If you're trying to read the lyrics while playing, you'll probably find that it's more difficult than having everything memorized. Back in the day of cassette tapes, I used to transcribe the lyrics (as best as I could figure out), figure out the key, figure out the chords and where the changes were, and then memorize the lyrics. By then, dealing with the chords was a no-brainer. You wouldn't believe the number of Neil Young songs I learned that way. Too bad it's impossible to do a partial rewind with CD's and mp3's. Times sure are tough on you kids these days! Nowadays, it's not that hard for me to stumble my way through a song on-page, if I know how it's roughly supposed to sound. Still can't read music, though.