Do People Prefer Less Meaningful Lyrics?
So "One" has popular lyrics, but the BBC asks, "is it profound and meaningful?"
"One life, with each other, sisters, brothers."
They quote Billy Bragg, who has always found lyrics important: "I've always been a content over style man. I do try and put some form of meaning into my lyrics whether it is a love song or a political song."
However, he believes that "It is often the songs that have less meaning that people tend to attach their meaning to, like One - what is it actually about?"
The article notes that people seem to believe the song is "a magically moving piece of music" and it's often played at weddings, despite lyrics such as "I can't be holding on to what you got when all you've got is hurt" which wouldn't seem to bode well for the beginning of a marriage.
Participants in the poll were given a list of 100 lyrics chosen by people in the music industry. The complete top 100 reveals a poor showing for Radiohead's "No Surprises" (97), Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "Two Tribes" (86), and even Roxy Music's "Love Is The Drug" (92). Maybe the respondents were given 30 seconds to complete the survey. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Billy Bragg - Must I Paint You A Picture (from Victim Of Geography)
Bob Marley & the Wailers - Redemption Song (from Legend, #4 on the list)