I have completed a novel set in the USA in 1963. Originally, I began each chapter with lyrics from songs, primarily blues music. I eliminated these when I realised that A) it could cost me plenty in publishing rights and B ) they were probably not necessary and were only there to show how clever I was.
However I would like to keep some quotes in the text from a couple of songs that are central to the story.
Do I have to get permission for this? If so, who should I direct the question to and how much is it likely to cost?
Hope someone can help.