In conducting close critical readings of any text, be it a poem, a novel, a play or so on, we have the opportunity to look at both the text itself and at what lies beyond it; lyrics are no different. This methodology offers great benefits to us in our analyses and in aiding our understanding of the meaning, historical, critical and cultural context of the lyric. You might be asking, how important is this? Well, insofar as the lyricist is a writer just like other writers, I contend that it deserves the same critical consideration.
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