I've wanted to say something about this for a while now, and I'm interested in hearing what people think. This isn't, hopefully, just another 'favourite lyrics' type thread - instead I wanted to talk about the importance of great lyrics to music; principally, how the lyrics can elevate the song and give it a whole new meaning. The reason I think this is worth a thread is because a lot of my cursory listening happens on youtube, and many of my c.ds tend to get a significant spin in my car stereo - both environments where I'm not really engaging with the lyrics to any great extent. In other places on this forum, people sometimes say that the lyrics aren't that important to them. For me, I often fall into the trap of ignoring the lyrics altogether, even though they are very important to me. Especially with extreme vocals; unless I pick up the booklet I often have no sense of the song's theme, only its generalised musical feel, and this is often the only evidence I have when evaluating new music. With people consuming music in unprecedented amounts, usually without booklets due to downloading, I think there is a deficit here between sound and meaning. Of course I'm speaking only for my personal taste, but I want to nominate the new Swallow the Sun album 'Songs from the North' as having incredible lyrics that need to be read carefully in order to enhance the already amazing music. Here's an example of what I mean. I first listened to Fleshgod Apocalypse's new track 'Gravity' a couple of times and thought, yeah pretty good I guess but not a classic by any measure like 'Labyrinth' was for me, with its ancient Greek theme matching perfectly the style of epic orchestral music. I was a bit worried about how they might translate their extreme orchestral grandeur into the new theme of monarchy in the 19th century, which I think is what 'King' will be about. Then I finally read the lyrics in the video for 'Gravity' as the song was playing and boom - the song just opened up, it all made sense and I got it. This is an instance where it really does pay off to spend time with the lyrics to get the full scope of what's going on in a song, and I nearly missed it. In the era of downloading I think this phenomenon is something to be regretted.