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Thread: David Byrne of Talking Heads says music lyrics overrated

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    David Byrne of the Talking Heads says music lyrics are overrated as most people forget them anyway. He believes its the sound that matters. What do you think? Check it out: http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/04/0...x.html?hpt=Mid

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    I agree for the most part, but not 100%.
    There are songs where a listener will key into a specific phrase or lyric and will pay attention to the content and this will enhance the track. So, knowing the meaning or words and liking the melody, voice etc. becomes a package.

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    Interesting how much free time Byrne has on his hands But what about all those"misheard" lyric interpretations? You know the ones where you sing along for years and then read the lyrics online or something and go WTF?

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    Anyone that is a fan of the Cocteau Twins would definitely have to agree with Byrne.
    The mountains bow down and the sea's will roar at the sound of Your name.

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    So is he for no lyrics or no vocals? I don't get this one at all.

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    I think at best, lyrics are something that can carry you through the "sound". In that, if they don't distract you because you're rollin your eyes about how cheeseball they are...really all they do is give you an instrument to use when you listen (if you're the sing along type).

    I think the rhythm of the words and the syllables are much more important than the meaning. Like, what makes eminem so popular? His rhythm is just nice to listen to. I think its a very overlooked aspect of lyrics... But that's just me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Etrakt View Post
    I think at best, lyrics are something that can carry you through the "sound". In that, if they don't distract you because you're rollin your eyes about how cheeseball they are...really all they do is give you an instrument to use when you listen (if you're the sing along type).

    I think the rhythm of the words and the syllables are much more important than the meaning. Like, what makes eminem so popular? His rhythm is just nice to listen to. I think its a very overlooked aspect of lyrics... But that's just me!
    Agreed. In so many cases you can't even tell what the singer is saying. The feel of the way that the consonants and vowels roll with the music seems to be the real core of what we may get attached to. Not in all cases though.
    Music has a key to the soul.

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    singer pronunciation should be clear because 60% of song in depend upon the lyrics.

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