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Some of the most profound lyrics in song writing history

Molly Longman

Molly Longman

Adult Learning Editor, IDP Connect

First published on April 24,2018 Amended on April 24,2018

Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Townes Van Sant, Adele, and Ed Sheeran are just a few of the world’s most talented song writers. Taking a song writing course will help you to get one step closer to being the next great composer and creator in the music industry. If you need some inspiration to get you into a classroom, here are a few of the most profound lyrics of all time to help spark your creative juices.


Columnated ruins domino.

This beautiful and ambiguous lyric to ‘Surfs Up’ by the Beach Boys was the work of the one and only Van Dyke Parks and a few illegal substances. Believe it or not, Beach Boy Mike Love didn’t like the lyric, saying it was nonsensical and potentially alienating. Luckily, the song was recorded anyway, and would eventually become a crowd favourite.


Every rose has its thorn.

The band poison was nothing less than poetic. The lyric and song title ‘Every Rose Has its Thorn’ depicts the unavoidable truth that every aspect of light has a hint of darkness – the anti-silver lining.


Doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore?
Carole King proved that saying what everyone else is thinking is a sure fire way to create a successful chorus. In her hit song ‘Far Away’, King touched millions of hearts, beating in a fast-paced ever-changing world. 


They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot.

Joni Mitchell penned her concerns about the environment, long before being sustainable was ‘in’. She wrote her hit song ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ on her first visit to Hawaii, where she looked out her hotel window to see miles of parking lots and pavement covering the beautiful, exotic lands. She wrote for a cause she cared about. Artists often find inspiration for songs in the issues that they’re most passionate about.


How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn't see?
Another example of composing for a cause, Bob Dylan wrote ‘Blowing in the Wind’ to ask a series of rhetorical questions about peace, war and freedom, which were prominent issues of the time.


I can see now that all of these clouds are following me in my desperate endeavour to find my whoever, where ever she may be.

Many artists find inspiration in love and love lost. ‘Remembering Sunday’ was just one of many unrequited love ballads written by lyricist and creative genius Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low. This song is about the loss of a girl that he planned to marry at one point. The lyrics are honest and relatable, which is why they are so beloved.


Love is evol, spell it backwards, I’ll show ‘ya’

Eminem is a master at wordplay, and this is just one example. In the hit song ‘Space Bound’, he collaborated with Florida songwriter and producer Jim Jonsin to create a tail of heartbreak that anyone who’s experienced loss can relate to.


Cause honey your soul could never grow old, it’s evergreen.

Good old Ed’s done it again, with the help of Amy Wadge. The two were surprised at the success of ‘Thinking Out Loud’, and were said to be ‘gobsmacked’ to discover 16,000 people were singing along to the ‘life-changing’ song. This song was such a success, because they two created the perfect depiction of what virtually every human wants: to be loved unconditionally by another.


If you’ve got the lyrics but are not so keen on singing them, why not sign up to a song writing course. Who knows where your words may end up...?

Molly Longman

Molly Longman

Adult Learning Editor, IDP Connect

Molly is a student at London College of Fashion, and is our current editorial intern. Her passions lie in writing, running, and eating peanut butter straight from the jar. She loves to learn (almost as much as she loves her dog), so she’s devoted to providing you with the best information on courses to help you become a better you.

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