Publishing lyrics as poetry?

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I know there are people that compile and publish their song lyrics so that there's a good, solid copyright on them.

Does anyone publish their song lyrics as lyric poetry, though? (This is in Shameless Self-Promotion specifically so folks can link to their stuff.)

I'm thinking of doing this and toying with ideas. I'm starting with my FAWM 2017 "Not Crapcapella" stuff, and it's showing some issues that arise between the two mediums. In my "Reflections" song, I reversed the first half of the song for the second half of the song, but reading English backwards is no fun so I've reversed the word order and also corrected word-forms for the poem version. But, there's also the possibility that I'll need to add explicit words for what was handled by reverb in some of the songs, too. In any case, since many of my songs are improvised, the poem version can/will be revised as-needed.

Does anyone else do this with their lyrics?

It's particularly interesting to me, as I have hundreds more lyrics than I have demos.

If folks do this or folks read these sorts of things, what form is preferred? Like a chapbook for 14 poems? An ebook with 250? Paper or digital?

I'm kind of leaning toward e-chapbooks for each themed album, then bundled releases. I'll probably never bundle more than 14 chapbooks together (196 poems), though I could definitely bundle fewer.

I'm also thinking of pricing them like Chuck Tingler's work. Individual chapbooks would be $2.99 USD with bundles costing more.

Since you're in the USA, what I comment to folks is to go direct to copyright.gov and follow their "advice", comment and instruction.

The past several years, they went fully "online", -- as least expensive. And, a "Collection" is as you describe, a book of work with a one time fee rather than one fee for each work and one can add to the collection in bulk down the road.

Nonetheless, for me, the best thing to do is not just lyric/word/text/poem rather as a well done leadsheet, with a functional demo/melody which is also a "performance" so I am copyrighting that lyric/music/performance

They won't necessarily (if you call them) give you "advice" since it is up to you "what" you've created, song, poem, play, story... However, they are very helpful whenever I have called.

Then, once registered, you get that back, presumably after they have searched it, as I understood like a "patent" but to a far lesser extent. This supposition is just that and no one in their right mind speculates as fact or provides "legal advice" as in fact. Remember we had "Am chord arpeggiated" litigated when it became potentially profitable enough, -- the basis of all disputes $ (They lost, thank God!... -- Am is still usable Smile ) (Attorney's as I have experienced don't give "legal advice" when it comes to CR'g... -- anyone can sue anyone for anything these days Smile ) (The attorney's here may validate that. but not likely Smile )

My experience has taught me, "me", not adivice, -- that a CR only gives your monetary recourse against a first infringement, -- you nonetheless own your provable CR w/o "registering"... just the best you could do is a stop order, w/o compensation. And, that is why, again per my experience no legit/US "label" will even touch work they can't verify and usually means needs the CR... and I believe they do their own review process (I am told)... folks like me listen to a song after decades and of listening to "all" (?) music and then check. Then there are others who "openly" reference other work and no one cares... there's a few out there to back that up... my opinion is they openly credit and etc. and the other artist just didn't care, or even ripped it off or took from "Traditional" resources and did not "credit" it -- I see a bit of that (they don't credit "Trad, Arrangement" - copyright). You are/do CR your "arrangement/and rewrite" but not the original attributed work since already existed, derived from.

So, with all that commented, I am aware of many working artists that don't CR their work since so publicly documented, do so only if/when Lic'd.

Personally, I'd not go broke CR'g stuff... and do a collection every few years. Some say, if "publicly" performed, CR it... -- life's to short Crazy With so much public documentation here/there/everywhere... the best one can do is "derive" a work... yeah, you'll get rich off that for sure! Smile Lol

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And expect Smile after the CR to get many solicitations to "record" your work, -- for a fee of course. There's a few "Vanity" corps that hang out at the .gov site... and get "uncle joes" favourites to record for him Smile Hey, if they do a decent job and don't charge more than $50/track... why not, -- how else will he ever hear it? Clapping

*Anyway, once CR'd your information is *public and in permanent record, so be comfortable with your name and address and etc. there in Library of Congress, or go nuts with an alias as some may do. But again, if you make yourself a target, -- anyone can be "found". The dark-web is an amazing place... -- anyway, -- just be aware of your ID being out there since it has to be attributed to you not someone else, Wink hahhh!

-- I hope you find that helpful! But remember, it's just "my" experience, not advice nor may it necessarily be your experience.

Thanks, @ustaknow.

The license on my stuff is usually Creative Commons Attribution, (though I'm thinking of switching that up to NonCommercial so the folks with a commercial use will be forced to pay me for it.)

I'd like to have proper lead sheets for all of it... but I've recently recognized that if I don't have my melody noted, I can just improvise a new one on-the-spot. I was holding off on publishing anything until I got the lead sheets in place, but with that realization I feel far less tied down.

Since I also have some more literary interests, and -- particularly when I sit and improvise a whole album -- melodic variation isn't always my strong suit, I feel that my work may shine better as poems.

Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell do it, and that's good enough for me.