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Both, of course. However. The lyrics are very important to me. Sometimes the melody and the lyrics just come together beautifully and it's a masterpiece.
Other times, the music is simply a backdrop to the lyrics. The lyrics give the music meaning, in that case. "Calling The Rain" by Eluveitie, the metal band that sings in Gaelic, at times: an almost extinct language. And I really want to link it, but I won't, since so many people dislike metal (have horrible tastes in music *cough cough cough*).
But. To me, music is expression. Words are easier to understand; melodies are easier to feel, but more abstract. Both forms of art, and both can compliment each other, at times. But if I had to place more importance on one than the other, it would have to be lyrics. I do like words. And like I said, they're more easily translatable.
The lyrics are the showpiece, the music is the backdrop. The music is the atmosphere; the lyrics are the content. To me. If you have a showpiece in front of a shitty tapestry or a completely irrelevant green screen, then it just doesn't work. So they are dependent on each other to some extent, which makes them difficult to really separate. But, yes. Lyrics all the way. Lyrics are the translation of the beat, of the melody.