diatribein, on 17 August 2017 - 11:53 PM, said:
Without getting into the meaning because that belongs on the locked board, I think many of the Bravest Face haters just can't stand the political message of the song, which I absolutely adore. It is such an important message, so eloquently given voice to. It beautifully communicates a necessary political ideal that I think irks a certain side of the political spectrum. Perhaps that is why when people here deride the song they try to use the lyrics to make their point, but the lyrics are the best part. They have so much meaning and communicate something so principled that even childish mocking of them by switching key words does nothing but show how important the message really is as evidenced by how many remain tone-deaf to it and angered by the sentiment.
The sentiment never bothered me. The lyrics never bothered me. The vocals really bother me. The music bores me. The politics never factored into me not liking it whatsoever. So yeah, you might be right: the lyrics are the best part.
Lyrics aren't everything. Sometimes they help. Sometimes they hurt. Sometimes they do nothing (for me).
Subdivisions and Analog Kid were already great songs musically that are boosted by the lyrics.
Time Stand Still is a good song that's boosted by the lyrics.
Natural Science is my favorite Rush song MUSICALLY...and the lyrics I hadn't considered until YEARS later. Lyrically, it's above average. Even with that, its my favorite Rush song overall.
Alien Shore has good sentiments but lyrically I think it's unsuccessful. That doesn't matter though since I think it's good musically. It still gets my praise.
Virtuality I think is an okay song musically but the lyrics hurt the song.
On the other end, IMHO Losing It or Afterimage might be Peart's best lyrics but neither are anywhere close to being my favorite Rush song. Musically they're very good songs, but lyrically they're brilliant! Genius!
To recap: In Bravest Face's particular case, the lyrics or politics have no influence on me disliking it. It's the other stuff about it that I dislike.