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I'm sorry to report that, as of June 29, 2021, Metrolyrics has mysteriously gone offline. As a result, this package is functionally dead and useless. If you use it, you'll probably get an exception like the following:

$ tswift -l 'so casually cruel in the name of being honest'
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/urllib3/", line 169, in _new_conn
    conn = connection.create_connection(
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/urllib3/util/", line 73, in create_connection
    for res in socket.getaddrinfo(host, port, family, socket.SOCK_STREAM):
  File "/usr/lib/python3.9/", line 953, in getaddrinfo
    for res in _socket.getaddrinfo(host, port, family, type, proto, flags):
socket.gaierror: [Errno -5] No address associated with hostname

During handling of the above exception, another exception occurred:
.... many more tracebacks ....

Maybe someday I'll select a new lyric website and try to implement a similar API from it. But it's unlikely it would be compatible (depends on the URL structure) and the content list (and formatting) would likely be different as well.

Rest in peace, Metrolyrics.


This repo is actually not directly related to Taylor Swift. It's just a simple Python API for getting lyrics from MetroLyrics. Here is how easy it is:

from tswift import Artist
import random

tswift = Artist('Taylor Swift')
song = random.choice(tswift.songs)


This package depends on lxml, requests, and google. These should be installed when you install this package from pip:

pip install tswift

After installing, you can also print a random Taylor Swift song lyric with the command:



The module comes with a simple command line interface. By default, it will display a random song by Taylor Swift. You can specify an artist like this:

tswift 'Lynyrd Skynyrd'

You can choose a particular song:

tswift 'Lynyrd Skynyrd' -s Freebird

There is also a "lyric search mode", which allows you to search for a song by lyrics, e.g.:

tswift -l 'I would walk 500 miles'

Im Gonna Be 500 Miles

When I wake up, well I know I'm gonna be,
I'm gonna be the man who wakes up next you


Artist class

The constructor takes a single argument, the artist name. This name will be "slugified" in order to use it within URLs. This process involves replacing spaces with hyphens, and making everything lowercase. If this is not sufficient for your particular artist, you'll need to provide a pre-slugified version of their name.

  • songs - a list of Song instances by this artist. This will call load() if it hasn't been called yet
  • name - the artist's slugified name
  • load() - populates the songs list

Song class

The constructor can be called in two ways. In the first, you provide a Metrolyrics URL, and the class will infer the artist and song title:

s = Song(url='url here')

In the second way, you provide a title and artist, which will be slugified.

s = Song('Taylor Swift', 'Love Story')

The attributes are:

  • lyrics - a string. Accessing this will call load() if not yet loaded
  • title - de-slugified title of song
  • artist - de-slugified artist name
  • load() - loads the lyrics
  • format() - returns the lyrics, with a header that includes the title and artist.

The static method Song.find_song(lyrics) takes a string with a search term, and performs a Google search. It returns a Song instance corresponding to the first Metrolyrics link it finds, stopping after 20 results. If nothing is found, returns None.