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Do Lyrics Matter?

I'm a "lyrics first" kind of guy.
When I first hear a new record, if they words are lame or cliche, I'm done. But sure, great music can make me forget bad lyrics. How else can I explain having James Brown's "Sex Machine" in my collection?

So, take the survey and add your thoughts. What are some great songs with lousy lyrics, or lousy songs with great lyrics?

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