Originally Posted by Dr_Watso
I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one! I don't hear a single word in most cases until I've listened to the song so many times that I can ignore what's happening with the music. The only exception is when the vocals are "melded" to the music as such that they contribute directly to the melody or structure... I sometimes hear that; my theory is that my brain is kinda hearing it as part of the music instead of a person saying something.
Spot on, I hear the vocals just fine in terms of a sound that contributes to the song but not easily as English with a message. It's like a stop sign for me, I don't read STOP every time I come up to one, I just know it changes behavior.