Week 4:-“The magic of lyrics”

Music’s being around for ages as far as anyone can remember, growing up listening old school country music which was very “lovey dovey” something that’s always interested me is lyrics. While most modern popular music very rarely has more that 10 lines which often repeats right throughout the song  you do still get music with great stories behind them. Something that I always wonder about is “what is the actual story”.


In personal opinion I believe it’s the way the listener perceives it, the story the artist intended to bring out will never be told word for word. This is what’s so amazing about music, its how each of the listeners hears the song and he or she paints their own picture. For example the song cannonball by Damien Rice has a chorus line that’s goes:-


“Stones taught me to fly
Love, it taught me to lie
Life, it taught me to die
So it’s not hard to fall
When you float like a cannonball”


If I was to pick the second line “Love, it taught me to lie” and was to ask 5 people they would pretty much have 4 to 5 different takes on it. What I thought it was, that it was a break up that made the person in context a liar but according to the artist it is not so, the actual meaning is that love made the person in context a liar in order to get love. Technically meaning he lied to be loved. Excuse the messy example but, in short this is what I find so amazing about lyrics the story will never be the same . The meaning of the song is opened to the mind of the listener and that is pretty amazing.

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