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“It’s very helpful to start with something that’s true. If you start with something that’s false, you’re always covering your tracks. Something simple and true, that has a lot of possibilities, is a nice way to begin.” – Paul Simon

Here are a few links, books and online lectures on lyric writing which I sincerely recommend:

Pat Pattison – website  / books / online lecture 

Sheila Davis – Successful-Lyric-Writing-Step-Step

Paul Zollo –    Songwriters on Songwriting

nicholastozier.com – 16-songwriting-tutorials-from-around-the-web

Jimmy Webb – Tunesmith-Inside-Songwriting

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