Viewing song lyrics on your iPhone

NOTE: this post refers to iTunes and Apple products (iPhone/iPad/iPod). It is not all-inclusive information for all smart phones or music players. Additionally, there are tons of lyric apps out there that are great to use. This is just the method I find the simplest.

Music love = lyric love

I love music. No, I LOVE music. And I really love being able to read the lyrics of a song while it’s playing. It makes it so much easier to understand what’s being sung, and to learn the song! When I was in high school, I used to make mix tapes and CDs. I’d also make my own CD sleeves/linear notes and print out all the lyrics for the songs that were on that mix.

Nowadays, you can carry your entire music library with you on one tiny device. Nobody carries CDs and linear notes around anymore. Heck, nobody makes mix tapes anymore!! So now, If I’m playing a song on my iPhone and I want to see the words, I look them up on my phone’s browser, or use an alternate app to find them. These are both perfectly satisfactory means of finding lyrics, but you have to perform these motions every time you want to see the words. A bit of a hassle, eh?

Recently, I was surfing around the vast internet and discovered a very cool, very simple lyric tool that has been around for AGES. For whatever reason, it’s not a well-known one. Well, at least to me. In case the rest of you are living under a rock just like me, here’s the coolest thing I’ve seen since they invented bread (and that’s saying a lot for me).

Viewing the lyrics

Let’s use a Johnny Cash song for an example. If you view the current playing song via the lockscreen of your iPhone, this is what you normally see [see figure 1]. This is good because it allows you to quickly view the album artwork and what song is playing.

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figure 1: lockscreen showing the song that is currently playing.

If you unlock the iPhone and view the current song from the music app, this is where you’ll see the lyrics overlaying the album artwork [see figure 2]. In this screen, you can scroll up and down to read all the lyrics as the song plays. Isn’t this the COOLEST thing since sliced bread?? I tried to tell you!

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figure 2: viewing the current song in your music app – the lyrics overlay the album art.

How to add lyrics in iTunes

Now, this isn’t an automatic service that is provided. You have to add the lyrics to songs yourself. So how do you achieve this? By placing the lyrics to the song in iTunes! Here’s the manual song-by-song method of achieving this:

In iTunes, click once on the song you want to add lyrics to so it’s highlighted [see figure 3]. Go to File – Get Info (or click command+I on a Mac).

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You’ll see several different options in the dialogue box that opens. Go to the Lyrics panel and you’ll see a blank box. Here is where you can put the lyrics to the song (or any other information you want). I look up the song lyrics online and copy and paste them into this box [see figure 4].

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Close the box, and sync your phone. The next time you open the song on your iPhone, the lyrics will be there! (Side note: you can put any kind of text you want in this box, whether it be lyrics, notes, writer’s notations, etc. It can be anything you want!)

How to add lyrics – a second option

Now, if you’re anything like me, you’ve got THOUSANDS of songs in iTunes. Who wants to sit there and manually copy and paste lyrics to a thousand songs?? Not me! I went and found an application that will grab lyrics for you, saving you a ton of time. Get Lyrical is a free download that you can install and using with iTunes.

In order to make this work, you select a range of songs, or an album or playlist, in iTunes. Then, in Get Lyrical, you have a couple of options to tag a song with lyrics [see figure 5]. You can tag what you have selected, the current song playing, or set up an active tagging script that will tag songs as you play them. Whatever you prefer to do! See Get Lyrical‘s website for more information.

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figure 5: Get Lyrical’s application


Got a question or a comment? I’d love to hear it! Feel free to comment on this post, or drop me a line!



Disclaimer: I was not asked to review any of the products or services in this post. This review and tutorial is based on my own experiences and observations. Additionally, technology is always changing and these applications/methods may change in the future. I am not responsible for any potential discrepancy in methodology.


Save the Date – Gael Hannan is Speaking in May!

Gael Hannan

HLAA-KC is very excited to present a FREE seminar featuring Gael Hannan and her well-known topic: “The Masks of Hearing Loss: Bluffing 101.” Every person with hearing loss “bluffs,” pretending to understand what’s going on, even when they don’t. Some of us do it on occasion, while some of us move from one bluff moment to another! This amusing workshop looks at why and when we bluff, why we should or shouldn’t, and how we can ban the bluff in our lives.

Gael Hannan is a writer, actor and public speaker who grew up with a progressive hearing loss that is now severe-to-profound. You can read more about Gael at her website.

We’ll be Skyping live with Gael on location.
CART (real-time captioning) will be provided by 20/20 captioning.

This seminar will be held Saturday, May 5, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Location: KU Edwards Campus, Regnier Hall, Room 153, 12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park, KS 66213. We have a Facebook event set up also, if you plan to attend, let us know there!

Driving directions are available here. A map of the KU Edwards Campus is below (click to enlarge the map).

Here is a flyer of the event, if you’d like to print it off and pass the word on.

We’d like to thank our sponsors who made this event possible:

Nominations for the Hamilton Relay 2012 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award

It’s that time of the year! Hamilton Relay is in search of candidates for their 2012 Better Hearing and Speech Month Award! The winner will be announced in May, during the Better Speech and Hearing Month. Below is some information from the Kansas Outreach Coordinator, Cady Lear, and a questionnaire that you can fill out and submit, if you have a candidate you’d like to nominate.

We are looking for individuals who are hard of hearing, late deafened or who have difficulty speaking and who have been a positive influence in Kansas demonstrating commitment to advocacy, leadership and enhancing the lives of those around them.  The award will be presented during Better Hearing and Speech month in May. 

Is there someone you wish to nominate? 

A questionnaire is attached to assist in providing information about your candidate, including a brief description about the individual and what this person has done that causes you to nominate him/her. Please send your nominations directly to me by March 12th via e-mail, fax or by mail.  My contact information is included below.

Celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month through the recognition of community leaders is something we look forward to each year.  Thank you in advance for your participation in nominating deserving individuals from your community.  We are eager to learn more about the community leaders in Kansas.


Cady Lear
Kansas Outreach Coordinator
785-228-5666 (office)
785-246-5105 (vp)
785-234-2304 (fax)
4848 SW 21st Street Suite 201
Topeka, Ks 66604


2012 BHSM nomination questionnaire

There are so many potential candidates out there. we hope you will nominate someone!

Beginner Sign Language Class

HLAA-KC is hosting a beginner sign language class on January 26th, 6:30-8:30 pm at the Johnson County Central Resource Library. We will cover fingerspelling, basic signs, and information about sign language in general.

This class will be free and open to anyone who wishes to attend. We do ask that you please RSVP for this event so we can be sure to have enough handouts. You can RSVP by emailing us at or by RSVP’ing on the Facebook event.

We look forward to a fun class!

Holiday Hearing Tips

Join us tomorrow, Saturday November 12th for our November HLAA-KC meeting at 10:30am at the Plaza Library, the Large Meeting Room. This meeting we will talk about Holiday Hearing Tips and share some of our own personal experiences. We’ll have several topics that we’ll touch on and we’ll open each one for brief discussion. Topics will include: What to do when you’re invited to a big family dinner; handling social events and large parties; making a holiday trip to church more enjoyable; and more!

Come ready to join in and talk with us!

Free workshop for parents of deaf/hard of hearing children

Hands & Voices, a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them, is hosting a workshop for parents of deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind children.

Karen Putz, parent and co-founder of Illinois Chapter of Hands & Voices will be the speaker.

There is a session in St. Louis on November 12, 2011, and a session in Kansas City on November 13, 2011.

The Kansas City session will be held at the Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center, 3101 Main Street, from 2-4 pm Sunday afternoon. To register for this free workshop, please call Larry Hoard at 573.592.2543 (voice) or email him at

See flyer for more information.   Missouri Parents Working Together Workshop

New Benefit for HLAA Members

HLAA National recently announced the addition of a new benefit for HLAA members — discounts from American Hearing Benefits (AHB). If you are a member, you can start reaping these rewards immediately!

Some of the benefits you could receive are:

  • Free annual hearing screenings for you and your immediate family
  • Referrals to AHB’s network of recommended local hearing health care professionals
  • Advanced hearing solutions with the latest in hearing aid technology
  • Up to 60% off suggested retail prices
  • Free full two-year extended warranty with every purchase

You can read more about this new benefit, and see all of the others you receive, here.

Not an HLAA member? Consider becoming one today to enjoy all of these benefits yourself! There are two easy ways to become a member. Sign up online here, or fill out the PDF form below and mail it in. We look forward to seeing you!

HLAA Membership Form


Speechreading webinar

Event: Reading Faces: An Introduction to Speechreading
Description: Speechreading is a skill that improves with practice
Host: Patricia Tomczyszyn
When: Thursday 27 October 2011, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Some people may be naturally better at it, just as some people have a knack for carpentry or music. But all people with hearing loss, whether congenital or acquired, can learn to be a better speechreader, for better communication. Speechreading is a bit like a puzzle.  What do I see on her face? What do I hear her saying? What’s the subject we’re discussing? Put it all together and – eureka!  This all happens almost without our realizing it, and the more we practice, the better we get.

This webinar will also include information on speechreading courses and ideas for practice in everyday life. Participants should have a small mirror available to practice lip movements during the course of the webinar.

To register for this event, please go the following link:

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LiveStrong Stadium improves its captioning board

It’s been a great summer of Sporting Kansas City games. I’ve enjoyed it immensely. The new stadium is absolutely gorgeous. And, as of Saturday, SKC is first in the Eastern Conference MLS rankings! Playoffs, here we come!

Now, what I really wanted to show you was an incredible improvement that the LiveStrong stadium has made. Remember this post?

Well, LiveStrong Stadium has made a big change! The captions are now two lines tall, and very easy to read even from the farthest corner of the stadium. I’m thrilled!!

Here’s a view of the screen at 100%, no zooming, from where I was sitting at Saturday’s game. (Click on the photo to get a full view)

And here’s a zoomed shot of the screen.

See how big it is now? It’s so much better than before. Great improvement. Kudos, LiveStrong!

September meeting

Hello everyone! I hope you have been enjoying this lovely weather we’re having, and hope to have you join us for our September HLAA-KC meeting. This month, we will have two speakers focusing on hearing loss in the medical profession. The speakers are:

Christine Reed-Schall, RN, BSN, will be talking about “Nursing Against the Odds: My life as an RN with a hearing loss.”

Courtney Jeffery, RN, MSN, ARNP-C, CHFN, will be talking about “The Sky’s the Limit, Part Two” (Courtney was interviewed for a newspaper article titled “The Sky’s the Limit.” Her talk with us will be based off that interview.)

Our meeting will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, September 17th, at the Plaza Library Large Meeting Room. Hope to see you there!

Deaf Awareness Day at the Pumpkin Patch

Carolyn’s Country Cousin’s Pumpkin Patch and Able Hands Interpreting are hosting a Deaf Awareness Day on Sunday, September 18, 2011. Interpreters will be available at various place in the family area.

Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch
17607 NE 52nd Street
Liberty, Missouri 64068

Sunday, September 18, 2011
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Single: $5
Family: $20

More information is available here.

HLAA National has a new website

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website,

HLAA’s website serves as the primary source of objective information for 36 million Americans with hearing loss. The website underwent a major redesign to make it more intuitive, provide better navigation and to make it easier to find specific content in the vast collection of hearing loss resources available to all site visitors.

HearLife Expo this Saturday!

Med-El, a provider of cochlear implants, is hosting a HearLife Expo this Saturday, July 23, from 2-4:30 p.m., in Overland Park. Plan to attend if you would like more information on Med-El and their products. Please RSVP (see flyer info below).


Disclaimer: All information was prepared by Med-El and does not constitute an endorsement by HLAA-KC.

LiveStrong stadium incorporates a captioning board

Have you been to the new LiveStrong sporting park out at The Legends yet? If not, you’ve GOT to see it. It’s the nicest soccer stadium I’ve ever seen! And it’ll be used for other events and concerts this summer too, as I understand it.

When the stadium was under construction and the salespeople were trying to get my boyfriend and I to buy season tickets (which we did — and no regrets!), one of the questions we asked was: “Will the stadium have accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing? Will there be captioning boards or something like Arrowhead Stadium has now?” The answer they gave us was “Yes!”

The home opener was June 9th, and I never did see a captioning board. There was so much else going on that night that I didn’t look real hard either.

However, at the game Saturday night, I finally spotted the captioning board! I was sitting in the Members Stand, which is on one of the short ends of the field. There are large screens on either end of the field. And that’s where I finally saw it.

Oh, what? You can’t see it? Let me help you….

Now can you see it?? But what? You can’t read it?? Well, it is kind of far away… Let me zoom in:

Now can you read it?? Kind of, right?


Yes, it’s a crappy iPhone photograph, and you can see it much better in person. However, it was extremely hard to read. I had to squint and guess and sorta conjure what was being said out of thin air. I image if you were sitting mid-field on the sidelines, you’d be able to read it pretty well. But from the far end of the field to the far end of the field, it was pretty darn hard.

So, I’m thrilled that this new stadium incorporated accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing people. BUT, it would be nice if the type was a tad larger…

Did you miss the Webinar?

February 24, 2011
Guest Speaker: Gael Hannan
Topic: “The Masks of Hearing Loss (Bluffing 101)”

Were you unable to find time to see Gael Hannan’s webinar last Thursday, February 24th? It is now available on the national HLAA transcript page here. It is still FREE to view! There is also a PDF format of the webinar, if you should prefer that.