The following is a ranking of types of lyrics that might give a listener "feels" from best to worst, with a classic example for each.
universal lyrics that paint a portrait of the human condition
historical or political lyrics that chronicle the struggles of a nation or class
vague, obscure, or nonsensical lyrics that resonate with the listener despite not describing a specific feeling
lyrics for a person, either historical or someone who is or was a part of the lyricist's life
>utter plebeian garbage tier
lyrics about the artist's personal problems, depression, loneliness, etc.
Then you have no room to critique anything if you're too much of a pussy to even perform.
You're like the kids who play an open mic night and all of a sudden think they're an authority on music.
Does Piero Scaruffi perform? Does Robert Christgau? Did Roger Ebert direct?
Anyone who is a consumer has the right to be a critic. If you disagree with me, please post your dissent rather than profanity and insults.
Scaruffi and Christgau are both garbage, and Ebert at least got a screenplay produced.
you obviously have the right to state your opinion with as much authority as you want, that's fine.
but this is a dumb argument to make.
I would like to have an intelligent discussion, but no one else seems to be interested. I can explain why I ranked these things the way I did, and I welcome any well thought out view that is different from my own.
>universal lyrics that paint a portrait of the human condition
When a well crafted song describes a universal element such as death (Knockin' on Heaven's Door) or love (Hallelujah), anyone with ears can relate to the words being sung. Only a plebeian would not feel something when listening to such a song.
>historical or political lyrics that chronicle the struggles of a nation or class
While not everyone may know what the artist is talking about, anyone familiar with the context of the lyrics should understand and appreciate the sentiment behind them.
>vague, obscure, or nonsensical lyrics that resonate with the listener despite not describing a specific feeling
This category is highly subjective. I chose a song (Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again) that I find moving, but someone else might find the lyrics to be complete nonsense. Still, their is a large gap between this tier and the next two.
This one should actually go in mid tier, for the same reason.
>lyrics for a person, either historical or someone who is or was a part of the lyricist's life
The listener will certainly not have the same relationship to the person as the lyricist, and so cannot really empathize with them. At best, the listener can substitute a person of importance in their on life for the subject of the song.
>lyrics about the artist's personal problems, depression, loneliness, etc.
Both the lyricist and the listener will always have a unique experience. A listener who feels to this type of song lazily piggy-backs on the lyricist's expression, rather than expressing for themself.