In you opinion how much does the lyrics contribute to the success of a song?
I've often read comments like 'although I didn't understand the language of the song, I can totally feel the message/emotion of the song' to show how universal and barrier breaking music is.
There are also many people who are fans of singers from another country whose langauge they don't understand. For example, many Chinese are fans of Korean and Japanese singers, and there are Filipino, Malay, Idonesian who are fans of Taiwan and HK singers.
Lastly, I've also known quite a lot of people who never pay attention to the songs' lyrics eventhough they like the songs. Some can memorise the lyrics from beginning to end but stil don't know what the song is talking about.
This seems to indicate that lyrics doesn't contribute much (if at all) to the successs of a song.
But then, if lyrics is so unimportant, why are some lyricist like James Wong and Lam Jik so revered in the music industry? Why are some lyricist to sort after?
Do you pay attention to the lyrics when you listen to a song?
How much does the lyrics contribute to your liking of a song?
This question comes up while I was listening to the radio interview of Peter Lai. He was the lyricist behind many of Sam Hui's songs. They were great partners back in the old days. After their partnership broke, he went on to write a few lyrics for Alan Tam, Roman Tam, Leslie Cheung etc and some became hit songs such as 'Monica'. This made me wonder, did his lyrics contribute to the success of the songs or people just like the songs because of the great arrangement and melody?
I'm quite sure that his lyrics contributed a lot to the success of Sam Hui's songs because the strength of Sam's songs is how his songs tell the life of the common people and thus people can relate to it. But, it kinda different for the others because their songs are more melodious.