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If you retrieved the lyrics directly from the song, please see "How to Cite Recorded Music in APA Style (+ Playlist)" in the APA Style Blog (includes examples of in-text citations).

If you retrieved the lyrics from a YouTube video, sheet music, or an artist's website, please use the formatting shown in those linked resources to reference the lyrics.

If you retrieved the lyrics from a CD's liner notes, use the following formatting, which is adapted from "Music recording" on page 210 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (American Psychological Association, 2010):

lang, k. d. (2008). Shadow and the frame [Liner notes]. On Watershed [CD]. New York, NY: Nonesuch Records.

The in-text citation to liner notes should provide the person's last name, the year, and the track number: (lang, 2008, track 10) (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 210).


American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.