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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The 15 Worst Lyrical Cliches

cliches image from Bobby Owsinski's Big Picture production blog
A couple of months ago a young songwriter sent me some songs to critique. His performance was great, the arrangement and production was cutting edge, and the song had a great melody. The only problem was that his lyrics were so "moon, June, swoon, bloom" that I almost felt embarrassed for him. This was a guy that definitely needed a co-writer or a big life lesson to deepen his lyric content a bit.

That's why this post from Songtrust is so appropriate. It's sort of tongue and cheek, but it's actually really right on. There are so many things in this world to write about, so stay away from these 15 cliches!

1. Message to all my haters
2. Cold as ice
3. Love is blind
4. Lost without you
5. I saw her walking down the street
6. It’s now or never
7. Believe in love
8. Dreams can come true
9. Keep it real
10. I run this town
11. The party never ends (or ‘the party don’t stop’)
12. Cuts like a knife
13. Don’t know what to do
14. With or without you
15. I’m down on my knees
Don't you feel better now that you got that out of the way. Good, remember, you've been warned!

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Bayan The One said...

'Down on my knees' goes well with 'begging 'please''

also 'love sent from up above'


Bobby Owsinski said...

Yeah, Bayan. Don't know why those weren't on the list.

Bobby Owsinski said...

Yeah, Bayan. Don't know why those weren't on the list.


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