny Bruce was more of an influence on Zappa's satirical lyric's than anyone that I know of.

In those days, it didn't take much imagination to come up with something that required great lyric development skills. You just thought of an experience that you might have gone through, and write it down.

In recent decades this symbolic or metaphorical lyric has given way to one which leans toward metonymy.

There is a wonderful Hungarian literature, especially in lyric poetry.

I've always thought of music as something which gives the words their flight and their wings and the music often comes first, although sometimes I'll have a concept, a title idea, a lyric idea that I want to write and the lyric will come first.

In country music the lyric is important and the melodies get a little more complex all the time, and you hear marvelous new singers who are interested in writing and interpreting a lyric and in all form of popular music.

He doesn't make it so complicated but just really allows the lyric to come through even though there's a lot of production going on. I think that's the key and that's the magic, it's making sure that people could still connect with the lyrics while they're on the dance floor.

I'm not tryin' to come off as the best lyricist.

I privilege the music over the lyrics.

I wanted to write some lyrics that had some meaning to them, lyrics that were meaningful to me and hopefully people can take something from that.

A lot of the time there is a lot of melancholy in the lyrics.

The most astonishing joy is to receive from the muses the gift of a whole lyric.

A lyric has to mean something to me, something that has happened to me.

It was a little at a time but I broke out my Walkman and my lyric pad and started writing.