Empty Words

Editorial by Eli Wiles, Walker Valley Freshman

Music used to be filled with life and emotion. Today there are some exceptions, but most of the lyrics are empty words with no meaning being cast into ignorant listeners’ ears.

Some people believe that music listeners are creative, which most are, except the people who listen to popular “pop” music. According to “Music.Mic,” in 2008, Adrian North of Scotland’s Heriot-Watt University did a large study of musical taste. This experiment involved 36,000 people from 60 different countries.  The study took three years to complete, but the results showed that people who listened to the “pop” genre of music had a lack of creativity.

Twenty years ago, someone who was a musical artist had to actually have talent to be successful. Now all a person needs is popularity, good looks, and a sound wizard. People have the mindset that everyone listens to this person, so they must be great.

Artists used to have to put their blood, sweat, and soul into their work. Now all they do is say some words into a mic and the rest is left up to their computer software. The lyrics get vamped up, drowned out by a catchy beat, and edited to sound good. Then, the “artists” sit back and watch the money roll in.

The mainstream lyrics are just strait up trash now. Take lyrics from a song like “Don’t Drink the Water,” by The Dave Matthews Band, where the lyrics are an actual poem that mean something and a song like “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé and compare them side-by-side.  It is simple to see the difference between talent and garbage.

“Don’t Drink The Water”                                                                                                                                                                                        

Dave Matthews Band                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Come out come out                                                                                                                                                                                                    

No use in hiding                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Come now come now                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Can you not see                                                                                                                                                                                                           

There’s no place here

What were you expecting                                                                                                                                                                                           

Not room for both

Just room for me

So you will lay your arms down

Yes I will call this home

Away, away

You have been banished

Your land is gone

And given to me

“Run The World (Girls)”


Girls, we run this mother (yeah)

Girls, we run this mother (yeah)

Girls, we run this mother (yeah)

Girls, we run this mother


Who run the world? Girls x4

Who run this world? Girls x4

     Not only does the popular “pop” culture of the music industry make people less creative, it also desensitizes their vocabulary. The words in lyrics today are bland and simple, and they do not make the listener think about what’s being said. When the loud catchy rhythm is taken away and a person listens to the lyrics alone, the situation becomes laughable.

     Popular music has sadly gotten worse. Even though there are few who actually have talent, there is to turning around. There will always be no-talent people who just sing meaningless, empty, words.

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