Re: How much do lyrics matter to you?
My wife loves to listen to singer song writers - a solo artist with a guitar; that's it. She loves the poetry involved in a good turned phrase.
Me, I don't listen to the lyrics. I listen to the drums and bass mostly, then other melody contributing instrumentation. I hear the lyrics, but don't fully absorb the words.
The exception to this seems to be Frank Zappa's lyrics. How can you not sit back and listen to the lyrics of "Truck Driver Divorce" or "Ms Pinky" or "Bobby Brown".