Writers & How to Get Permission to Reprint Song Lyrics?


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Does anyone know anything about how to get permission to use copyrighted song lyrics in a book? I want to use the lyrics from the song “Maniac”

I want to use 4 lines:

She’s a maniac maniac on the floor
And she’s dancing like she’s never danced before
She’s a maniac maniac on the floor
And she’s dancing like she’s never danced before

and maybe a couple of more lines here and there:

On the ice blue line of insanity
Is a place most never see
It’s a hard won place of mystery
Touch it but can’t hold it

You work all your life
For that moment in time

Never stopping with her head against the wind

I have looked at ASCAP and BMI, I can;'t figure out who owns the copyright, let alone how to get permission. I do know that the books I read, I see in the front, for example “Lyrics from (x-song) used by permission” so I think I need to get something in writing.

Anyone done anything similar?