I am a serial Googler. There, I admit it. Just the other day, a friend told me about his high-intensity workout technique and my response was "Oh cool, I'll Google that" rather than, "Nice job keeping fit" or something more appropriate. See, one of the big components of my job is researching various things, and no wonder; I can find anything online, give a little time and an iced soy chai from Starbucks downstairs.
Since I listen to my iPod for upwards of 12 hours a day (I am not even kidding), I often find myself in between tasks thinking, "What was that song about?" In the case of Elliott Smith, that question might be more specifically, "Was that about disillusionment with the world or just a parade?" Whatever you're into, if you are also searching for enlightenment, you can bypass Google altogether by checking out SongMeanings.net. The site posts both song lyrics and often-insightful comments/interpretations from readers-- everything you wanted to know in a click or two.
Some of my favorite artists seemingly begging for further scrutiny of their work include Belle & Sebastian, Sufjan Stevens (what would a post here be like without the Soof?), Joseph Arthur, and Andrew Bird. There's more than a little mumbling (soulful mumbling, mind you) in their songs, and half the time I can't catch most of what they're saying. Spelling out the lyrics seems to help this.
That said, the best part of the site is the comments section. The interpretations of Masterfade and Seeing Other People, for example, show that music speaks to us in extremely varied ways. The only downside of a write-in site like this is that there's a fair number of comments with no productive thinking whatsoever (of the "OMG i luvvv them!!! this is my fAvOrItE song!" variety). If you're on permanent iPod rotation as well, take a break to check it out (and give the Google-ing a little rest).