A song is usually supported by solid musical instruments such as keyboards, drums or guitar chords. However, lyrics also constitute a significant part of a song. A song consisting of only words is called a simple song, whereas a song that has lyrics and instrumental music is known as a song of a specific mood or type. A song which is primarily or completely about emotions such as love, anger or sadness is termed as a song about emotions.
Lyrics, unlike poems, have to be properly expressed and should not sound forced. A lyric need to express a thought in a simpler manner so that listeners can easily associate the words with the melody of the song. As in poems, an artist lays down the basic structure for his lyric before he does the actual creative work. The poetic mind works upon the structure till the rhyme and meter of the lyrics are in harmony with each other.
In addition to expressing ideas and thoughts in a poetic way, lyric poetry also involves some very clever tricks like similes. Some of the most famous lines in the world include: “She put a ring on your finger, but you did not take it.” This is from the movie “Good Night, Bad Night” sung by Aida Turturro. This is an example of a lyric poem. Other examples include: “I am a man in love, with my own eyes” by Robert Burns; “When the night is young, and the sun is young” by William Wordsworth; “I am an old soul looking through a window” by Emily Dickinson; “You see a star on the horizon while she sleeps” by Keats.