philbymon wrote:When I hear a great melody, I get all riled up to hear & learn the lyrics. More often than not, I'm disappointed these days. It seems that this side of the song-writing equation is all too often ignored for the "groove" & song writers seem to think a simple slogan will do instead of well-crafted &/or clever lyrics.
If I never hear "Roxanne" or "Don't Stand..." again, it will be too soon...I hate Sting's lyrics - these songs, & many of his others, are perfect examples of how someone can take a good line, lyrically, & beat you to death with it. I'd rather listen to a McDonald's commercial cuz it makes more sense, & has more thought & effort put into it.
I feel the same way when I hear a great melody. I want to know what the lyrics are.
I don't think Roxanne is all that bad though.
Here, allow me to nauseate you philbymon.
The Roxanne verses:
"Roxanne, you don't have to put on the red light
Those days are over
You don't have to sell your body to the night
Roxanne, you don't have to wear that dress tonight
Walk the streets for money
You don't care if it's wrong or if it's right
I loved you since I knew ya
I wouldn't talk down to ya
I have to tell you just how I feel
I won't share you with another boy
I know my mind is made up
So put away your make up
Told you once I won't tell you again it's a bad way"
Now what's so bad about that?
Granted the chorus might beat a person around a little and there 'are' some pretty stupid Police lyrics, but I think Roxanne is pretty good music as a whole.
I'll take it any day, hell 24hrs a day, over that 'Crazy Bich' Buckcherry song.
I see lyric writing and song writing as two separate undertakings, even though they are welded together in the final product. Not every band has a great wordsmith.
I think that they are separate talents.