Unlike Windows PCs and apps, as well as Android devices and apps, Apple seems to have a knack of building in ease-of-use and an intuitive way to setup and configure apps and devices. Except for lyrics in iTunes. Doing lyrics right requires a third party app.
Get Down, Get Lyrical
Song lyrics are easily found on the internet, and not all that difficult to apply to iTunes, but it’s a manual process.
Get Lyrical is a free Mac app that– and I love this phrase– automagically adds lyrics to songs within iTunes.
Forget the fact that the Lyrical website looks like a reject from 1999. Functionality rules, not aesthetics.
Lyrical couldn’t be much simpler to use. Select a bunch of music tracks and click. Lyrical finds the lyrics and places them in the appropriate location in iTunes.
Or, you can select Active Tagging and Get Lyrical will find the associated lyrics online while you listen to your music.
Or, to make it even easier, open Get Lyrical and browse and edit lyrics in iTunes.
Using Get Lyrical is a no brainer and will help you sing as you drive, or walk, or jog, or take a shower– using the right lyrics.
Here’s a few examples from Marissa Cetin where having the right lyrics helps to correct usage of wrong lyrics.
- The Rolling Stones, “Beast of Burden:” “I’ll never leave your pizza burning” instead of “I’ll never be your beast of burden”
- John Mayer, “Your Body Is a Wonderland:” “And if you want love, we’ll make it / Swim in a deep sea of bacon” instead of “… Swim in a deep sea of blankets”
- Taylor Swift, “22:” “You look like Batman” instead of “You look like bad news”
- Wilson Phillips, “Reckless:” “Talking ’bout the washer and breakfast” instead of “Wanna be impulsive, reckless”
- The Beatles, “Something:” “Something’s in the way, she moves” instead of “Something in the way she moves” (A subtle but silly change.)
- Ke$ha, “Your Love Is My Drug:” “Get out, get out, get out, it’s my truck” instead of “Your love, your love, your love is my drug
And, my favorite, “Hold me closer, Tony Danza” from Elton John’s Tiny Dancer. Get Lyrical can fix all that.