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Lyrics mean fuck all to me. I don't think they're that important.
Lyrics mean everything to me at the moment, and have done for quite a while.
i relate to everything, lyrics make me cry sometimes. i actually want to live in a hefner song.
..the music they constantly play, it says nothing to you about your life?
but I really like the smiths so...
Things never fit.
I kinda just think of the vocals as another instrument and then only some times does a lyric jump out at me and have a resonance.
than a lyric person but I do relate to quite a bit of suff. Just not as much as I do to sounds..... if that makes sense
but you're missing out on half of what's great about music. Obviously with some bands it's really not about the lyrics, but there are so many instances where lyrics have meant a ridiculous amount to me.
Do you not relate to words at all? Or just not pay attention to lyrics?
Even songs that I know all the words to...I rarely think of them in a lyrical context, more just as the song melody or something.
I'm just a bit staggered that someone that's really into their music could have such a disregard for lyrics.
i'm still not sure where the boundary between lyrics/music is.
Lyrics are certainly NOT poetry. anyone that says so is silly. They can't be read like poetry so it's difficult to "relate" on that level.
I guess it's probably the most subjective and coincidental aspect of listening to music. It's so dependant on your situation and your mood and all that. The best lyrics are those that fit with the music and create something totally amazing.
Anyway, listen to the smiths. as a user of this site, i'd be completely taken aback ifyou didnt connect.
Half the time NOBODY is saying anything that will make any sense even if you did go to the trouble of figuring it all out anyway. The other half is spent listening to and connecting with stuff that you think means something that, in fact, is just the mind-blargh ramblings of some pompous singer-songwriter who thinks his lyrics are important.
The third half (!!), though, should be spend listening to people like Why?, Sage Francis and Silver Jews and falling headfirst into whole worlds of amazing imagery and fantastic stories etc. etc.
to shit music, sorry.
contain attention grabbing lyrics that are integral to the song? Sounds like you're the one listening to pretty bad music :)
but it must be true.
and party everyday?
Some are just there to fill space. You nod your head and it's gone in three minutes. Some make you gnaw the inside of your mouth and stop you ever listening to that piece of music again. And some make you see light through the trees in a different way, and make you wish that you could even begin to summon words as simple and brilliant.
I find it difficult to believe you are posting on this forum and you have never once found lyrics that you relate to.
and not just what they say. most often the way music and lyrics combine to create images and whatnot in my brain is what makes me relate to them.
and it was very much about a time in my life:
Shellac's 'A Prayer to God' (get dumped by someone you love and they go off with someone else and you're unlikely NOT to feel those).
Nirvana's 'Aneurysm' (when you're feeling fuckingwell down it pretty much hits you right there, I reckon.)
I think it's time to let it go.
I thought they were pretty clumsy and the subject is probably better dealt with (lyrically) every other week. Mind you, I don't know the song so don't know how it sounds.
You see in the English language the word 'was' implies 'past tense', which means I was talking about the past, doofus.
Most lyricists in indie music are dull and write with very little flare or originality anyway so it's a bit mundane. I've only ever paid attention to the born writers like Nick Cave, Lou Reed et al who have something interesting to say.
i find it easier to forgive awesome music with lame lyrics than rubbish music with good lyrics..
I largely agree with the original poster. For a start there are very few great lyricists who can write anything worth listening to that actually invokes emotions. Some that I think actually are would be e.g. Jeff Mangum, Leonard Cohen, Morrissey.
Secondly, I listen to plenty of music where the vocals are either completely buried, indecipherable or in a foreign language. If you consider what the vocalist is saying to be of major importance then you're going to struggle with music that is in a different language to your own or doesn't have nice clean vocals.
There are a tiny minority of songs where the lyrics do mean something to me but I'm definitely more of a music person, I don't even know the lyrics to some of my favourite songs.
Lyrics were important when I was about 15/16, then I stopped relating to them, don't really know why.
People that try and relate lyrics to themselves irritate me because usually they're clutching at straws, so to speak. Disecting and searching deep into an artists lyrics, just to find a vague reference to your own life or beliefs, seems a little pointless to me.
If they do relate then fair enough.
that annoys me as well