The Hook Brings You Back

People have all sorts of opinions about music--what's good, what's cool, etc.  My issue is lyrics.  We should listen to them.  If we did listen to them, then we would know, among other things, that Pumped Up Kicks isn't about shoes (not even remotely), that I Want Your Sex only aspires to the poetic pornography that Crash attains, and that Christian gospel music is far more popular than commonly believed.   Neither, In Your Eyes nor Take Me to the River are about a girl.  A large selection of music by bands like The Killers or U2 could work in hymnals. (More discussion here.)  

Plus, by not listening we miss out on mock worthy lyrics, such as, "I'm just a shy guy/Looking for a two-ply/Hefty bag to hold my love" from Train's latest offering.  (Really, that's the line that's hard to understand.  It is hard to understand because no one expects an analogy to a trash bag--a mere two-ply one at that--in a love song. But Train is usually good for lyric humor. )
Ignorance of lyrics is so prevalent that bands sometimes write about it.  My favorite is Blues Traveler's Hook: 
It doesn't matter what I say
As long as I sing with inflection
That makes you feel like I convey
Some inner truth of vast reflection,
But I've said nothing so far,
And I can keep it up as long as it takes,
And it don't matter who you are
If I'm doing my job, it's your resolve that breaks
Because the hook brings you back.
I post about lyrics from time to time.  Those posts are my most constant hits, so I should do more of them, but I usually analyze lyrics while driving, which is not an advisable time for blogging.  Find those posts here

My favorite site for lyric interpretations, Song Meanings.

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