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Lyrics written by Paul Archer cover a variety of genres from classical to pop and jazz. In common with all lyrics they only form half of a whole and need to be set to music to make the finished piece. And that piece only really comes alive when performed by musicians to an audience.

If you are a composer, please contact Paul Archer to discuss working together. The words are not set in stone and can be adapted to the demands of the music.

Some of the lyrics have already been set to music by composers. Others are awaiting a setting and these are marked with an asterix.

Click on the titles below:


Song of Songs*
A new English language version of the Song of Songs from the Old Testament designed for a cantata for two soloists and chorus. The text has been arranged into a dramatic sequence and forms a delightful story expressive of passionate love and sexual longing.

Gypsy Girl
A cycle of seven songs with lyrics inspired by the fiery passion and plaintive poignancy of traditional flamenco songs. The lyrics tell a story of love from first meeting to longing and despair and mature reflection. The music was composed by Mike Watts. The first performance was on 13th April 2015. A recording was released on CD in January 2018.

A Quartet of Songs
A cycle of four songs and duets with lyrics inspired by traditional English and Portugeese folk songs. The music was composed by Mike Watts and the first performance was on 2nd November 2014.


After all these years*

All night through

Can we still be friends?


God knows how I loved you

Good old friends and the fellowship of men*

Hell and high water

I'll be the one

Incredibly in your arms

It's funny what a drink can do


Late at night

Less than a lover, more than a friend

Love saves you

Menú del dia*

Night bird

One in fifteen billion

Raise the roof

Seconds away

Seeing you today*

Sensation searching man

Sign on the line

Silent conversation


Starlight ferry

That distant land

The highway of love*

The last to leave*

Three special words*

Villa Tropicana

Your loving hands


Paul Archer has also made translations into English of a selection of Italian, French and Spanish song lyrics from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods:

Translations of early music texts

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