A recent situation has me defending the value of lyrics in a song, and thus the value of my work. Which sucks, and is part of the reason for yesterday’s stony day. It makes me want to hoard my precious words and not share them with anyone.
So my friend Ali sent me this quote from the movie Words and Lyrics, which sums it up quite nicely. Because in the end, a song without lyrics is just pretty music. Like a fish without a bicycle.
Alex Fletcher: It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just spit it out. They’re just lyrics.
Sophie Fisher: “Just lyrics”?
Alex Fletcher: Lyrics are important. They’re just not as important as melody.
Sophie Fisher: I really don’t think you get it…A melody is like seeing someone for the first time. The physical attraction. Sex…But then, as you get to know the person, that’s the lyrics. Their story. Who they are underneath. It’s the combination of the two that makes it magical.