Lacking Lyrics


Don’t get me wrong, I like Apple Music. I’ve been downloading Spanish music like crazy. There’s just one problem: lyrics.

When I first signed up, I was under the impression that I’d have access to the lyrics for all the songs in my music library no matter what. However, that’s not the case.

Lyrics aren’t necessarily retroactive – that is, some of the songs that I bought before Apple Music don’t have lyrics, and some do. It’s annoying because I really don’t feel like re-downloading everything I already have. It would take forever.

Some of the songs I’ve downloaded since Apple Music don’t have lyrics either. I downloaded One Direction’s Take Me Home because I randomly had some of the songs stuck in my head even though I hadn’t listened to the album in forever. I quickly realized that not all of the songs had lyrics. I tried downloading the deluxe version, but that didn’t make a difference. What’s up with that?

And there’s another weird thing: some of the lyrics seem to be out of order or completely wrong. Take “Master of the House” from Le Mis√©rables for example – according to Apple, the first verse is as follows:

Come on, you old pest

Fetch a bottle of your

What’s the nectar of the day

However, in listening to the song, that’s not how it starts at all.

An example of the latter situation is “Buenos Aires” from the 2012 revival production of Evita:

On the 9th February 1935 in Buenos Aires, a polo match between a leading team of Argentine players and the touring British side. The British ambassador said he had never seen a social occasion quite like it. Even by the standards of Buenos Aires society, the gathering at the polo ground glittered. The Rolls and the Daimlers, the hampers from Harrods, the clothes, the diamonds, the crystal, the wines, the procession of nannies from England and France. The result of the match, oh yes, the home team won! But, as the British ambassador pointed out, that did not reflect badly on British horsemanship; three of the Argentine players were educated at Eton!

Ricky Martin does say some of the above in the song, but not all of it. The rest of it is completely different. Why is that? I was thinking it might be a description of what’s on stage, but why would that be in the song?

Apple has some explaining to do.


Thoughts on Apple Music

When Apple Music was first introduced a few years ago, I thought it was stupid. Why pay $10/month when I already paid for every song individually? It seemed pointless.

My attitude changed while I was on vacation a few weeks ago, when a friend of a friend showed me how it works. When I got back from vacation, I thought about the free trial for a few days. I figured if I didn’t want it after the trial, I could cancel it. There was no reason not to sign up.

And, I have to say, I really enjoy Apple Music. I’ve been using it for almost a month, and I already know that I don’t want to cancel it. I can listen to any song without having to download it to my phone. And that’s a lot of songs. Apple Music grants access to everything under the sun. Well, at least most of the songs I’ve been looking for.

One of my favorite things about it is that I now have access to lyrics. So whenever I don’t catch the words, I can look them up. Or when I want to write about some of the lyrics, I don’t have to recall them from memory and risk getting them wrong.

I also enjoy the playlists curated by Apple, because I love finding new music to listen to and songs that inspire my writing. It’s also fun to create my own playlists and see what my friends are listening to.

Apple Music is so much more than I thought it was, and I’m very happy to be proven wrong.