It is of course an error to over narrativise or make too much sense of pop lyrics. The power of pop lyrics lies precisely in their economy or even their poverty, which leads to an excess of possible meanings and effects. Effect is more important than meaning. Their power is completely bound up with the rhythm and mood of a particular recording. Words are nothing outside of the song in which they are embedded and in the particular performance that gives them emphasis, or not. Words are musical rather than linguistic elements. They evoke a feeling, a mood, an attitude. Mis-heard lyrics can be as effective as correctly heard ones. They are not verbal statements but musical utterances that are related to perceptions and changes in perception rather than knowledge.
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