When I was younger I used to listen to music in English and not understand a word of the lyrics, unless I got them from somewhere and spent a while translating them with a dictionary (this is, of course, way before the internet was a part of our lives). I could, then, love a song without knowing what the message was.
Now, thank god, my level of English has greatly improved and can listen to a song on the radio for the first time and understand mostly everything. The thing is that with this new “power” I’ve got, I don’t instantly like songs based on their tune alone like I used to do. Now I take lyrics into account as well.
There are a couple of songs around at the moment that are really getting on my nerves. They are nice pieces of music, great catchy tunes. However I HATE the lyrics. They are so irresponsible that I worry they haven’t been banned from radio stations. I am referring to Lily Allen’s “The Fear” and Kaiser Chief’s “Never Miss a Beat”
How, I wonder, can a band/singer be SO irresponsible with their lyrics? Don’t they realise that young people are going to be listening AND be influenced by what they are saying? It’s really annoying that some rock/rap/hip-hop bands get the stupid “parental advisory” sticker in their albums just because they swear here and there, but bands that are encouraging children to not to go to school and to not to worry about anything apart from becoming an anorexic get away with murder.
The first time I hear the new Lily Allen’s song I was very impressed. I thought that she had musically matured and might start making some proper music, until I heard the lyrics. Here’s a couple of examples of what I mean:
I want loads of clothes and i want fuckloads of diamonds
I heard people die while they are trying to find them
Now I’m not a saint but I’m not a sinner
Now everything’s cool as long as I’m gettin thinner
And the same with the Kaiser Chiefs’ song. Although the impact was more direct with this one. As I listened to it, I loved the tune and I hated the lyrics:
What did you learn today?
I learned nothin’
What did you do today?
I did nothin’
What did you learn at school?
I didn’t go
Why didn’t you go to school?
I don’t know
It’s cool to know nothin’
Very fucking annoying. I beg radio stations to use a bit more of common sense and be a bit more responsible. I know this could be seen as censorship and any kind of censorship is not very well seen in the public eye any more, but we have to draw a line between what is “simply cool” and what is “simply irresponsible”. Please.