Before I Can Write a Song

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How do I convey you?

I don't know

Sometimes it's hard to rhyme my thoughts


How do I portray you?

What do I show?

These answers must be sought


Before I can write a song

Before the words and melody flow along

I need to know what I'll say

Then I'll write away

and throw myself in headlong

And as determined as I am today

it doesn't mean it won't take long

But I'll work hard to write you a song


This is a struggle

Paper vs. pen

but I know it can be fought


I'll have to juggle

it all over again

if I want to come out on top


Before I can write a song

Before the words and melody flow along

I need to know what I'll say

Then I'll write away

and throw myself in headlong

And as determined as I am today

it doesn't mean it won't take long

But I'll work hard to write you a song


I'll have a tough time

but won't give up

even if I'm diswrought


Suddenly the words will rhyme

I'll speed up

Only to get stuck in a knot


Before I can write a song

Before the words and melody flow along

I need to know what I'll say

Then I'll write away

and throw myself in headlong

And as determined as I am today

it doesn't mean it won't take long

But I'll work hard to write you a song


And when I'm about to quit

I'll see the end

and know my luck's changed a lot


I'll be so glad I made it

around the bend

I'll wonder why I was ever distraught


And I'll say to myself "Yay!"



And I'll say to myself "Yay!"


And I'll sing to myself

the song I wrote today





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JustAnotherOwl said...
Jun. 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm
I really love the very end of the song & most of the whole song...except "And I'll say to myself "yay!"". It just seems misplaced...But anyway...Good job! (:
 
Odessa_Sterling00 said...
May 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm
Some parts, when I read it, it doesn't seem to flow very well.
 
Annalibelle said...
Nov. 26, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I like the beginning verse, the rhythm flows very well, and it clearly sounds like it could be set to music. The meaning of the refrain is there, but I think the rhyming words seem a little bit unsophisticated. The rhythm still works, but it sounds almost kid-ish and too matchy. The verses are great and the song has development and a kind of plot which is good. “I’ll say to myself “yay!” is again, a little bit unsophisticated.  Maybe something Taylor swift-y like ... (more »)

 
redhairCat This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 10, 2011 at 11:16 pm

New work of mine just got posted. Please check it out! Thanks!

 

 
SpringRayyn said...
Nov. 21, 2010 at 2:44 pm
I like the ending how it says "i'll sing to myself the song i wrote today." It was a good way to end writing a song about writing a song. C:
 
Just.A.Dream said...
Nov. 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm
I like the rhyming. :) Very good flow, and it's SO true!
 
Toto said...
Nov. 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm
very clever....will ring true with all the songwriters of the world!
 
Halabella said...
Nov. 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm
I love this peom so much it is so sweet and awsome you have a real gift!
 
redhairCat This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm
Thank you! Let me know when you have contributed work and I'll check it out!
 
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