A lyricist or lyrist is a person who writes lyrics—words for songs—as opposed to a composer, who writes the song's melody.


A lyricist's income derives from royalties received from original songs. Royalties may range from 50% of the song if it was written primarily with the composer, or less if they wrote the song in collaboration. Songs are automatically copyrighted as soon as they are in tangible form, such as a recording or sheet music. However, before a song is published or made public, its author or publisher should register it with the Copyright Office at the U.S. Library of Congress to better protect against copyright infringement.[citation needed]

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azərbaycanca: Söz yazıçısı
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español: Letrista
français: Parolier
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