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Thiss a songwriting question: When Cole Porter, say, wrote

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This's a songwriting question: When Cole Porter, say, wrote a song, there was a long opening stanza with a lyric that came before the melody came in. What's that opening bit called?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Entertainment
Expert:  Martin replied 3 years ago.
Hello. Do you have an example of this i could hear? So far i would be tempted to say a Prologue (if only talking) or an overture (if music is involved).
Expert:  Cher replied 3 years ago.
Hello, and welcome back to Just Answer.

The long opening stanza of a song, with lyric, before the melody comes in, is called the 'Introduction'. Typically, this could be music only, but the introduction may also consist of a solo sung by the lead singer sometimes accompanied by a group of backup singers.

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Cher