Are you the kind of person who listens to lyrics or not? I'm the type of person who listens to mostly rhythms and beats. Some soca artist put words in there for a reason, to be heard, to spread a message, idea or thought. Others however just look for lyrics that make a good melody. Recently I noticed that there are songs I like but once I know the message I can no longer enjoy them since the message is not something that makes me happy to hear. "Here comes the lollipop man, ah wah yuh understand""Sucking on the lollipop, suck it till yuh dribble drop""All de rude boys.. Stick it.. stick it stick it""All meh girl dem ..lick it lick it lick"
This happened to me a couple of days ago with Crazy's chune: Cold sweat. While driving with my mum the song started to play on 96.1,I pumped up the volume and started to sing the chorus. My mum frowned her face and said "crazy like to sing ah set ah rudeness eh". I stayed quiet and really took in the lyrics for the first time, I was a little upset over some of the lyrics in verses. For example she keep it cumin and cumin, cuming and cumin. After that every time I heard the song I bobbed my head and sang the chorus but the joy of hearing it just wasn't there any more.
During this week here I actually began listening to the lyrics of some of my favorite soca chunes. For example one of my old time favorites really shocked me, I don't know who sang it , here are some inserts:
"Here comes the lollipop man, ah wah yuh put up allyuh hand"
Do I need say more? Moving on!Some other ones that struck me as negative were Sherwyn and Bunji’s-water, Crazy’s Cock cah stand up ( hilarious) and save ah soul and many more, too much to mention.
A couple good examples did arise from my recent soca lyric research KMC's Three mile and first experience had some good lyrical content ,yet fun and relevant."We coming from Oxford street, Chip! Chip! Chip! Chip!""Last year for Carnival first time ah play mas."
"Last year for Carnival frist time ah play mas"
"Me and meh Woman on de trailer truck taken in the brass"
This years contribution from Zan arised as one of the winners the song title The Heart of a man – "Every creed and race find an equal place".Most of Destra's songs that I listened to over the period passed my lyrical test and I actually realized that some if her lyrics were brilliant. Remember the song celebrate? There are some inserts from the song listed below, do you know, I believe the girl was actually talking about losing her rag???lol
"Keep jumping Celebrate!"
"Keep waving Celebrate!"
"Last February when I lost u in the fete..nah nah nah nah"
"I soak yuh with burrybery cologne..nah nah nah nah"
Benji's new song for this year is also a winner, I jus love it, if you got jah in your life. Some other artistes worthy of mention was Patrice Roberts and Maxismus Dan.
Well since we have discussed some of the good and some of the bad.. let's discuss some of the ugly. The Ugly being some of the lyrics that just don't make creative sense no matter how u look at it. Let's start with Iwer George, who could possibly forget the song Hand!, Hand!, Hand!..some article that I read on the newspaper a while back stated that he mentioned the word hand more than one hundred and seventeen times (117). The man could have used another word to say hand, Maybe palm or arm or something, a classic case of writers block..lol.
Another example is Mr. Vibes and his song titled Thing…I guess I don't need to say anyTHING more on the THING song..lol. The strangest thing though ( no pun intended) is that I love them both, dem chune is real vibes in a fete!.
I also wonder if soca chunes influence people's thinking even if they aren't really listening. I know that many people believe in subliminal influence even going so far as to listening to tapes with subliminal affirmations. The lyrics are not even really subliminal since all you have to do is pay attention to understand them. So does lyrics matter to you??