Methodology Behind Bee Gees’ Lyricism

The Bee Gees have always had a way with words.

In order to make their music relatable, The Bee Gees kept the lyrics to their songs gender-neutral. In Daniel Rachel’s The Art of Noise: Conversations with Great Songwriters, Robin Gibb explained, “love is not about a particular sex. A lot of people that started out in the music industry used he and she. Love is universal and we’d go out of our way not to mention he or she, so like a you or babe. It’s a subtle way of doing it, but it has a way of crossing … there’s a lot of people out there who can’t really relate if you do use those expressions and we want our songs to relate to as many people as possible.”

Take note of the Bee Gees’ lyrics in this performance of “To Love Somebody” below!


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