Lyrically Challenged

On the odd occasion at work when I have a colleague throughout the night shift I feel the pressure to make idle conversation. I don’t particularly enjoy small talk but at least if I can steer it, then I won’t be talking about someone’s grandchild’s best friend’s uncle. And because there is almost always a radio playing I’m provided with a topic on conversation, whichever song is playing at the time. Because of this I have quickly learned very few people any attention what so ever to lyrics.

With this in mind, it rather begs the question, why is pop music seen as a lesser form of music? I know it’s called pop music because it’s short for popular music, but no one confidently exclaims ‘Pop music!’ when asked what’s you’re favourite genre of music?

But if no one pays attention to the lyrical content then what’s the problem? Most people would say that the problem with pop music is the simple lyrics with shallow meaning. But is it true?

Here’s some thoughts on my mental health…

Loneliness is always looking for a friend, it found me once and it has been around since then. And I feel like my poor little mind is being devoured by piranhas. Trying hard to reach out, but when I tried to speak out, felt like no one could hear me. You’re toxic I’m slipping under.

I don’t wanna die, but I’m not keen of living either. My step into eternity is not what it might have been, or not at all for who knows which way the wind is gonna blow. I don’t know where my soul is, I don’t know where my home is.

You need me, man, I don’t need you. I guess that I forgot I had a choice, I let you push me past the breaking point. Are we out of the woods yet? Are we in the clear yet?

… entirely written in pop musician lyrics. Not a single word of that is mine. I haven’t gone out of my way to find obscure pop artists that write meaningful lyrics. If I can remember everyone the list of artists is this, in no particular order:

Taylor Swift, Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Robbie Williams, Westlife, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Nelly Furtado, Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson.

Maybe I could have written it better in my own words, or if I just added a few words in to connect all the lyrics. But I hope this explains why I pay attention to lyrics. Even when it’s a pop song the lyrics can have meaning, they can of course also be utter garbage and you’ll really learn to hate a song if that’s the case. But it really frustrates me when people ignore lyrics as they bop along to a melody. If you don’t pay attention to the lyrics you could end up paying an artist for lyrics you really don’t agree with.

S. Hansen



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