Lyricist Lin Xi wants to publish a book of the best lyrics he has written over the past two decades. At a seminar on the literary merit of Canto-pop lyrics at the Central Library recently, Lin, who has written hundreds of hits, said he thinks good lyrics can be regarded as literature. 'I hope my lyrics can stand alone, and people can read them like poetry,' said Lin. A three-disc collection, Best of Lin Xi, featuring 45 songs, was released last month. He made his debut in 1985 with a song for Kenny Bee and has put his name to more than 2,000 songs in 20 years. Lin (right) and former DJ Wyman Wong Wai-man have dominated the Canto-pop songwriting scene for years. 'Fortunately, we have different personalities and styles,' said Win. 'This won't make Canto-pop lyrics too monotonous.' He said it was hard for new-comers to break through. 'It's difficult,' he said. 'You have to have a hit song. It also depends on whether people ask you for lyrics.'