Lyric Writing 101: Part 3  

 Lyric Writing 101: Part 3


This is Part three of my Lyric Writing guide. Here you will learn how to accompany  Harry Styles – As It Was words by using samples and ghost songs.

AUTHORS NOTE: I don’t personally use this method of song writing. I don’t write rap music and don’t listen to enough of this form to have a deeper understanding of the writing process. I do, however, use a slightly different technique that I will try to explain in the Hints and Tips section of this article. What you will find below is my observations of this form of writing. If you do find any errors in my explanation please let me know and I’ll edit accordingly.

What is it?

Sampling refers to the taking of a portion of an already established track and using it as the framework for a new song. This is generally used to serve as the foundation for a rap vocal. There are actually two styles of sampling:

1) The most popular form of sampling takes a part of a track, hence the name ‘sample’. It usually takes a specific beat from a song [most common samples are taken from drum or bass tracks], though you can use a ‘vocal’ sample for your “new” song.

* For an example of sampling just listen to any rap, dance or rave song, they all make use of samples.

* For an example of vocal sampling, take a look at Eminem’s song “Stan”. It uses a vocal sample from Dido’s song “Thank-you”.

2) The second kind of sampling is not as commonly used. It generally takes the entire melodic track of a pre-existing song and creates a completely new lyric for the song. This form of sampling is also known as a ghost song/track. This form of song writing should not be mistaken for alternate lyrics, as you need to totally disregard the lyrical arrangement of the song and focus on the remaining melody.

* The Puff Daddy song “Come With Me” from the Godzilla soundtrack is a sample, or ghost song, of Led Zepplin’s “Kashmir”. You will notice that the lyrical arrangement of the original song ha



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