Results for - Lyrically Speaking

1,641 voters participated in this survey

1. My brother (a musician) says that song lyrics mean what the writer intended them to mean and nothing more, whereas I say lyrics can be interpreted in many ways, depending on the listeners' life experiences. What say you?

They mean only what the writer intended them to mean
15%
240 votes
They're open for interpretation
60%
978 votes
Undecided
19%
308 votes
N/A - I don't listen to music
7%
115 votes

2. There have been thousands of songs written where the true meaning is cleverly veiled by metaphoric lyrics. For example, the song "Yellow Submarine" by the Beatles. Unless you know a lot about the drug culture, you probably think this was just a cute little song about a brightly colored underwater apparatus. I say if someone innocently thinks so, then that's what the song means to them. My brother says, "No. It's a song about drugs. It doesn't matter what they think. " Could it be that he doesn't understand the difference between face value and interpretation?

Yes
26%
422 votes
No, he's just a purist
26%
428 votes
Maybe
48%
791 votes

3. I think most songwriters know that their lyrics are open for interpretation, don't you?

Yes
61%
1,001 votes
No
8%
125 votes
Undecided
21%
345 votes
Not Applicable
10%
170 votes

4. So just say it: I'm right and my brother is wrong!

You're right!
30%
491 votes
Sorry, but I'm siding with your bro
11%
175 votes
I see both sides
44%
714 votes
N/A
16%
261 votes
09/10/2015 Music 1641 36 By: cnwarner

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