Are Song Lyrics Important to You?

Are Song Lyrics Important to You?

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  • xNTx - Lyrics must be meaningful.

    19 7.76%
  • xNTx - The sound must be appealing.

    28 11.43%
  • xNTx - Both are important.

    39 15.92%
  • xSTx - Lyrics must be meaningful.

    1 0.41%
  • xSTx - The sound must be appealing.

    9 3.67%
  • xSTx - Both are important.

    17 6.94%
  • xNFx - Lyrics must be meaningful.

    19 7.76%
  • xNFx - The sound must be appealing.

    15 6.12%
  • xNFx - Both are important.

    78 31.84%
  • xSFx - Lyrics must be meaningful.

    0 0%
  • xSFx - The sound must be appealing.

    5 2.04%
  • xSFx - Both are important.

    15 6.12%
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    Are Song Lyrics Important to You?

    EDIT: I looked a little before making this thread, but apparently not enough. There are already some threads with a similar poll.

    How much attention do you pay to music lyrics?

    Which captivates you more: Lyrics or Instrumentals?

    Mine is still a little different, but mine is basically just a duplicate.

    ORIGINAL POST: I want to see if there is a trend between certain types on whether they care more about the lyrics or the actual sound of a song.

    I can't say I don't care about lyrics at all, but typically, they matter very little. The voice is usually just another instrument. I love instrumental music and music in other languages. I usually can't understand what is being said in English songs, but I usually don't care anyways. But I still like songs in English as well.

    Even if I can understand the lyrics, I usually don't feel any attachment to them. Sometimes I may, but the reason I listen is for the sound of the song. But on the other hand, if there is profanity or something else bad in a song, it tends to stick out in my mind more. I will probably still listen if I like the song though. I usually only stop listening/skip part of a song if it is filled with bad stuff.

    I have two main uses for music: 1) when I am partaking in activities, such as using the forums or reading something, 2) or it serves as fuel for my imagination.
    Last edited by BPReed92; 01-12-2013 at 07:30 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BPReed92 View Post
    I want to see if there is a trend between certain types on whether they care more about the lyrics or the actual sound of a song.

    I can't say I don't care about lyrics at all, but typically, they matter very little. The voice is usually just another instrument. I love instrumental music and music in other languages. I usually can't understand what is being said in English songs, but I usually don't care anyways. But I still like songs in English as well.

    Even if I can understand the lyrics, I usually don't feel any attachment to them. Sometimes I may, but the reason I listen is for the sound of the song. But on the other hand, if there is profanity or something else bad in a song, it tends to stick out in my mind more. I will probably still listen if I like the song though. I usually only stop listening/skip part of a song if it is filled with bad stuff.

    I have two main uses for music: 1) when I am partaking in activities, such as using the forums or reading something, 2) or it serves as fuel for my imagination.
    That is pretty similar to my view on lyrics. The voice is another instrument and if it all sounds good together, then that's good enough for me.

    However, if I really like the song, I will look into the lyrics, but mostly so I can sing along with it in my room >.< It's so hard to tell what singers say sometimes and its even more difficult to extract real meaning a lot of the times for me.

    Oh yeah, I'm probably an ISTJ, though I could be INTJ. Took the poll as xSTx

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarmaAssassin View Post
    That is pretty similar to my view on lyrics. The voice is another instrument and if it all sounds good together, then that's good enough for me.

    However, if I really like the song, I will look into the lyrics, but mostly so I can sing along with it in my room >.< It's so hard to tell what singers say sometimes and its even more difficult to extract real meaning a lot of the times for me.

    Oh yeah, I'm probably an ISTJ, though I could be INTJ. Took the poll as xSTx
    It might have more to do with your judging function, rather than sensing. There's not enough input to really be able to say right now though.

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    Sound is always important to me (does the music match the singing, are the voices tolerable, etc.) As long as it doesn't spread a message that doesn't offend me then I'll listen to it, and I let a lot of lyrics slide if the beat is really nice.

    Sometimes the words really stick out, especially if it tells a story, but as I've heard someone say it's not until people are really going through something that they listen to the lyrics, and my listening is very acute when I'm disturbed or in pain.

    INTJ
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    Considering that only 10% or so of my musical intake consists of lyrics that I can compherend (mostly due to listening to heavy metal, foreign music or both). I tend to not really place much importance on lyrics, and I'll even listen to bands that have repugnant lyrics (such as Nationalist Socialist Black Metal) if I like the songs themselves.
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  7. #6

    ISTP, and I really couldn't care less for lyrics the vast majority of the time. I mostly just treat the voice as another instrument, but if I happen to be interested enough, I may look at the lyrics. Albeit, this does not happen very often because about 5% of the music I listen to has words to begin with. Likely less.
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    I looked a little before making this thread, but apparently not enough. There are already some threads with a similar poll.

    How much attention do you pay to music lyrics?

    Which captivates you more: Lyrics or Instrumentals?

    Mine is still a little different, but mine is basically just a duplicate.

  9. #8

    Lyrics matter. If you're singing words, then make them count. The only exception is for the use of Hopelandic or some variation of that.
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  10. #9

    I would say they are both equally important. Maybe not entirely for the listener, but for the artist. The artist has to create a melody and sound the flows well for a listener, while also create meaningful lyrics that connect to the listener and hopefully help them. I can say I love some music only for the sound or voice, while I love other for lyric content as well. As an amateur singer-songwriter myself, it's important for me to do both with my music. To create a melodic sound while also creating a message through my lyrics.
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  11. #10

    I've always been of the persuasion that popular music is not primarily a verbal medium. If someone is a top-tier wordsmith, wouldn't he/she be better-served by becoming a poet, a playwright, or a novelist? Not as big a potential payday, but certainly more prestigious.

    I do pay attention to lyrics, but don't think they register much when determining whether a song is good or bad...unless they're truly execrable. A song with superior composition and inferior lyrics is, by and large, vastly preferable to the opposite case. Usually, a golden ear for tones isn't married to a tin ear for the spoken word, but it's not unheard of.
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