Lyrics people vs. Music people

16 Nov

“You know I’ve got this theory, there are two kinds of people in the world. There are lyric people and music people. You know, the lyrics people tend to be analytical. You know, all about the meaning of the song. They’re the ones you see with the CD insert out like 5 minutes after buying it, pouring over the lyrics, interpreting the hell out of everything. Um, then there’s the music people, like Brooke. Who could care less for the lyrics as long as its just got like a good beat and you could dance to it. I don’t know, sometimes it might be easier to be a music girl and not a lyric girl. But since I’m not, let me just say this. Sometimes things find you when you need them to find you, I believe that. And for me its usually song lyrics. ” — Peyton Sawyer – One Tree Hill


** Like Peyton, from the show One Tree Hill, I think of myself as a ‘lyrics person’. Despite what we may think, lyrics people are indeed a rare breed of listeners out there. Most people when they find a song they like don’t think about the written portion of it, but rather they identify with the music and the beat. But, that is not at all how I operate.

I view lyrics as storytellers–investigative clues into an artists soul.

Lyrics have been known to inspire, to excite, to raise awareness, and to give hope to their listeners. Songs from artists like Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash, The Ramones, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Pete Seeger, Billy Joel- along with popular artists from today- have given us not only something to listen to, but rather something to talk about. So, that’s just what I’m going to do. I’m going to examine lyrics of a song, discuss what I think they mean, and discuss the significance and importance of such a song–whatever it may be.

So stay tuned for more, but in the meantime check out a new favorite song of mine “Ten Twenty Ten” by Generationals.




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