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tell an exciting story and paint pictures with your words

These are the basic 'rules' to writing good lyrics as opposed to 'lousy' lyrics
- tell a good story
- appeal th the senses
- use vivid imagery

... whereas in pop and rock music lyrics should mainly 'just' match the rhythm of the song, be repetitive, and stick closely to the meter (the stresses, but namely in pop songs also the number of syllables=notes), the rules for singer-songwriter songs, folk, or country differ:

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