"I guess I'm trying to say: lyrics is lyrics, music is music. sometimes they go together perfectly, sometimes they don't even have to. Often, the greatest music is the corniest, lamest lyrics sung by the most unique, inimitable geniuses."You know what I think? I think it's time for a Venn Diagram:*
The easy part is the middle: good music, good lyrics, no problem? The trickier part is where it's just one or just the other. Do we have additional examples of great songs with lousy lyrics or great lyrics with lousy songs? This requires further study.**
* When is it not time for a Venn Diagram?
** And for what it's worth, the "Mona Lisa..." line doesn't bother me. True, it's no "grits..." or "groceries...", but not all lines in a great song need to shine equally. Sometimes the lyrics sit back and let the music do the work. That line has a great melodic hook. (Or maybe I just have high corn-tolerance.)