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Song lyrics generator: How to write song lyrics from scratch using Copy.ai

Frank Elda

June 7, 2022

Picture this: You take your favorite notebook or laptop, full of motivation to craft new lyrics, but nothing comes to mind. And your inspiration fades with every second you spend staring at the blank page.

So, you search Google to find some help, perhaps a song generator

If this sounds familiar, you’re in luck. You’re about to discover something much better than a simple lyrics generator. This is the end of your writer's block!

 

How does an AI song lyrics generator work?

Everybody’s talking about artificial intelligence (AI) these days, and sometimes it can sound like some sort of magical (almost scary) robotic thing doing stuff behind the scenes.

Well, it is not quite magic (even if it is a fascinating technology!).

This isn’t the place for a detailed explanation of AI, but you may want to know a few things to better understand how this technology can help you write lyrics.

I can tell you right now that you will have to do a bit of work yourself if you want to create something of value. But let’s dive into how AI can help you in your creative process.

The engine behind Copy.ai

The first thing to know is that Copy.ai is based on GPT-3, the latest technology for artificial intelligence-based text generation.

Each time you click on the “Create copy” button, Copy.ai asks the GPT-3 algorithm to generate a text, which is delivered to you in a few seconds.

The content result is influenced by the initial training of the AI (a database of 410 billion tokens named Common Crawl) and your inputs.

Each time you ask it to create new content the result will be different, allowing you to generate fresh outputs by using the  “More Like This” button or starting the process over.

The AI engine connects a massive amount of data to generate new text.

How good is the generated text?

This algorithm is still in its infancy. This means that the result can vary in quality from one generation to the other. This has nothing to do with Copy.ai. All AI writing assistants share the same flaws.

If you’re wondering if the generated content is original, keep in mind r that the GPT-3 algorithm takes trillions of sentences from the internet and creates new text based on this data. It is not that different from what an actual writer does: taking information from various sources and altering it to create something new.

Additionally, you will feed the AI with your unique inputs, and you can always edit the result afterward (highly recommended).

OK, enough with all this technical stuff. Let’s make this AI work for us to generate song lyrics.

 

How to choose a song title

You may already have an idea for your song title. If that is the case, you can jump to the next section and start creating. If not, you will be happy to learn that you can use Copy.ai to help you with the brainstorming process.

It is one of my favorite uses of an AI writing tool.

Starting with a title is not a common tip for songwriting. Still, as a professional writer, I will tell you that it can help you write coherent lyrics around a specific topic.

Spend some time jotting down a few title ideas.And if you need more ideas, that’s where Copy.ai steps in. Head towards the "Blog Title" tool, write down your initial idea, and let the AI do its magic.

For example, if you want a title for a love song, you could give try this:

Input: a song about how I met a girl while walking in the park with my dog

Generated titles:

I Met A Girl While Walking In The Park With My Dog

How I Met The Girl Of My Dreams While Walking In The Park With My Dog

I Met The Girl of My Dreams While Walking In The Park With My Dog

A Song About How My Dog Inspired Me to Meet A Girl In The Park

A Song About My Dog and The Girl I Met in the Park

 

OK, ok, not great.

This happens when you first start using an AI writing assistant. You may have to generate new output a few times to find better ideas.

Here is what I got with a second generation:

I Met A Girl While Walking My Dog And I'm So Happy About It

How I Met Your Dog

How You Found Me - A Song About The Power Of Dogs, Kindness & Smiles

A Walk In The Park

The Bottega Veneta Strut

 

This time, the proposed titles are more appealing. The last one is entirely unexpected, but why not. Don't forget that the real power of such a tool is to inspire you.

"How I Met Your Dog" could be a funny title. It inspires me to write a song mixing romantic feelings and humor. 

What about you?

Maybe you want to create lyrics quickly and don't have time to wander in the land of creativity too much. Copy.ai has a solution for you.

How to quickly generate song lyrics using a template

Copy.ai offers templates that combine a list of simple commands you can execute to let the AI do pretty much all the work for you.

You can use them to speed up the writing process for a variety of projects.

Since the focus of this article is on songwriting, here is the song lyrics template:

The song template feature in Copy.ai

Example of a love song:

Verse 1:

I've been waiting for this moment my whole life

And now that you're here, I'm not letting it go

It's like my prayers have finally been answered

And I'm never gonna let you go

(Never gonna let you go) (Never gonna let you go)

Chorus:

I'll never be alone again, darling!

You're the answer to all my dreams

And I'm calling you home, baby!

'Cause we were meant to be together, baby! (Meant to be together) (Meant to be together)

Let's see what we get for a song in the Soul genre:

One, one more time

Don't you know that I'm feeling fine

Two, two more times

You're the only one that's on my mind

Three, three more times

I can't count all the ways I love your smile

Four, four more times

Don't you know you've made my life worthwhile?

 

This is quite fun and a super quick way to generate a few lyrics!

You may wonder how original they are, though, especially since you don’t have to input much to get the result.

From my experience, the generated lyrics are different in many ways, and they appear to be original. I couldn’t find a similar existing text elsewhere on the web.

But maybe you want more control over the lyrics generation process. 

As a musician, you might feel skeptical about leaving all the creative aspects of writing song lyrics to a computer!

Let’s explore how you can gain more control over lyric generation while staying away from writer’s block for good!

Takeaway: You can create song lyrics in just a few seconds by using the template offered by Copy.ai. It can help to unlock your creativity and quickly generate a few lines.

No more blank pages when you want to write a song!

Step-by-step song lyrics generation using Copy.ai

A great way to generate original lyrics using an AI writing assistant is to start the process of writing a song the traditional way.

But you’re about to see how doing so with AI will make it much simpler and faster than ever before.

Start by choosing a structure

The most common song structure is AABA, but there are no rules!

I recommend that you stick with the same simple structure for the first few songs to get some practice before you experiment with more complex ideas.

Let's use AABA in this article for the sake of illustration. This means that we have to create three verses and a chorus.

You first land on a title/topic for the song and the main ideas for your verses and chorus. Then you will use those inputs to feed the AI and let it create some text.

Let’s create a new song using this process.

We will use the title we generated earlier and keep the theme of a love song. Remember the title is: How I Met Your Dog.

 

Generate the first verse

For this, I will use the same input as for the title.

But now, I will choose the “Freestyle” tool to generate some text.

 

Here is the first result I got:

I'm gonna tell a story

About a girl I met

And now she's all that I'll ever get

She was walking in the park

With her dog, so no big deal

But she took me by surprise

There was something in her eyes

How could this be? Oh, how could this be?

It was all kind of weird

I knew right then and there

This girl would make me hers

I couldn't believe it; I couldn't believe it

For the sake of the experiment, I also tried the song lyrics generator template and obtained this:

Verse 1

I was walking down the path

With my dog on a Friday night

When I saw her, my heart sang:

This is right!

 

Much shorter and not too convincing. But a new round of generations could produce something better; thus, I recommend always running a few generations. It is swift and worth it.

But for now, let's keep the first version.

 

Generate the second verse

We can repeat the same process for the second verse.

You can keep the same input for each of the verses and count on the diversity of the generated content. Or you can be more deliberate and develop a specific idea for each verse to give your lyrics a coherent story. That's likely to be the best solution.

So, let's use a different input to continue the story.

The first verse is really about the moment when both characters meet. For example, we could add some humor by writing about the dog.

Let's give it a try.

 

Input for 2nd verse:

the dog of the girl I just met started to bark at me

 

Output 1:

It's just the dog, it's just the dog

The dog of the girl I just met started to bark at me

I don't know what to do with this dog, oh my gosh

But she seems nice, so it's all good

It's just the dog, it's just the dog

The dog of the girl I just met started to bark at me

I don't know what to do with this dog, oh my gosh

But she seems nice, so it's all good

Output 2:

The dog of the girl I just met

Started to bark at me

I ran away

But I came back again

Because I think she’s so pretty

 

Not bad at all.

Even if it is short, I like the second output the best. I can picture the boy caught by the look of the girl and already feeling in love, suddenly running away because of the dog.

 

Things can go wild when writing a song!

Generate the third verse

I prefer to do the last verse before the chorus, even if it is not in this order in the song (remember the AABA structure).

Why?

Because verses tell the story, and I like to have the whole story before the chorus. It's absolutely not a rule, but I think it makes the whole song flow more coherently.

Sometimes, I start with the chorus and then write the verses. It depends on the inspiration, so you should approach it in whatever way works best for your creative style and process.

Since this is the last verse, we want to close the song. It is the end of the story. There are many possibilities here—for example, a happy ending, a sad ending, or a humorous ending.

Let's have the boy and the dog make peace and allow this love story to get off on the right foot. 

 

Input for the third verse:

After being first afraid of her dog, the boy makes friends with it. They spend more time together, and it is the start of a beautiful love story.

 

Output 1:

I'm afraid of your dog,

But I'll get to the bottom of it.

Get down, I'm on top of it.

You and me, we're in love

And it's the start of a beautiful love story.

 

Output 2:

You were so scared of my dog

I felt for you, because I saw the same in me

We started talking on the street

And now we're almost inseparable

I never thought that we could be like this

But now I know it's real, and it's beautiful

Our good times feel like a fairy tale

And I just want to live it with you and my dog

 

That's interesting. The AI proposes to take the girl's point of view. I like that. 

Also, the first output looks like an option for the chorus.

Let's keep output 2 as the final verse.

 

Generate the chorus to tie it all together

Now it is time to craft a chorus that hooks the listener and offers a message for the song.

By accident, when generating the third verse, we obtained something that could work:

I'm afraid of your dog,

But I'll get to the bottom of it.

Get down, I'm on top of it.

You and me, we're in love

And it's the start of a beautiful love story.

 

Let's use this for the chorus.

If you want to find another idea, you can repeat the same process as the verses..

Put it all together

Now we can put it all together and see if we like it.

 

Verse 1:

I'm gonna tell a story

About a girl I met

And now she's all that I'll ever get

She was walking in the park

With her dog, so no big deal

But she took me by surprise

There was something in her eyes

How could this be? Oh, how could this be?

It was all kind of weird

I knew right then and there

This girl would make me hers

I couldn't believe it; I couldn't believe it

 

Verse 2:

The dog of the girl I just met

Started to bark at me

I ran away

But I came back again

Because I think she’s so pretty

 

Chorus

I'm afraid of your dog,

But I'll get to the bottom of it.

Get down, I'm on top of it.

You and me, we're in love

And it's the start of a beautiful love story.

 

Verse 3:

You were so scared of my dog

I felt for you, because I saw the same in me

We started talking on the street

And now we're almost inseparable

I never thought that we could be like this

But now I know it's real, and it's beautiful

Our good times feel like a fairy tale

And I just want to live it with you and my dog

 

There you have a neat draft of an entire song. Knowing that we haven't written a word of it ourselves is pretty impressive.

Admittedly, it won't win a Grammy Award (although, who knows?), but it is substantial considering very little effort went into the inputs.

 

Takeaway: By simply inputting the basic ideas of each part of the song, we were able to generate them directly using the tool offered by Copy.ai in just a few minutes.

 

Review and edit the lyrics

We did it, we created a song! But you probably know that your work as a songwriter doesn't end there if you want to make something great.

You have to review and edit the text, put it to music, find the right rhythm, and ensure the story has some tension and release.

A simple but powerful editing tip is to read it out loud to yourself. It will make all the flaws stand out far more easily than reading silently. You can also use text-to-speech software to listen to the lyrics like an external critic.

A good part of the practice of songwriting, like any writing, relies on the review and editing process, so don't skip it.

Time to review and revise the song lyrics. 

Check the generated song for plagiarism

It is a good idea to check the final text for plagiarism and avoid getting sued by a label thinking you copied one of their artists.

There are many tools available to help with this, such as Grammarly.

 

Try it for yourself

You now have infinite creative power to write many songs. You won't get stuck in front of a blank page or screen anymore.

This doesn't mean that you should let Copy.ai do all the work, though. It’s meant to be used as an assistant, not a replacement. 

AI can help you find inspiration, boost your creativity, and save some time if you need it. But don't forget to tweak the result to fit your voice and make it completely original.

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