What is the difference between a songwriter and a lyricist?

All songs consist of words and music. The words to a song are the lyrics. The music in a song is the melody. Someone who writes the words are called a lyricist. A person who writes the melody is called the composer. Both the lyricist and the composer are songwriters.

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    The first line or two should hook the listener into wanting to hear what comes next. People will be able to hum the melody after hearing it a few times. The lyric is conversational. No forced rhymes, no convoluted phrases or sentences. Today, you do not need to have perfect (care, bear) type rhymes. Meaning is more important.