Rhyming & Songwriting

This web page is my interpretation of the use of rhymes in songs.  I built this web page because I found the topic of rhyming to be confusing after attending seminars, hearing critiques by pros, reading many books, looking at definitions, and studying songs.  I've wanted to use words in my songs that I felt rhymed to the ear but received negative critiques by some but not all critiquing the song.

Songwriting Survival Guide - see this related web page for my notes on Lyric writing.


Rhyme is based on the sound of the words to the ear.  Rhymes are used to keep the listener interested, add to the flow of the lyrics and help create a memorable and sing-able lyric.  Try to use rhymes that are fresh, creative, and interesting that help make the lyric memorable yet conversational and less predictable.