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Introduction

To help give users a consistent experience on the site, this page outlines the standard format for a Song page, an example of which can be found here: Bob Dylan:Like A Rolling Stone.


Song Page Format

The Song page consists of these major sections:

  1. Song template
  2. Lyrics
  3. Additional song information, e.g. credits, awards, etc. (optional, but highly encouraged)
  4. SongFooter template (external links)

A number of additional templates may be used on Song pages, such as Cover or Covered, Parody, other media templates, badges (like YouTube embed, No.1 or Wikipedia), Awards, etc.

Template

The following is a generic template of how the Song page is formatted, including some optional sections. The portions marked in green should be replaced with the correct information. Each section is explained in more detail below.

{{Song|Name Of Album (year)|album2=Name Of Second Album (year)|Name Of Artist|fa=Name Of Featured Artist|star=Colour}}
{{GameFeature|Name of Video Game That Features Song (if applicable)}}
{{Cover|The Covered Artist|The Original Song Title}}
{{youtube embed|11-character YouTube video ID}}
{{WP-Song|Title of Wikipedia article on this song}}

<lyrics>
Put the lyrics or the {{Instrumental}} template here.
</lyrics>

{{CreditBox
|composer   = Name of Composer
|lyricist   = Name of Lyricist
|trivia     = trivia go here
|header1    = any additional sections would go here
|text1      = Content of additional sections
...
}}

{{SongFooter
|fLetter     = first letter of the song's title
|song        = title of song
|language    = language name (in English)
|goear       = the song's GoEar ID
|asin        = ASIN code for the song's Amazon download
|iTunes      = the song's iTunes code
|musicbrainz = the song's MusicBrainz ID
|allmusic    = the song's allmusic ID
}}

Title Guidelines

Capitalize the first letter of every word in the artist's name, the album's name and the song's name. (For more information about LyricWiki's page naming guidelines see LyricWiki:Page Names).

Multiple songs with the same title

Sometimes an artist releases more than one song with the same title, especially for generic titles like "Intro" or "Outro".

  • If one version is undisputedly more well-known than the other(s), it should keep the primary location: Artist:Song Title, while the other(s) should have the album title appended in parentheses. A disambiguation page should be created at Artist:Song Title (Disambiguation).
  • In all other cases, each version should have the album title appended in parentheses: Artist:Song Title (Album Title). The primary location should be turned into a disambiguation page.

See also: {{WrongPage}}, {{disambig}}

Stylised Titles

Do not use stylised track titles (e.g., leetspeak Wikipedia16) in link text; note titles instead with regular characters. However, stylised titles may be used in the display text field (i.e., the part after the pipe “|”).

Example:

James ♥:Hell O Heaven|サ∑レレ ◊ サ∑∆√∑и

Note:

Never use stylised text that bleeds over the text in the line below:

James ♥:This Is Not Corruption|T̬̘̬̦̱̣̕h̠̬̱̠͕ị͚s̴̯̟̠̗̥̬ ̬̰̬̪I̺̳̜s̳͍͈̳̫͘ ͕̰̠̗̻̭̖N̰̪̗̳̬o̶͍̪͙̼̜ͅt̡͚̖̬͉͔̘̘ ̱̰͚̤͎Corr̜̬u̺̘̯͉̩̼p̜͝ṱ͇̣̜͚͇͓i̯͓͙̼̝̱̺o͏̣ņ
James ♥:But This Is Corruption|But This IS Corruption!

Instead, use regular characters in the display text, too:

James ♥:This Is Not Corruption|This is Not Corruption

Song Template

The Song template is used to begin the page with a link to the Album page(s) on which the song exists, as well as to the Artist's page. Its basic form follows this format:

{{Song|Name Of Album (Year)|Name Of Artist|star=Colour}}

Example:
{{Song|Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)|The Beatles|star=Green}}

Please note that with homonymous artists, song pages have to be handled slightly differently from "regular" pages.

Artist Name

If the artist's page name differs from the official name due to our page naming policy or for disambiguation, you can change the display text using the alias parameter.

Example:
{{Song||K.d. Lang|alias=k.d. lang|star=Green}}

Multiple Album Appearances

The album on which the song originally appeared should always be listed before the artist parameter in the {{Song}} template, but for songs that appear on multiple albums, two further albums can be added after the artist parameter. by adding album2 and album3 parameters. Important: Albums entered should be listed in chronological order.

Example:
{{Song|Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)|The Beatles|album2=Anthology 1 (1995)|album3=1 (2000)|star=Green}}

For more than two additional albums, please use the {{AddAlb}} template.

Album Type

The Song template may also include a designation of the album type. For multiple album appearances type2 and type3 can be added after album2 and album3 respectively. Any type can be entered, but "soundtrack" and "compilation" have a special function. See {{Song}} for more information about this parameter.

Page Ranking Stars

Song pages are also ranked by their level of completion. This displays as a coloured star at the top of the Song page. The ranking commences with Green but after preliminary checking, the parameter |star= in the Song template should be upgraded to Bronze. Silver and Gold mean that someone has elected to be the {{Watcher}} of the page. Violet is a colour reserved for pages with special needs.

Featured Artists

Up to six featured artists can be added by using the parameters |fa, |fa2, |fa3 ... |fa6.

Example:
{{Song|Late Registration (2005)|Kanye West|fa=Talib Kweli|fa2=Q-Tip|fa3=Common|fa4=Rhymefest|fa5=Jamie Foxx|star=Green}}

For more than three featured artists, please consider using the featured parameter in {{CreditBox}} instead to avoid clutter.

  • Note: Voice synthesizers, such as Vocaloids or UTAU, are not an artist in the LyricWikia sense. To see how to credit those on a song page, please see the voice synthesizer help page.
  • For a full list of available parameters in the Song template and their functions, see the template's documentation page.

Cover and Covered Songs

Cover

If the song is a cover of another artist's original, then the Cover template should be placed after the Song template. This will provide a link to the original song's page.

The format for the Cover template is:

{{Cover|song=<<original song pagetitle>>}}

Covered

If the song is the original recording and it has subsequently been covered by another artist, the Covered template should be used instead. The format is:

{{Covered|song=<<Page Title Of The Cover Version>>}}

See the template documentation for further information.

Parody Template

If the song is a parody of another song, the Parody template should be added after the {{Song}} template.

The format for the Parody template is:

{{Parody
|Artist = <<The Parodied Artist>>
|Title  = <<The Original Song Title>>
}}

"Weird Al" Parody Template

Due to the number of parodies by "Weird Al" Yankovic, there is a separate template for his parodies. See "White & Nerdy" for an example.

The format for the "Weird Al" Parody template is:

{{WAY-Parody|<<The Parodied Artist>>|<<The Original Song Title>>}}

For "Weird Al"'s "style parodies" of an artist, rather than of a specific song, the second parameter can be omitted. See "Dare To Be Stupid" (a style parody of Devo) for an example.


Other Media Templates

There are a number of different templates that can be added to the song page to show other media that the song has featured in. These templates should be added after the Song template and are as follows:


Badges

Several templates are available which display badges in the top right corner of the lyric box. These templates should always be placed directly above the <lyrics> tag, in the following order. These templates are as follows:

See Manfred Mann's Earth Band:Blinded By The Light for an example that includes several badges. For complete information on how to use them, see the respective templates' pages.


Lyrics

Some standards for lyrics:

  • Lyrics must be wrapped in <lyrics>...</lyrics> tags. This produces a box around the lyrics, such as
this box right here.
  • The lyrics should always be transcribed as sung and reflect what is sung on the recording -- including repeating any even if these differ from the "official" lyrics published in the liner notes or elsewhere. Read more here.
  • Scat singing, vocalizing and other vocal noises that aren't actual meaningful words -- "la la la", "doo doo", "aah aah" etc. -- should not be transcribed, unless they are integral to the song (e.g. if they form part or all of the chorus, or make a song famous/notorious). They may be hinted at by a short excerpt followed by an ellipsis: "Da da da ..."
  • In general, capitalize the first letter of each line and use minimal end-of-line punctuation, plus any other punctuation needed for clarity's sake. Leave a blank line between stanzas.
  • Repeated lines, stanzas, refrains, etc. should be included in full, rather than using notations such as "repeat", "4x", or "chorus". It is also not necessary to add notations such as "instrumental break".
  • Please don't add fancy formatting within the <lyrics> tags by using HTML tags such as <div>.
  • Please also refrain from using wiki links (e.g. [[Some Wiki Link]]) within lyrics tags. This presents problems to users who access our lyrics through script plug-ins, which display these tags as plain text. Use the Trivia section of {{CreditBox}} instead.

Notations

  • Please do not include notation like "Chorus", "Bridge" or "Guitar solo", chords or time codes in the lyrics.
  • If part of a lyric is spoken, this may be indicated by putting "spoken:" in italics above that section:
spoken:
I couldn't think of a decent vocal melody for this part, so I'm narrating it instead.
  • If a lyric is sung by several different singers, such as the parts sung by the individual performers in a musical, each singer or character can be entered immediately above the relevant section in bold text:
Pink:
Crazy
Toys in the attic, I am crazy
Truly gone fishing
  • In simple cases (e.g. if there are only two singers) it is preferable to note who sings what in the {{CreditBox}} instead; example:

Vocals:

Singer A (verses), Singer B (chorus)

  • If one singer has only a single line, the name may be put at the start of that line instead:
Carol Cleveland: But it's my only line!

Timed Lyrics

Timed lyrics shouldn't be put on the regular song page, but on a subpage with "/lrc" appended to the pagename. Please always also provide these lyrics on a regular page. The subpages should only contain the {{Timed}} template at the top. For details please see {{Timed}}

Instrumentals

For songs with absolutely no sung or spoken lyrics, the {{Instrumental}} template should be inserted between the <lyrics> tags. This produces:

TrebleClef Instrumental

Live Versions

In case the lyrics of a released live version significantly differ from the studio version of a song, a separate song page can be created.

The format of a live song page name:
Artist Name:Song Name (Live)

Please place {{Live Lyrics}} or {{Live}} right after the song template on the live version songpage. This will provide a link to the studio version song page.

Example:

  {{Song|Live From 6A (1997)|David Bowie|star=Silver}}  
  {{Live|Dead Man Walking|Earthling (1997)|David Bowie}} 

Multiple Languages

For songs released in more than one language see Help:Multiple Languages

Translations/Romanizations

For translations of songs recorded in a language other than English, see Help:Translations.

For romanizations, see Help:Romanization.

Additional Song Information

The following sections may not apply to every song and are optional. They may be used however, to provide additional information about the song.

Credits

It is polite to add the credits of the song onto each page, so the following template is used to attribute the song to its authors, and more.

Insert {{CreditBox}} right below the closing lyrics tag
</lyrics>
and use one or more optional parameters. For details, see the CreditBox documentation

If the composer, lyricist, or credited musicians have an artist page, please provide a link to this if a link does not already exist elsewhere on the song page, e.g. in the {{Song}}, {{cover}} templates, etc.. Otherwise, provide a Wikipedia link (if available) by using {{wpi}}.

Trivia

Additional facts about the song can go in this section of {{CreditBox}}. Please be concise -- keep in mind that links to Wikipedia and other sites may be on the page for anyone interested in further details about an song.

Interpretations

Common interpretations of songs can be added to the CreditBox by using the parameters header and text. Interpretations and trivia about the artist or the album the song appears on should go on the appropriate Artist or Album pages.

Awards

Information about a song's awards can be provied by using the {{Award}} template. See "Carole King:You've Got A Friend" for an example.

SongFooter Template

The {{SongFooter}} template provides parameters for linking to many external services that provide additional information about the song. This is the preferred method of creating these links, as ordering and formatting are consistent across all songs. See "Boston:More Than A Feeling" for an example.

The following is only a quick explanation of the most important parameters. See the template page for a full documentation.

SongFooter Template Example:

{{SongFooter
|fLetter     = The first letter of the song title
|song        = Song name
|language    = Language name in English
|goear       = 7b0995a
|asin        = B000657NVS
|iTunes      = id48627047?i=48627033
|musicbrainz = 5698b33c-eada-493e-ba34-636acc149cf8
|allmusic    = t90433
|download    = http://www.example.com/SongName.mp3
}}
  • The only parameters that must be completed are song, fLetter and language. All the other parameters are optional.
  • The only exception is instrumentals: if an {{Instrumental}} template is present on the page, the language parameter will be ignored and can therefore be omitted.
  • Unlike {{Song}}, the song and album parameters in {{SongFooter}} don't have to follow LyricWiki's page naming rules.

fLetter Parameter

The following guidelines apply to the |fLetter = parameter:

  • The very first letter should always be used, even if the first word is A, An, or The. Example: for The it would be fLetter=T
  • If the first letter is a number, then use: fLetter=0-9
  • If the first letter is a symbol (like ";", "(", "-", "*", or "$"), then use: fLetter=Symbol
  • If the first letter is a character in a non-Latin alphabet such as Cyrillic, Greek, etc., or is an "accented" character such as Á, Ö, or Ç, use the true fLetter character, not fLetter=Symbol
  • If the first letter is a character from a non-Latin writing system that uses symbols for entire words, (Chinese, Japanese, & Korean), then the fLetter is the language of the character. For example: fLetter=Chinese

Language Parameter

The following guidelines apply to the |language = parameter:

  • The language name should be entered in English, i.e. German, not Deutsch.
  • If the singer switches between two different languages while performing a song, both languages should be entered in alphabetical order separated by a hyphen, e.g. English-German, German-Russian.
  • If an {{Instrumental}} template is present on a song page, the language parameter should be omitted.

For more information on how to complete the various parameters of the SongFooter template and a complete list of parameters that the SongFooter currently accepts, see the documentation on the Template:SongFooter page.


Info Template

An informational template exists that puts a coloured information box on the page, like this:

Note that this should only be used in exceptional cases, when placing the information in the {{CreditBox}} is not sufficiently noticeable.

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