Have a little fun and try your hand at writing or rewriting song lyrics.
Weird Al Yankovic made his living from it, and for this week’s writing challenge, we’ll rip a page out of his songbook, by writing poetry, parody, or protest to the tune of a song.
I come home in the morning light
My mother says when you gonna live your life right
Oh mother dear we’re not the fortunate ones
And girls they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun
Some girls like to buy new shoes
And others like drivin’ trucks and wearing tattoos
There’s only one thing that they all like a bunch
Oh, girls, they want to have lunch
Oh, girls just want to have lunch
Silly, yes, but good for a laugh and a bit of fun. Now, it’s your turn.
Weird Al? Not a fan. What else have you got?
As always, there are many ways for you to participate in the writing challenge. Here are a few ideas you can use, though feel free to adapt the challenge to suit you — the idea is to get you writing and to have a little fun.
- Choose any song you like, and write your own lyrics or poetry to it. Your lyrics/poetry can be on any subject you choose.
- Select a song from the list below, and write your own lyrics to it. Again, your lyrics can be on any topic that moves you.
- Pick a song from the song list and write new lyrics, based on a topic you choose from the topic list below. For example, rewrite the lyrics to The Sound of Music‘s My Favorite Things as though it was a war protest song.
Here’s a list of sample songs to gently nudge your muse, or offer a constraint:
- Happy by Pharrell Williams
- Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash
- It’s the End of the World As We Know It by REM
Feel free to choose a topic from among this list:
- Protest song
- Story song (What’s a story song, you ask? Think: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot, The Kinks’ Come Dancin’, The Devil Went Down to Georgia by The Charlie Daniels Band, Robert Earl Keen’s The Road Goes on Forever, or Quarterback by Kira Isabella.)
- Love song
- Parody song
Remember — you can choose to do anything you like — you can mix and match the songs and topics listed or do your own thing — anything goes!