Why can't anyone write a full complete thought in song form anymore? I have a playlist on my iTunes that syncs to my iPhone which is all music that I haven't ever listened to in my iTunes library. Recently I've had a string of newer Hip-Hop, Alternative, Rock, and Pop and I'm a little annoyed with what I've been hearing.
It's not the quality of the songs, or the accompaniments, or the simplicity or intricacy of the musical writing, what has been annoying me specifically is what I call "Twitter" lyric writing. In other words, lyrics which serve only to be smart or clever to themselves. Lyrics which rhyme, and complete a thought short enough to be encapsulated in a twitter update. The more clever of these lyrics start with a very convoluted, dense, and undecipherable sentence, they then add a "because" or a "so" or a "when" or some other word meaning "check out what comes next to wrap up the phrase". They then end with a equally convoluted, but more decipherable sentence which helps to explain the last one. Afterward we move on to a completely new thought, and a completely new set of lyrics which also could be their own twitter status'.
Let me give you an example:
"Yeah I'll ride the range, and hide my loose change in my bedroom,
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