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10 Writing Prompts: Song Lyrics

“I’m a writer, but I regularly find myself staring at a blank screen. Where do I find inspiration?” The answer is – EVERYWHERE! But for this week let’s talk about finding inspiration in song lyrics.

I don’t typically listen to music when I write, but I had some tedious POV swapping to do, and I didn’t want to get the editing bug. So, I turned on Disturbed radio on Pandora to distract me enough to focus… Does that make sense?

Anywho… “Sound of Silence” came on and I instantly stopped editing to listen to the lyrics. “Hello, darkness, my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again…” (Sound of Silence – Disturbed.)  And so the song goes. Let’s just say I’ve sung this song louder than I’d like to admit, countless times, but when I actually listened, I was shocked at how well the words encompassed the entirety of my book!

It got me thinking about how inspirational lyrics can be. I decided to compile this list of 10 writing prompts using song lyrics.

I have to make a disclaimer here and say DO NOT actually use the lyrics in your work, it can become a hairy situation with copyright but, here we go.


  1. “Hush little baby don’t say a word and never mind that noise you heard…”  Enter Sandman – Metallica
  2. “I wanna follow where she goes, I think about her, and she knows it…” There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back – Shawn Mendes
  3. “The club isn’t the best place to find a lover. So the bar is where I go…” Shape of you – Ed Sheeran
  4. “We were willing, we came when you called but, then you fooled us, enough is enough…” What About Us – Pink
  5. “I am machine, a part of me wishes I could just feel something…” I Am Machine – Three Days Grace
  6. “You say I’m paranoid, but I’m pretty sure the world is out to get me…” Heavy – Linkin Park
  7. “There I was again tonight forcing laughter, faking smiles, same old tired, lonely place…” Enchanted – Taylor Swift
  8. “I admit I made mistakes, but yours might cost you everything…” Talking to myself – Linkin Park
  9. “Just the other day I wrote down all the things I’d say but I couldn’t…” In Case You Didn’t Know -Brett Young
  10. “I knew it was gonna be a long night from the moment when we locked eyes over whiskey and ice…” Hurricane – Luke Combs

BONUS: (Because it’s what’s currently playing)

“My eyes don’t need to see that ugly thing, I know it’s me you fear…” Remedy – Seether


It’s pretty amazing how much inspiration you can find right in front of you. You just need to look and listen. I would LOVE to read some of the stories you come up with using these prompts. Please, please, please share with me!

I hope I provided a bit of inspiration and please let me know if you would like more prompts like these.

Happy Writing!

3 thoughts on “10 Writing Prompts: Song Lyrics

  1. I wouldn’t say there are any lyrics that inspire me where my writing is concerned, though music in general is something I definitely feel deep inside perhaps more than most. I find the best lyrics seem to come from funk, soul, and disco music. Acts like Chic, Sister Sledge, Roy Ayers, Salsoul Orchestra, etc., aren’t just amazing musically, but lyrically too. ‘Pretty Baby’ and ‘Easier To Love’ by Sister Sledge contain really strong lyrics.

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