Who's the best-ever lyricist/songwriter?
Even though I’ve been listening to Handsome Devil by The Smiths for 20 years I’ve only just properly listened to the words 🙂 – ‘a boy in the bush is worth two in the hand’ – genius…
Which reminds me Morrissey is IMO the best lyricist we’ve ever had. Ok his opinions voiced in public can be an acquired taste but he writes more honestly about the human condition than any other songwriter I’ve listened to.
Richard Hawley covers love and loneliness well but Morrissey has to go down as our best overall winner…
Opinions?Posted 5 years agobrakesMember
Paul Simon – simply wonderful songwriter with simple, relatable, lyrics that are brought to life by the music that accompanies them.
“In the clearing stands a boxerPosted 5 years ago
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of ev’ry glove that layed him down
Or cut him till he cried out
In his anger and his shame
‘I am leaving, I am leaving’
But the fighter still remains”Garry_LagerSubscriber
All time you’ve got people like Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen who are poets, basically. Say what you want about their music (Cohen’s is pretty ordinary IMHO) but their lyrical output is in a different league – very few singer songwriters can stand comparison.
Morrissey is in the pantheon, no doubt, but I don’t think of him as a very honest songwriter like the OP says. He’s more arch and clever – like a melancholy PG Wodehouse. Still one of the best of the last 30 years say.
Personal favourite is Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy). Not listening to him as much these days but he’s the modern songwriter I’ve liked best.Posted 5 years agoedlongMember
Beck for me.
Really? His lyrics seem to me as though he’s written a load of random words on pieces of paper, thrown them into the air and recorded them in the order they landed.
In the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey
Butane in my veins so I’m out to cut the junkie
With the plastic eyeballs, spray paint the vegetables
Dog food stalls with the beefcake pantyhose
Kill the headlights and put it in neutral
Stock car flamin’ with a loser and the cruise control
Baby’s in Reno with the vitamin D
Got a couple of couches sleep on the love seat
Someone keeps sayin I’m insane to complain
About a shotgun wedding and a stain on my shirt
Don’t believe everything that you breathe
You get a parking violation and a maggot on your sleeve
(I’m a big fan, by the way)Posted 5 years agoDezBSubscriber
I saw a newspaper picture from the political campaignPosted 5 years ago
A woman was kissing a child, who was obviously in pain
She spills with compassion, as that young child’s face in her hands she grips
Can you imagine all that greed and avarice coming down on that child’s lips
Well I hope I don’t die too soon
I pray the Lord my soul to save
Oh I’ll be a good boy, I’m trying so hard to behave
Because there’s one thing I know, I’d like to live long enough to savour
That’s when they finally put you in the ground
I’ll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down
Loads and loads
Mos def, just because, y’know. Scrobious Pip is just a great poet, Justin vernon ( Bon Iver), is very cool, Karen Washington, sufjan Stevens, another fav is jewel by the Bombay bicycle club, such great lyrics ” you control the game, without playing it right”…. OuchPosted 5 years ago
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