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lyrics catch my attention right away 9 28.13%
I have to love the music to love a song 8 25.00%
it depends on the song really 15 46.88%
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Old 07-05-2002, 08:09 AM   #1
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what is more important to you in a song?

do lyrics or the music matter most to you in a song? what catches your attention and keeps it usually?

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Old 07-05-2002, 08:32 AM   #2
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I think for me it would be a mixture of both. The music would probably make me take notice of the song in the first place but I do get drawn in to songs with excellent lyrics.
I suppose I would have to say music because that is what draws my attention to a song, plus I do listen to music that has no lyrics.

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Old 07-05-2002, 08:44 AM   #3
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Thats tough
Its easier for me to like a song with below average music but great lyrics than a song with great music a shitty shitty lyrics.
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For me its definetly both, The music draws me into the song and then the lyrics keep me there listening to it.
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Old 07-05-2002, 09:41 AM   #5
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any one of them would be good..both would be bonus..
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Old 07-05-2002, 10:08 AM   #6
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definately depends on the song
if the songs rocks really hard the lyrics just have to sound good
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hmmm. It's both, I guess, but the music does have to be interesting. Then again, great music and shit lyrics...don't really GET me either. I do know that when I got into U2 it was because it seemed the sublime marriage of music I loved and lyrics that made me think.
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If the lyrics aren't there ... it's not worth listening to.
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Old 07-05-2002, 11:06 AM   #9
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For me it has to be lyrics. Without the lyrics the entire song doesn't work for me - no matter how good the music might be......
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Old 07-05-2002, 11:18 AM   #10
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depends.....but i think that the lyrics are what makes an excellent song excellent.....i mean, the music has to be there, but look at songs like running to stand still or mlk......the music is good, but very simplistic......it's all about the lyrics........and i both of those songs.....

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Maybe I'm just shallow but I'm very surprised that the lyrics are beating out the music. I mean, it's called "music." I'd rather listen to something with great music and dorky lyrics than I would to Bob Dylan. In any case, the best lyrics--even Bono at his best--don't really compare to the best poetry by the best poets, IMHO.
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Old 07-05-2002, 12:00 PM   #12
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It's both, but definately moreso music. I mean... beethoven, mozart? all instrumental. So much music is instrumental, that's what music is. The lyrics enhance music, but some of my favourite songs could easily have different lyrics and I'd still love 'em as much. There's a few songs where I'm drawn moreso by the lyrics (The Weakerthans for ex) because they're just soo amazing... but the lyrics are still always complementing the music.

If U2 had the same lyrics, and kinda lame music, I can't see liking them nearly as much. It's the music that forms that classic crescendo at the beginning of streets.

That's really what draws me to a song much more than the lyrics. I hear a song on the radio I'm not listening intently to the lyrics, I'm listening to the mood and the music for sure. There's a lot of songs I love where I haven't really paid that much attention to the lyrics.
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Old 07-05-2002, 04:40 PM   #13
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While I think its a little bit of both... Lyrics are more important to me personally... I like music that has soul to it, but not just a bunch of pandery to teens/pre-teens. Generally speaking, if I can find myself believing the messages of a song, relating to them on a personal level, or admiring their artistic value, then its good - if not, then usually Im turned away from the song. An example of where this doesnt work is this song; Push, by matchbox 20. While Im not a big fan of matchbox 20, I like the tune of this song, and the first 15 seconds of lyrics, "She said I don't know if I've ever been good enough / I'm a little bit rusty / and I think my head is caving in""And I don't know if I've ever been really loved /
By a hand that's touched me / well I feel like something's gonna give / And I'm a little bit angry" - this exhibits great lyrics, but the chorus of the song just turns me away, while I think it fits the theme, it just doesnt have the right feel to it... but since I didnt write the song, Im not really the one who gets the say on that. LOL
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Old 07-05-2002, 05:25 PM   #14
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Well.... obviously it's all about the music, but if I have to choose one I'd chose lyrics simply because that gives the song soul. Crap lyrics really turn me off. I don't mind simple, frivolous lyrics about sex, love whatever, but really cheesy lyrics turn me off. Case and point.... Travis's "The Invisible Band" is a great album.... but the lyrics IMO keep it from being an amazing album.

Lyrics, lyrics, lyrics.
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Old 07-05-2002, 06:57 PM   #15
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lyrics for me.

i think this is an interesting poll to put on this board because u2 really has both. but what keeps me coming back everytime is the chance to find a new deeper layer in the lyrics....then fins something hidden in the music (an arpeggio or something) to compliment it.

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