How much attention do you pay to music lyrics?

How much attention do you pay to music lyrics?

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  • SP - I pay close attention to the lyrics

    11 4.62%
  • SP - I pay little attention to the lyrics

    9 3.78%
  • SJ - I pay close attention to the lyrics

    7 2.94%
  • SJ - I pay little attention to the lyrics

    4 1.68%
  • NT - I pay close attention to the lyrics

    59 24.79%
  • NT - I pay little attention to the lyrics

    36 15.13%
  • NF - I pay close attention to the lyrics

    85 35.71%
  • NF - I pay little attention to the lyrics

    27 11.34%
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    How much attention do you pay to music lyrics?

    I pay very little attention myself. I don't care very much about the lyrical content (as long as it's not ridiculously bad), and often don't make even a subconscious effort to understand what's being sung. In fact I sort of prefer listening to music with unintelligible vocals, or in a different language or whatever, because the vocals just become that much more intertwined with the other instruments to create a whole image.

    While I may find some lyrics interesting in retrospect, they generally have no influence whatsoever on what music I listen to. I listen to music for the music. That said, it seems like I'm in the minority. Most people I talk to put great importance on lyrical content. I never really got that; why not just read poetry if that's the sort of thing you're into? But to each their own.

    I've been wondering if this relates to type or certain processes, hence this poll.
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  2. #2

    That's weird, I pay pretty close attention to the lyrics... and we're both the same personality type.

  3. #3

    Music has meaning, imo. Both the lyrics and the instruments. It is full of feelings and thoughts. I pay very close attention because if I didn't, I'd feel like a fucking idiot because I wasn't trying to feel, ya know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonMuse View Post
    Music has meaning, imo. Both the lyrics and the instruments. It is full of feelings and thoughts. I pay very close attention because if I didn't, I'd feel like a fucking idiot because I wasn't trying to feel, ya know?
    Obviously they both have meaning. But what I'm saying is that I generally don't care about the meaning of the lyrics. I don't listen to music for that purpose. I listen to music because the the sound itself evokes emotions and feelings, and the vocals are just another means to that end.

    I also listen to a lot of instrumental music because I don't find vocals are always necessary to enjoy music. Sometimes they even ruin it, regardless of the lyrical content.
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  6. #5

    I pay attention to the lyrics like the first few times I listen to the song, out of curiosity and kind of instinct. Songs with meaningful lyrics and/or lyrics I can relate to, I usually fall in love with immediately. But otherwise I don't really care what they're saying unless they're constantly cursing and talking about sex or something. Most of my music is foreign and instrumental. If it sounds good it sounds good; if it has good lyrics, awesome it's even better. Though I do like songs that have lyrics (even if it's only a line or two) that can really strike me, stir up some emotion.

    ...I'm not sure if I should vote as "Pay close attention" or "Pay little attention" :P
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  7. #6

    I pay pretty close attention to lyrics, but I also pay pretty close attention to instrumentation. This may come from being an avid writer, but also a musician. :)

    There are songs that I adore simply because the instrumentation is just so beautiful and really hits my soul. There are other songs that I adore because the lyrics are just so beautiful and really hit my soul. Occasionally I find songs that I adore for both reasons, and those are the songs I listen to over and over and over and over.

  8. #7

    I pay close attention. I like my music to reflect my mood or remind me of something and lyrics are key to that.

  9. #8

    I am completely in agreement with SuburbanLurker.

    I love words - a LOT - and maybe that's why they distract me from the music. My music player is loaded with nothing but foreign language songs. It's absolutely one of my chief joys, because for something like 25 years I had pretty much given up regular enjoyment of any music; even songs I liked would quickly wear out their welcome in my ears and become simply annoying. No idea why it's like that for me; when I was a teen music was thrilling and I had been missing out on that. So I don't care what the reason is, I'm just happy now I can enjoy music again.
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  10. #9

    I hang onto every word, typically.
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    I think it can already be established that type has nothing to do with it. I guess I'm just weird like that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paheli
    I love words - a LOT - and maybe that's why they distract me from the music.
    I think that's exactly it. If I were to pay attention to lyric meaning I'd never be able to enjoy the actual music, with all the de-coding and interpreting I'd be constantly engaged in, given that most of the music I listen to contains abstract lyrics. I think my brain has been trained to not try to understand lyrics.

    I mean, I can't sit around all day trying to figure out what the hell things like this mean:

    fold the river by the lips as a cruel and smothered wind fits the gash with ornaments dawn is nodding off again raised the braille to read it clear gathered by the cholera rinse the burns in cauldrons help the palm we see a lens my hands secrete a monument my hands secrete a monument
    I'd never get to enjoying the music. How do you people do it?
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