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2011, Lana Del Rey; Justin Parker (lyrics and music), “Video Games”, in Born to Die ((Please specify the language of the quote)):
Swinging in the backyard / Pull up in your fast car whistling my name / Open up a beer / And you say get over here and play a video game

Usage

This template can be used in a dictionary entry to provide a quotation of lyrics from a song. If the lyrics are subject to copyright, do not quote a portion of them that is excessively long.

Sample template

Most basic parameters for English quotations
#* {{quote-song|1=|year=|author=|title=|url=|album=|text=}}
Most basic parameters for non-English quotations
#* {{quote-song|1=|year=|author=|title=|url=|album=|text=|t=}}
Commonly used parameters
{{quote-song|1=|lyricist=|composer=|title=|url=|album=|artist=|year=|text=|t=|tr=}}
All available parameters
{{quote-song|1=|indent=|lyricist=|composer=|author=|authorlink=|authorlabel=|title=|trans-title=|url=|archiveurl=|archivedate=|album=|trans-album=|format=|location=|publisher=|year=|year_published=|date=|oclc=|id=|artist=|note=|page=|pages=|pageurl=|text=|passage=|brackets=|t=|translation=|lit=|tr=|transliteration=|lang=|subst=}}

Certain basic parameters can be used in the template without any named parameters, as follows:

#* {{quote-song|[lang]|[year]|[author]|[title]|[album]|[url]|[text]|[translation]}}

This will not work if any of the parameters contains an equals ("=") sign. The value of any parameter containing an equals sign must be surrounded by <nowiki> tags, like this: "<nowiki>http://foo.com?id=bar</nowiki>". Alternatively, use a named parameter such as |url=.

The following example:

{{quote-song|en|author=[[w:Madonna (entertainer)|Madonna]]; {{w|Stephen Bray}}; {{w|Patrick Leonard}}|artist=Madonna|title=Where’s the Party|album=[[w:True Blue (Madonna album)|True Blue]]|year=1986|note=track 5|text=Don't want to grow old too fast / Don't want to let the '''system''' get me down / I've got to find a way to make the good times last / And if you'll show me how, I'm ready now}}

produces this:

1986, Madonna; Stephen Bray; Patrick Leonard (lyrics and music), “Where's the Party”, in True Blue, performed by Madonna, track 5:
Don't want to grow old too fast / Don't want to let the system get me down / I've got to find a way to make the good times last / And if you'll show me how, I'm ready now

Parameters

All parameters are optional except those marked "Mandatory", and may contain inline interwiki or external links as needed.

Parameter Description
1 A comma-separated list of language codes indicating the language(s) of the quoted text; for a list of the codes, see Wiktionary:List of languages. If the language is other than English, the template will indicate this fact by displaying "(in [language])" (for one language), or "(in [language] and [language])" (for two languages), or "(in [language], [language] ... and [language])" (for three or more languages). The entry page will also be added to a category in the form "Category:[Language] terms with quotations" for the first listed language (unless termlang is specified, in which case that language is used for the category, or nocat is specified, in which case the page will not be added to any category). The first listed language also determines the font to use and the appropriate transliteration to display, if the text is in a non-Latin script.

Use |worklang= to specify the language(s) that the overall song is written in: see below.

The parameter |lang= is a deprecated synonym for this parameter; please do not use. If this is used, all numbered parameters move down by one.

lyricist The person(s) who wrote the lyrics of the song. The word "(lyrics)" is displayed after the name(s).
composer The person(s) who composed the music of the song. The word "(music)" is displayed after the name(s).
author
(and
authorlabel)
The person(s) who wrote the lyrics and composed the music of the song. The phrase "(lyrics and music)" is displayed after the name(s). To suppress the phrase, use "authorlabel=no".

If the author or authors are specified using the second unnamed parameter, "(lyrics and music)" will not be displayed. To display the phrase, use "authorlabel=yes".

authorlink The name of an English Wikipedia article about the person(s) who wrote the lyrics and composed the music of the song, which will be linked to the name(s) specified using author. (Alternatively, link each person's name directly, like this: "author=[[w:John Lodge (musician)|John Lodge]]" or "author={{w|Woody Guthrie}}".)
title Mandatory: the title of the song.
trans-title If the title of the song is not in English, this parameter can be used to provide an English translation of the title.
url The URL or web address of a relevant external website, such as a website containing a score of the song. Add such a link only if the score is no longer copyrighted – do not link to a website that has content in breach of copyright.
archiveurl and archivedate The URL or web address of a webpage on a website such as the Internet Archive or Perma.cc at which the webpage has been archived, and the date on which the webpage was archived. Both archiveurl and archivedate must be used together.
album The title of the album in which the song first appeared.
trans-album If the title of the album is not in English, this parameter can be used to provide an English translation of the name.
format The format in which the song was released, for example, "[[w:Compact Cassette|cassette]]", "[[w:compact disc|CD]]", "[[w:extended play|EP record]]", "[[w:LP record|LP record]]", "[[w:gramophone record|SP record]]".
location The location(s) where the song or album was published. If more than one location is stated, separate the locations with semicolons, like this: "London; New York, N.Y.".
publisher The name of one or more publishers of the song or album. If more than one publisher is stated, separate the names with semicolons.
year
or
date
The year or date that the song was released. Use either year or date, not both.
year_published If year is used to state the year when the original version of the song was published, year_published can be used to state the year in which the version quoted from was published, for example, "|year=1965|year_published=2005".
oclc and/or id The Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) number of the song or album, which can be looked up at the WorldCat website.

Use id for an identifier other than an OCLC number.

artist The artist (an individual or ensemble) who performed the song, if different from the lyricist(s) and/or composer(s).
note Brief notes about the song.
page
or
pages
The page number or range of page numbers of a score, etc., referred to. Use page to indicate a single page, and pages to indicate a range of pages. For example, "pages=1–2" will display "pages 1–2". Use an en dash to separate the page numbers in the range.
pageurl The URL or web address of the webpage containing the page of the score, etc., referred to. The page number(s) will be linked to this webpage.
text or passage The lyrics of the song being quoted. Highlight the term defined in bold in the quoted text like this: "'''music'''".
worklang A comma-separated list of language codes indicating the language(s) that the overall song is written in, if different from the quoted text; for a list of the codes, see Wiktionary:List of languages.
termlang A language code indicating the language of the term being illustrated, if different from the quoted text; for a list of the codes, see Wiktionary:List of languages. If specified, this language is the one used when adding the page to a category of the form "Category:[Language] terms with quotations"; otherwise, the first listed language specified using 1 is used. Only specify this parameter if the language of the quotation is different from the term's language, e.g. a Middle English quotation used to illustrate a modern English term or an English definition of a Vietnamese term in a Vietnamese-English dictionary.
nocat Use nocat=y or nocat=1 or nocat=on to suppress adding the page to a category of the form "Category:[Language] terms with quotations". This should not normally be done.
brackets Use "brackets=on" to surround a quotation with brackets. This indicates that the quotation either contains a mere mention of a term (for example, "some people find the word manoeuvre hard to spell") rather than an actual use of it (for example, "we need to manoeuvre carefully to avoid causing upset"), or does not provide an actual instance of a term but provides information about related terms.
t or translation If the quoted text is not in English, this parameter can be used to provide an English translation of it.
lit If the quoted text is not in English and the translation supplied using t or translation is idiomatic, this parameter can be used to provide a literal English translation.
footer This parameter can be used to specify arbitrary text to insert in a separate line at the bottom, to specify a comment, footnote, etc.
tr or transliteration If the quoted text uses a different writing system from the Latin alphabet (the usual alphabet used in English), this parameter can be used to provide a transliteration of it into the Latin alphabet. Note that many languages provide an automatic transliteration if this argument is not specified.
subst Phonetic substitutions to be applied to handle irregular transliterations in certain languages with a non-Latin writing system and automatic transliteration (e.g. Russian and Yiddish). If specified, should be one or more substitution expressions separated by commas, where each substitution expression is of the form FROM//TO (FROM/TO is also accepted), where FROM specifies the source text in the source script (e.g. Cyrillic or Hebrew) and TO is the corresponding replacement text, also in the source script. The intent is to respell irregularly-pronounced words phonetically prior to transliteration, so that the transliteration reflects the pronunciation rather than the spelling. The substitutions are applied in order. Note that Lua patterns can be used in FROM and TO in lieu of literal text; see WT:LUA. See also {{ux}} for an example of using subst (the usage is identical to that template).
indent Instead of using wikitext outside the quotation template to indent it (for example, "#* {{quote-song|..."), you can use this parameter to specify the indent inside the template (for example, "{{quote-song|indent=#*|...")

Technical information

This template is a user-friendly wrapper for {{quote-meta}} and {{quote-meta/source}}.

See also

  • {{cite-song}} – for citations in reference sections and on talk pages
  • {{cite AV media}} – the corresponding template at the English Wikipedia