How Do You Write Bluegrass Gospel Lyrics?

If you’re thinking of composing bluegrass gospel lyrics, you’ll be glad to know that it’s mostly similar to writing lyrics for other music genres. As long as you know your music well and you write from the heart, then sooner or later you’ll have a powerful set of lyrics on your hands.

Theme

It’s very rare that you’ll find lyrics for gospel songs funny, and this goes for bluegrass gospel lyrics as well. There’s the right time to be witty and cute, but it’s best to adopt a more serious tone for this type of music.

One thing you have to remember, though, is that bluegrass has its roots in country and folk music as well. If you can come up with a theme that incorporates these aspects besides touching the gospel then you’ve got yourself a winner!

Match the Instrument

Try matching your lyrics not just to the beat and rhythm of the music but also to the instrument playing. Stronger words suit booming sounds of the bass while short, catchy phrases could accompany the sound of the mandolin or banjo. By matching the feel or tone of the instrument being used, you’re able to maximize on the emotion that your lyrics can deliver.

Tell a Story

Writing the lyrics of a bluegrass gospel song is like writing a gospel story, a parable, or any other story that has a beautiful message to impart.

And as with all stories, you need to begin with the beginning. For songs, that would be the first verse. Your first verse must be powerful and definitive. If listeners don’t like your first verse, they might not stick around long enough to hear your wonderful chorus.

You don’t need to give away everything with your first verse, but you do need to get them hooked. This is the best time to introduce the main character of your song as well.

Chorus

Most people remember the chorus more than the verses. This is often because choruses have a catchier or more memorable tune, but it doesn’t mean lyrics are not as important. Since choruses are often repeated, their lyrics must contain the main message of your song. The message can be simple but still powerful, enough to warrant an outstanding vocal harmony.

Language

Finally, remember to use words that will touch the hearts of your listener. Remember that gospel means “good news” and listeners won’t be able to hear or learn the good news if they don’t understand it.

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