Songwriting quotes

I know writing songs can sometimes be hard. So we thought to share with you some songwriting quotes from the masters of the craft to get you inspired when you need it the most. Bookmark this page and come back to it whenever you feel the inspiration is not flowing.

“Songwriting’s a weird game. I never intended to become one – I fell into this by mistake, and I can’t get out of it. It fascinates me. I like to point out the rawer points of life.”

– Keith Richards

“The idea of songwriting is a transformative thing, and what I do with songwriting is take situations that are quite ordinary and transform them in some way. Apart from things like the murder ballads, the songs I write, at their core, are quite ordinary human concerns, but the process of writing about them transforms them into something else.”

– Nick Cave

“The good thing about songwriting is you don’t have to delineate between what’s true and what’s fiction; records aren’t put on the shelf that way. Books are, movies are, but records aren’t.”

– Jason Isbell

“Songwriting is too mysterious and uncontrolled a process for me to direct it towards any one thing.”

– James Taylor

“I don’t believe that songwriting has to be profound, but I truly believe that it’s a crime for you to go outta your way for it not to be.”

– Steve Earle

“My songwriting process, and maybe loads of other people’s, is just this sort of smashing together of emotions and stuff to make some music. It’s kind of simple and really complex at the same time and, as you can see, incredibly hard to explain.”

– James Bay

“I draw the line at letting people into my songwriting cave. To me, that’s where the alchemy happens and where the mystery is.”

– Amanda Palmer

“The blues is like a planet. It’s an enormous topic. You can’t ignore the impact that it has had and continues to have on the whole musical culture. It’s a tree that everyone is swinging from. Without it, I don’t know where I would be. It’s indelible and indispensable.”

– Tom Waits

“Songwriting is about getting the demon out of me. It’s like being possessed.”

– John Lennon

“The words come. Usually, it’s a long time before they come. And then when they start to come, it doesn’t take so long for it to be finished. It takes a long time to begin. And then it sort of gets finished.”

– Paul Simon
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