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The Importance of Lyrics

Discussion in 'Arts & Entertainment' started by Huayna Capac357, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. SuperJay

    SuperJay Bending Space and Time

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    Was just listening to Ray LaMontagne's "Old Before Your Time" and I really like these lyrics:

    When I was a younger man looking for a pot of gold
    Everywhere I turned the doors were closed
    Took every ounce of faith I had to keep on keeping on,
    Still I felt that I was only losing
    I refused then, like I do now, to let anybody tie me down
    and I lost a few good friends along the way
    I was raised up poor and I wanted more,
    And maybe I’m a little too proud
    Looking back I see a kid who was just afraid,
    Hungry, and old before his time.
     
  2. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    I listen to rock. So obscure, unintelligible, and bizarre, lyrics are just something you have to live with.

    In a place you only dream of, where your soul is always free

    Silver stages, golden curtains, filled my head plain as could be

    As a rainbow grew around the sun, all my stars above, who died

    Came from somewhere beyond the scene you see

    These lovely people played just for me



    Now if I let you see this place where stories all ring true

    Will you let me past your face to see what's really you

    It's not for me I ask this question as though I were a king

    For you have to love, believe and feel

    Before the burst of tambourines take you there

    Green grass and high tides forever Castles of stone, soul and glory

    Lost faces say we adore you

    As kings and queens bow and play for you



    Those who don't believe me, find your souls and set them free

    Those who do, believe and know that time will be your key

    Time and time again I've thanked them for a peace of mind

    That helped me find myself amongst the music and the rhyme

    That enchants you there

    Green grass and high tides forever

    Castles of stone, soul and glory

    Lost faces say we adore you

    As kings and queens bow and play for you Yeah they play just for you






    Yeah, make sense of that without drugs :p
     
  3. rugbyLEAGUEfan

    rugbyLEAGUEfan Deity

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    Ok , since we seem to be posting lyrics of favorites , I'll contribute what is often voted one of the greatest country songs of all time

    I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams

    Hear the lonesome whiperwill
    He sounds too blue to fly
    The midnight train is whining low
    Im so lonesome I could cry

    Ive never seen a night so long
    When time goes crawling by
    The moon just went behind a cloud
    To hide it's face and cry

    Did you ever see a robin weep
    When leaves begin to die
    That means he's lost the will to live
    Im so lonesome I could cry

    The silence of a falling star
    Lights up a purple sky
    And as I wonder where you are
    Im so lonesome I could cry
     
  4. west india man

    west india man Immortal

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    Done, it's about someone's love of another person and the music that is being played to her. :p

    EDIT: I personally like the lyrics for Nobody's Hero by Rush:

    Spoiler :
    I knew he was different in his sexuality
    I went to his parties as a straight minority
    It never seemed a threat to my masculinity
    He only introduced me to a wider reality
    As the years went by, we drifted apart
    When I heard that he was gone
    I felt a shadow cross my heart

    But he's nobody's hero
    Saves a drowning child
    Cures a wasting disease
    Hero...lands the crippled airplane
    Solves great mysteries
    Hero...not the handsome actor
    Who plays a hero's role
    Hero...not the glamour girl
    Who'd love to sell her soul
    If anybody's buying
    Nobody's hero

    I didn't know the girl, but I knew her family
    All their lives were shattered in a nightmare of brutality
    They try to carry on, try to bear the agony
    Try to hold some faith in the goodness of humanity
    As the years went by, we drifted apart
    When I heard that she was gone
    I felt a shadow cross my heart

    But she's nobody's hero
    Is the voice of reason against the howling mob
    Hero...is the pride of purpose
    In the unrewarding job
    Hero...not the champion player
    Who plays the perfect game
    Hero...not the glamour boy
    Who loves to sell his name
    Everybody's buying
    Nobody's hero

    As the years went by, we drifted apart
    When I heard that you were gone
    I felt a shadow cross my heart

    But he's nobody's hero
    Saves a drowning child
    Cures a wasting disease
    Hero...lands the crippled airplane
    Solves great mysteries
    Hero...not the handsome actor
    Who plays a hero's role
    Hero...not the glamour girl
    Who'd love to sell her soul
    If anybody's buying
    Nobody's hero

    Hero
     
  5. aimeeandbeatles

    aimeeandbeatles watermelon

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    I only read a few posts of this thread. But sometimes I think overly-complex lyrics can distract from the song. I'd post an example of what I mean but it references Petty so everyone will start screaming at me.

    There are times when lyrics can save the song, and there are times when lyrics can wreck the song.
     
  6. cardgame

    cardgame Obsessively Opposed to the Typical

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    Lyrics don't matter overmuch to me. Big fan of a lot of techno songs, which have either no, minimal and/or gibberish lyrics. I also love an entire album of Oomph, a German industrial metal band... so I can't understand their lyrics at all, of course, but it does add a lot to the music nevertheless. The lyrics are an inseperable part of the song if they're involved at all, and it doesn't matter to me if I can understand them or not. I listen to a lot of RHCP and I am not even going to try to make head or tail of what their songs mean. At the same time, I love some classic rock with quite clear vocals, for example Steppenwolf's Born To Be Wild, and that tells a nice story. I can't imagine that song without the story element.

    Instrumentals are also quite acceptable, however :D
     
  7. west india man

    west india man Immortal

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    Some RHCP songs have very clear and understandable lyrics. :p
     
  8. Red Door

    Red Door Man of Mayhem

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    There are songs that are made by their lyrics and the voice within them. Their are songs with vocals that actually are harmed by the lyrics. There are songs that don't need lyrics at all to be good.

    I like them all, music comes in many forms and many genres. Lyrics are just a small part of some musical styles and good ones can be appreciated.
     
  9. SuperJay

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    Good point re: lyrics in foreign (to the listener) languages. I don't understand the words to either of these songs - given that I don't speak Swedish or Malian - but I enjoy them tremendously nonetheless. (In the Movits! example, the cadence of the vocal is more significant than the content of the words, to me.)

    Movits! - Fel Del Av Gården

    Link to video.


    Habib Koité & Bamada - Sarayama (Ignore the video, it's the only one I could find with a HQ live version of this excellent tune.)


    Link to video.
     
  10. Narz

    Narz keeping it real

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    cardgame Obsessively Opposed to the Typical

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    Yes, that's the word I was looking for. The cadence of the vocals is music in and of itself.
     
  12. Verarde

    Verarde Pondering Wearing A Hat

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    Lyrics often show what the band is really about.
     

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