Additionally, let’s say we already know we want this song to have an ABAB song structure, meaning it’s simply a verse / chorus / verse / chorus song. Now we can start to kick around some ideas for each section of our song.
For the verses, we can throw around some ideas for what we want “It Makes Me Want to Run” to mean. It’s a phrase that can be pretty open to suggestions, so we can use a different verse idea each time to keep the story interesting. The verses of your song will usually move your story forward. The chorus is likely to have the same words each time, so the verse is your chance to keep your ideas moving. Verses are generally more specific and detailed oriented than the chorus.
For example, the phrase “It makes me want to run” is left open enough that it can either mean it makes me want to run toward something, or away from something. Being that those ideas are opposites, I think they can be a nice way to advance our verses, if we used them both. The first verse can be about being excited for something and wanting to run towards it to get started, while the second verse can be about being tired of that same thing and wanting to run from it. In both cases, our title/big idea/chorus still makes sense.
There are a number of topics that can fit this concept. It could be referring to a job, a relationship, a friend or any number of other things. For our purposes, let’s say it’s about a relationship. Our first verse could be about being excited to be in a new relationship, leading to a chorus that’s about “making me want to run” (to you). The second verse could get into the specifics about how the relationship grew stale, or how our lead character found out that her boyfriend turned out to be someone completely different than he led on. A cheater, a liar, or something like that. Someone who would make our character want to run away from him. So with that in mind, our song outline could look like this:
Verse 1: She meets someone new, and she’s excited about him
Chorus: It Makes Me Want to Run (meaning: to him)
Verse 2: She finds out he’s not who he said he was. He’s a liar and cheater.
Chorus: It Makes Me Want to Run (new meaning: from him)
Maybe there could even be a bridge about how even though she wants to run, it’s hard to, because she still has feelings for him. It’s just a thought, but since I originally settled on an ABAB song, I’ll stick with what we’ve got for now.