Get Lyrical review: find lyrics for your iTunes tracks
I LOVE to be able to read the lyrics to my favourite songs.
For example, once I had read the lyrics to the song The Air That I Breathe by The Hollies, and understood what the writer was trying to say, I loved the song even more…
“If I could make a wish, I think I’d pass
Can’t think of anything I need
No cigarettes, no sleep, no light, no sound
Nothing to eat, no books to read
Making love with you
Has left me peaceful, warm and tired
What more could I ask
There’s nothing left, to be desired
Peace came upon me
And it leaves me weak
So sleep, silent angel
Go to sleep”
Lovely! And I can sing along – badly! – while I’m washing the dishes, my iPad propped up next to the sink!
The free Mac app called Get Lyrical will find the lyrics to most of the tracks you ‘feed’ to it.
All you have to do is…
- Download the app
- Launch it
- Select the songs you want the lyrics for
- Click the top button in the Get Lyrical window: “Tag selection”.
Here’s what it looks like, with it’s small window which I’ve placed on top of iTunes…
The app will retrieve the lyrics for an album from the internet within a minute. Asking it to get the lyrics for 6,000 songs may take 8 hours – which is how long it took when I set this job going at a friend’s house recently on a trip back to the UK.
Get Lyrical will even get lyrics for songs as you play them if you turn on “Active Tagging”.
One problem: occasionally you’ll find that Get Lyrical retrieves only part of a lyric: you might get the first couple of lines, followed by a copyright notice from a company like EMI. In which case, find the rest of the lyrics using Google, and paste that into the lyrics section of that song.
Another problem: on my previous MacBook Pro, if I left Get Lyrical running, but not doing anything, after a while it would take a high percentage of the CPU, so I used to have to remember to quit the app as soon as I’d finished using it. (You can see which apps are using the most CPU using the Activity Monitor app which is in the Applications/Utilities folder on every Mac.)
Download Get Lyrical here.
See my other post on finding songs in your iTunes library without lyrics.