THE ONE-LINE CHORUS
We have discussed song structure: verse, bridge, and chorus, etc. However this law is not written in stone, there are exceptions to the rule, i.e., the one-line chorus. Say your immediate creation has a great melody and lyric; It doesn’t always follow you try to start writing a verse out of them. Sometimes a song has a one-line chorus structure, i.e., the chorus is at the song’s beginning.
‘I’m in the Mood for Dancing’ The Nolans; the chorus begins the song: ‘I’m in the Mood for Dancing, romancing…’ Then comes a little verse, the one-line chorus repeat in a new key, a middle-eight, followed by one-line choruses.
‘Summer holiday’ Cliff Richard has a one-line chorus.
When writing songs, be on your guard for one-line choruses, they often evolve to great songs.