Words: are they really vague?

“When push comes to shove you taste what you’re made of
You might bend till you break, cause it’s all you can take
On your knees you look up
Decide you’ve had enough
You get mad, you get strong
Wipe your hands, shake it off
And you stand.”

Yes, country fans, this is Stand by Rascal Flatts.  I’m not a huge admirer of country music (with the exception of Taylor Swift, of course; it’s a teenage must), but I don’t hate it either.  I’ve been studying lyrics- their flow, message, and choice of vocabulary- and trying to apply those onto my own work. The general topic of words have been expressed differently by all kinds of people, though the one that had been etched into my mind is its “vagueness”.  Words are empty.  They are “imprecise”, as some say.  In a way, I agree AND disagree about this expression.  I have to admit, words are hollow structures that are only used with the purpose to convey the real depths of our emotions, but they are not very accurate at times.  If you want to witness the horrid vagueness of words, I suggest you read Lois Lowry’s The Giver.  The lines of the characters were so blank and emotionless, all they needed was a box head and body and they’d be great robots.  They were empty shells that did not portray any emotion at all.  Maybe that’s why most of the kids in my eighth grade English class disliked the novel.  The people there recited words; no feelings whatsoever- parents couldn’t even say they loved their children.  Their children were like toys- the parents “enjoyed” them.  But I also disagree that words are empty.  Like I said, words are used to display emotion.  If an emotion is behind it, it’s not vague at all.  This is the beauty of songs, even more so if you are a singer-songwriter or a lyricist.  Being both, I was faced with the reward and challenge of displaying emotions and describing them in the form of words.  There are times that you could get a Writer’s Block and be emotionally charged or vice versa.  If a song is successfully crafted, its message and emotion could be felt, although it is sometimes different when you are reading the lyrics rather than listening to the song itself.  Of course, it’s different for everybody, but through the eyes of a singer-songwriter, this is the scene.

So, after that long wordy essay about words (is that even a pun? Forgive my poor English knowledge- I have been away from grammar sheets for two months), the point I was trying to prove is that words are not vague, not unless they are coming from an emotion someone is trying to portray.

It’s about time people said words as humans, made to feel emotions.


Hello, we’re not engineered robots here.



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