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Billie Kay - I have heard of "Masterwriter".  From what I've read about it (and some of the screen shots I've seen of it), it appears to be very comprehensive software for songwriters. If it's affordable to you, it would no doubt be a good investment.  However, it IS pretty pricey, at least from what I've seen. I saw it one place listed for around $500, if I remember correctly.  It seems to me that there is a "trial" version available for download, with limited abilities. But most of the trial versions of software are usually good enough to give the user a good idea of how the software works and what the "full" version offers. Some trial versions of software either don't allow you to save anything, some don't offer all capabilities, etc, and then some even come with a trial period of usually 30 days or so. Hope this helps!!! 
Dale Crockett
.Posted in SONG CRITIQUE CRITERIA
In his announcement - "Reviewing Lyrics - Guidelines and Suggestions" at the top of this forum - Gary provided some great things to consider.  I thought I'd post something that kind of goes along with that,which shows the criteria that you can use when reviewing other folks' songs, or to self-critique your own, if you're able to be objective about your own creations.  The criteria listed below are the points that the evaluators for our Pro Critique Service (on the old site) used when critiquing songs.  These same points are very similar to the ones used by the evaluators for NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) .     1.   Does the song have a great opening line that pulls the listener in?    2.   Song Structure:  Does the song flow and hold the listener's interest?    3.   Is the hook/idea memorable and well placed (visible and repeated) in the song?    4.   Verse lyric:  Do all verses support the chorus and clearly tell the meaning?    5.   Chorus lyric:  Does it tie the verses together?  Is it memorable?  Highlight the hook?    6.   Prosody:  Does the music emotionally match and support the lyric?    7.   Does the melody and tempo (metering and phrasing) flow?    8.   Is the melody memorable?    9.   Is this song perceived to have commercial appeal; fit a well defined category?    10.  Overall:  Does this song provide a satisfying listening experience?     Because this forum is just for lyrics, questions 6-8, and 10 wouldn't apply here.  However, if you're critiquing a finished work elsewhere by someone, where you can hear the music, they would definitely apply. 
IF THERE IS ANYONE THAT WOULD LIKE TO PUT A FEW IDEAS FOR UNWRITTEN SONG TITLES HERE PLEASE DO. THEY CAN BE USED AS CO WRITES,OR USE THEM AS YOU SEE FIT. ....................................................... ....................................................... ................................ "WHERE DID WE GO WRONG" "WORKIN MY WAY TO YOUR HEART" "LIFE IS FUN WITH YOU IN IT" "LOOK AT ALL THOSE STARS" ADD SOME OF WHAT YOU THINK WOULD BE GOOD THEY COULD BE WRITTEN HERE? ....................................................... .............. LOOK AT ALL THOSE STARS WILL YA SHINE SO BRIGHT FOR US LOVIN YOU WITH THEM UP THERE GLOWIN DOWN ON US MAKES ME SUCH A HAPPY GUY AND YOUR THE REASON WHY I'M LOVIN YOU SO DOGGONE MUCH AS THE STARS UP IN THE SKY ....................................................... ............................................. LIFE IS FUN WITH YOU IN IT IT USED TO BE SO BLUE SKIES ARE BRIGHTER NOW AND IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF YOU TROUBLES HAD ME ON THE RUN BUT YOU'VE MADE IT SO MUCH FUN YES, LIFE IS FUN WITH YOU IN IT anyone like to jump in?