What songs mean a great deal to you because of the lyrics themselves? Can you think of song lyrics that inspired you, that changed your perspective about something or which you came to appreciate as being particularly meaningful? Perhaps you can think of a song with a strong message in it that resonated with you?
One reason I'm asking this is because I can't hear the lyrics to ANY songs, and I'd like to discover more songs that have particularly meaningful lyrics (rather than just good tunes). I grew up with partial hearing loss, and although I can hear (and enjoy) the music of the majority of songs, I never understood the meaning of the songs being played over the radio or at live performances or dances. Only recently did I discover how wonderful some of Billy Joel's songs are; I simply hadn't seen their lyrics before. I really liked "Honesty" and "Stranger," for example, and I wished I had known what those songs meant decades ago.
To create a great experience for everyone reading this discussion topic (especially me!), please choose one, two or three songs with your favorite meaningful lyrics and then provide URLs to the song lyrics. The best way to do that would find a video that has the music combined with lyrics on the video itself or closed captions; YouTube has many videos with lyrics on them (they can usually be found by doing a YouTube search for the song + lyrics). Of course, not all songs have such a video available, so the next best option would be to find a URL to a good version of the lyrics and another URL to a video of the song. (Videos of the singers performing can be very helpful for tracking the words as they're being sung, but really good audio is an important consideration, too.)
Please feel free to put up links to just one song at a time and to come back later with links for another one, which would probably be easier for you. I think providing links to both lyrics and videos would create a really nice experience for all of us!
Another great source for finding songs with lyrics is http://www.tunewiki.com
"Honesty," by Billy Joel, can be found in written and video form at:
Billy Joel's "The Stranger" can be found at:
At some point, it would be nice to know more about your own response to the lyrics, but that's up to you! To give people time to listen to the song first, it might make sense to write your response to the lyrics later, but you can be the judge of that.
[The above was re-edited at 8:13 p.m. October 28th (after some postings had already been provided) to emphasize providing links for the songs. ]