Does this mean that tones are optional in normal speech? Do songs sometimes contain double meanings due to the added ambiguity (possibly done on purpose?).
I thought that given songs don't have tones, you could ignore tones in normal speech and pronounce everything in first tone. I tried it a bit when I first started learning and nobody could understand me, but maybe my pronunciation was poor back then.
i googled it n apparently mandarin songs ignore the tones in songs but we're learning tones, so though i wish we could ignore them in normal speech, it seems Mandarin more than any other language requires one to pay attention to context.