Semantic Ambiguity

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Semantic ambiguity is the vagueness of lyrics, musical ideas, and visual associations which allows for listeners to personalize the meaning of songs for themselves.  Pop/rock has had lots of success through semantic ambiguity in that it encourages listener participation (Hesselink, 2013).

Semantic ambiguity is different from metric or rhythmic ambiguity in that it deals with meaning in music.