A lyricist is a person who has a way with words, so to speak. He is able to come up with words that effectively suits a particular type of music keeping in mind the genre, theme, length and rhythm of the music. A person who solely writes the words to music is called a lyricist; on the other hand, a person who writes both the music and lyrics is called a songwriter. A person who writes words set to music that is used in operas is called a librettist.
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