A lot of people refuse to understand that a lyric is not a poem. A lyric, especially in a musical, must get its message across on first hearing, while we can and should ruminate through a poem several times to extract its essence. A lyric must also be singable, and every one knows that some of the most meaningful words are impossible to sing. A poem relies on our brain to sort out images, while a lyric depends solely on our ear and emotion. The best lyrics really call for music. They bloom in the music like those Japanese paper flowers opening up when put in a bowl of water.