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example 1.
I Let It Rain Now Clear It Out [x4]
And Lets Get It, Lets Get It [x7]
Let It Rain A Clear It Out [x2]
Chicken Noodle Soup Chicken Noodle Soup Chicken Noodle Soup Wit A Soda On Da Side [x4]
Let It Rain A Clear It Out [x4]
And Lets Get It, Lets Get It [x7]
Let It Rain A Clear It Out [x2]

example 2.
Do your chain hang low
do it wobble to da flo
do it shine in the light
is it platinum is it gold
could u throw it ov'r ya shoulda
if ya hott it make ya cold
do your chain hang low

example 3.
What you gon' do with all that junk?
All that junk inside your trunk?
I'ma get, get, get, get, you drunk,
Get you love drunk off my hump.
My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump,
My hump, my hump, my hump, my lovely little lumps (Check it out)


rap sucks. it's like they don't even try anymore. It's like they just throw words together, and hope it sells.*dissapointed*


Remember when lyrics meant something and/or told a story..

A child arrived just the other day,
He came to the world in the usual way.
But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay.
He learned to walk while I was away.
And he was talking 'fore I knew it, and as he grew,
He'd say, "I'm gonna be like you, dad.
You know I'm gonna be like you."

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, dad?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

My son turned ten just the other day.
He said, "Thanks for the ball, dad, come on let's play.
Can you teach me to throw?" I said, "Not today,
I got a lot to do." He said, "That's ok."
And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed,
Said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah.
You know I'm gonna be like him."

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, dad?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

Well, he came from college just the other day,
So much like a man I just had to say,
"Son, I'm proud of you. Can you sit for a while?"
He shook his head, and he said with a smile,
"What I'd really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys.
See you later. Can I have them please?"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, son?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then, dad.
You know we'll have a good time then."

I've long since retired and my son's moved away.
I called him up just the other day.
I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind."
He said, "I'd love to, dad, if I could find the time.
You see, my new job's a hassle, and the kid's got the flu,
But it's sure nice talking to you, dad.
It's been sure nice talking to you."
And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me,
He'd grown up just like me.
My boy was just like me.

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, son?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then, dad.
You know we'll have a good time then."
 

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You posted two extreme examples IMO.


There are SOME artists still writing decent lyrics.



They do matter to me.


(I'm also not a fan of 99% of the rap I've heard).
 

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Maybe a "Name that Tune!" thread?

Guess the artist and title? That could be fun and good for a few pages of posts towards the contest!

"Thumbing a ride to Geneva
Standing in the pouring rain
I'm getting dirty looks
I wish I hadda took a train

Sometimes it gets so hard to remember
Even harder to forget
But if I don't find my way
How'm I gonna pay my debt?"

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If you don't like it, don't listen to it...

Don't try to feel superior because you THINK what you do like is somehow better.... There are a billion people who think your favourite band sucks.


And they're JUST as right as you are.
 

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Xanadu said:
Chicken Noodle Soup Chicken Noodle Soup Chicken Noodle Soup Wit A Soda On Da Side [x4]
Genius, scheer genius...Drool

But as a fan of bluegrass music I have found that there were some really strange lyrics written a long time ago as well. I think its how the words are used...maybe it doesn't need to make sense (or be good on paper) to be appreciated.

Turkey in de straw, turkey in de hay
Turkey in de straw, turkey in de hay
Roll 'em up an' twist 'em up a high tuc-ka-haw
An' twist 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw
 
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"there were some really strange lyrics written a long time ago"
They are probably euphimism... :)
 

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I indisputably say that those ARE NOT the exact lyrics to My Humps.

Bands who still for the most part write good lyrics:
Our Lady peace,
Sloan,
Billy Talent,
....

yeah I can't think of anyone else but I'm sure a few exist.
 
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I think a lot of people in this thread are confusing the concept of "Good" lyrics with "Lyrics That I Happen To Like"

The two are not necessarily the same...
 

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There are lots of great bands out there that clearly spend a lot of time on their lyrics. I'm sure the bands I'm thinking of aren't too popular on these boards though so most here won't be aware of them.

In popular music, however, I think that lyrics have about the same importance and quality that they've always had (not much).
 

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I indisputably say that those ARE NOT the exact lyrics to My Humps.

Bands who still for the most part write good lyrics:
Our Lady peace,
Sloan,
Billy Talent,
....

yeah I can't think of anyone else but I'm sure a few exist.
Billy Talent? You gotta be kinding?:confused-smiley-010
 

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"I can't help about the shape I'm in
I can't sing, I ain't pretty and my legs are thin.

But don't ask me what I think of you cause I might not give the answer that you want me too."
 
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IMO lyrics are just notes a vocalist uses. Think of
it as just another instrument in the arrangement,
complimenting the melody of the song. How it's
sung makes an impression on the listener. So most
of the time words mean nothing to the average listener
(opera anyone?). Steven Tyler mumbles alot during shows
and it sounds great.
 

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Let there be Voice

There are some great lyrics in the field of metal, I mean metal in the broad sense, but because of the vocal styles............ie cookie monster or the screamer types..........the lyrics arent decipherable. Which doesnt make sense........... why write stellar words and then scream the shit out of them.
 

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Well, I certainly have my own prejudices when it comes to vocal and lyric style/ability, but they're only MY prejudices. Lots of lyrics just sound inane and lots of voices just sound dumb to me, but so what? It's nice to have choices, and it's nice to be able to change one's mind. In high school I hated Yes, now I like Yes. I also thought Bob Dylan was too wordy, now I don't think that at all. These days I don't care for what I can't decipher, but maybe that speaks more to my tastes...everyone's gotta exercise change in tastes, right?

As I've aged I've kinda got my head around more styles, though rap mystifies me.

If we can accept literally hundreds of guitar sounds, why not vocal sounds, why not lyric styles?

Peace, Mooh.
 

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The Tragicly Hip have writen more than a few songs over the years with really good lyrics. I know allot of people are sick to death of them, but I think their lyrics are one of the elements that make them so appealing to alot of people.
 

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"Let's get specific here..."

It's true that a song is really designed to evoke feelings, or rather an emotional response in the listener.

Clear lyrics tell a story. The music emphasizes the story being told. We react emotionally to the ideas and concepts to the story and music package.

There is a term for songs without clear lyrics. We call them instrumentals! Instrumentals evoke feelings only, like with classical music.

Cookie monster/screamer vocals essentially are instrumentals. They make you want to get up and slam dance. Nobody knows or cares that the song is really about an accountant/controller who sold his soul to Satan!

Slang and idiom songs with seemingly random lyrics, like "My Humps" or "Turkey in the Straw" actually convey more information that it would first appear, but only to others within that demographic. If you're part of the "urban street culture" or the 18th century hills of Kentucky the lyrics are slang terms for more complicated nuggets of information. Traditional blues stye is a splendid example, with its cultural slang and field hollers.

Many songs with unclear lyrics have made their mark and still endure. How about "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs? I still don't know what the hell that song is about. Or exactly what the story is in "Louie Louie", either.

Still, except for a select few most instrumentals don't have staying power. For every "Tequila" we have hundreds if not thousands of "Stairway to Heaven" or "Jeremy" alternates.

I'm just an old guy with old guy tastes but I've been impressed with much of the "slam dancer" hard core playing for some years now. If you love guitar there's not a lot elsewhere in rock these days. However, 10 minutes after I leave the club I've forgotten most of the specifics of which I had spent the evening listening. Feelings fade faster without a story.

I've been predicting for some time now that if hard core could axe its "Cookie Monster" or "Duck Quack" so-called vocalists and add clear lyrics to its well-crafted instrumentals it would immediately move into the lucrative mainstream market! Heaven knows we're way overdue.:rockon2:

Maybe I'm all wet but it's just that I'd love to see many of my younger customers get the recognition (and the money!) they deserve!:food-smiley-004:
 
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