The chance of finding a music video is very high on YouTube. It does not really matter if you are looking for the latest Billboard charts music or music from the Seventies; they are (mostly) available on YouTube. One thing that is missing though is lyrics for those music videos. While some uploaders add the lyrics in the description, most do not add them.
While you can open a lyrics site in another tab in the browser to read the lyrics or sing along, it is not super practicable to do that.
The script YouTube Lyrics changes that. It's a Greasemonkey script that adds lyrics to each YouTube video that it identifies. The Lyrics tab is displayed beneath the Video description that lists the lyrics of that music video if expanded. The title of the video should at least contain the song title of the song for identification purposes.
A drop down menu provides access to different lyrics databases on the Internet and you can try to find the lyrics in other databases if the default one does not reveal any results.
You need the Firefox Greasemonkey extension and the Userscript that adds the Lyrics to YouTube.
Update: The userscript has last been updated in 2009. It appears to have stopped working because of this. We have removed the link pointing to it from the article and suggest the following alternative: YouTube Lyric iFrame may not be automated like the now defunct userscript, but it works and lets you search for lyrics that you are interested in.
The new script works well out of the box if you are using Firefox. One reviewer recently mentioned that it does not work in Google Chrome, so keep that in mind if you plan on installing and using it.
Both extensions display lyrics for the song that plays as a video on YouTube.The extension supports more than 40 different lyrics databases that you may switch between at any time.
Note that identification depends on the proper naming of the song and artist on YouTube, and that you may run into identification issues from time to time depending on the video in question.
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