Re: How much do lyrics matter to you?
I like lyrics that present the story well. It's true that poorly-written lyrics can depreciate a song's value. If part of a song is so badly written that I don't like the song as a whole, then I can't play my part in it.
As a drummer, the vocals are just as important to the song as any other instrument. I try to play in a manner that complements everyone else in the band. At times in the song, I may need to change my playing to emphasize/accent what's being sung and it's easier to do that when a singer conveys his/her ideas succinctly with good lyrics.
It's even better with wit, plays on words, hyperbole, et al.
Pearl, Evans, (Moving to) Sabian