Write a song that repurposes old lyrics | Songwriting Club

I’ve written a lot of duds in my day.

For whatever reason, the song doesn’t come out the way I had envisioned and you decide to scrap the entire thing. Sure, sometimes it’s great to start fresh! But in other instances, it can also be good to go back and pull some pieces from the wreckage that were actually pretty awesome, but just didn’t fit with that particular song.

For the last Songwriting Club prompt, I wrote a waltz that wasn’t doing much for me. However, I noticed that I was singing the lyrics to myself over and over, so I decided to rework them in a new song.

On that note, this week’s prompt is to reuse old lyrics from a song you had written off, and repurpose them in a new one!

Here’s what I came up with:

      

Digging these sounds? Check out this Collection to get your hands on the samples that were used in the track. Although it’s not a requirement, if you used a sound you found on Splice Sounds, let us know! If you want to use Splice Sounds in your song but don’t have an account, get your first month free with the code songwriting.

If you’re feeling proud of your tune or you’re looking for some feedback, upload it to the Splice community, SoundCloud, YouTube, Bandcamp, etc., and toss the link in the comments below. Before you share, just make sure you’re following these guidelines:

  1. Make sure your track aligns with the prompt – it should be something that you’ve specifically written in response to this blog post.
  2. No promotional posts – no links to contests, social media pages, etc.
  3. Comment on at least one other person’s song before you go – even if it seems small to you, your praise or critique can make a transformative impact on someone else’s craft.
  4. Give a quick summary of your goals for your song – asking for feedback on specific aspects (ex. the lyrics, chord progression, etc.) is also recommended!

We can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

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August 16, 2019

Katie Smith Katie is an Artist Marketing Manager at Splice and a singer / songwriter under the moniker Lewis Lane.