Worth Repeating: On the interpretation of rock lyrics…


“At least one long and winding road to hell is paved with interpretation of rock lyrics. Writing on the subject tends to fall apart because lyrics make less sense to the eye than to the ear. Words are blurred and bent by the music that swirls around them. ‘A song doesn’t exist to convey the meaning of the words,’ the critic Simon Firth has written. ‘Rather, the words exist to convey the meaning of the song.'”  – Alex Ross, “The Pavement Tapes” (originally published in The New Yorker, May 26, 1997)

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