Couple of days ago I was listening to YLE 1- a Finish radio station. There was a program about Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714–1787) and his operas. The reporter talked about one of Gluck's arias and said: " But as we all know, when words and music contradict, the music tells the truth."
That was an interesting thought. I've never heard it before. Was the reporter being ironic when she said that we all know it?
I value both lyrics and music, of course. Both are essential and often the mixing or juxtaposition of these two feels like the most creative thing you can do in a song. But I kind of agree with that reporter. The feel of the music has an upper hand in many cases. ...or does it?