How Do I Write Exciting Song Lyrics?
What makes a song sound exciting is writing about an exciting moment or story. The lyrical content will be exciting, high energy, intense, and/or suspenseful. The lyricist could also try to stir, rouse, electrify, or move others with his/her words. Good, exciting, lyrics include words put together in such a way where it makes the listener feel excited or energized when they hear the song. Exciting songs can change your mood and are often used by people when working out, running, or lifting weights. They are also used as motivators at the start of sporting events to hype up the players and fans. The genre most associated with exciting songs is harder rock or heavy metal.
Let’s go over a few songs that are exciting. Here we’ll go over one famous one and one produced from YourSongmaker.com
Welcome to the Jungle – Guns n’ Roses
This song was released on the band’s debut album “Appetite for Destruction” in 1987. It was written by lead singer Axl Rose and produced by Mike Clink. It’s supposed to describe living in the city… and metaphorically living in the jungle…coupled with if you’re not careful, you could die. Although they won the “Top New Pop artist” from Billboard Music and the MTV “best New Artist in a Video” award in 1988, they never won a Grammy. Recently the song won the Gold’s Gym sponsored competition “March Music Madness - Best Workout Song of 2018”.
Let’s check out a few lines of a verse:
Welcome to the jungle we've got fun and games
We got everything you want honey, we know the names
We are the people that can find whatever you may need
If you got the money, honey we got your disease
Here, Axl Rose is saying, you can have everything in the city (the jungle), you can get whatever you need. If you have the money, you can get whatever you want. The “fun and games” he’s talking about is probably not for the kids. But that’s what makes the verse cool. He’s not telling you exactly what it is. He’s letting you (the listener) make the decision about what the song is about. In this way, you are a part of the song. You feel pretty confident you know what he means and therefore connect to him, the lyrics, and the music. You can choose in your mind what you want that to be, good or bad.
Let’s look at the chorus:
Jungle, welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to your shun n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n knees, knees
Uh, I, I want to watch you bleed
In the chorus he’s saying, welcome to the city, it’s going to bring you to your knees, it can be dangerous. He successfully conveyed to the listener they need to pay attention or they will “bleed” … you’ll get hurt. It’s a little dramatic and over the top. Because of course, the city is not going to actually kill you – millions of people live in cities around the world. However, lets face it, some people do actually die in the city from exactly what he’s singing about. He’s telling a story. The emotional lyrical content of this exciting song is intense and stirring and some would say even scary. But like all songs, it’s meant to stir emotion. A good song will elicit an emotional reaction from the listener if they hear it as intended from the artist. On the flip side though, this song is written generic enough to be taken several different ways by the listener. The music makes this song very exciting and has a lot to do with the feel of the excitement on this particular piece.
Let’s go over one of the songs YourSongmaker.com composed and produced from the lyrics of one of our clients who wrote exciting lyrics. The song is called “Worth the Drive”.
Worth the Drive
Lyrics by David A.
Composed & Produced by YourSongmaker
Click here to read the lyrics and listen to Worth the Drive
Let’s look at some of the verses:
This farm boy’s now part cowboy
I feel a stampede in my veins
I take the shifter and the wheel like I'm grippin' on the reins
those horses runnin' underneath the hood are pullin' fast, straight, and strong
well they'd like to stop and rest when I put 'em to the test
but I gotta keep 'em movin on
The words are exciting. The lyricist is talking about going from a farm boy to a cowboy because he’s ripping around in his truck. He talks about gripping the shifter like he’s pulling on the “reins” of a horse. He describes the feeling of the ride – fast, straight, and strong. He’s not stopping, he’s excited, and going fast!
Let’s check out the pre-chorus:
To learn more about pre-chorus, see our How Do I Write a Love Song Blog
‘Cause no woman but this woman’s ever got me this way
now it's full speed ahead, Mr. DJ let the radio play
Let’s check out the chorus:
There's a cool breeze blowin' through the pine trees flowin'
as the miles pass by and by
when she comes to me, she's all I can see,
she's all I need to survive
on to the shady oak trees, growin' with the leaves,
covered in moss and vine
they help me on down the line
I've never felt so alive
don't you know she's worth the drive
that girl is worth the drive
You can feel the excitement in the music and in the lyrics. The lyricist is going to see the woman he loves. He’s really excited and describing his excitement and the steps he needs to take to see her. He’s getting off of work, he’s jumping in his truck, he’s going fast, he’s doing all these things he’s describing…just to get to her. It’s an exciting build up! This client (along with 95% of our other clients) has never written a song before. We not only help you write songs, we actually compose and produce the song when you’re feeling comfortable enough to move ahead with it!