There’s a moment of deep sadness when I finally look up the lyrics of a beloved song only to realize that they are much stupider than I ever imagined. I sometimes consider dropping the artist a line, suggesting they should re-record the song with my obviously improved lyrics.
The only instance I am aware of when an artist reconsidered their lyrics was a Cure song – I thought a few lines were not good, a dull spot in a field of brilliance, and when I saw the Cure perform the song, Smith had changed those very lyrics, resolving all my issues. Huzzah! Would that more artists took that approach.
I always wonder, when I consider bad lyrics, is why no one thought to tell the artist that the lyrics sucked. Maybe they did. If only they did.