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Have you ever wanted to do a music search for a song when all you have is a small piece of the song's lyrics to go by?  Luckily this age old problem can be solved by one of the most powerful search engines on the planet, and this article shows you how to do it.

Most people think that doing a karaoke music search by lyrics involves going to Google or another search engine, typing in the scrap of lyrics that you remember, and then hoping that what you are looking for comes up on the first screen.  If you are lucky, then maybe it will, but some popular songs have lyrics that are quite common in everyday language, and so an ordinary web search may not pull up the song title that you are hoping for.  For example, if you ran a search for Bugle Boy you would see many pages of results for Bugle Boy jeans and such before you ever found an entry for "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by the Andrew Sisters.  Luckily for you though, Yahoo's new Music Search lets you quickly and easily find the music you are looking for without the hassle of digging through pages of mixed results.

A Quick Primer on the Legalities of Free Music Lyrics

First of all, the vast majority of music lyric web sites that are out there are not operating within the bounds of copyright law in the United States. Several music publishers have begun to file lawsuits against major free music lyric web site owners on the basis that they are not paying for the use of the lyrics portion of a copyrighted work.  You see, the lyrics are every bit as unique and copyrighted as the chords and melodies you hear when the song is performed, but due to the overwhelming desire of users to find such lyrics the Internet has become awash with hundreds of free music lyric web sites , very few of which pay any royalties to the owner of the copyrighted music.

Yahoo Music is one of the few that has signed an agreement with music publishers to archive their lyrics and still provide them for free to the end user.  Other sites such as the Gracenote CD Database have also done so, but in many cases these results are available only to paid subscribers.

Doing a Music Search By Lyrics At Yahoo Music:

Surf over to and type in a few words of the lyrics to the song you have forgotten the name of.  A few seconds later you will get a listing of all of the songs in Yahoo's lyric database that match your request.  Doing the same search for Bugle Boy that was mentioned previously pulls up the Andrew Sister's version right off the bat, along with several other arrangements and other songs that simple have "bugle," and "boy," in them somewhere.  Click through to the page of the song you wanted and get a full printout of all of the lyrics to the song as well as an audio sample and the ability to purchase the music for immediate download.

Yahoo's Music Lyric Search doesn't stop there, however. You can search for music in many other ways as well, such as by title, artist, album title, or even search for videos. All in all Yahoo has developed a very powerful and effective method for doing music searches by lyrics as well as by other means as well.  Try them out the next time you get a song stuck in your head and can't remember the title!

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  • Guest - Michelle

    Hello. I'm looking for a song which is sung by a man or men. The genre is electro-pop-rock, something like that but I'm not sure. The song must be relatively new. I remember some of the lyrics in the chorus: My body('s) so cold ... i know that ... aaa she knows ... It was something like that. Where I have put the dots, I don't know the words because it was noisy and I'm not an English speaker so I wasn't able to hear the chorus clearly. I will be very happy if you find that song because I really liked it and I'm sure I have heard it before so it must be pretty popular. Thank you.

  • Guest - NG

    Looking for thetitle of a song I sang in grade school in 1983. Goes something like this: Some folks are shy about their age, even lie about their age, ooooh why they do that is a mystery oooh why they do that is a mystery....old folks know alot of tricks and secrets that its best to keep and everyone will say that'S NICE...coz they're amazed that we can move at all.... etc

  • Guest - Lisa

    I have been trying to find a song for my dad for a while. All he was able to tell me is that it may be a ballad, possibly by Dolly Parton. It has a line in it that says something along the line of this: A man walking down the street came upon a little girl and asked if she knew the lady in the picture. She replied yes, that's my mom. It is not the Green Berets song. Thank you for any help.

  • Guest - anonym

    Looking for a song, the title of which may be "Only" sung be a female artist. Starts with "Is this a feeling", and the chorus part is something like "Only wanna love if its love like that". Thanks for your help in advance.

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