Why do people like lyrically poor songs

Poetry but not lyrics and melody problem

x reef

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Hi Nonloso,

the lyrics have a strong poem character. But that doesn't mean that they can't be implemented musically well and successfully.
The lyrics have something and you should ask yourself whether you want to accompany or support them musically as they are.
I could imagine something in the direction of Yann Tierssen (who among other things wrote the music for the film "The wonderful world of Amelie"), Leonard Cohen would be a different variant or, for example, like user soleluna here:

The music can mainly be used atmospherically, almost like in a radio play or on an equal footing or in the foreground while the voice can lie above it like a kind of expressive or narrative chant - and these are just a few of all possible variants. In addition, as already mentioned, there are possibilities to develop a line in the direction of the refrain or something similar by means of word repetitions, for example. The variant with the spoken word may also be something that can release you from the "melody trap".

I would try that first before you remodel your lyrics to "normal" lyrics: with a rhyme scheme, the same meter and stanza-refrain. You may be doing this, planned, with new texts, because I can't imagine that this will end with you, so to speak.

These are just a few suggestions towards text.

Personally, I don't come from the melody either. The singers always did that for me - which worked well. Later I also developed melodies, but more on the guitar and initially purely instrumental. Then I kept knitting until the melody matched the text or modified the text - usually both in a reciprocal process). If you haven't done that yet, you can do it that way. Or just take a sparring partner - be it musically, be it vocally - and try it this way. There are a number of well-known duos who work in exactly the same way and only develop this specific quality together.

Good luck and have fun!

x reef