Can I Publish Song Lyrics? No, But, Here’s What You Can Do…

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Hello Angela!

In (my book), I have quoted lyrics from different songs, specifically from “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day. Do I have to get permission from Green Day to put this in there?

Thank you for your time and consideration,
D

You can publish the name of a song, but not lyrics without permission. And, authors may be charged quite a bit of money for permission to publish song lyrics. So, just naming the song is a better idea. Publishing the name of a song is often enough to get readers to start humming it anyway.

For example, you could say this:

She opened her eyes, which were wet with tears, and sang weakly about summer and September ending…

Writes Digest ran a recent article on this topic HERE.