Today we're looking at the creative scribblings of musicians. First up - Faris Badwan of The Horrors, who explains his lyric writing process thus: "You can never tell if you like [a lyric] until you've had a while to decide. I have the '24 hour rule' - if you write something down and it doesn't make you cringe the next morning then you're alright."
These are the jottings of Gary Jarman from The Cribs. "This book documents the 'Ignore The Ignorant' sessions, but I also have a bunch of old, full spiral-bound notebooks," explains the bassist. "The best way to write lyrics is when you're not thinking, when you're not too caught up in it. I'd never want to feel like I'm doing homework."
And here's his brother Ryan's lyric book. "The picture at the bottom is a leather postcard I found in a thrift store when we were on tour in America," he explains. "The words are a lyric from one of our B-sides, 'Get Yr Hands Out Of My Grave'. I like to treat my book like a scrapbook, sticking in little clippings, backstage passes and stuff like that."
Radar Tour star Darwin Deez opened up his lyric book for us. "I'll collect little bits and pieces all day, but they never become songs," explains the singer. "Then I copy them over five or six times, and there'll come a moment where a piece sparks my imagination, and then I'll write 50 to 90 per cent of the song."
Ty Bulmer of New Young Pony Club prefers her lyrics to be ambiguous, rather than obvious in their meaning: "A lot of the notes are quite cryptic; it's not like a diary. If people got their hands on it they a) wouldn't be able to read my writing and b) wouldn't necessarily understand what I'm trying to do."
Jack Barnett of These New Puritans has been keeping lyric books since he was a kid and now owns about 50. "This is sort of a diagram of a song called 'Drum Courts - Where Corals Lie''," he explains. "With a lot of the songs, I draw visual representations of what I want the song to do. Lyric writing isn't a cathartic process for me. Ambiguity's one of the only things I strive for."
Frankie Francis, lyricist with Sunderland indie types Frankie And The Heartstrings, sent us this work-in-progress - note the literary reference to F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel 'Tender Is The Night', which Damon Albarn also referenced in Blur's song 'Tender'.
This is the handwritten lyric sheet for The Futureheads' song 'Struck Dumb', a song from their new album 'The Chaos'. Ross Millard explains: "On this record, as we were writing/recording at home in the North East, we had our first chance since the first record to truly observe what was going on around us; in our region and around the country."
And here's another track from the album, 'I Can Do That'. Ross Millard: "I think we write our best stuff from an observational perspective - to me, the funniest comics are the ones who create the skits on their own history or place - same with writers - if you can create a world of imagery with a very limited amount of content, then you've done well, you'll communicate with people out there."