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1 - Not Important at All 2 3.03%
2 1 1.52%
3 1 1.52%
4 0 0%
5 3 4.55%
6 0 0%
7 0 0%
8 0 0%
9 0 0%
10 1 1.52%
11 0 0%
12 2 3.03%
13 0 0%
14 1 1.52%
15 7 10.61%
16 0 0%
17 1 1.52%
18 0 0%
19 0 0%
20 11 16.67%
21 0 0%
22 2 3.03%
23 1 1.52%
24 0 0%
25 12 18.18%
26 0 0%
27 3 4.55%
28 3 4.55%
29 1 1.52%
30 - Good lyrics are essential 14 21.21%
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Old 12-08-2006, 07:40 PM   #1
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How Important are Lyrics to You?

How important are lyrics to you in a song?
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Old 12-08-2006, 07:59 PM   #2
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I generally don't know the words of songs, and if I do I rarely try to figure the meaning out. I can only recall one time where I got really into lyrics and that's the Man Who Sold the World which I think is about a Vampire. Other than that, meh. I'm more interested in the sounds of the words and how they flow.
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Old 12-08-2006, 08:48 PM   #3
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Good lyrics are essential. It's not that I wouldn't buy albums or singles with tacky lyrics, i mean, i have some of Madonna's or Aerosmith's The melody and the sound are still the main things that draw me.
But lyrics do sort of affect the way I perceive the artist. I don't generally look up to those singing or writing basic or pompous lyrics. I may like their songs, but they just don't get my respect as a songwriter.
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Old 12-08-2006, 08:58 PM   #4
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I prefer McCartney to Lennon. There's your answer as to how I voted....People rarely hum baselines or guitar licks, they hum the vocal melody.
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It depends on the type of song really, but I normally like songs for the same reason Canadiens said.
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Old 12-09-2006, 12:33 AM   #6
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I said 12 because I like the number 12

what makes me initially like a song is the melody or bassline or how the elements of the song interact or whatever... I don't notice the lyrics much at first. simple lyrics can also become much more powerful depending on the music played behind them and the way they're sung... conversely the lyrics better be pretty fuckin brilliant for me to keep listening to a song if the music is boring.

that said I really love great lyrics and/or lyrics I can identify with... lyrics are important, but songs with mediocre lyrics can still be good
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Old 12-09-2006, 01:14 AM   #7
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for me, lyrics are extremely important
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for me, lyrics are extremely important

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Old 12-09-2006, 01:48 AM   #9
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They require a good melody to be effective.

Otherwise it's just poetry.
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They require a good melody to be effective.

Otherwise it's just poetry.
bad poetry in most cases
incredibly bad poetry even


lyrics have to be effective to me
I think Michael Stipe is a brilliant lyricist and I always try to find out what Will Oldham is singing about, but at the same time I would say that AC/DC and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have lyrics that work extremely well with the energy and feel of their songs


so I'm not voting
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Old 12-09-2006, 05:55 AM   #11
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i chose numero 15 , cause it all depends , music is essential , lyrics are essential , it's all about balance or no balance , both are quite good , and everything in between , the only thing you need is sound & spirit babe
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Old 12-09-2006, 06:21 AM   #12
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i'm not sure. i keep thinking i dont give 2 rats arses what someone is singing about, but then i hear "the heart is a bloom. it shoots up through the stoney ground" (or other similar), and i want to dig my fingernails deep into my forearms and scream for about an hour.

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Music is equally important (if not more) as lyrics for me. I can fall in love with a song that has average lyrics but is beautiful musically. But the converse may or may not be true.

I voted 15 but it probably should've been closer to the musical side. This 30 point scale is a little ridiculous.
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but then i hear "the heart is a bloom. it shoots up through the stoney ground" (or other similar), and i want to dig my fingernails deep into my forearms and scream for about an hour.
Haha what's wrong with that line? It's not as bad as other clunkers from that album *cough* ending of Kite *cough*
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Haha what's wrong with that line? It's not as bad as other clunkers from that album *cough* ending of Kite *cough*
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