Originally Posted by MikeM
and often ask the singer to share with me what they are, but in my experience, they're often reluctant, unwilling, or at least flakey about sharing. .
Wow. That would be a red flag. I've found most singers are proud of what they wrote and want everyone to know!
And I can't imagine not being aware. If it's my band (i.e. not a hired gun), I'd want to know what the band is representing lyrically. I mean, what if the singer is singing about something controversial or illegal. I'd want to know, as it is it's a reflection of where my career is going (or not going).
And if the lyrics are really dumb, I'd have to question the point of being in the band.
I'm not saying I have to agree with or like every line or every song (because at times, I've not), or knowing every line, but I can't imagine not having a clue.
If it's a cover band, or you're just hired for the night, week, tour, whatever, then yeah, I guess it doesn't matter. But if you're a band member...