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I've seen people shattered and brought back to life with words. People who can't express themselves can often show what they are, and the taste of their soul with words on paper. And songs can guide emotions and change nations.
I love them all.
But I'll vote for songs. Because I like to vote for things.
Voting is fun! So let me tell you guys that I know there is not an absolute to this one, so make it a generalized statement. For instance, if you were told something, written something, or sung something, which would affect YOU the most. (Provided that the singer had a good voice, the writer wasnt a retard, and the speaker had a nice ass)
Im gonna say spoken, say you got a note saying "I iz guna keel yu mutha fukka", you'd get a lil bit freaked out, but if some guy ran up to you a screamed out "IM GONNA KILL YOU MOTHER FUCKER!!!!!!"..you get it
Shiggity shwa? If we want to talk about songs being powerful and poetic, and moving and changing and... just worth something, I wouldn't say Korn. I'm sorry. To each their own in musical tastes, and Korn may move you, but I don't think it's even on the scale of songs of great importance and power for the masses.
Let's talk Johnny Cash. Let's talk Elvis, the Beatles, Beethoven, Bach, War, the Sex Pistols, the Ramones...
But Korn? WTF?
The spoken word is gone moments after it is said. A song fades with time and memory. Writing is recorded history.
I say the written word for two reasons,
1) once something is written, it becomes history to be remembered by all for generations.
2) Spoken words can be forgotten but written words are always there in some capacity
3) Song lyrics only reach so many ppl. If it is something written that is a big deal, at least it will make it on the evening news.