Dear Friends,

In order to gather interest among our authors, we have organized a Lyrics Prize

event to which we invite you as a special guest!

Did you know you can write your own lyrics to your favorite song?

You don’t have to sing the original lyrics. That song can be yours!



The Lyrics Prize in the amount of L$50,000 will be awarded to the resident of Second Life who writes the best new lyrics to any one of the 12 popular songs listed below.

Second prize will be L$25,000 and third prize will be L$10,000.

The best lyrics for the remaining songs will receive honorable mention prizes of L$2,000 each.

(see FAQ below)

The awards ceremony will be held on August 6, 2022 at 2:00 PM SLT at AKIPELAGO when Max Kleene will sing all 12 songs with the winning lyrics


Below is the list of songs for which lyrics may be submitted.

Contestants may submit new lyrics for one or more of the songs.

Lyrics must be on a notecard sent to Haiku Quan.

One song per notecard.

Each notecard must contain

1) the contestant’s name
2) the name of the song below for which the new lyrics are written and
3) the new lyrics.

The lyrics should compliment the mood of the melody, and they should fit the beat of the melody so they can be easily sung to it. The new lyrics do not have to have the same number of verses or choruses as the original lyrics. The lyrics can be in any language. (see FAQ below)

Please join The Lyrics Prize Group in world to receive updates and answers to questions.



The awards ceremony will be held on August 6, 2022 at 2:00 PM SLT at AKIPELAGO when Max Kleene will sing all 12 songs with the winning lyrics. WINNERS NEED NOT BE PRESENT.

A recording of the performance will be posted online, and the best lyrics will be included in a free book available to everyone. Contestants may opt out of being recorded or published. (see FAQ below)



3 Doors Down – Kryptonite

a-ha – Take On Me

Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire

Bob Dylan – My Back Pages

Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence

Eagles – Tequila Sunrise

Green Day – Good Riddance

Metallica – Nothing Else Matters

Passenger – Let Her Go

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

The Monkeys – Daydream Believer

Tom Petty – Learning to Fly



Who are the judges?
There is only one judge: Haiku Quan.

Can Haiku’s friends enter the contest?
Yes, but they cannot win a prize.

(If a friend submits lyrics as good as one of the winners, they will receive a bonus prize equal to what that winner received.)

Can you win more than one prize?
Each song will have only one winner. First, second and third prizes will be awarded to three different people, but the remaining contestants are eligible for one or more of the honorable mention prizes.

Won’t these new lyrics violate the copyright of the original songwriter?
No. Your new lyrics are protected by the Fair Use exception to copyright.

Can the contestant keep the copyright to the new lyrics?
Yes, by adding (c) to the lyrics. Or contestants can add (CC0) (ie. C+C+zero) to release the lyrics to the public domain.

How will you evaluate non-English lyrics?
As best I can. I will get translations of non-English lyrics from as many sources as I can, including the contestant.

Can a winner receive cash instead of Lindens?
Yes. An equivalent amount of cash in the contestant’s preferred currency can be transferred to a winner via PayPal.

How can I receive more information?
By joining The Lyrics Prize Group. Or by sending your questions to Haiku Quan.



Maximillion Kleene

Streaming from Niagara Falls, Maximillion Kleene brings a vast repertoire of popular music to Second Life.

His dynamic musical range and smooth groove has earned Max 11 Avi-Choice Awards over 4 years (2012-2016) in multiple categories including Favorite Male Performer.

Max started his music career with formal study of piano at the Royal Conservatory but quickly realized that it was the guitar guys who got the chicks. By 19, he was seriously immersed to the very center of his musical soul in AC/DC and from there branched out to experiment with sounds that range from Pearl Jam to Foo Fighters, The Beatles to Jason Mraz.

Max brings high energy and a vast repertoire of quirky, classic, and current covers to Second Life. Oozing charisma and charm, he provides his fans with an hour of musical magic.

Max’s group and subscribo fans are over 4000 people…. so he draws a crowd!!

Follow, Max´s Calender

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