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My song is a two section song at this point that repeats itself once. If you followed my lead here, you are probably in a similar boat. So what comes next? In my song, it's pretty short and grooving nicely, so maybe I could get away with putting in a third verse. Is there more story to tell (a 3rd verse), or perhaps a different side of this story that needs to be acknowledged (a bridge)? For me, it feels like it needs a third verse. However, I really don't feel like diluting my story with non-essential words. I've made my point. So, why not add a solo? This is a great way to carry on the feel of the song without forcing more words into it. A melodic guitar solo is what I'm going to do. How about you? Play through your song and see where it needs to go naturally. My bridge will begin with a solo. Following that, where am I going to go? If a song is pretty short, one could add a 3rd verse after the solo since that gave it some breathing room. Alternatively, you could keep the form and return to the chorus right out of the solo. This generally works well. However, I have such a strong chorus that I everytime I hear it I imagine thousands of people in Madison Square Garden singing along with me! So, I'm going to add a big sing-along section before finishing things up. In this case, I'll experiment with combining my verse and hook in order to create a new but familiar section - just for the audience! Perhaps you can do the same with your song, so give it a try!