They fit into the following categories:
1. We broke up.
Only nine archetypes for song lyrics! How amazing then that from such limited raw materials we keep coming up with new ways to say the same old things.
Ok, in all seriousness, I know there are many more kinds of songs than those mentioned above: social commentaries, protest songs, hymns, patriotic anthems, pseudo sci-fi spoofs about pooping into wormholes, and much more.
But just for argument’s sake, how would you categorize the different archetypes of song lyrics? Let me know in the comments section below.
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