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Bruce Springsteen is may favorite. It's easy to forget just how many great songs he has written over his career. He also has also shown tremendous growth in his songwriting skill from 1973 to today. On his first album he tried to pack as many words as possible into each song. However, when he wrote Nebraska his lyrics were much more sparse and visually descriptive. I listened to the song Born in the USA today for the first time in several years and the songwriting beauty of the line "I had a buddy at Khe Sahn/Fighting off the Viet Cong/They're still there, he's all gone" struck me all over again. Bruce was able to convey a whole book of information in just a few short words.
'City sounds burn your soul
Turn your head,
To the cries
Of lonliness in the night.'
Bert Jansch c 1963
I have a few but i would say Adam Duritz of Counting Crows. His lyrics are flawless and his voice fits them like a glove.
Kyo from Dir en grey. I love his lyrics and his voice.
In country, Ira Louvin. His lyrics were remarkable, far advanced for their time (which is why Louvin Brothers songs have stood the test of time).
In rock, I have two. My favorite living songwriter is John Hiatt. He has such a wonderful way with words and can write deeply personal songs that make you feel his pain then turn around and make you laugh with the next song. My favorite rock songwriter is Warren Zevon. He could be funny, desperate, introspective, sarcastic, optimistic, and romantic -- occasionally in the same song.
Too many to answer, but I will say that if I have to choose only one, it's Jimmy Buffett, and not for Margaritaville or any of the others most people think of. I can put on the track from AIA and it will pull me up or bring me down--depending on my need. Other than that--way too many. I was Lennon fan (still am), but won't mention others.
by RJ685 years ago
Mine is "I'm Every Woman" (Its all in me) Please share with me. We lost a truly talented young lady this weekend. We will not judge her mistakes but celebrate her accomplishments.
by Jeff Berndt10 months ago
Post some of your favorite song lyrics. They can be profound, clever, silly, or they just caught you the right way one time, who cares? What are your favorites?Two of mine:Form Jethro Tull's "Wind Up:""So...
by Seckin Esen5 years ago
What is one of your favorite song lyrics?
by Lexe Charleston7 years ago
I immediately thought of so many Radiohead and Tori Amos songs,, but have to say Joy Division/New Order's Ceremony gets me every time, especially near the end of the song: "Avenues all lined with trees, Picture me...
by BERNARD LEVINE6 years ago
Whose your favorite songwriter?
by thirdmillenium7 years ago
I am always at a loss at what decides a good song? Is it the profundity of the words? Or, is it the guitar riffs? If it is the thoughts of the singer and their impact upon the society, you may as well go read a Plato or...
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